Mitochondria: a matter of life and death after irradiation?

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Recent epidemiological studies suggest ionizing radiation exposure as a risk factor of atherosclerosis. The key targets in radiation-induced cardiovascular damage are considered to be the endothelial cells, lining the cardiovascular system. To date, the mechanisms that clarify the endothelial cell response towards ionizing radiation are not fully identified. In general, it is known that atherosclerosis is characterized by oxidative stress leading to DNA damage, inflammation, cell senescence and cell death. We hypothesized that mitochondria drive the radiosensitivity of endothelial cells due to increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) after X-ray exposure, resulting in a higher risk of DNA damage.


Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Science
Awarding Institution
  • Uhasselt - Hasselt University
  • Aerts, An, SCK CEN Mentor
  • Swennen, Quirine, Supervisor, External person
Award date8 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2016


  • Ionising radiation, Endothelial cells, Mitochondria, Radiosensitivity

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