Effect of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field exposure on Leydig cell counts in male Swiss webster mice

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Abstract

Widespread use of electronic technology increases the risk of future health problems, including those involving the reproductive system. Animal-model studies have not yet comprehensively examined the effect of electromagnetic fields by studying exposure over consecutive generations. The present study investigated the effect of continuous, extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field (ELF-EMF) exposure on the Leydig cells in 3 generations of male Swiss Webster mice. The mice were distributed into 3 groups with different exposure levels (3, 4, and 5 kV) and a control population (0 kV). The numbers of Leydig cells in all the exposed groups were significantly reduced compared with the control group (p < 0.05). There were also significant decreases in Leydig cell counts in each subsequent generation of the 3 and 4 kV exposure groups (p < 0.05). It was concluded that ELF-EMF exposure negatively affects the Leydig cell population, thereby reducing spermatogenic capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number062044
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1073
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2018
Event2nd Physics and Technologies in Medicine and Dentistry Symposium, PTMDS 2018 - Depok, West Java, Indonesia
Duration: 18 Jul 201818 Jul 2018

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