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Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

Joachim Breckow, Samaneh Emami, Sara Amalhaf, Arwin Beshgard, Jonas Buermeyer, Kaija Spruck
The radiation detriment in ICRP 103 is defined as the product of the organ-specific risk coefficient and the damage that may be associated with a cancer type or hereditary effect. This is used to indicate a weighted risk according to the radiation sensitivity of different organs and the severity of damage that may possibly arise. While the risk refers to radiation exposure parameters, the extent of damage is independent of radiation. The parameters that are not affected by radiation are lethality, impairment of quality of life, and reduced life expectancy, which are considered as quantities associated with the severity of disease or damage...
January 23, 2018: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Wei Liu, Zhenyu Tan, Liming Zhang, Christophe Champion
This study presents the correlation between energy deposition and clustered DNA damage, based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the spectrum of direct DNA damage induced by low-energy electrons including the dissociative electron attachment. Clustered DNA damage is classified as simple and complex in terms of the combination of single-strand breaks (SSBs) or double-strand breaks (DSBs) and adjacent base damage (BD). The results show that the energy depositions associated with about 90% of total clustered DNA damage are below 150 eV...
January 15, 2018: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Claudia Dalke, Frauke Neff, Savneet Kaur Bains, Scott Bright, Deborah Lord, Peter Reitmeir, Ute Rößler, Daniel Samaga, Kristian Unger, Herbert Braselmann, Florian Wagner, Matthias Greiter, Maria Gomolka, Sabine Hornhardt, Sarah Kunze, Stefan J Kempf, Lillian Garrett, Sabine M Hölter, Wolfgang Wurst, Michael Rosemann, Omid Azimzadeh, Soile Tapio, Michaela Aubele, Fabian Theis, Christoph Hoeschen, Predrag Slijepcevic, Munira Kadhim, Michael Atkinson, Horst Zitzelsberger, Ulrike Kulka, Jochen Graw
Because of the increasing application of ionizing radiation in medicine, quantitative data on effects of low-dose radiation are needed to optimize radiation protection, particularly with respect to cataract development. Using mice as mammalian animal model, we applied a single dose of 0, 0.063, 0.125 and 0.5 Gy at 10 weeks of age, determined lens opacities for up to 2 years and compared it with overall survival, cytogenetic alterations and cancer development. The highest dose was significantly associated with increased body weight and reduced survival rate...
January 11, 2018: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
W Rühm, Anna A Friedl, A Wojcik
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December 19, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Therése Geber-Bergstrand, Christian Bernhardsson, Maria Christiansson, Sören Mattsson, Christopher L Rääf
In this study the dosimetric properties of alumina (Al2O3) substrates found in resistors retrieved from mobile phones were investigated. Measurements of the decline of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) generated following exposure of these substrates to ionising radiation showed that 16% of the signal could still be detected after 2 years (735 days). Further, the magnitude of the regenerative dose (calibration dose; D i) had no impact on the accuracy of dose estimates. Therefore, it is recommended that the D i be set as low as is practicable, so as to accelerate data retrieval...
December 18, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
M Kreuzer, A Auvinen, E Cardis, M Durante, M Harms-Ringdahl, J R Jourdain, B G Madas, A Ottolenghi, S Pazzaglia, K M Prise, R Quintens, L Sabatier, S Bouffler
MELODI (Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative) is a European radiation protection research platform with focus on research on health risks after exposure to low-dose ionising radiation. It was founded in 2010 and currently includes 44 members from 18 countries. A major activity of MELODI is the continuous development of a long-term European Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) on low-dose risk for radiation protection. The SRA is intended to identify priorities for national and European radiation protection research programs as a basis for the preparation of competitive calls at the European level...
December 15, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
K Brudecki, A Szczodry, T Mróz, A Kowalska, J W Mietelski
This paper presents results of 131I air activity measurements performed within nuclear medical hospitals as a tool for internal dose assessment. The study was conducted at a place of preparation and administration of 131I ("hot room") and at a nurse station. 131I activity measurements were performed for 5 and 4 consecutive working days, at the "hot room" and nurse station, respectively. Iodine from the air was collected by a mobile HVS-30 aerosol sampler combined with a gas sampler. Both the gaseous and aerosol fractions were measurement...
December 14, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Hiroyuki Yano, Ryoji Hamanaka, Miki Nakamura-Ota, Juan Juan Zhang, Noritaka Matsuo, Hidekatsu Yoshioka
Radiation-induced fibrosis (RIF) is thought to involve the excessive accumulation of collagen and other extracellular matrix components; previously, we reported that ionizing radiation increased the type I collagen expression and that transforming growth factor (TGF)-β was involved in this increase through activating its downstream mediator, Smad3. A recent study found that microRNAs (miRNAs)-small, noncoding sequences approximately 20 nucleotides long-negatively regulate the gene expression posttranscriptionally, and it has been suggested that miRNAs play essential roles in cellular processes, including fibrosis...
December 11, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Helmut Schöllnberger, Markus Eidemüller, Harry M Cullings, Cristoforo Simonetto, Frauke Neff, Jan Christian Kaiser
The scientific community faces important discussions on the validity of the linear no-threshold (LNT) model for radiation-associated cardiovascular diseases at low and moderate doses. In the present study, mortalities from cerebrovascular diseases (CeVD) and heart diseases from the latest data on atomic bomb survivors were analyzed. The analysis was performed with several radio-biologically motivated linear and nonlinear dose-response models. For each detrimental health outcome one set of models was identified that all fitted the data about equally well...
December 8, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
John Cologne, Dale L Preston, Eric J Grant, Harry M Cullings, Kotaro Ozasa
It was recently suggested that earlier reports on solid-cancer mortality and incidence in the Life Span Study of atomic-bomb survivors contain still-useful information about low-dose risk that should not be ignored, because longer follow-up may lead to attenuated estimates of low-dose risk due to longer time since exposure. Here it is demonstrated, through the use of all follow-up data and risk models stratified on period of follow-up (as opposed to sub-setting the data by follow-up period), that the appearance of risk attenuation over time may be the result of less-precise risk estimation-in particular, imprecise estimation of effect-modification parameters-in the earlier periods...
November 21, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Mohammad Abuqbeitah, Mustafa Demir, Lebriz Uslu-Beşli, Nami Yeyin, Kerim Sönmezoğlu
The main target of this work is to examine blood clearance and external exposure for (177)Lu-DOTATATE compared with new emerging (177)Lu-PSMA therapy. Blood clearance and radiation exposure of 31 patients treated with 5.5 ± 1.1 GBq (177)Lu-DOTATATE were compared to those of 23 patients treated with 7.4 GBq (177)Lu-PSMA. Dose rates were measured at several distances and time points up to 120 h after treatment. Blood samples were collected conjunctively after infusion. Caregiver's cumulative dose was measured by means of an OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) dosimeter for 4-5 days and medical staff's dose was also estimated using electronic personal dosimeters...
November 17, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Qianlin Cao, Wei Liu, Jingdong Wang, Jianping Cao, Hongying Yang
Space radiation cancer risk may be a potential obstacle for long-duration spaceflight. Among all types of cancer space radiation may induce, lung cancer has been estimated to be the largest potential risk. Although previous animal study has shown that Fe ions, the most important contributor to the total dose equivalent of space radiation, induced a higher incidence of lung tumorigenesis per dose than X-rays, the underlying mechanisms at cellular level remained unclear. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated long-term biological changes in NL20 human bronchial epithelial cells after exposure to Fe ion or X-ray irradiation...
November 10, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Nailya Chaizhunusova, Madina Madiyeva, Kimio Tanaka, Masaharu Hoshi, Noriyuki Kawano, Yoshihiro Noso, Nobuo Takeichi, Tolebay Rakhypbekov, Nailya Urazalina, Galina Dovgal, Tamara Rymbaeva, Sholpan Tokanova, Meruert Beisengazina, Kulypash Kembayeva, Ken Inoue
More than 400 nuclear explosion tests were conducted at the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site (SNTS) and significant radioactive substances were released. The long-term consequences of the activities at the SNTS and the appearance of any hereditary effects remain insufficiently studied about 25 years after the test site was closed. The population living in villages near the SNTS are considered to have been heavily exposed to external and internal radiation. This study aims to perform an assessment and comprehensive cytogenetic analysis of the inhabitants living near the SNTS, and their first-(F1) and second-(F2) generation children...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Van Tran, Mark P Little
Murine experiments were conducted at the JANUS reactor in Argonne National Laboratory from 1970 to 1992 to study the effect of acute and protracted radiation dose from gamma rays and fission neutron whole body exposure. The present study reports the reanalysis of the JANUS data on 36,718 mice, of which 16,973 mice were irradiated with neutrons, 13,638 were irradiated with gamma rays, and 6107 were controls. Mice were mostly Mus musculus, but one experiment used Peromyscus leucopus. For both types of radiation exposure, a Cox proportional hazards model was used, using age as timescale, and stratifying on sex and experiment...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Salvatore Gallo, Giuseppina Iacoviello, Salvatore Panzeca, Ivan Veronese, Antonio Bartolotta, Daniele Dondi, Anna Maria Gueli, Gianfranco Loi, Anna Longo, Eleonora Mones, Maurizio Marrale
This work deals with the dosimetric features of a particular phenolic compound (IRGANOX 1076(®)) for dosimetry of clinical photon beams by using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. After the optimization of the ESR readout parameters (namely modulation amplitude and microwave power) to maximise the signal without excessive spectrum distortions, basic dosimetric properties of laboratory-made phenolic dosimeters in pellet form, such as reproducibility, dose-response, sensitivity, linearity and dose rate dependence were investigated...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Aneta Gajowik, Małgorzata M Dobrzyńska
Many studies suggest that exogenous antioxidants may protect cells against DNA damage caused with ionizing radiation. One of the most powerful antioxidants is lycopene (LYC), a carotenoid derived from tomatoes. The aim of this study was to investigate, using the comet assay, whether LYC can act as protectors/modifiers and prevent DNA damage induced in human blood lymphocytes, as well as to mitigate the effects of radiation exposure. In this project, LYC, dissolved in DMSO at a concentration of 10, 20 or 40 μM/ml of cell suspension, was added to the isolated lymphocytes from human blood at appropriate intervals before or after the X-irradiation at doses of 0...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Evgenia I Tolstykh, Marina O Degteva, Alexandra V Vozilova, Lynn R Anspaugh
The method of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) applied to peripheral blood T lymphocytes is used for retrospective dose estimation, and the results obtained from the analysis of stable chromosomal aberrations are usually interpreted as a dose accumulated in the red bone marrow (RBM). However, after local internal exposure of the RBM, doses derived from FISH were found to be lower than those derived from direct measurements of radionuclides accumulated in the bodies of exposed persons. These results were obtained for people residing near the Techa River contaminated by (89,90)Sr (beta-emitters) in 1949-1956 (Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia)...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Andrea Monti Hughes, Juan Longhino, Esteban Boggio, Vanina A Medina, Diego J Martinel Lamas, Marcela A Garabalino, Elisa M Heber, Emiliano C C Pozzi, María E Itoiz, Romina F Aromando, David W Nigg, Verónica A Trivillin, Amanda E Schwint
Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is based on selective accumulation of B-10 carriers in tumor followed by neutron irradiation. We demonstrated, in 2001, the therapeutic effect of BNCT mediated by BPA (boronophenylalanine) in the hamster cheek pouch model of oral cancer, at the RA-6 nuclear reactor. Between 2007 and 2011, the RA-6 was upgraded, leading to an improvement in the performance of the BNCT beam (B2 configuration). Our aim was to evaluate BPA-BNCT radiotoxicity and tumor control in the hamster cheek pouch model of oral cancer at the new "B2" configuration...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Tomomi Kurashige, Mika Shimamura, Yuji Nagayama
We evaluated the effect of the antioxidant N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) on the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), DNA double strand breaks (DSB) and micronuclei (MN) induced by internal and external irradiation using a rat thyroid cell line PCCL3. In internal irradiation experiments, ROS and DSB levels increased immediately after (131)I addition and then gradually declined, resulting in very high levels of MN at 24 and 48 h. NAC administration both pre- and also post-(131)I addition suppressed ROS, DSB and MN...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Astrid Kloosterman, Teun van Dillen, Harmen Bijwaard, Sylvia Heeneman, Saske Hoving, Fiona A Stewart, Fieke Dekkers
Atherosclerosis is the development of lipid-laden plaques in arteries and is nowadays considered as an inflammatory disease. It has been shown that high doses of ionizing radiation, as used in radiotherapy, can increase the risk of development or progression of atherosclerosis. To elucidate the effects of radiation on atherosclerosis, we propose a mathematical model to describe radiation-promoted plaque development. This model distinguishes itself from other models by combining plaque initiation and plaque growth, and by incorporating information from biological experiments...
November 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
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