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Morphological reproductive characteristics of testes and fertilization capacity of cryopreserved sperm after the Fukushima accident in raccoon (${it Procyon lotor}$)

Komatsu, Kazuki*; Iwasaki, Tsugumi*; Murata, Kosuke*; Yamashiro, Hideaki*; Goh, V. S. T.*; Nakayama, Ryo*; Fujishima, Yohei*; Ono, Takumi*; Kino, Yasushi*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; et al.

Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 56(3), p.484 - 497, 2021/03

We have established an archive system of livestock and wild animals from the surrounding ex-evacuation zone. Wildlife within the alert zone have been exposed to low-dose-rate (LDR) radiation for a long and continuous time. In this study, we analysed the morphological characteristics of the testes and in vitro fertilization (IVF) capacity of cryopreserved sperm of raccoons from the ex-evacuation zone of the FDNPP accident. This study revealed that the chronic and LDR radiation exposure associated with the FDNPP accident had no adverse effect on the reproductive characteristics and functions of male raccoons.

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Sample preparation procedure for ESR dosimetry using teeth of wild animal

Oka, Toshitaka; Mitsuyasu, Yusuke*; Takahashi, Atsushi*; Koarai, Kazuma; Kino, Yasushi*; Sekine, Tsutomu*; Okutsu, Kenichi*; Yamashita, Takuma*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; Chiba, Mirei*; et al.

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Releases of the radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident result in a low dose exposure to wild animals. The external dose of wild animals is commonly estimated by the external dose rate of the captured point, but the estimated exposure dose has huge uncertainties because the size of the habitat and/or the movement of the wild animals are not included in the estimation. To estimate the external dose precisely, we utilize electron spin resonance (ESR) dosimetry. In this work, we investigated the sample preparation procedure of wild animals. The ESR spectrum of enamel of racoon captured in Namie-town, Fukushima has a broad ESR signal due to metal components. The linear relationship between the Co$$_{2}$$ intensity and the absorbed dose that we can apply ESR dosimetry for racoon teeth. Using this relationship, the external exposure dose was estimated.

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Assessment of chromosome translocation in wild Japanese macaques in Fukushima

Fujishima, Yohei*; Suzuki, Masatoshi*; Goh, V. S. T.*; Ariyoshi, Kentaro*; Kasai, Kosuke*; Nakata, Akifumi*; Kino, Yasushi*; Oka, Toshitaka; Shinoda, Hisashi*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; et al.

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After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, the surrounding environment was contaminated with radionuclides. Although the ambient dose rates are decreasing, prolonged effects of chronic low-dose exposure on animals are expected to be seen in the coming years. It is necessary to assess the effects of radioactivity on the wild animals in this area to better understand about the risk of low dose radiation. The chromosome translocation frequency of Japanese macaques were significantly higher in Fukushima groups comparing from control groups in Miyagi. Furthermore, chromosome translocation frequencies tended to correlate between external doses or internal dose-rates. However, chromosome translocation frequency was decreasing year by year, which may reflect restoration of environments such as decreasing of ambient dose-rates and decontamination efforts.

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External exposure dose estimation using ESR dosimetry technique

Oka, Toshitaka; Takahashi, Atsushi*; Mitsuyasu, Yusuke*; Koarai, Kazuma; Kino, Yasushi*; Okutsu, Kenichi*; Yamashita, Takuma*; Sekine, Tsutomu*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; Chiba, Mirei*; et al.

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Electron spin resonance (ESR) dosimetry technique is a powerful tool that has been used in the study of external exposure dose assessment of human by measuring CO$$_{2}$$ radicals of teeth. In this work, we applied this technique for wild monkey and wild racoon captured in Fukushima prefecture, and estimated the external exposure dose.

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