Effects of Microwaves on Cell Membrane Permeability.
Rept. no. 3 (Final) Jul 81-Jun 84,
NEW YORK UNIV MEDICAL CENTER NY INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
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The objective of this research project was to identify and characterize cell membrane responses to microwave radiation and, importantly, to determine specific conditions or modulators required for these responses. This study has revealed that membrane permeability changes in the erythrocyte and in liposome vesicles, as well as protein shedding in the erythrocyte, are induced by microwaves at the membrane phase transition, and that these responses are strongly dependent on plasma, oxygen tension, and antioxidant free radical scavengers. These findings provide new insight into both the physical and chemical nature of microwave radiation interaction with the cell membrane.