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Transient inflammation in neurogenic regions after irradiation of the developing brain.

Journal article
Authors Marie Kalm
Aya Fukuda
Hirotsugu Fukuda
Annika Öhrfelt Olsson
Birgitta Lannering
Thomas Björk-Eriksson
Kaj Blennow
Ildiko Marky
Klas Blomgren
Published in Radiation research
Volume 171
Issue 1
Pages 66-76
ISSN 0033-7587
Publication year 2009
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Institute of Clinical Sciences
Pages 66-76
Language en
Subject categories Cell and Molecular Biology


Kalm, M., Fukuda, A., Fukuda, H., Ohrfelt, A., Lannering, B., Björk-Eriksson, T., Blennow, K., Márky, I. and Blomgren, K. Transient Inflammation in Neurogenic Regions after Irradiation of the Developing Brain. Radiat. Res. 171, 66-76 (2009).We characterized the inflammatory response after a single dose of 8 Gy to the brains of postnatal day 9 rats. Affymetrix gene chips revealed activation of multiple inflammatory mechanisms in the acute phase, 6 h after irradiation. In the subacute phase, 7 days after irradiation, genes related to neurogenesis and cell cycle were down-regulated, but glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) was up-regulated. The concentrations of 14 different cytokines and chemokines were measured using a microsphere-based xMAPtrade mark technology. CCL2, Gro/KC and IL-1alpha were the most strongly up-regulated 6 h after irradiation. CCL2 was expressed in astrocytes and microglia in the dentate gyrus and the subventricular zone (SVZ). Hypertrophy, but not hyperplasia, of astrocytes was demonstrated 7 days after irradiation. In summary, we found transient activation of multiple inflammatory mechanisms in the acute phase (6 h) after irradiation and activation of astrocytes in the subacute phase (7 days) after irradiation. It remains to be elucidated whether these transient changes are involved in the persistent effects of radiation observed on neurogenesis and cognition in rodents.

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