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Title: The Effects of 900 Megahertz Electromagnetic Field Applied in the Prenatal Period on Spinal Cord Morphology and Motor Behavior in Female Rat Pups
Authors: Odaci, Ersan
Ikinci, Ayse
Yildirim, Mehmet
Kaya, Haydar
Akca, Metehan
Hanci, Hatice
Sonmez, Osman Fikret
Aslan, Ali
Okuyan, Mukadder
Bas, Orhan
Ordu Üniversitesi
Keywords: female rat; electromagnetic field; spinal cord; motor behavior
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: ANKA PUBLISHER116-11 SOK NO.10 K 2 D 2, BORNOVA, IZMIR 35050, TURKEY
Abstract: This study investigated the effect of a 900 megahertz (MHz) electromagnetic field (EMF) applied in the prenatal period on the spinal cord and motor behavior of female rat pups. Beginning of the study, female Sprague Dawley rats (180–250 g) were left to mate with male rats. Rats identified as pregnant were then divided into control (n=3) and EMF groups (n=3). The EMF group was exposed to 1-h 900 MHz EMF daily between days 13 and 21 of pregnancy. At 21 days old, rat pups were removed from their mothers and divided into two newborn rat groups, control (n=13) and EMF (n=10). The rotarod test was applied to the rat pups to assess motor functions and the open field test to evaluate locomotor activity. On day 32 of the study, the rat pups were decapitated, and the spinal cord in the upper thoracic region was removed. Following routine histological tests, they were stained with Cresyl fast violet. Rotarod test results revealed a significant increase in EMF group rat pups’ motor functions (p=0.037). However, no difference was observed in the open field test results (p>0.05). In the EMF group’ rat pups, we observed pathological changes in the spinal cord. On the basis of our results, 900 MHz EMF applied in the prenatal period affected spinal cord development. This effect was observed in the form of pathological changes in the spinal cord of rat pups, and it may be that these pathological changes led to an increase in rat pups’ motor activities.
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