Radioprotective effects of ATP in human blood ex vivo.

E.L. Swennen*, P.C. Dagnelie, A.M. van den Beucken, A. Bast

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Damage to healthy tissue is a major limitation of radiotherapy treatment of cancer patients, leading to several side effects and complications. Radiation-induced release of pro-inflammatory cytokines is thought to be partially responsible for the radiation-associated complications. The aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effects of extracellular ATP on markers of oxidative stress, radiation-induced inflammation and DNA damage in irradiated blood ex vivo. ATP inhibited radiation-induced TNF-alpha release and increased IL-10 release. The inhibitory effect of ATP on TNF- alpha release was completely reversed by adenosine 5'-O-thiomonophosphate, indicating a P2Y(11) mediated effect. Furthermore, ATP attenuated radiation-induced DNA damage immediate, 3 and 6h after irradiation. Our study indicates that ATP administration alleviates radiation-toxicity to blood cells, mainly by inhibiting radiation-induced inflammation and DNA damage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-387
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


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