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Journal of Radiation Research

Hideya Yamazaki, Gen Suzuki, Satoaki Nakamura, Ken Yoshida, Koji Konishi, Teruki Teshima, Kazuhiko Ogawa
Early laryngeal, especially glottic, cancer is a good candidate for radiotherapy because obvious early symptoms (e.g. hoarseness) make earlier treatment possible and with highly successful localized control. This type of cancer is also a good model for exploring the basic principles of radiation oncology and several key findings (e.g. dose, fractionation, field size, patient fixation, and overall treatment time) have been noted. For example, unintended poor outcomes have been reported during transition from 60Cobalt to linear accelerator installation in the 1960s, with usage of higher energy photons causing poor dose distribution...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Yusuke Fujii, Taeko Matsuura, Seishin Takao, Yuka Matsuzaki, Takaaki Fujii, Naoki Miyamoto, Kikuo Umegaki, Kentaro Nishioka, Shinichi Shimizu, Hiroki Shirato
For proton spot scanning, use of a real-time-image gating technique incorporating an implanted marker and dual fluoroscopy facilitates mitigation of the dose distribution deterioration caused by interplay effects. This study explored the advantages of using a real-time-image gating technique, with a focus on prostate cancer. Two patient-positioning methods using fiducial markers were compared: (i) patient positioning only before beam delivery, and (ii) patient positioning both before and during beam delivery using a real-time-gating technique...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Chulhwan Hwang, Ja Mee Kim, JungHoon Kim
The purpose of this study was to analyse the effects of the type, concentration, and nanoparticle diameter of dose enhancement materials on the dose enhancement of low- and high-energy megavoltage (MV) X-rays acquired from a medical linear accelerator using Monte Carlo simulation. Monte Carlo simulation was performed with the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport (MCNPX) code, using the energy spectrum of the linear accelerator and a mathematical Snyder head phantom. A 5-cm-diameter virtual tumour was defined in the centre of the phantom...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Fang Chen, Mingqiang Shen, Dongfeng Zeng, Cheng Wang, Song Wang, Shilei Chen, Yong Tang, Mengjia Hu, Mo Chen, Yongping Su, Xinze Ran, Yang Xu, Junping Wang
Thrombocytopenia is an important cause of hemorrhage and death after radiation injury, but the pathogenesis of radiation-induced thrombocytopenia has not been fully characterized. Here, we investigated the influence of radiation-induced endothelial cell injury on platelet regeneration. We found that human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) underwent a high rate of apoptosis, accompanied by a significant reduction in the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) at 96 h after radiation. Subsequent investigations revealed that radiation injury lowered the ability of HUVECs to attract migrating megakaryocytes (MKs)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Kent B Pfeifer, Komandoor E Achyuthan, Matthew Allen, Michele L B Denton, Michael P Siegal, Ronald P Manginell
Neutron sensing is critical in civilian and military applications. Conventional neutron sensors are limited by size, weight, cost, portability and helium supply. Here the microfabrication of gadolinium (Gd) conversion material-based heterojunction diodes for detecting thermal neutrons using electrical signals produced by internal conversion electrons (ICEs) is described. Films with negligible stress were produced at the tensile-compressive crossover point, enabling Gd coatings of any desired thickness by controlling the radiofrequency sputtering power and using the zero-point near p(Ar) of 50 mTorr at 100 W...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Liling Su, Aziguli Yimaer, Xiaoxia Wei, Zhengping Xu, Guangdi Chen
Epidemiological studies have indicated a possible association between extremely low-frequency magnetic field (ELF-MF) exposure and the risk of nervous system diseases. However, laboratory studies have not provided consistent results for clarifying this association, despite many years of studies. In this study, we have systematically investigated the effects of 50 Hz MF exposure on DNA damage and cellular functions in both neurogenic tumor cell lines (U251, A172, SH-SY5Y) and primary cultured neurogenic cells from rats (astrocytes, microglia, cortical neurons)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Hui Zhou, Kasumi Kawamura, Hiromi Yanagihara, Junya Kobayashi, Qiu-Mei Zhang-Akiyama
Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS), a condition similar to Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), is a radiation-hypersensitive genetic disorder showing chromosomal instability, radio-resistant DNA synthesis, immunodeficiency, and predisposition to malignances. The product of the responsible gene, NBS1, forms a complex with MRE11 and RAD50 (MRN complex). The MRN complex is necessary for the DNA damage-induced activation of ATM. However, the regulation of MRN complex formation is still unclear. Here, we investigated the regulatory mechanisms of MRN complex formation...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Shoki Inui, Kazumasa Minami, Emiko Ito, Hiromasa Imaizumi, Seiji Mori, Masahiko Koizumi, Satsuki Fukushima, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yoshiki Sawa, Nariaki Matsuura
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have demonstrated they can undergo self-renewal, attain pluripotency, and differentiate into various types of functional cells. In clinical transplantation of iPS cells, however, a major problem is the prevention of tumorigenesis. We speculated that tumor formation could be inhibited by means of irradiation. Since the main purpose of this study was to explore the prevention of tumor formation in human iPS (hiPS) cells, we tested the effects of irradiation on tumor-associated factors such as radiosensitivity, pluripotency and cell death in hiPS cells...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Y Ozaki, H Watanabe, A Kaida, M Miura, K Nakagawa, K Toda, R Yoshimura, Y Sumi, T Kurabayashi
Early stage oral cancer can be cured with oral brachytherapy, but whole-body radiation exposure status has not been previously studied. Recently, the International Commission on Radiological Protection Committee (ICRP) recommended the use of ICRP phantoms to estimate radiation exposure from external and internal radiation sources. In this study, we used a Monte Carlo simulation with ICRP phantoms to estimate whole-body exposure from oral brachytherapy. We used a Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) to model oral brachytherapy with 192Ir hairpins and 198Au grains and to perform a Monte Carlo simulation on the ICRP adult reference computational phantoms...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Aiko Nagai, Yuta Shibamoto, Masanori Yoshida, Koji Inoda, Yuzo Kikuchi
This study investigated the differences in dose-volume parameters for the breast and normal tissues during TomoDirectTM (TD) intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), TD-3D conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) and 3DCRT plans, all using two beams, and analyzed treatment outcomes of two-beam TD-IMRT for breast cancer after breast-conserving surgery. Between August 2011 and January 2015, 152 patients were treated using two-beam TD-IMRT with 50 Gy/25 fractions. Among them, 20 patients with left-sided breast cancer were randomly chosen, and two-beam TD-IMRT, TD-3DCRT and 3DCRT plans were created for each patient...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Ken Ando, Hidetoshi Fujita, Akihiro Hosoi, Liqiu Ma, Masaru Wakatsuki, Ken-Ichiro Seino, Kazuhiro Kakimi, Takashi Imai, Takashi Shimokawa, Takashi Nakano
Carbon-ion radiotherapy (CIRT) is an advanced radiotherapy and has achieved good local control, even in tumors that are resistant to conventional photon beam radiotherapy (PBRT). However, distant metastasis control is an important issue. Recently, the combination of radiotherapy and immunotherapy has attracted the attention. In immunotherapy, dendritic cells (DCs) play a pivotal role in the anti-tumor immune system. However, the mechanisms underlying the combination therapy of DCs and radiotherapy have been unclear...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Alexis J Haas, Yann Le Page, Maxim Zhadobov, Ronan Sauleau, Yves Le Dréan, Christian Saligaut
Several forthcoming wireless telecommunication systems will use electromagnetic frequencies at millimeter waves (MMWs), and technologies developed around the 60-GHz band will soon know a widespread distribution. Free nerve endings within the skin have been suggested to be the targets of MMW therapy which has been used in the former Soviet Union. So far, no studies have assessed the impact of MMW exposure on neuronal metabolism. Here, we investigated the effects of a 24-h MMW exposure at 60.4 GHz, with an incident power density (IPD) of 5 mW/cm², on the dopaminergic turnover of NGF-treated PC12 cells...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Anussara Prayongrat, Chakkapong Chakkabat, Danita Kannarunimit, Pokrath Hansasuta, Chawalit Lertbutsayanukul
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA has been recognized as a promising tumor marker for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). This study aims to demonstrate the prevalence of plasma EBV DNA and its temporal correlation with treatment outcomes in the modern era. A total of 204 patients with Stage I-IVB NPC treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) were enrolled. Quantitative plasma EBV DNA measurement was performed before treatment (pre-IMRT), on the fifth week of radiation (mid-IMRT), at 3 months after radiation (post-IMRT), then every 6 months until disease relapse...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Tetsuo Nakajima, Bing Wang, Tetsuya Ono, Yoshihiko Uehara, Shingo Nakamura, Kazuaki Ichinohe, Ignacia Braga-Tanaka, Satoshi Tanaka, Kimio Tanaka, Mitsuru Nenoi
Molecular mechanisms of radiation dose-rate effects are not well understood. Among many possibilities, long-lasting sustained alterations in protein levels would provide critical information. To evaluate sustained effects after acute and chronic radiation exposure, we analyzed alterations in protein expression in the livers of mice. Acute exposure consisted of a lethal dose of 8 Gy and a sublethal dose of 4 Gy, with analysis conducted 6 days and 3 months after irradiation, respectively. Chronic irradiation consisted of a total dose of 8 Gy delivered over 400 days (20 mGy/day)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Yuki Tamari, Genro Kashino, Hiromu Mori
Interleukin (IL)-6 is a multifunctional cytokine and is one of the radiation-induced bystander factors. This study aimed to clarify the mechanism of acquisition of radioresistance through the control of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by IL-6. We used a rat glioma cell line (C6) as tumor cells and a rat astrocyte cell line (RNB) as non-tumor cells. Our results showed that the surviving fraction of C6 cells after 6 Gy irradiation was increased by the addition of IL-6, but that this was not the case in RNB cells...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Yoshiki Takayama, Noriyuki Kadoya, Takaya Yamamoto, Kengo Ito, Mizuki Chiba, Kousei Fujiwara, Yuya Miyasaka, Suguru Dobashi, Kiyokazu Sato, Ken Takeda, Keiichi Jingu
This study aimed to evaluate the performance of the hybrid deformable image registration (DIR) method in comparison with intensity-based DIR for pelvic cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) images, using intensity and anatomical information. Ten prostate cancer patients treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) were studied. Nine or ten CBCT scans were performed for each patient. First, rigid registration was performed between the planning CT and all CBCT images using gold fiducial markers, and then DIR was performed...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Seo Hee Choi, Jee Suk Chang, Nam Kyu Kim, Joon Seok Lim, Byung So Min, Hyuk Hur, Sang Joon Shin, Joong Bae Ahn, Yong Bae Kim, Woong Sub Koom
The aim of this study was to report the clinical results of reduced pelvic field radiotherapy (RT), excluding the anastomotic site, after total mesorectal excision in selected patients with rectal cancer. Between 2011 and 2014, 99 patients underwent upfront surgery for clinically less-advanced tumors but were finally diagnosed as pT3/N+. Among them, 50 patients with mid-upper rectal cancer who received postoperative RT with a reduced pelvic field were included in this retrospective review. This group was composed of patients with high seated tumors, complete resection with a clear circumferential resection margin, and no complication during surgery...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Yu Ohkubo, Yoshihiro Saito, Hiroki Ushijima, Masahiro Onishi, Tomoko Kazumoto, Jun-Ichi Saitoh, Nobuko Kubota, Hirofumi Kobayashi, Nobuo Maseki, Yu Nishimura, Masafumi Kurosumi
This study aimed to assess the long-term outcomes of radiotherapy in patients with localized gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma. Twenty-seven patients with Stage I gastric MALT lymphoma were treated with radiotherapy from 1999 to 2010. The median age was 65 years (range: 31-84). Fifteen patients were Helicobacter pylori-negative. Thirteen patients were treated with definitive radiotherapy alone. The other 14 patients who had refractory or residual disease following a prior treatment received salvage radiotherapy...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Kensuke Naganawa, Masashi Koto, Ryo Takagi, Azusa Hasegawa, Hiroaki Ikawa, Kazuo Shimozato, Tadashi Kamada, Yoshitaka Okamoto
Oral mucosal malignant melanoma (OMM) is extremely rare and has a poor prognosis. Owing to its rarity, it has not yet been possible to establish an optimal treatment modality. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy of carbon-ion radiotherapy (C-ion RT) for OMM. Between 1997 and 2013, 19 patients with OMM were treated with C-ion RT alone. Patient ages ranged from 44 to 84 years (median, 69 years). Nine men and 10 women were included. OMMs were restaged in accordance with the seventh edition of the tumour/node/metastasis (TNM) Staging System of the International Union Against Cancer...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
Satoshi Tamada, Noriko Ninomiya, Koichiro Kitamoto, Minoru Kato, Takeshi Yamasaki, Taro Iguchi, Tetsuji Ohmachi, Tatsuya Nakatani
We sought to investigate the long-term outcomes after radical prostatectomy (RP) and external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) for the treatment of localized prostate cancer in Japanese patients. RP and radiation therapy are curative treatments for localized prostate cancer. However, there is controversy around which treatment is superior in Japanese patients. The aim of our retrospective study was to compare the long-term clinical outcomes of each treatment. We retrospectively evaluated the overall survival (OS), cancer-specific survival (CSS) and biochemical failure-free survival (BFS) for patients who had been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and treated with RP (n = 248) or conventional 2D or 3D-CRT EBRT (n = 182) between 1995 and 2009...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
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