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Radon inhalation decreases DNA damage induced by oxidative stress in mouse organs via the activation of antioxidative functions

Kataoka, Takahiro*; Shuto, Hina*; Naoe, Shota*; Yano, Junki*; Kanzaki, Norie  ; Sakoda, Akihiro  ; Tanaka, Hiroshi ; Hanamoto, Katsumi*; Mitsunobu, Fumihiro*; Terato, Hiroaki*; Yamaoka, Kiyonori*

Radon inhalation decreases the level of lipid peroxide; this is attributed to the activation of antioxidative functions. This activation contributes to the beneficial effects of radon therapy, but there are no studies on the risks of radon therapy, such as DNA damage. We evaluated the effect of radon inhalation on DNA damage caused by oxidative stress and explored the underlying mechanisms. Mice were exposed to radon inhalation at concentrations of 2 or 20 kBq/m$$^{3}$$ (for 1, 3, or 10 days). For example, the 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine levels decreased in the kidneys of mice that inhaled 2 or 20 kBq/m$$^{3}$$ radon for 1, 3, or 10 days. However, the level of Mn-superoxide dismutase (SOD) increased by 15-45% in kidney following radon inhalation. These results suggest that Mn-SOD probably plays an important role in the inhibition of oxidative DNA damage.

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