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Title: Relative Biological Effectiveness of HZE Particles for Chromosomal Exchanges and Other Surrogate Cancer Risk Endpoints

The biological effects of high charge and energy (HZE) particle exposures are of interest in space radiation protection of astronauts and cosmonauts, and estimating secondary cancer risks for patients undergoing Hadron therapy for primary cancers. The large number of particles types and energies that makeup primary or secondary radiation in HZE particle exposures precludes tumor induction studies in animal models for all but a few particle types and energies, thus leading to the use of surrogate endpoints to investigate the details of the radiation quality dependence of relative biological effectiveness (RBE) factors. In this report we make detailed RBE predictions of the charge number and energy dependence of RBE’s using a parametric track structure model to represent experimental results for the low dose response for chromosomal exchanges in normal human lymphocyte and fibroblast cells with comparison to published data for neoplastic transformation and gene mutation. RBE’s are evaluated against acute doses of γ-rays for doses near 1 Gy. Models that assume linear or non-targeted effects at low dose are considered. Modest values of RBE (<10) are found for simple exchanges using a linear dose response model, however in the non-targeted effects model for fibroblast cells large RBE values (>10) aremore » predicted at low doses <0.1 Gy. The radiation quality dependence of RBE’s against the effects of acute doses γ-rays found for neoplastic transformation and gene mutation studies are similar to those found for simple exchanges if a linear response is assumed at low HZE particle doses. Finally, we discuss comparisons of the resulting model parameters to those used in the NASA radiation quality factor function.« less
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  1. Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States). Dept. of Health Physics and Diagnostics Sciences
  2. Prairie View A&M Univ., Prairie View, TX (United States). Radiation Institute for Science and Engineering
  3. Wyle, Houston, TX (United States)
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SC0002453; AI02-10ER64969
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Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-6203
Public Library of Science
Research Org:
Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
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United States
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OSTI ID: 1258573