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Radiat Res. 1990 Oct;124(1):43-9.

Effects of X irradiation on angiogenesis.

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Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine 94305.


We have evaluated the effect of X irradiation on the mesenchymal tissue growth (blood capillaries and stromal cells) in an angiogenesis system in the mouse. This was accomplished by implanting a polyvinyl alcohol sponge disc in the subcutis of the thorax, and quantifying the extent of growth reduction of capillaries and stromal cells following graded doses of X rays. The sponge disc contained a centrally located pellet impregnated with 20 micrograms of epidermal growth factor and coated with a thin film of slow-releasing compound. Total growth of vessels and fibroblasts was determined by morphometric analysis of histologic sections. The incorporation of [3H]TdR was measured during a 24-h period. A dose-response relationship was observed when X irradiation was given on Day 11 after implantation, with the disc removed on Day 20. A single dose of 15 Gy reduced both the rate of incorporation of [3H]TdR and the total growth area. These and previous observations point to endothelial cells as important targets of ionizing radiation in the stroma, especially during the period of active proliferation of these cells, induced by growth factors.

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