Int J Radiat Biol, 90(2), 149--158
February, 2014

Induction and disappearance of gammaH2AX foci and formation of micronuclei after exposure of human lymphocytes to (60)Co gamma-rays and p(66)+ Be(40) neutrons.

Veerle Vandersickel, Philip Beukes, Bram {Van Bockstaele}, Julie Depuydt, Anne Vral, Jacobus Slabbert

To investigate both the formation of micronuclei (MN) and the induction and subsequent loss of phosphorylated histone H2AX foci (gammaH2AX foci) after in vitro exposure of human lymphocytes to either (60)Co gamma-rays or p(66)+ Be(40) neutrons.MN dose response (DR) curves were obtained by exposing isolated lymphocytes of 10 different donors to doses ranging from 0-4 Gy gamma-rays or 0-2 Gy neutrons. Also, gammaH2AX foci DR curves were obtained following exposure to doses ranging from 0-0.5 Gy of either gamma-rays or neutrons. Foci kinetics for lymphocytes for a single donor exposed to 0.5 Gy gamma-rays or neutrons were studied up to 24 hours post-irradiation.Micronuclei yields following neutron exposure were consistently higher compared to that from (60)Co gamma-rays. All MN yields were over-dispersed compared to a Poisson distribution. Over-dispersion was higher after neutron irradiation for all doses > 0.1 Gy. Up to 4 hours post-irradiation lower yields of neutron-induced gammaH2AX foci were observed. Between 4 and 24 hours the numbers of foci from neutrons were consistently higher than that from gamma-rays. The half-live of foci disappearance is only marginally longer for neutrons compared to that from gamma-rays. Foci formations were more likely to be over-dispersed for neutron irradiations.Although neutrons are more effective to induce MN, the absolute number of induced gammaH2AX foci are less at first compared to gamma-rays. With time neutron-induced foci are more persistent. These findings are helpful for using £^H2AX foci in biodosimetry and to understand the repair of neutron-induced cellular damage.

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