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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-39

Exposure of Extremely-Low Frequency (ELF) magnetic field may cause human cancer


1 Professor of Medical Physics at the Department of Medical Physics and Medical Engineering in the School of Medicine of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
2 Professor of Embryology, Department of Anatomical sciences, School of Medicine, Isfahan Univerxsity of Medical Sciences, Iran
3 PhD candidate of Medical physics at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Marzieh Salimi
PhD candidate of medical physics, Tehran University of medical sciences
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5530/ami.2017.4.7

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Introduction: Chronic exposure of non-ionizing extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF-EMF) is considered as a health hazard due to its adverse effects on human body such as generation of any type of cancer. Stem cells are appropriate models to assess the effects of ELF-EMF on other cell lines and human beings. Materials and methods: Adipose tissue has been known as source of multi potent stromal human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which can be obtained in less invasive method and in large amounts; so adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) were used in this study. Effect of ELF-EMF (intensities of 0.5 and 1 mT and 50 Hz) on proliferation rate of hADSCs was assessed in 20 and 40 min per day for 7 days. Trypan blue assay was performed to assess cell proliferation rate. Result: The results shown that 0.5 and 1 mT magnetic fields can promote the proliferation rate of adipose derived hMSCs according to the duration of exposure. Conclusion: These outcomes could approve the effect of ELF-EMF on cancer induction; although the effective mechanisms in this process are still unknown.


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