New review has been accepted by journal PROTEOMICS. Its uncorrected proof is already available on accepted articles site of PROTEOMICS.
The corrected final version of the article will be published shortly.
From the abstract:
“…The World Health Organization’s and Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority’s “Workshop on Application of Proteomics and Transcriptomics in Electro-Magnetic Fields Research” was held in Helsinki in the October/November 2005. As a consequence of this meeting PROTEOMICS journal published in 2006 a special issue “Application of Proteomics and Transcriptomics in EMF Research” (Vol. 6 No. 17; Guest Editor: D. Leszczynski). This PROTEOMICS issue presented the status of research, of the effects of electromagnetic fields using proteomics and transcriptomics methods, present in 2005.
The current overview/opinion article presents the status of research in this area by reviewing all studies that were published by the end of 2010. The review work was a part of the European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) Action BM0704 that created a structure in which researchers in the field of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health shared knowledge and information.
The review was performed by the authors, members of the COST Action BM0704 Task Group on the High-Throughput Screening Techniques and Electro-Magnetic Fields (TG-HTST-EMF)…”
From the conclusions:
“…As yet, there is no convincing link to any long-term or short-term harmful effects of EMF from the studies performed so far, although clearly the activation of oncogenes would be a matter for concern. Independent confirmation of such effects using the same EMF exposure conditions in the same cell type remains a highly desirable first step in establishing whether such bioeffects are real and reproducible.
However, it is necessary to remember that the vast majority of the studies presented have been examining “acute effects”, where biological models were exposed to a single dose of EMF and shortly afterwards the pattern of protein and/or gene expression was examined. This experimental set-up is often very different from the reality of peoples’ exposure to various kinds of EMF, where they are being exposed over and over again in the course of many years. So, even if single EMF exposures cause only minimal, fully reversible effects like slightly changed phosphorylation of proteins, multiple EMF challenges might increase the risk that one of these changes might lead to an irreversible effect…”
Note: the review of the recent Greek proteomics study, that was reviewed earlier on BRHP, is not included in the above review/opinion article as the Greek study was published after the formal cut-off date for this review.