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1 February 2005 Irradiation of Mammalian Cultured Cells with a Collimated Heavy-Ion Microbeam
Tomoo Funayama, Seiichi Wada, Yasuhiko Kobayashi, Hiroshi Watanabe
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Funayama, T., Wada, S., Kobayashi, Y. and Watanabe, H. Irradiation of Mammalian Cultured Cells with a Collimated Heavy-Ion Microbeam. Radiat. Res. 163, 241–246 (2005).

As the first step for the analysis of the biological effect of heavy charged-particle radiation, we established a method for the irradiation of individual cells with a heavy-ion microbeam apparatus at JAERI-Takasaki. CHO-K1 cells attached on a thin film of an ion track detector, CR-39, were automatically detected under a fluorescence microscope and irradiated individually with an 40Ar13 ion (11.5 MeV/nucleon, LET 1260 keV/μm) microbeam. Without killing the irradiated cells, trajectories of irradiated ions were visualized as etch pits by treatment of the CR-39 with an alkaline-ethanol solution at 37°C. The exact positions of ion hits were determined by overlaying images of both cells and etch pits. The cells that were irradiated with argon ions showed a reduced growth in postirradiation observations. Moreover, a single hit of an argon ion to the cell nucleus resulted in strong growth inhibition. These results tell us that our verified irradiation method enables us to start a precise study of the effects of high-LET radiation on cells.

Tomoo Funayama, Seiichi Wada, Yasuhiko Kobayashi, and Hiroshi Watanabe "Irradiation of Mammalian Cultured Cells with a Collimated Heavy-Ion Microbeam," Radiation Research 163(2), 241-246, (1 February 2005). https://doi.org/10.1667/RR3301
Received: 26 August 2003; Accepted: 1 September 2004; Published: 1 February 2005
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