EMF Health-effects Research

Naltrexone pretreatment blocks microwave-induced changes in central cholinergic receptors.

Lai H, Carino MA, Wen YF, Horita A, Guy AW,

Bioelectromagnetics 12(1):27-33, 1991

Repeated exposure of rats to pulsed, circularly polarized microwaves (2,450-MHz, 2-microseconds pulses at 500 pps, power density 1 mW/cm2, at an averaged, whole-body SAR of 0.6 W/kg) induced biphasic changes in the concentration of muscarinic cholinergic receptors in the central nervous system.

An increase in receptor concentration occurred in the hippocampus of rats subjected to ten 45-min sessions of microwave exposure, whereas a decrease in concentration was observed in the frontal cortex and hippocampus of rats exposed to ten 20-min sessions.

These findings, which confirm earlier work in the authors' laboratory, were extended to include pretreatment of rats with the narcotic antagonist naltrexone (1 mg/kg, IP) before each session of exposure. The drug treatment blocked the microwave-induced changes in cholinergic receptors in the brain.

These data further support the authors' hypothesis that endogenous opioids play a role in the effects of microwaves on central cholinergic systems.

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