Kondrashova, T.V. and Ivanova, T.I. Do Quiescent Human Peripheral Lymphocytes Repair Radiation-Induced Chromosome Damage?
Peripheral blood samples from seven healthy donors were exposed to 2 Gy of 60Co γ rays. Lymphocyte cultures were prepared from the samples and stimulated to proliferate either immediately after the exposure or after 1, 2 or 4 h. No significant differences were found between the frequencies of chromosome aberrations (breaks or exchange) observed in lymphocytes stimulated after different postirradiation periods. We conclude that unstimulated lymphocytes do not undergo significant levels of recovery from potentially lethal damage at the chromosomal level.