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Title: The effects of maternal irradiation during adulthood on mutation induction and transgenerational instability in mice.
Authors: Abouzeid Ali HE
Barber, RC
Dubrova, YE
First Published: 1-Apr-2012
Citation: MUTAT RES, 2012, 732 (1-2), pp. 21-25
Abstract: The long-term genetic effects of maternal irradiation remain poorly understood. To establish the effects of radiation exposure on mutation induction in the germline of directly exposed females and the possibility of transgenerational effects in their non-exposed offspring, adult female BALB/c and CBA/Ca mice were given 1Gy of acute X-rays and mated with control males. The frequency of mutation at expanded simple tandem repeat (ESTR) loci in the germline of directly exposed females did not differ from that of controls. Using a single-molecule PCR approach, ESTR mutation frequency was also established for both germline and somatic tissues in the first-generation offspring of irradiated parents. While the frequency of ESTR mutation in the offspring of irradiated males was significantly elevated, maternal irradiation did not affect stability in their F(1) offspring. Considering these data and the results of our previous study, we propose that, in sharp contrast to paternal exposure to ionising radiation, the transgenerational effects of maternal high-dose acute irradiation are likely to be negligible.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.mrfmmm.2012.01.003
ISSN: 0027-5107
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Genetics

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