Adaptive response in mouse bone marrow stromal cells exposed to 900MHz radiofrequency fields: Impact of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)

Mutat Res. 2017 Aug;820:19-25. doi: 10.1016/j.mrgentox.2017.05.007. Epub 2017 May 17.


This study examined whether non-ionizing radiofrequency fields (RF) exposure is capable of inducing poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) in bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) and whether it plays a role in RF-induced adaptive response (AR). Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) were exposed to 900MHz RF at 120μW/cm2 power flux density for 3h/day for 5days and then challenged with a genotoxic dose of 1.5Gy gamma-radiation (GR). Some cells were also treated with 3-aminobenzamide (3-AB, 2mM final concentration), a potent inhibitor of PARP-1. Un-exposed and sham (SH)-exposed control cells as well as positive control cells exposed to gamma radiation (GR) were included in the experiments. The expression of PARP-1 mRNA and its protein levels as well as single strand breaks in the DNA and the kinetics of their repair were evaluated at several times after exposures. The results indicated the following. (a) Cells exposed to RF alone showed significantly increased PARP-1 mRNA expression and its protein levels compared with those exposed to SH- and GR alone. (b) Treatment of RF-exposed cells with 3-AB had diminished such increase in PARP-1. (c) Cells exposed to RF+GR showed significantly decreased genetic damage as well as faster kinetics of repair compared with those exposed to GR alone. (d) Cells exposed to RF+3-AB+GR showed no such decrease in genetic damage. Thus, the overall date suggested that non-ionizing RF exposure was capable of inducing PARP-1 which has a role in RF-induced AR.

Keywords: Adaptive response; DNA damage; Mouse bone marrow stromal cells; Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1; Radiofrequency fields.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / genetics
  • Adaptation, Physiological / radiation effects*
  • Animals
  • Bone Marrow Cells / pathology
  • Bone Marrow Cells / radiation effects*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Comet Assay
  • DNA Breaks, Single-Stranded*
  • DNA Repair*
  • Enzyme Induction
  • Gamma Rays / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Poly (ADP-Ribose) Polymerase-1 / biosynthesis*
  • Poly (ADP-Ribose) Polymerase-1 / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*
  • Stromal Cells / pathology
  • Stromal Cells / radiation effects*


  • RNA, Messenger
  • Parp1 protein, mouse
  • Poly (ADP-Ribose) Polymerase-1