CHO K-1 cells were irradiated during the G1 phase with 0.5-6 rad of alpha particles. There was no appreciable cell killing in this low dose range. Significantly increased frequencies of sister-chromatid exchanges were induced by doses as low as 0.5 rad of alpha-particle irradiation, whereas increased numbers of chromosomal aberrations were observed following exposure to 2 rad. These results suggest that very low doses of alpha radiation may lead to radiation-induced genetic alterations.
- Alpha-particle irradation, low doses
- CHO K-1 cells
- Plutonium-238, extremely low doses, alpha-particle irradation
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