Accession Number : AD0710005

Title :   THE EFFECT OF MICROWAVE IRRADIATION ON THE TURNOVER RATE OF SEROTONIN AND NOREPINEPHRINE IN RAT BRAIN.

Descriptive Note : Annual summary rept. no. 1, Jun 69-May 70,

Corporate Author : JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV BALTIMORE MD

Personal Author(s) : Snyder,Solomon H.

Report Date : 15 MAY 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : This is a report covering the first year of a research program directed at detecting neurochemical alterations in laboratory animals exposed to microwave irradiation at levels of 10 mW/sq cm. At this low level of irradiation, we found that after 7 days exposure for 8 hours per day, there was a marked slowing of serotonin turnover in rat brain. This suggests that microwave irradiation decreased the firing rate of serotonin neurons in the brain. Since these neurons are know to participate in the regulation of sleep and wakefulness as well as body temperature, our findings may account for certain of the behavioral effects purportedly produced by microwave exposure. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RADIATION EFFECTS, *SEROTONIN), (*LEVARTERENOL, RADIATION EFFECTS), MICROWAVES, RATS, BRAIN, BEHAVIOR, NERVOUS SYSTEM, RADIATION DOSAGE, CHEMISTRY, NERVE CELLS, BODY TEMPERATURE, SLEEP

Subject Categories : Radiobiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE