Transcriptomic profiling suggests a role for IGFBP5 in premature senescence of endothelial cells after chronic low dose rate irradiation

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Ionizing radiation has been recognized to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, there is no consensus concerning the dose-risk relationship for low radiation doses and a mechanistic understanding of low dose effects is needed. Material and methods: Previously, human umbilical vein endothelial cells were exposed to chronic low dose rate radiation (1.4 and 4.1mGy/h) during one, three and six weeks which resulted in premature senescence in cells exposed to 4.1mGy/h. To gain more insight into the underlying signaling pathways, we analyzed gene expression changes in these cells using microarray technology. The obtained data were analyzed in a dual approach, combining single gene expression analysis and Gene Set Enrichment Analysis. Results: An early stress response was observed after one week of exposure to 4.1mGy/h which was replaced by a more inflammation-related expression profile after three weeks and onwards. This early stress response may trigger the radiation-induced premature senescence previously observed in HUVEC irradiated with 4.1mGy/h. A dedicated analysis pointed to the involvement of insulin-like growth factor binding protein 5 (IGFBP5) signaling in radiation-induced premature senescence. Conclusion: Our findings motivate further research on the shape of the dose-response and the dose rate effect for radiation- induced vascular senescence.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-574
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Biology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Gene expression, chronic low dose rate ionizing radiation, endothelial cells, senescence

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