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[en] It has been recognized that interaction of the Fas: Fas ligand plays an important role in radiation-induced apoptosis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of Fas mutation in radiation-induced apoptosis in vivo. Mice with mutations in Fas, MRL/Mpj Faslpr, and its normal control, MRL/Mpj, were used in this study. Eight-week old male mice were given whole body radiation. After irradiation, the mice were killed and their spleens were collected at different time intervals. Tissue samples were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and the numbers of apoptotic cells were scored. Regulating molecules of apoptosis including p53, Bcl-2, Bax, Bcl-XL, and Bcl-Xs were also analyzed by Western blotting. At 25 Gy irradiation, the level of apoptosis reached the peak value at 8 hr after radiation and recovered to the normal value at 24 hr after radiation in MRL/Mpj mice. In contrast, the peak apoptosis level appeared at 4 hr after radiation in MRL/Mpj-Faslpr mice. At 8 hr after radiation, the levels of apoptosis in MRL/Mpj mice and MRL/Mpj-Faslpr mice were 52.3 ± 7.8% and 8.0 ± 8.6%, respectively (ρ < 0.05). The expression of apoptosis regulating molecules, p53, Bcl-XL, and Bcl-Xs, increased in MRL/Mpj mice in response to radiation; p53 with a peak level of 3-fold at 8 h, Bcl-XL with a peak level of 3.3-fold at 12 h, and Bcl-Xs with a peak level of 3-fold at 12 h after 25 Gy radiation. Bcl-2 and Bax did not show significant change in MRL/Mpj mice. However in MRL/Mpj-Faslpr mice, the expression levels of p53, Bcl-2, Bax, Bcl-XL, and Bcl-Xs showed no significant change. The level of radiation-induced apoptosis was lower in Fas mutated mice, lpr, than in control mice. This seemed to be related to the lack of radiation-induced p53 activation in the lpr mice. This result suggests that Fas plays an important role in radiation-induced apoptosis in vivo
[en] Seven groups of 25-day-old Guinea pig males given different diets during the entire observation period. Six groups received full-ration granulated mixed food varying in the contents of protein and cellulose, while the seventh group ate natural food. Experiments with irradiation failed to reveal any essential differences in radiosensitivity of animals grown on natural and mixed food, which enabled us to propose full-ration granulated mixed food for feeding laboratory guinea pigs
[en] An effort has been made to change the conditions of primary reaction to irradiation and to raise the survival of exposed animals (750 R) by reducing the serum complement level reached through inverse anaphylaxis. In four series of experiments using antiserum at the dose of 0.4 ml a greater survival of animals has been observed as compared to the group of exposed animals without antiserum and the group of animals to whom 0.4 ml of inactivated and absorbed normal rabbit serum has been administered
[en] Embryo vitrification has advantages in assisted reproduction yet it also induces zona hardening. Laser zona thinning (LZT) is considered as a solution yet its efficacy and security have not been well studied. In this study, we used vitrified-warmed morulae from 2-month-old and 10-month-old ICR female mice as model to investigate the impacts that LZT treatment brings to the in vitro hatching process and implantation by analyzing hatching rate, implantation rate, and blastocyst quality. The results showed that the fully hatched rate was significantly higher after LZT treatment for both young (25.7% vs. 16.2%, P < 0.05) and aged (36.6% vs. 13.2%, P < 0.01) mice. For zona-thinned morulae in young mice, its onset of hatching occurred earlier (28.6% vs. 8.8%, P < 0.01) at D4 and with a greater percentage of U-shaped hatching at D5 (48.3% vs. 33.0%, P < 0.05). LZT treatment did not induce expression change of apoptosis-related genes in all groups (P > 0.05), but for young mice, the total cell number of day 5 blastocyst in zona-thinned group was significantly less than that of the control group (40.6 ± 5.1 vs. 59.9 ± 14.5, P < 0.01). At last, there was an increasing implantation rate in zona-thinned compared to the control group for young (63.8% vs. 52.5%, P > 0.05) and aged (55.6% vs. 47.2%; P > 0.05) mice after embryos were bilaterally transferred in the same recipient. In conclusion, the significant increase of fully hatched rate after LZT treatment is related to the advanced onset of hatching as well as the enhancement of superior hatching structure, and LZT also lead to a better implantation after embryo transfer.
[en] Radiation induced genomic instability can be perpetuated over time by the transmission of soluble factors. This can occur via cell-to-cell gap junction communication or the secretion/shedding of soluble factors. We have investigated whether our radiation induced chromosomally unstable GM10115 human-hamster hybrid clones secrete factors that can perpetuate the instability phenotype over time. These clones do not have functional gap junctions, but do secrete significant amounts of Interleukin 8 (IL-8) into the culture medium. We then determined whether IL-8 could initiate and or perpetuate genomic instability over time in parental GM10115 cells. Contrary to our hypothesis, IL-8 could induce DNA damage, but was not responsible for the unstable phenotype. Instead it appears that IL-8 secretion provides a pro-survival function in cells that are chromosomally unstable and generally fail to thrive
[en] Radiobiological models assist understanding of the development of radiation damage, and may provide a basis for extrapolating dose-effect curves from high to low dose regions. Many models have been proposed such as multitarget and its modifications, enzymatic models, and those with a quadratic dose response relationship (i.e. αD + βD2 forms). It is difficult to distinguish between these because the statistical techniques used are almost always limited, in that one method can rarely be applied to the whole range of models. A general statistical procedure for parameter estimation (Maximum Liklihood Method) has been found applicable to a wide range of radiobiological models. The curve parameters are estimated using a computerised search that continues until the most likely set of values to fit the data is obtained. When the search is complete two procedures are carried out. First a goodness of fit test is applied which examines the applicability of an individual model to the data. Secondly an index is derived which provides an indication of the adequacy of any model compared with alternative models. Thus the models may be ranked according to how well they fit the data. For example, with one set of data, multitarget types were found to be more suitable than quadratic types (αD + βD2). This method should be of assitance is evaluating various models. It may also be profitably applied to selection of the most appropriate model to use, when it is necessary to extrapolate from high to low doses
[en] The effect of whole body radiation with a single sub-lethal dose at 4 Gy on rat small intestine was studied histologically and quantitatively. Irradiated animals were euthanized at 24 hours, 3, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days post- irradiation. Crypts of Leiberkuhn and peyer's patches were especially targeted by irradiation. The crypts showed severe cellular fragmentation in the germinal cellular compartments twenty Four hours after irradiation resulting in partial denudation of villi especially at their Tips. At three days, these cells resumed their proliferative activity with the appearance of unusually large numbers of mitotic figures. Cellular regeneration in the crypts and on the villous surface showed improvement with advancing time till day 28 when the villi had complete epithelial covering and the proliferative activity of the germinal cryptic cells returned to normal. The quantitative study included the measurement of about fifty villi at each time after irradiation. A significant decrease in villous length was noticed at twenty four hours post-irradiation compared to the control values. The length of villi plateaued at about this level till day twenty one when it slightly increased to reach a sub normal mean length on day 28. We concluded that whole body irradiation with a single dose at 4 Gy was enough to induce cryptic cellular necrosis with sloughing of epithelial villous columnar covering. This cellular damage was, however, sub- total since quick regenerative cellular activity was noticed three days post-irradiation. The decrease in the villous length paralleled the cryptic cellular damage whereas full recovery was not achieved despite obvious cellular regeneration.
[en] The function of the visceral yolk sac (VYS) is critical for embryo organogenesis until final fetal development in rats, and can be affected by conditions such as diabetes. In view of the importance of diabetes during pregnancy for maternal and neonatal health, the objective of this study was to assess fetal weight, VYS cell markers, and viability in female Wistar rats (200-250 g) with induced diabetes (alloxan, 37 mg/kg) on the 8th gestational day (gd 8). At gd 15, rats from control (n=5) and diabetic (n=5) groups were anesthetized and laparotomized to remove the uterine horns for weighing of fetuses and collecting the VYS. Flow cytometry was used for characterizing VYS cells, and for determining mitochondrial activity, cell proliferation, DNA ploidy, cell cycle phases, and caspase-3 activity. Fetal weight was reduced in the diabetic group. Expression of the cell markers CD34, VEGFR1, CD115, CD117, CD14, CCR2, CD90, CD44, STRO-1, OCT3/4, and Nanog was detected in VYS cells in both groups. In the diabetic group, significantly decreased expression of CD34 (P<0.05), CCR2 (P<0.001), and OCT3/4 (P<0.01), and significantly increased expression of CD90 (P<0.05), CD117 (P<0.01), and CD14 (P<0.05) were observed. VYS cells with inactive mitochondria, activated caspase-3, and low proliferation were present in the rats with diabetes. Severe hyperglycemia caused by maternal diabetes had negative effects on pregnancy, VYS cell viability, and the expression of cell markers
[en] The purpose of this study was to investigate the defects of the low level irradiation on the mitotic index of the basal cells in the buccal pouch of hamsters (golden hamster: APG strain). After colchicine was administrated to the hamsters through the intraperitoneal, the low level radiation (5461 mR) was exposed in the buccal pouch of hamsters. The mitotic index of the basal cells was estimated 2 hours after irradiation. The results were as follows: 1. The mean mitotic index of the control group was 4.32. 2. The mean mitotic index of the irradiated group was 2.46. 3. T-test of data in the irradiated group showed significant difference from the mitotic endex in the control group. These results suggested the lowered mitotic index of the irradiated group resulted from the low level irradiation.