Response of human fibroblasts to low dose rate gamma irradiation.

Radiation research

PubMedID: 6494446

Dritschilo A, Brennan T, Weichselbaum RR, Mossman KL. Response of human fibroblasts to low dose rate gamma irradiation. Radiat Res. 1984;100(2):387-95.
Cells from 11 human strains, including fibroblasts from patients with the genetic diseases of ataxia telangiectasia (AT), xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), and Fanconi's anemia (FA), were exposed to gamma radiation at high (1. 6-2. 2 Gy/min) and at low (0. 03-0. 07 Gy/min) dose rates. Survival curves reveal an increase in the terminal slope (D0) when cells are irradiated at low dose rates compared to high dose rates. This was true for all cell lines tested, although the AT, FA, and XP cells are reported or postulated to have radiation repair deficiencies. From the response of these cells, it is apparent that radiation sensitivities differ; however, at low dose rate, all tested human cells are able to repair injury.