Simultaneous effect of gamma and Wi-Fi radiation on gamma-H2Ax expression in peripheral blood of rat: A radio-protection note

Biochem Biophys Rep. 2022 Feb 23;30:101232. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrep.2022.101232. eCollection 2022 Jul.


Introduction: Nuclear medicine patients are isolated in a room after the injection of a radiopharmaceutical. They may be active Wi-Fi option of its smartphone mobile or other environmental radiofrequency waves. The hypothesis of this study was the evaluation of increased biological effects of the simultaneous exposure to gamma-ray and the Wi-Fi waves by measuring the level of the increased double strand-breaks DNA in peripheral blood lymphocyte in the rat.

Materials and methods: Fifty male Wistar rats were exposed for 2, 24, and 72 h only by Wi-Fi, 99m Tc, and simultaneously by Wi-Fi and 99m Tc. The power density levels of Wi-Fi emitter at 15 cm was 4.2nW/ c m 2 . An activity of 100 μCi of 99m Tc was injected intraperitoneally. Blood samples were taken by cardiac puncture following general anesthesia. Mononuclear cells are extraction by Ficoll-Hypaque density gradient centrifugation. The number of gamma-H2AX foci per nucleus was counted by flow cytometry. The statistical differences between experimental groups at 2, 24, and 72 h were determined with a repeated measure's analysis of variance. The significant difference between groups at the same time was analyzed with the Kruskal-Wallis Test.

Results: The manner of gamma-H2AX expression was not the same for three groups in time. The number of gamma-H2AX foci between the three groups was a significant difference after 72 h.

Conclusion: Simultaneous Wi-Fi and gamma-ray exposures can increase the number of double-strand break DNA in peripheral blood lymphocytes to exposure of gamma-ray to 72 h after technetium injection in the rat.

Keywords: 99m Tc; Double strand-break DNA; Flowcytometry; Gamma-H2AX; Wi-Fi.