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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences|
|State||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science