A narrow microbeam is more effective for tumor growth suppression than a wide microbeam: An in vivo study using implanted human glioma cells

Atsushi Uyama, Takeshi Kondoh, Nobuteru Nariyama, Keiji Umetani, Manabu Fukumoto, Kunio Shinohara, Eiji Kohmura

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Abstract

The tumoricidal mechanisms of microbeam radiation therapy, and the more recently proposed minibeam radiation therapy, for the treatment of brain tumors are as yet unclear. Moreover, from among the various parameters of beam geometry the impact of changing the beam width is unknown. In this study, suppression of tumor growth in human glioma cells implanted in mice was evaluated experimentally using microbeams of two different widths: a conventional narrow beam (20 μm width, 100 μm center-to-center distance) and a wide beam (100 μm width, 500 μm center-to-center distance). The tumor growth ratio was compared and acute cell death was studied histologically. With cross-planar irradiation, tumor growth was significantly suppressed between days 4 and 28 after 20 μm microbeam irradiation, whereas tumor growth was suppressed, and not significantly so, only between days 4 and 18 after 100 μm microbeam irradiation. Immunohistochemistry using TUNEL staining showed no increase in TUNEL-positive cells with either microbeam at 24 and 72 h post-irradiation. The 20 μm microbeam was found to be more tumoricidal than the 100 μm microbeam, and the effect was not related to apoptotic cell death. The underlying mechanism may be functional tissue deterioration rather than direct cellular damage in the beam path.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-678
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Synchrotron Radiation
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul

Keywords

  • co-planar microbeam
  • cross-planar microbeam
  • microbeam radiation therapy
  • narrow microbeam
  • wide microbeam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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