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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109890/sunlight-damage-to-cellular-dna-focus-on-oxidatively-generated-lesions
#1
André Passaglia Schuch, Natália Cestari Moreno, Natielen Jacques Schuch, Carlos Frederico Martins Menck, Camila Carrião Machado Garcia
The routine and often unavoidable exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation makes it one of the most significant environmental DNA-damaging agents to which humans are exposed. Sunlight, specifically UVB and UVA, triggers various types of DNA damage. Although sunlight, mainly UVB, is necessary for the production of vitamin D, which is necessary for human health, DNA damage may have several deleterious consequences, such as cell death, mutagenesis, photoaging and cancer. UVA and UVB photons can be directly absorbed not only by DNA, which results in lesions, but also by the chromophores that are present in skin cells...
January 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109526/the-threshold-vs-lnt-showdown-dose-rate-findings-exposed-flaws-in-the-lnt-model-part-1-the-russell-muller-debate
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REVIEW
Edward J Calabrese
This paper assesses the discovery of the dose-rate effect in radiation genetics and how it challenged fundamental tenets of the linear non-threshold (LNT) dose response model, including the assumptions that all mutational damage is cumulative and irreversible and that the dose-response is linear at low doses. Newly uncovered historical information also describes how a key 1964 report by the International Commission for Radiological Protection (ICRP) addressed the effects of dose rate in the assessment of genetic risk...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108874/surviving-in-isolation-genetic-variation-bottlenecks-and-reproductive-strategies-in-the-canarian-endemic-limonium-macrophyllum-plumbaginaceae
#3
Ares Jiménez, Barbara Weigelt, Arnoldo Santos-Guerra, Juli Caujapé-Castells, José María Fernández-Palacios, Elena Conti
Oceanic archipelagos are typically rich in endemic taxa, because they offer ideal conditions for diversification and speciation in isolation. One of the most remarkable evolutionary radiations on the Canary Islands comprises the 16 species included in Limonium subsection Nobiles, all of which are subject to diverse threats, and legally protected. Since many of them are single-island endemics limited to one or a few populations, there exists a risk that a loss of genetic variation might limit their long-term survival...
January 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108513/relb-expression-determines-the-differential-effects-of-ascorbic-acid-in-normal-and-cancer-cells
#4
Xiaowei Wei, Yong Xu, Fang Fang Xu, Luksana Chaiswing, David Schnell, Teresa Noel, Chi Wang, Jinfei Chen, Daret K St Clair, William H St Clair
Cancer cells typically experience higher oxidative stress than normal cells, such that elevating pro-oxidant levels can trigger cancer cell death. Although pre-exposure to mild oxidative agents will sensitize cancer cells to radiation, this pre-exposure may also activate the adaptive stress defense system in normal cells. Ascorbic acid (AA) is a prototype redox modulator that when infused intravenously appears to kill cancers without injury to normal tissues; however, the mechanisms involved remain elusive...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108101/development-of-a-high-resolution-voxelised-head-phantom-for-medical-physics-applications
#5
REVIEW
V Giacometti, S Guatelli, M Bazalova-Carter, A B Rosenfeld, R W Schulte
Computational anthropomorphic phantoms have become an important investigation tool for medical imaging and dosimetry for radiotherapy and radiation protection. The development of computational phantoms with realistic anatomical features contribute significantly to the development of novel methods in medical physics. For many applications, it is desirable that such computational phantoms have a real-world physical counterpart in order to verify the obtained results. In this work, we report the development of a voxelised phantom, the HIGH_RES_HEAD, modelling a paediatric head based on the commercial phantom 715-HN (CIRS)...
January 17, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107697/egcg-a-tea-polyphenol-as-a-potential-mitigator-of-hematopoietic-radiation-injury-in-mice
#6
Mrinalini Tiwari, Bhakti Dixit, Suhel Parvez, Paban K Agrawala
Agents capable of providing protection, mitigation or therapy against radiation injuries have long been of interest of radiation biologists owing to the ever expanding application of radiation in our day to day life despite the well reported ill effects of exposure. The current study investigates radiomitigating potential of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a tea polyphenol with known DNMT inhibitory property, in C57 Bl/6 mice model. Treatment with 0.1833mg/kg body weight EGCG, 1.5h post-irradiation to lethally whole body irradiated mice rendered 45% survival for 30days and also helped restoring the body weight of the animals...
January 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107554/inclusion-of-a-variable-rbe-into-proton-and-photon-plan-comparison-for-various-fractionation-schedules-in-prostate-radiation-therapy
#7
Jakob Ödén, Kjell Eriksson, Iuliana Toma-Dasu
PURPOSE: A constant relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of 1.1 is currently used in proton radiation therapy to account for the increased biological effectiveness compared to photon therapy. However, there is increasing evidence that proton RBE vary with the linear energy transfer (LET), the dose per fraction and the type of the tissue. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the impact of disregarding variations in RBE when comparing proton and photon dose plans for prostate treatments for various fractionation schedules using published RBE models and several α/β assumptions...
January 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107207/dynamic-mechanical-interactions-between-neighboring-airspaces-determine-cyclic-opening-and-closure-in-injured-lung
#8
Ludovic Broche, Gaetano Perchiazzi, Liisa Porra, Angela Tannoia, Mariangela Pellegrini, Savino Derosa, Alessandra Sindaco, João Batista Borges, Loïc Degrugilliers, Anders Larsson, Göran Hedenstierna, Anthony S Wexler, Alberto Bravin, Sylvia Verbanck, Bradford J Smith, Jason H T Bates, Sam Bayat
OBJECTIVES: Positive pressure ventilation exposes the lung to mechanical stresses that can exacerbate injury. The exact mechanism of this pathologic process remains elusive. The goal of this study was to describe recruitment/derecruitment at acinar length scales over short-time frames and test the hypothesis that mechanical interdependence between neighboring lung units determines the spatial and temporal distributions of recruitment/derecruitment, using a computational model. DESIGN: Experimental animal study...
January 19, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106766/the-anti-oxidant-defense-system-of-the-marine-polar-ciliate-euplotes-nobilii-characterization-of-the-msrb-gene-family
#9
Francesca Ricci, Federico M Lauro, Joseph J Grzymski, Robert Read, Rigers Bakiu, Gianfranco Santovito, Pierangelo Luporini, Adriana Vallesi
Organisms living in polar waters must cope with an extremely stressful environment dominated by freezing temperatures, high oxygen concentrations and UV radiation. To shed light on the genetic mechanisms on which the polar marine ciliate, Euplotes nobilii, relies to effectively cope with the oxidative stress, attention was focused on methionine sulfoxide reductases which repair proteins with oxidized methionines. A family of four structurally distinct MsrB genes, encoding enzymes specific for the reduction of the methionine-sulfoxide R-forms, were identified from a draft of the E...
January 18, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103709/radiation-absorbed-dose-estimates-for-18f-bpa-pet
#10
Yuzuru Kono, Hiroaki Kurihara, Hiroshi Kawamoto, Naoko Yasui, Naoki Honda, Hiroshi Igaki, Jun Itami
Background Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a molecular radiation therapy approach based on the (10)B (n, α) (7)Li nuclear reaction in cancer cells. In BNCT, delivery of (10)B in the form of 4-borono-phenylalanine conjugated with fructose (BPA-fr) to the cancer cells is important. The PET tracer 4-borono-2-18F-fluoro-phenylalanine (FBPA) has been used to predict the accumulation of BPA-fr before BNCT. Purpose To determine the biodistribution and dosimetric parameters in 18F-BPA PET/CT studies. Material and Methods Human biokinetic data were obtained during clinical 18F-BPA PET studies between February and June 2015 at one institution...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102417/does-sunlight-protect-us-from-cancer
#11
Jacqueline E Marshall, Scott N Byrne
The Ultraviolet (UV) radiation contained in sunlight is a powerful mutagen and immune suppressant which partly explains why exposure to solar UV is the biggest risk factor for the development of cutaneous tumours. Evidence is building that sunlight may be protective against some internal malignancies. Because patients with these tumours are often vitamin D deficient, this has led some to propose that vitamin D supplementation will be beneficial in the treatment of these cancers. However, the results from already completed trials have been disappointing which has given weight to the argument that there must be something else about sunlight that explains its cancer-protecting properties...
January 19, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100670/two-new-single-exposure-multi-detector-neutron-spectrometers-for-radiation-protection-applications-in-workplace-monitoring
#12
J M Gómez-Ros, R Bedogni, D Bortot, C Domingo, A Esposito, M V Introini, M Lorenzoli, G Mazzitelli, M Moraleda, A Pola, D Sacco
This communication describes two new instruments, based on multiple active thermal neutron detectors arranged within a single moderator, that permit to unfold the neutron spectrum (from thermal to hundreds of MeV) and to determine the corresponding integral quantities with only one exposure. This makes them especially advantageous for neutron field characterisation and workplace monitoring in neutron-producing facilities. One of the devices has spherical geometry and nearly isotropic response, the other one has cylindrical symmetry and it is only sensitive to neutrons incident along the cylinder axis...
January 17, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100096/targeting-therapy-resistant-cancer-stem-cells-by-hyperthermia
#13
A L Oei, L E M Vriend, P M Krawczyk, M R Horsman, N A P Franken, J Crezee
Eradication of all malignant cells is the ultimate but challenging goal of anti-cancer treatment; most traditional clinically-available approaches fail because there are cells in a tumor that either escape therapy or become therapy-resistant. A subpopulation of cancer cells, the cancer stem cells (CSCs), is considered to be of particular significance for tumor initiation, progression and metastasis. CSCs are considered in particular to be therapy-resistant and may drive disease recurrence, which positions CSCs in the focus of anti-cancer research, but successful CSC-targeting therapies are limited...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100039/low-dose-radiation-causes-skin-cancer-in-mice-and-has-a-differential-effect-on-distinct-epidermal-stem-cells
#14
Tatiana Revenco, Gaelle Lapouge, Virginie Moers, Sylvain Brohée, Panagiota A Sotiropoulou
The carcinogenic effect of ionizing radiation has been evaluated based on limited populations accidently exposed to high dose radiation. In contrast, insufficient data are available on the effect of low dose radiation, such as radiation deriving from medical investigations and interventions, as well as occupational exposure that concern a large fraction of western populations. Using mouse skin epidermis as a model, we showed that low dose radiation results in DNA damage in sebaceous gland and bulge epidermal stem cells (SCs)...
January 18, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099497/assessing-the-mental-health-impact-of-the-2011-great-japan-earthquake-tsunami-and-radiation-disaster-on-elementary-and-middle-school-children-in-the-fukushima-prefecture-of-japan
#15
Mark Lieber
BACKGROUND: On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off of Japan's Pacific coast, which was followed by huge tsunamis that destroyed many coastal cities in the area. Due to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, malfunctions occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi (Fukushima I) nuclear power plant, resulting in the release of radioactive material in the region. While recent studies have investigated the effects of these events on the mental health of adults in the region, no studies have yet been performed investigating similar effects among children...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099165/the-spectral-properties-of-dna-and-rna-macromolecules-at-low-temperatures-fundamental-and-applied-aspects
#16
Valeriy M Yashchuk, Vladislav Yu Kudrya
This paper summarizes the results of studies of the spectral properties-optical absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence-of DNA and RNA macromolecules and synthetic poly-, oligo- and mono-nucleotides, which have been carried out in our laboratory. The system of first excited singlet and triplet energy levels for DNA and RNA is evaluated using low-temperature (4.2 K-77 K) luminescent measurements. The traps of the singlet and triplet electronic excitations in these compounds are identified. An important self-protection mechanism against photo-damage of DNA and RNA by UV photons or penetrative radiation based on the capture of triplet electronic-energy excitations by the most photostable centers-in DNA, the complex formed by neighboring adenosine (A) and thymidine (T) links; in RNA, the adenosine links-is described...
January 18, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097742/differential-dehydration-effects-on-globular-proteins-and-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-during-film-formation
#17
Juliana Sakamoto Yoneda, Andew J Miles, Ana Paula Ulian de Araujo, B A Wallace
Globular proteins composed of different secondary structures and fold types were examined by synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy to determine the effects of dehydration on their secondary structures. They exhibited only minor changes upon removal of bulk water during film formation, contrary to previously reported studies of proteins dehydrated by lyophilisation (where substantial loss of helical structure and gain in sheet structure was detected). This near lack of conformational change observed for globular proteins contrasts with intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) dried in the same manner: the IDPs, which have almost completely unordered structures in solution, exhibited increased amounts of regular (mostly helical) secondary structures when dehydrated, suggesting formation of new intra-protein hydrogen bonds replacing solvent-protein hydrogen bonds, in a process which may mimic interactions that occur when IDPs bind to partner molecules...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097674/monte-carlo-simulations-of-ceiling-scatter-in-nuclear-medicine-99m-tc-131-i-and-18-f
#18
Roald S Schnerr, Anouk N de Jong, Guillaume Landry, Cécile R L P N Jeukens, Roel Wierts
PURPOSE: In the design of nuclear medicine treatment and examination rooms, an important consideration is the shielding required for ionizing radiation from the radioactive isotopes used. The shielding in the walls is normally limited to a height lower than the actual ceiling height. The direct radiation, possibly with build-up correction, can be calculated relatively easily. However, little data is available to estimate the dose contribution from ionizing radiation traveling over the wall shielding and scattering off the ceiling...
January 18, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097673/schoolyard-shade-and-sun-exposure-assessment-of-personal-monitoring-during-children-s-physical-activity
#19
Jennifer K Vanos, Grant R McKercher, Kylie Naughton, Marc Lochbaum
Childhood exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a major risk factor for the development of melanoma later in life. However, it is challenging to accurately determine personal outdoor exposure to UVR, specifically erythemally-weighted UVR (UVEry ), due to technological constraints, variable time-activity patterns, and the influence of outdoor environmental design. To address this challenge, the current study utilized mobile and stationary techniques to examine the UVEry exposures of 14 children in a schoolyard in Lubbock, TX in spring 2016...
January 18, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097230/protection-against-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-by-pfspz-vaccine
#20
Judith E Epstein, Kristopher M Paolino, Thomas L Richie, Martha Sedegah, Alexandra Singer, Adam J Ruben, Sumana Chakravarty, April Stafford, Richard C Ruck, Abraham G Eappen, Tao Li, Peter F Billingsley, Anita Manoj, Joana C Silva, Kara Moser, Robin Nielsen, Donna Tosh, Susan Cicatelli, Harini Ganeshan, Jessica Case, Debbie Padilla, Silas Davidson, Lindsey Garver, Elizabeth Saverino, Tooba Murshedkar, Anusha Gunasekera, Patrick S Twomey, Sharina Reyes, James E Moon, Eric R James, Natasha Kc, Minglin Li, Esteban Abot, Arnel Belmonte, Kevin Hauns, Maria Belmonte, Jun Huang, Carlos Vasquez, Shon Remich, Mary Carrington, Yonas Abebe, Amy Tillman, Bradley Hickey, Jason Regules, Eileen Villasante, B Kim Lee Sim, Stephen L Hoffman
BACKGROUND: A radiation-attenuated Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) sporozoite (SPZ) malaria vaccine, PfSPZ Vaccine, protected 6 of 6 subjects (100%) against homologous Pf (same strain as in the vaccine) controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) 3 weeks after 5 doses administered intravenously. The next step was to assess protective efficacy against heterologous Pf (different from Pf in the vaccine), after fewer doses, and at 24 weeks. METHODS: The trial assessed tolerability, safety, immunogenicity, and protective efficacy of direct venous inoculation (DVI) of 3 or 5 doses of PfSPZ Vaccine in non-immune subjects...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
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