Low Intensity and Frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Selectively Impair Breast Cancer Cell Viability

" We observed a discrete window of vulnerability of MCF7 cells to PEMFs of 20 Hz frequency, 3 mT magnitude and exposure duration of 60 minutes per day. The cell damage accrued in response to PEMFs increased with time and gained significance after three days of consecutive daily exposure. By contrast, the PEMFs parameters determined to be most cytotoxic to breast cancer MCF-7 cells were not damaging to normal MCF-10 cells." {Credits 1}

It's interesting to see that the major effects not appear with the greater intensity (5 mT) but with lower intensities. This is also found in numerous other experimental designs (for other purposes or not) as for example in [1].

[1] Ahmed, I., Istivan, T., Cosic, I. et al. Evaluation of the effects of Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) on survival of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. EPJ Nonlinear Biomed Phys 1, 5 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1140/epjnbp12.

{Credits 1} 🎪 Crocetti, S., Beyer, C., Schade, G., Egli, M., Fröhlich, J., & Franco-Obregón, A. (2013). Low intensity and frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields selectively impair breast cancer cell viability. PloS one, 8(9), e72944. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072944. © 2013 Crocetti et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

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