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Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society

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OYARCE, Gabriela et al. EFFECT OF WI-FI RADIOFREQUENCIES ON THE CONTENT OF FATTY ACID AND ERGOSTEROL, A PRECURSOR OF VITAMIN D, IN IN VITRO CULTURES OF THE FUNGUS Serpula himantioides. J. Chil. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2021, vol.66, n.1, pp.5125-5129. ISSN 0717-9707.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-97072021000105125.

In the microwave-radiofrequency spectrum, Wi-Fi is a short-range wireless broadband technology, which transmits at a frequency of 2.5 GHz. This type of technology has been positioned itself as one of the most widely used technological advances in recent years. It has been reported that direct exposition to radiofrequencies can induce physiological changes in different animals and plants species. One of the degenerative effects that Wi-Fi can cause is the production of reactive oxygen species, inducing tissue damage and DNA alterations. In fungi, the effect of exposure to electromagnetic radiation in the UV spectrum has been extensively studied, the physiological effect to radiofrequencies such as Wi-Fi is unknown. In that sense, the aim of this study was to detect the main changes in metabolism of some acid fatty and ergosterol of the fungus Serpula himantioides, using gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC–MS), and evaluate the antioxidant activity of metabolites obtained from in vitro cultures of S. himantioides exposed to Wi-Fi at 2.5 GHz. The results showed an increment in the content of some the fatty acids and ergosterol, in total extracts from the fungus mycelium. Antioxidant analysis revealed that the total extracts of S. himantioides culture medium showed antioxidant capacity associated with an increment in the content of phenolic compounds. Our results suggest that direct exposition to Wi-Fi radiation produces oxidative damage by modifying cellular components in the fungus S. himantioides.

Palabras clave : Serpula himantioides; radiofrequencies Wi-Fi; metabolites; antioxidant activity.

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