Multiple components of split-dose repair in plateau-phase mammalian cells: a new challenge for phenomenological modelers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Split-dose experiments using starved plateau-phase Chinese hamster ovary cells have been used to investigate the kinetics of repair, expressed in terms of enhancement of reproductive survival. The results show two distinct components of repair, one having a characteristic time of just over 1 h for the removal of a lesion, the other, about 18 h. The rate at which each component removes damage and the fraction of the total damage that each removes appear to be independent of the initial amount of damage produced, i.e., dose. This lack of dose dependence is not consistent with some simple models of ionizing radiation damage and repair, such as those which assume that saturation of a repair process, depletion of enzyme pools, or the interaction of pairs of sublesions is responsible for the curvature in the dose-response relationship. However, the relationship between the amounts of each type of damage and dose appears to be consistent with models that assume that only a portion of the initial damage is directly accessible to the repair systems or that the initial damage consists of a mixture of potentially lethal and sublethal lesions.

published proceedings

  • Radiat Res

author list (cited authors)

  • Nelson, J. M., Braby, L. A., Metting, N. F., & Roesch, W. C.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Nelson, JM||Braby, LA||Metting, NF||Roesch, WC

publication date

  • February 1990