Radiation response of haematopoietic cell lines of human origin

Shirley Lehnert, Witold B. Rybka, Samy Suissa, Dan Giambattisto

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Six human haematopoietic cell lines, five of leukaemic origin, including cells with myeloid, lymphoid and undifferentiated phenotype have been studied with respect to radiation response. The intrinsic radiosensitivity of the cells varied widely, the D0s ranging from 0·53 to 1·39 Gy. Five of the cell lines showed some capacity to accumulate sublethal damage; in three of these, enhanced survival was demonstrated in split-dose experiments. One cell line (HL-60) was anomalous in that although little accumulation of sublethal damage was demonstrable, survival was enhanced by fractionation of the dose. Five of the six cell lines studied were of leukaemic origin. The results support the belief that, in contrast to the almost constant radiosensitivity of normal haematopoietic cell progenitors, leukaemic cell progenitors may show a wide range of radiosensitivites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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