The Effect of Continuous Exposure to Electromagnetic Field on Free Radical Concentration in Serum

Puji Sari, Asmarinah, Oentoeng Soeradi, Raden Susworo

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A number of epidemiological and experimental studies have been performed to elucidate the biological effects of electromagnetic fields on human or animals, reporting the reproductive risks and increased risk of suffering leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumor and cancer among children who live close to power lines or among men whose jobs expose them to unusually high levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). The aim of the present study was to investigate, whether continuous exposure to EMF on three successive generations in mice with 3kV, 4 kV, and 5 kV respectively, can affect free radicals concentration (FRC) in the blood serum. Seventy two mice of Swiss Webster Strain, 2-3 months of old were divided randomly into four groups of 18 mice each. The first three groups were continuous exposure to EMF of 3 kV, 4 kV, and 5 kV, from the first up to third generation, respectively. The remaining one group served as untreated control. The results showed that although there was tendency towards higher mean of FRC in mice exposed to higher levels of EMF compared to other groups, there was no statistically significant difference (p>0,05) among the three groups of mice. Hereinafter, FRC were then decreased in the F3 generations, and such pattern of alteration was also found in control group. Significantly decreased of FRC were found in F2 compared to F3 which exposed with 4 kV (p<0,05). In conclusion, the results of this study suggest that continuous exposure to EMF in three successive generations with 3 kV, 4 kV, and 5 kV, from the F1 generation up to the F3 generation may affect the FRC in blood serum. Further studies must be done to determine the mechanism of action of electromagnetic fields on cells and tissues
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Indonesian Medical Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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