Journal Article Investigation of transcriptional responses of juvenile mouse bone marrow to power frequency magnetic fields.

Kabacik, Sylwia  ,  Kirschenlohr, Heide  ,  Raffy, Claudine  ,  Whitehill, Kevin  ,  Coster, Margaret  ,  Abe, Masumi  ,  Brindle, Kevin  ,  Badie, Christophe  ,  Sienkiewicz, Zenon  ,  Bouffler, Simon

745-746p.40-5 , 2016-01
To seek alterations in gene transcription in bone marrow cells following in vivo exposure of juvenile mice to power frequency magnetic fields, young (21-24-day old) C57BL/6 mice were exposed to a 100μT 50Hz magnetic field for 2h. Transcription was analysed by three methods, High Coverage Expression Profiling (HiCEP), Illumina microarrays and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR). A pilot HiCEP experiment with 6 exposed (E) and 6 non-exposed (NE) mice identified four candidate responsive transcripts (two unknown transcripts (AK152075 and F10-NED), phosphatidylinositol binding clathrin assembly protein (Picalm) and exportin 7 (Xpo7)). A larger experiment compared 19 E and 15 NE mice using two independent QRT-PCR assays and repeated microarray assays. No significant field-dependent changes were seen, although Picalm showed a trend to significance in one QRT-PCR assay (E/NE=0.91; P=0.06). However, the study was underpowered to detect an effect of this magnitude (52% power at P=0.05). These data indicate the current experimental constraints in detecting small changes in transcription that may occur in response to magnetic fields. These constraints result from technical limitations in the accuracy of assays and biological variation, which together were sufficient to account statistically for the number of differentially expressed transcripts identified in the pilot experiment.

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