Measurement of DNA damage by electrons with energies between 25 and 4000 eV.

M. Folkard, Kevin Prise, B. Vojnovic, S. Davies, M.J. Roper, B.D. Michael

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All ionizing radiations deposit energy stochastically along their tracks. The resulting distribution of energies deposited in a small target such as the DNA helix leads to a corresponding spectrum in the severity of damage produced. So far, most information about the probable spectra of DNA lesion complexity has come from Monte Carlo studies which endeavour to model the relationship between the energy deposited in DNA and the damage induced. The aim of this paper is to establish methods of determining this relationship by irradiating pBR322 plasmid DNA using low energy electrons with energies comparable with the minimum energy thought to produce critical damage. The technique of agarose gel electrophoresis has been used to ascertain the fraction of DNA single- and double-strand breaks induced by monoenergetic electrons with energies as low as 25 eV. Our data show that the threshold electron energy for induction of single-strand breaks is
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-658
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of radiation biology
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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