Search for the Effect of Millimeter Waves on Synaptic Processes in the Central Nervous System

  • Andrei G. Pakhomov
  • Kenneth H. Prol
  • Satnam P. Mathur
  • Yahya Akyel

Abstract

A number of studies have demonstrated that low-intensity millimeter waves (MMW) can affect the function of membranes and excitable tissues. A short-term MMW exposure activated Ca++ pump in the sarcoplasmic reticulum of skeletal and heart muscles1, modified the activation characteristics of Ca++ -activated K+. channels2, suppressed or facilitated transmembrane chloride current3, altered action potential conduction in isolated nerves4–7 and cardiac pacemaker activity5. The present work is the first attempt to study MMW effect on key processes of interneuronal interaction, namely on mono-and polysynaptic transmission in the central nervous system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrei G. Pakhomov
    • 1
  • Kenneth H. Prol
    • 2
  • Satnam P. Mathur
    • 2
  • Yahya Akyel
    • 2
  1. 1.US Army Medical Research DetachmentBrooks Air Force BaseSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.McKesson BioServicesBrooks Air Force BaseSan AntonioUSA

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