Adaptive response to high-let radiation induced by cobalt60

N. N. Houreld, J. V. Hind, J. P.S. Slabbert, Heidi Abrahamse

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The purpose of the study was to induce an adaptive response in radiation exposed and unexposed individuals as measured by the frequency of micronuclei. Lymphocytes isolated from 5 healthy donors were exposed to an adapting dose of 0.1 Gy CO60 and a challenging dose of either 1.5 Gy CO60 or 0.8 Gy neutron beams. An adaptive response to both the neutrons and cobalt was seen in three of the five individuals. An adapting dose of CO60 is able to protect cells from a challenging dose of neutron radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Adaptive response
  • Cobalt 60

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • General Environmental Science


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