Intensity modulated radiotherapy induces pro-inflammatory and pro-survival responses in prostate cancer patients

Houssein El Saghire, Charlot Vandevoorde, Piet Ost, Pieter Monsieurs, Arlette Michaux, Gert De Meerleer, Sarah Baatout, Hubert Thierens

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    Intensity modulated radiotherapy is one of the modern conformal radiotherapies that is widely used within the context of cancer patient treatment. It uses multiple radiation beams targeted to the tumor, however, large volumes of the body receive low doses of irradiation. Using γ-H2AX and global genome expression analysis, we studied the biological responses induced by low doses of ionizing radiation in prostate cancer patients following IMRT. By means of different bioinformatics analyses, we report that IMRT induced an inflammatory response via the induction of viral, adaptive, and innate immune signaling. In response to growth factors and immune-stimulatory signaling, positive regulation in the progression of cell cycle and DNA replication were induced. This denotes pro-inflammatory and pro-survival responses. Furthermore, double strand DNA breaks were induced in every patient 30 min after the treatment and remaining DNA repair and damage signaling continued after 18-24 h. Nine genes belonging to inflammatory responses, cell cycle progression and DNA damage and repair were confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR. This study emphasizes that the risk assessment of health effects from the out-of-field low doses during IMRT should be of concern, as these may increase the risk of secondary cancers and/or systemic inflammation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1073-1083
    JournalInternational Journal of Oncology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Feb 2014

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