BBEMG - Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group

Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group

Cytogenetic biomonitoring of EMF exposed workers : Reports and publications

Cytogenetic biomonitoring of EMF exposed workers : Reports and publications

Activity reports


L. Verschaeve, A. Maes, R. Anthonissen, M. Ledent

In the 2017-2021 project, Sciensano is involved in a human (cyto)genetic biomonitoring study on white blood cells from workers who are professionally exposed to high levels of electromagnetic fields and a matched control population (workers less exposed, e.g. administrative staff). Therefore well validated cytogenetic methods (comet assay and micronucleus test) will be used. 

In addition, this study will be accompanied by gene expression studies using RT-qPCR methods. A selection of relevant genes will be made and analyses will be performed in white blood cells as well as in buccal cells (in collaboration with ULB-LROT).

Estimations of exposure levels are foreseen using ELF-MF personal dosimeters.

Sciensano also collaborates with ULB-ESP in the study on the Brussels population.

Past activity reports


Publications related to BBEMG activities

Maes A, Verschaeve L. (2016)
Genetic damage in humans exposed to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields. Arch Toxicol., 90(10):2337-2348.
>> Abstract in PubMed or in our literature reviews

Verschaeve L., Wambacq S., Anthonissen R., Maes A. (2016)
Co-exposure of ELF-magnetic fields and chemical mutagens: An investigation of genotoxicity with the SOS-based VITOTOX test in Salmonella typhimurium. Mutat Res Genet Toxicol Environ Mutagen. 2016 Jan 1;795:31-5. doi: 10.1016/j.mrgentox.2015.11.003. Epub 2015 Nov 12.
>> Abstract in PubMed

Vanderstraeten J., Burda H., Verschaeve L., De Brouwer C. (2015) 
Health effects of ELF magnetic fields: considering static and medium frequency fields in studies of the cryptochrome hypothesis. Health Physics, 109, 84-89.
>> Abstract in PubMed

Vanderstraeten J., Verschaeve L., Burda H., Bouland C., de Brouwer C. (2012) 
Health effects of extremely low-frequency magnetic fields: reconsidering the melatonin hypothesis in the light of current data on magnetoreception. J. Appl. Toxicol., 32, 952-958.
>> Abstract in PubMed

Maes A., Anthonissen R., Verschaeve L. (2012)
Testing chemicals with the cytokinesisblock micronucleus cytome assay. Folia Biol., 58, 215-220.
>> Abstract in PubMed

Superior health Council/Gezondheidsraad (2012) 
Childhood leukaemia and environmental factors. Brussels Superior Health Council, 2012; Advisory report nr. 8548. Legal deposit nr. D/2012/7795/5. ISBN: 978-94-9054-230-6.
>> pdf online

Verschaeve L., Anthonissen R., Grudniewska M., Wudarski J., Gevaert L., Maes A. (2011) Genotoxicity investigation of ELF-magnetic fields in Salmonella typhimurium with the sensitive SOS-based VITOTOX test. 
Bioelectromagnetics, 32, 580-584.
>> Abstract in PubMed

Verschaeve L., Vanderstraeten J. (2011) 
Champs et ondes: quel impact sur la santé? Pour la Science, Nr. 409, 128-133.

Verschaeve L. , Brits E., Bossuyt M., Adang D., Decat G., Martens L. Joseph W. (2011) 
Niet-ioniserende stralen – Achtergronddocument 2011.
Milieurapport ( MIRA ), Vlaamse MilieuMaatschappij.

Gosselin P., Simons K., Verschaeve L., Van Nieuwenhuyse A. (2011) 
Childhood Cancer & Environment. Feasibility study for establishing a registration system for studying the relationship between childhood cancer & environment. 
NEHAP, Final report, ISSN: D/2011/2505/62.

FOD/SPF Public Health (2009).
Les champs électromagnétiques et la santé. Votre guide dans le paysage électromagnétique. 
(Contribution to and proofreading of the leaflet)

Maes A., Den Hond E., & Verschaeve L. (2007) 
Use of METAFER-image analysis system for scoring micronuclei in binucleated human white blood cells. Microscopy and Analysis 21, 7-9 (EU).

Verschaeve L. (2004)
Does exposure to non ionizing radiati on induce adverse health effects in humans? Belgian J. Electro. Commun. 4, 3-24.

Verheyen G., Pauwels G., Verschaeve L., & Schoeters G. (2003)
The effect of co-exposure of 50 Hz magnetic fields and an aneugen on human lymphocytes, determined by the cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay. Bioelectromagnetics , 24, 160-164.
>> Abstract in PubMed

Bergqvist U. , Brix J., de Gruijl F., de Seze R.,Hietanen M., Jeffereys J.G.R., Lagroye I. , Lotz G.W., Owen R.D., Repacholi M.H., Saunders R., Tenforde T.S., Verschaeve L., & Veyret B. (2003) 
Review of experimental investigations of EMF biological effects (0-100 kHz) - ICNIRP Standing committee II. In: Matthes R., McKinley A., Bernhardt J., Vecchia P., Veyret B., eds., Exposure to static and low frequency electromagnetic fields, biological effects and health consequences . ICNIRP13/2003, ISBN 3-934994-03-2.

Verschaeve, L . (2003). 
Scientific Facts on electromagnetic fields from Power Lines, Wiring & Appliances. Greenfacts online publication; cf.

Van Den Heuvel R., Leppens H., Nematova G., & Verschaeve L. (2001) 
Haemopoietic cell proliferation in murine bone marrow cells exposed to extreme low-frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields. Toxicol. In Vitro 15, 351-355.

De Ridder M., Decat G., Verschaeve L., & Bossuyt M. (2001) 
Niet-ioniserende stralen. Milieu- en Natuurrapport Vl aan deren , MIRA-T, Garant, Leuven-Apeldoorn, pp.431-439.

Maes A., Collier M., Vandoninck S., & Verschaeve L. (2000) 
Cytogenetic effects of 50 Hz magnetic fields of different magnetic flux densities. Bioelectromagnetics 21, 589-596.

Verschaeve L. (1999) 
Hoogspanningslijnen, mobiele telefonie en gezondheid. Lucht 2, 52-54.

Martens L., & Verschaeve L. (1998) 
Niet-ioniserende stralen. Milieu en Natuurraport Vl aan deren , MIRA-T, Garant, Leuven-Apeldoorn, 323-333.

Maes A., L. & Verschaeve (1997) 
Biologische effecten van electromagnetische velden: extreem lage- en Radiofrequenties. Arbeidsgezondheidszorg & Ergonomie , XXXIV, 129-130.

Verschaeve L. (1994) 
EC symposium hears more evidence of harmful NIR effects. Electromagnet. VDU News , 4(3-4), 14-16.

Verschaeve L. (1995) 
Can non-ionizing radiation induce cancer? Cancer J. 8, 237-249.

Martens L., Verschaeve L., Maes A., & De Wagter C. (1994) 
III.10B Hinder: niet-ioniserende stralen. In: Leren om te keren . Milieu- en Natuurrapport Vl aan deren, A. Verbruggen, ed., Garant, Leuven-Apeldoorn, pp. 411-428.

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