Measurement of apoptotic fragments in growing hair follicles following γ-ray irradiation in mice

Tae Hwan Kim, Sung Ho Kim, Jeong Hee Kim, Yun Sil Lee, Chul Koo Cho, Soo Yong Choi, Sang Hee Park, Seong Yul Yoo

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The usefulness of apoptotic fragments assay for investigating radiation exposure response of hair follicles was examined. Frequency was defined as the ratio of the total number of apoptotic fragments to the number of hair follicles per section examined. The curve of dose-effect relationship for the data of apoptotic fragments was obtained by fitting the linear-quadratic model y = a + bD + cD2. When plotting on a lineal scale against radiation dose, the line of best fit was y = (0.549 + 1.775) + (3.578 + 1.236)D + (-0.124 + 0.139)D2. The dose-response curves were linear-quadratic and a significant relationship was found between the frequency of apoptotic fragments and dose. The morphological findings of the irradiated groups were typical apoptotic fragments in the matrix region of hair follicles, but the spontaneous occurence of apoptotic fragments was not observed. Since the apoptotic fragment assay is simple and reproducible in the whole body irradiation range of 0.5 to 8 Gy, it may be a good tool for evaluating the dose response of low dose radiation in vivo and provide a potentially valuable biological dosimeter for dose distribution determinations following accidental exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-192
Number of pages4
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1996


  • Apoptotic fragments
  • Biological dosimetry
  • Hair follicles
  • Radiation


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