Possible Relationships between Plasma Glutathione Levels and Cytogenetic Indices in Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes of Children Exposed to Low Doses of Radiation

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Abstract

An analysis of correlations between cytogenetic indices in lymphocytes and levels of reduced glutathione in the plasma of peripheral blood in children born after the Chernobyl accident is presented. The studied systems in the child population demonstrated different responses to low-level radiation of their mothers living in conditions of radionuclide contamination (1–20 Ci/km2 of 137Cs). Low doses of radiation accumulated by mothers (below 30 cSv) proved to have a more pronounced effect on the studied systems in children as compared to high doses (from 30 to 60 cSv).

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