Lack of effect of inhibitors of DNA synthesis/repair on the ionizing radiation-induced chromosomal damage in g

A. Antoccia, F. Palitti, T. Raggi, C. Catena, C. Tanzarella

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The relationship between the repair processes occuring at the G2phase of the cell cycle and cytogenetic damage in ataxia telangiectasia (AT) cells was studied. Lymphoblastoid cells derived from normal, heterozygote AT (HzAT) and three AT patients were exposed to X-rays or fission neutrons and post-treated with inhibitors of DNA synthesis/repair, such as inhibitors of DNA polymerases αdelta; and ε (cytosine arabinoside, ara-C; aphidicolin, APC; buthylphenylen-guanine, BuPdG) or ribonucleotide reductase (hydroxyurea, HU). A strong increase of radiation-induced chromosomal aberrations was observed in normal and HzAT cells post-treated with ara-C, APC and HU, but not in the presence of BuPdG. No enhancing effect was observed in cells derived from AT patients, except for HU post-irradiation treatment. These results suggest that the enzymes that can be inhibited by these agents are not directly involved in the repair of radiation damage induced in G2cells from AT patients, indicating that probably the AT cells that we used lack the capability to transform the primary DNA lesions into reparable products, or that AT cells might contain a mutated form of DNA polymerase resistant to the inhibitors. © 1994 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309 - 317
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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