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Evaluation of the Inhibiting Effects from Exposure to Microwaves on the Respiratory Activity of Yeast Cells or on Enzyme Activity

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Microwaves are used in medical applications, so their eventual toxicity effects must be carefully evaluated. An integral toxicity test, based on the monitoring of the respiratory activity of yeast cells, is proposed to evaluate the damage from microwave exposure. Different exposure times and microwave powers were considered. On supposing that the damages occur at enzymatic levels, the inhibiting effects of microwave exposure on two enzymes (glucose oxidase (GOD) and superoxide dismutase (SOD)), assumed like models as present in the human organism, was evaluated.

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Keywords: biosensor; enzymes; inhibition; microwaves; respirometry; yeast cells

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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