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Andrzej Wojcik, Ursula Oestreicher, Lleonard Barrios, Anne Vral, Georgia Terzoudi, Elizabeth Ainsbury, Kai Rothkamm, Francois Trompier, Ulrike Kulka
PURPOSE: To set up an operational basis of the Realizing the European Network of Biodosimetry (RENEB) network within which the application of seven established biodosimetric tools (the dicentric assay, the FISH assay, the micronucleus assay, the PCC assay, the gamma-H2AX assay, electron paramagnetic resonance and optically stimulated luminescence) will be compared and standardized among the participating laboratories. METHODOLOGY: Two intercomparisons were organized where blood samples and smartphone components were irradiated, coded and sent out to participating laboratories for dosimetric analysis...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Ursula Oestreicher, Daniel Samaga, Elizabeth Ainsbury, Ana Catarina Antunes, Ans Baeyens, Leonardo Barrios, Christina Beinke, Philip Beukes, William F Blakely, Alexandra Cucu, Andrea De Amicis, Julie Depuydt, Stefania De Sanctis, Marina Di Giorgio, Katalin Dobos, Inmaculada Dominguez, Pham Ngoc Duy, Marco E Espinoza, Farrah N Flegal, Markus Figel, Omar Garcia, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Eric Gregoire, C Guerrero-Carbajal, İnci Güçlü, Valeria Hadjidekova, Prakash Hande, Ulrike Kulka, Jennifer Lemon, Carita Lindholm, Florigio Lista, Katalin Lumniczky, Wilner Martinez-Lopez, Nataliya Maznyk, Roberta Meschini, Radia M'kacher, Alegria Montoro, Jayne Moquet, Mercedes Moreno, Mihaela Noditi, Jelena Pajic, Analía Radl, Michelle Ricoul, Horst Romm, Laurence Roy, Laure Sabatier, Natividad Sebastià, Jacobus Slabbert, Sylwester Sommer, Monica Stuck Oliveira, Uma Subramanian, Yumiko Suto, Tran Que, Antonella Testa, Georgia Terzoudi, Anne Vral, Ruth Wilkins, LusiYanti Yanti, Demetre Zafiropoulos, Andrzej Wojcik
PURPOSE: Two quality controlled inter-laboratory exercises were organized within the EU project 'Realizing the European Network of Biodosimetry (RENEB)' to further optimize the dicentric chromosome assay (DCA) and to identify needs for training and harmonization activities within the RENEB network. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The general study design included blood shipment, sample processing, analysis of chromosome aberrations and radiation dose assessment. After manual scoring of dicentric chromosomes in different cell numbers dose estimations and corresponding 95% confidence intervals were submitted by the participants...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Chih-Ping Chen, Shuan-Pei Lin, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Shin-Wen Chen, Chen-Chi Lee, Dai-Dyi Town, Chien-Wen Yang, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: To present molecular cytogenetic characterization of an inverted duplication of proximal chromosome 15 [inv dup(15)] presenting as a small supernumerary marker chromosome (sSMC) associated with the inv dup(15) syndrome. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis because of advanced maternal age at 27 weeks of gestation, which revealed an sSMC that was confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to be derived from chromosome 15...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Heather M Byers, Margaret P Adam, Amy LaCroix, Sarah E S Leary, Bonnie Cole, William B Dobyns, Heather C Mefford
Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors of the central nervous system are rare, highly malignant, embryonal tumors most often occurring in children under age 3 years. Most are due to a somatic change in tumor suppressor gene SMARCB1 followed by a second-hit, typically loss of heterozygosity, best detected on immunohistochemical staining. Despite the noteworthy genetic homogeneity of atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors, relatively little is known about the oncogenic mechanisms that lead to biallelic inactivation of SMARCB1...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Tracey Beyer, Ted Weinert
DNA replication errors at certain sites in the genome initiate chromosome instability that ultimately leads to stable genomic rearrangements. Where instability begins is often unclear. And, early instability may form unstable chromosome intermediates whose transient nature also hinders mechanistic understanding. We report here a budding yeast model that reveals the genetic ontogeny of genome rearrangements, from initial replication error to unstable chromosome formation to their resolution. Remarkably, the initial error often arises in or near the telomere, and frequently forms unstable chromosomes...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
D D Zhou, L Yao, K M Guo, C W Lu
Long-term radiation exposure is hazardous to health; late-onset effects of exposure to ionizing radiation (IR) pose risks to the lens, and are associated with other non-cancerous diseases. Individuals occupationally exposed to low-dose IR are prone to developing eye cataracts. Cytogenetic evaluations suggest that IR is associated with chromosomal aberrations in occupationally exposed individuals. However, data regarding the association between chromosomal aberrations in cataract patients and occupational exposure to IR is scarce...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Mohsen Cheki, Alireza Shirazi, Aziz Mahmoudzadeh, Javad Tavakkoly Bazzaz, Seyed Jalal Hosseinimehr
Metformin is a widely prescribed drug used in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes. In this study, the radioprotective effect of metformin was investigated against cytotoxicity and genotoxicity induced by ionizing radiation (IR) in human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Human lymphocytes were treated with metformin at concentrations 10 and 50μM for 2h and irradiated with 6MV X-rays. The radiation antagonistic potential of metformin was assessed by MTT [3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiaozolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H tetrazolium bromide] assay, chromosomal aberration (CA) analysis, cytokinesis blocked micronucleus (CBMN) assay, and flow cytometry...
October 2016: Mutation Research
Lenka Pavlistova, Silvia Izakova, Zuzana Zemanova, Lucie Bartuskova, Martina Langova, Pavlina Malikova, Kyra Michalova
BACKGROUND: Constitutional translocations between sex chromosomes are rather rare in humans with breakpoints at Xp11 and Yq11 as the most frequent. Breakpoints on the short arm of the Y chromosome form one subgroup of t(X;Y), giving rise to a derived chromosome with the centromeres of both the X and Y chromosomes, dic(X;Y). Here, we report a rare congenital chromosomal aberration, 46,X,dic(X;Y)(p22.33;p11.32)[20]/45,X[10], in an adult male. CASE PRESENTATION: Primary myelofibrosis, a malignant haematological disease, was diagnosed in a 63-year-old man following liver transplantation after hepatocellular carcinoma...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Jennifer N Cech, Catherine L Peichel
Having one and only one centromere per chromosome is essential for proper chromosome segregation during both mitosis and meiosis. Chromosomes containing two centromeres are known as dicentric and often mis-segregate during cell division, resulting in aneuploidy or chromosome breakage. Dicentric chromosome can be stabilized by centromere inactivation, a process which reestablishes monocentric chromosomes. However, little is known about this process in naturally occurring dicentric chromosomes. Using a combination of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunofluorescence combined with FISH (IF-FISH) on metaphase chromosome spreads, we demonstrate that centromere inactivation has evolved on a neo-Y chromosome fusion in the Japan Sea threespine stickleback fish (Gasterosteus nipponicus)...
August 23, 2016: Chromosome Research
Horst Romm, Elizabeth A Ainsbury, Joan Francesc Barquinero, Leonardo Barrios, Christina Beinke, Alexandra Cucu, Mercedes Moreno Domene, Silvia Filippi, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Eric Gregoire, Valeria Hadjidekova, Vasia Hatzi, Carita Lindholm, Radhia M Kacher, Alegria Montoro, Jayne Moquet, Mihaela Noditi, Ursula Oestreicher, Fabrizio Palitti, Gabriel Pantelias, María Jesús Prieto, Irina Popescu, Kai Rothkamm, Natividad Sebastià, Sylwester Sommer, Georgia Terzoudi, Antonella Testa, Andrzej Wojcik
PURPOSE: To establish a training data set of digital images and to investigate the scoring criteria and dose assessment of the dicentric assay within the European network of biodosimetry (RENEB), a web based scoring inter-comparison was undertaken by 17 RENEB partners. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two sets of 50 high resolution images were uploaded onto the RENEB website. One set included metaphases after a moderate exposure (1.3 Gy) and the other set consisted of metaphases after a high dose exposure (3...
August 22, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Lindsay A Beaton-Green, Matthew A Rodrigues, Sylvie Lachapelle, Ruth C Wilkins
Biodosimetry is an important tool for triage in the case of large-scale radiological or nuclear emergencies, but traditional microscope-based methods can be tedious and prone to scorer fatigue. While the dicentric chromosome assay (DCA) has been adapted for use in triage situations, it is still time-consuming to create and score slides. Recent adaptations of traditional biodosimetry assays to imaging flow cytometry (IFC) methods have dramatically increased throughput. Additionally, recent improvements in image analysis algorithms in IFC software have resulted in improved specificity for spot counting of small events...
August 11, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Yumiko Suto
Japan faced with the nuclear accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) caused by the combined disaster of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent tsunamis on 11 March 2011. National Institute of Radiological Sciences received all nuclear workers who were engaged in emergency response tasks at the NPS and suspected of being overexposed to acute radiation. Biological dosimetry by dicentric chromosome assay was helpful for medical triage and management of the workers.
September 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Fabio Caradonna, Maurizio Mauro
Arsenic (AS) is a reactive oxygen species (ROS)-inducer carcinogen, whose mode of action is still unclear. To defend against ROS, cells use enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. Failure of antioxidant systems (AXS) can result in dicentric chromosomes formation as well as telomere associations for the reduced activity of telomerase. In order to clarify the long-term effects of a past AS exposure, we evaluated the efficiency of the AXS and the telomerase activity in the progeny of arsenite-treated cells named ASO (arsenic shake-off) cells, previously obtained from arsenite-treated V79 cells and selected by shake-off...
July 28, 2016: Mutagenesis
David F McCleary, David Lee Steakley, Jasper Rine
Sir2 protein has been reported to be recruited to dicentric chromosomes under tension, and such chromosomes are reported to be especially vulnerable to breakage in sir2Δ mutants. We found that the loss of viability in such mutants was an indirect effect of the repression of nonhomologous end joining in Sir(-) mutants and that the apparent recruitment of Sir2 protein to chromosomes under tension was likely due to methodological weakness in early chromatin immunoprecipitation studies.
September 15, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Lindsay A Beaton-Green, Ruth C Wilkins
Biodosimetry is a method for measuring the dose of radiation to individuals using biological markers such as chromosome damage. Following mass casualty events, it is important to provide this information rapidly in order to assist with the medical management of potentially exposed casualties. Currently, the gold standard for biodosimetry is the dicentric chromosome assay, which accurately estimates the dose from the number of dicentric chromosomes in lymphocytes. To increase throughput of analysis following a large-scale mass casualty event, this assay has been adapted for use on the imaging flow cytometer...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Roser Puig, Mònica Pujol, Leonardo Barrios, María Rosa Caballín, Joan-Francesc Barquinero
In a similar way to high-dose exposures to low-LET radiations, cells show difficulties reaching mitosis after high-LET radiation exposure. For this reason, techniques have been proposed that are able to analyze chromosome aberrations in interphase by prematurely condensing the chromosomes (PCC-techniques). Few dose-effect curves for high-LET radiation types have been reported, and none for α-particles. The aim of this study was to evaluate, by chemically-induced PCC, the chromosome aberrations induced by several doses of α-particles...
September 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Elizabeth Ainsbury, Christophe Badie, Stephen Barnard, Grainne Manning, Jayne Moquet, Michael Abend, Celine Bassinet, Emanuela Bortolin, Lily Bossin, Clare Bricknell, Kamil Brzoska, Zina Čemusová, Maria Christiansson, Guillaume Cosler, Sara Della Monaca, François Desangles, Michael Discher, Sven Doucha-Senf, Jon Eakins, Paola Fattibene, Eric Gregoire, Kamile Guogyte, Ralf Kriehuber, Jungil Lee, David Lloyd, Fiona Lyng, Ellina Macaeva, Matthaeus Majewski, Stephen W S McKeever, Aidan Meade, Radhia M'kacher, Dinesh Medipally, Ursula Oestreicher, Dominik Oskamp, Jerome Pateux, Matthias Port, Maria Cristina Quattrini, Roel Quintens, Michelle Ricoul, Laurence Roy, Laure Sabatier, Sergey Sholom, Sonja Strunz, Francois Trompier, Marco Valente, Olivier Van Hoey, Ivan Veronese, Andrzej Wojcik, Clemens Woda
PURPOSE: RENEB, 'Realising the European Network of Biodosimetry and Physical Retrospective Dosimetry,' is a network for research and emergency response mutual assistance in biodosimetry within the EU. Within this extremely active network, a number of new dosimetry methods have recently been proposed or developed. There is a requirement to test and/or validate these candidate techniques and inter-comparison exercises are a well-established method for such validation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors present details of inter-comparisons of four such new methods: dicentric chromosome analysis including telomere and centromere staining; the gene expression assay carried out in whole blood; Raman spectroscopy on blood lymphocytes, and detection of radiation-induced thermoluminescent signals in glass screens taken from mobile phones...
July 20, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
L A Beaton-Green, T Barr, E A Ainsbury, R C Wilkins
In 2014, Health Canada was approached by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to conduct biodosimetry for a possible overexposure 4 y prior to assessment. Dose estimates were determined by means of two cytogenetic assays, the dicentric chromosome assay (DCA) and translocations as measured by the fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). As dicentrics are considered to be unstable over time, the results of the DCA were adjusted to account for the time elapsed between the suspected exposure and sampling. The frequency of damage was then compared to Health Canada's calibration curves, respectively, to calculate dose...
July 18, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Ann Barry Flood, Benjamin B Williams, Wilson Schreiber, Gaixin Du, Victoria A Wood, Maciej M Kmiec, Sergey V Petryakov, Eugene Demidenko, Harold M Swartz
Several important recent advances in the development and evolution of in vivo Tooth Biodosimetry using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) allow its performance to meet or exceed the U.S. targeted requirements for accuracy and ease of operation and throughput in a large-scale radiation event. Ergonomically based changes to the magnet, coupled with the development of rotation of the magnet and advanced software to automate collection of data, have made it easier and faster to make a measurement. From start to finish, measurements require a total elapsed time of 5 min, with data acquisition taking place in less than 3 min...
July 15, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Peter K Rogan, Yanxin Li, Ruth Wilkins, Farrah N Flegal, Joan H M Knoll
The dose from ionizing radiation exposure can be interpolated from a calibration curve fit to the frequency of dicentric chromosomes (DCs) at multiple doses. As DC counts are manually determined, there is an acute need for accurate, fully automated biodosimetry calibration curve generation and analysis of exposed samples. Software, the Automated Dicentric Chromosome Identifier (ADCI), is presented which detects and discriminates DCs from monocentric chromosomes, computes biodosimetry calibration curves and estimates radiation dose...
July 13, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
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