Reply to the letter sent by Prof. Viroj Wiwanitkit entitled “Radiofrequency Radiation and Human Ferritinâ€Reply to the letter sent by Prof. Viroj Wiwanitkit entitled “Radiofrequency Radiation and Human Ferritin†Authors of the article entitled “Effects

Jaffar Fattahi asl, Milad Baradaran, Molood Baradaran, Mojtaba Karbalae, Hamid Reza Baradaran



Reply to the letter sent by Prof. Viroj Wiwanitkit entitled “Radiofrequency Radiation and Human Ferritinâ€


Authors of the article entitled “Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation on Human Ferritin: An In-Vitro Enzymun Assay†[1] would like to express their satisfactions, since the manuscript have been accessed and used as an element of reflection by a renowned researchers such as Prof. Wiwanitkit.

This letter is just to discuss the issues raised and the suggestions made by Prof. Wiwanitkit in his letter to the editor commenting our article.

The first point refers to the principle that in an actual in-vivo case, the dosage of radiation is very different from the simple in-vitro study. Hence, the exact in-vivo situation cannot be concluded from the published paper [2]. While, in our paper we stated that “due to limitations and difficulties associated with in-vivo studies, at this work an in-vitro experiment was performed to investigate the effects of exposure to the cell phone on the ferritin level. Nevertheless, in-vivo studies, whether on animals or human beings, may provide more convincing evidence of the EMF effects.†[3, 4] Even thought, we studied only one aspect of the human serum, using available in-vitro methods. In another experiment, Barteri et al. studied the in-vitro interaction between RF radiation and proteins of different species. They have demonstrated that mobile phone exposure, affects the structural and biochemical characteristics of an important CNS enzyme [5].

Furthermore, it has been shown that RF fields at 300 MHz to about 3 GHz, at which significant local and non-uniform absorption occurs, induce torques on molecules that can result in displacement of ions from unperturbed positions, vibrations in bound charges (both electrons and ions), and rotation and reorientation of dipolar molecules such as water [6]. This may lead to oxidative stress and rapid diffusion of the human ferritin level.

Considering the second point, it should be noted that the mobile phone used in our study, worked at 900 MHz frequency. While, the mentioned study indicating that the ultrasonic radiofrequency signal had no effect on ferritin level in thalassemia patients was performed using 2.5 and 3.5 MHz transducers. Moreover, in our work the samples were exposed in the assay cycle, discussed in the paper. It means that, it was impossible that the diagnostic system interfered by the phones radiation, causing spurious results. Meanwhile, we are agree that the protection of the laboratory analyzer from radiofrequency interference is important.



Keywords: Radiofrequency radiation, human ferritin, immunoassay technique, mobile phone

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