Activation of antioxidant system by low dose radiation and its applicable possibility for treatment of reactive oxygen species-related diseases

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Abstract

We clarified that adequate oxygen stress induced by low dose irradiation activates not only chemical biological protective function, such as induction of the synthesis of superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and heat shock protein 70, but also the biomembrane function, such as enhanced membrane fluidity and ATPase activity. It is possible that activation of these mechanisms alleviates in vivo oxidation injuries resulting in alleviation of pathologic condition, such as symptoms of hepatopathy and diabetes mellitus. Namely, adequate activation of the functions of the living body by low dose irradiation can contribute to suppressing aging and to preventing or reducing reactive oxygen species related diseases which are thought to involve peroxidation and have been regarded as the diseases for which radon spring water is an effective treatment. Clarification in detail of the mechanisms of these phenomena is required to understand the effects of low dose irradiation or radon inhalation on the functions of the living body, including adaptive response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-133
Number of pages20
Journaljournal of clinical biochemistry and nutrition
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Adaptive response
  • Antioxidant system
  • Low dose irradiation
  • Radon inhalation
  • Reactive oxygen species related diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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