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Tolerance to proton irradiation in the eutardigrade Richtersius coronifer - a nuclear microprobe study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Radiation Biology, ISSN 0955-3002, E-ISSN 1362-3095, Vol. 86, no 5, 420-427 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Materials and methods: Dehydrated tardigrades of the species R. coronifer were irradiated with 2.55 MeV (megaelectronvolts) protons at doses ranging from 500 gray (Gy) to 15,000 Gy, to investigate the dose-viability relationship. In addition, a focused proton microbeam was utilised to determine the areal mass distribution, using the ion beam analytical technique STIM (Scanning Transmission Ion Microscopy). Results: The experiment suggests that R. coronifer is unaffected by doses of proton irradiation up to 10,000 Gy, but shows very little viability at higher doses. The STIM analysis revealed that the thickness of the dehydrated tardigrades exceeds 150 mu m, and that a fraction of the protons may not be fully absorbed. Conclusion: Our results are in line with previous studies of exposure to high-LET radiation in tardigrades, indicating that these animals are equally or even more tolerant to high-LET compared to low-LET gamma radiation. The physiological background to this remarkable result is currently unknown, but deserves investigation.

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2010. Vol. 86, no 5, 420-427 p.
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tardigrades, anhydrobiosis, radiation tolerance, proton irradiation
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49933DOI: 10.3109/09553000903568001ISI: 000276767500009OAI: diva2:379971
authorCount :3Available from: 2010-12-20 Created: 2010-12-20 Last updated: 2010-12-20Bibliographically approved

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