Carbon monoxide uptake (V̇Co) and ventilation rate (VR) of C3H mice were determined at 14 weeks following either X irradiation of lungs only or total-body irradiation with 60Co at different dose rates. Following localized X irradiation of lung 97 cGy/min there was a reduction in V̇Co, which was inversely related to radiation dose, with a small reduction below control levels being detected at 7 Gy, the lowest dose tested. An increase in VT could be detected only at doses of 11 Gy, or more. Another group of animals received 11.5 Gy total-body irradiation at either 26.2 or 4.85 cGy/min followed by transplantation with syngeneic bone marrow. Following total-body irradiation, V̇Co was significantly reduced by about 37% at the highest dose rate and 23% at the lowest dose rate. In contrast, a trend toward elevated VR was detected only at the higher dose rate. The results indicate that V̇Co is a sensitive indicator of radiation-induced lung injury and that under the experimental conditions used V̇Co is a more sensitive indicator of radiation-induced lung injury in C3H mice than VR.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 1983|