Oxidative cell membrane alteration. Evidence for surfactant-mediated sealing

Michael A. Terry, Jurgen Hannig, Cinthya S. Carrillo, Michael A. Beckett, Ralph R. Weichselbaum, Raphael C. Lee*

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Exposure to very intense ionizing irradiation produces acute tissue sequelae including inflammation, pain, and swelling that often results in tissue fibrosis and/or necrosis. Acute tissue necrosis occurs in hours when sufficiently rapid damage to membrane lipids and proteins leads to altered membrane structure, disrupting the vital electrochemical diffusion barrier necessary for cell survival. This damage mechanism is thought to underlie the interphase death of lethally irradiated postmitotic cells such as neurons, but it has also been implicated in the rapid cell death of lymphocytes and acute vascular changes due to capillary epithelium dysfunction. It is not known whether sealing of radiation-permeabilized cell membranes will prolong survival of lethally irradiated cells or perhaps lead to repair of damaged nucleic acids. The purpose of this study is to begin to address the first question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-284
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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