Expression levels of PDYN and OPRM1 genes in SH-SY5Y cells exposed to 50 Hz electromagnetic field
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Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
Submission date: 2017-07-04
Acceptance date: 2017-09-18
Online publication date: 2018-05-28
Publication date: 2019-10-31
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Mostafa Saadat   

Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71467-13565, Iran. Tel: +9871 36137432; Fax: +9871 32280916.
Pol. Ann. Med. 2019;26(1):36-40
Extremely low-frequency (ELF) (<300 Hz) electromagnetic fields (EMFs) may significantly affect several biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. Considering that ELF-EMF is abundant in our environment and associated with reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, exposure to EMF should be considered as a public health issue. ELF-EMF may alter the mRNA expression levels of several genes. Prodynorphin (PDYN, OMIM: 131340), precursor of several endogenous opioid neuropeptides, and opioid receptor mu-1 (OPRM1, OMIM: 600018) a member of opioid receptor family, are associated with nociception and drug-dependency.

This study was conducted to elucidate the effects of ELF-EMF on expression levels of PDYN and OPRM1.

Material and methods:
Human SH-SY5Y cells were exposed first to EMF and harvested at three time points post exposure; immediately after exposure (0h), 2h and 4h after exposure. The 0.50 mT intensity of 50 Hz EMF and two exposure conditions (‘15 min field-on/15 min field-off’ and ‘30 min field-on continuously’) were used. Using quantitative real-time PCR, the relative PDYN and OPRM1 mRNA expression levels were calculated.

Results and discussion:
After continuous exposure to ELF-EMF, analysis of variance revealed a significant reduction of PDYN mRNA expression levels at 0 hours and 2 hours time points (F = 23.86; df = 3, 8; P < 0.001). The OPRM1 mRNA expression levels did not show any significant alteration between the examined conditions.

In the present study the continuous exposure condition of ELF-EMF was associated with the lower expression levels of the PDYN.

This study was supported by Shiraz University, Iran.
No competing interests are declared by any of the authors.
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