Significant Cellular Viability Dependence on Time Exposition at ELF-EMF and RF-EMF In Vitro Studies

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jun 13;16(12):2085. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16122085.


The human concern about the effect of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) has changed over time from the effects produced by EMFs of extremely low frequencies (ELFs) to the effects produced by exposure to a radio frequency (RF), with concerns shifting toward EMFs due to the development of new technologies and forms of communication. Previous studies have analysed the effects produced at different frequencies without considering in detail the effect of the time of exposure. Therefore, in the present study, we analysed in vitro the effect produced by a 100 µT EMF at different ELFs and exposure times in glioblastomas, as well as the effect produced in a fibroblast by an RF-EMF of 2.54 GHz. Our results indicate a significant time dependence in cell viability of fibroblasts exposed to an RF-EMF of 2.54 GHz and a non-time-dependent effect in cell viability of glioblastomas exposed to an ELF-EMF, highlighting the possible relation between frequency and time of exposure.

Keywords: ELF-EMF; Gtem; Helmholtz coil; RF-EMF; fibroblast; glioblastoma.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Neoplasms*
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Survival*
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Fibroblasts*
  • Glioblastoma*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Time Factors