Francesco Musumeci

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The exposure of primary rat neocortical astroglial cell cultures to acute electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the microwave range was studied. Differentiated astroglial cell cultures at 14 days in vitro were exposed for 5, 10, or 20min to either 900MHz continuous waves or 900MHz waves modulated in amplitude at 50Hz using a sinusoidal waveform and 100%(More)
Menadione (MD) is an effective cytotoxic drug able to produce intracellularly large amounts of superoxide anion. Quercetin (QC), a widely distributed bioflavonoid, can exert both antioxidant and pro-oxidant effects and is known to specifically inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in different cancer cell types. We have investigated the relation(More)
The emission spectrum of ultraviolet A laser induced ultraweak delayed luminescence in cell cultures of mammalian cells depended on the temperature during irradiation and photonic measurements. A new method using a sophisticated photomultiplier system was developed in order to find differences between normal and tumor cells. The maximal peak of the emitted(More)
1 “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Biophysics Dept., Bucharest, Romania 2 National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering NIPNE-HH Bucharest, Romania 3 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania, Italy 4 Dip. di Metodologie Fisiche e Chimiche per l’Ingegneria, Università di Catania, Italy 5 Faculty(More)
This paper compares some features of the delayed luminescence in the seconds range emitted from an unicellular alga Acetabularia acetabulum and from some solid state systems. Results lead us to think that such delayed luminescence is connected to the dimension of the ordered structures present in both biological and solid state systems. In particular, for(More)
Following previous work, we investigated in more detail the relationship between apoptosis and delayed luminescence (DL) in human leukemia Jurkat T cells under a wide variety of treatments. We used menadione and hydrogen peroxide to induce oxidative stress and two flavonoids, quercetin, and epigallocatechin gallate, applied alone or in combination with(More)
The study of the photoinduced ultraweak photon emission in the optical wavelength range, namely the Delayed Luminescence, from human cells and tissues has an increasingly growing interest in view of its possible application in optical biopsy. Due to the low level, dedicated experimental set-up are necessary to reveal such photoluminescence signal. The paper(More)
Single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) is the new generation of Geiger-Muller (GM) detectors, developed with semiconductor technology, and able to detect single photons, mainly in visible range. In this work we study the signal generation process and the dead time (DT) mechanisms of the device under a constant light regime. According to our results, it is(More)
Photons participate in many atomic and molecular interactions and processes. Recent biophysical research has discovered an ultraweak radiation in biological tissues. It is now recognized that plants, animal and human cells emit this very weak biophotonic emission which can be readily measured with a sensitive photomultiplier system. UVA laser induced(More)