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Cytotoxic and mutagenic effects of iodine-131 and radioprotection of acerola (Malpighia glabra L.) and beta-carotene in vitro

Author(s): I.V. Almeida, E. Düsman, M.C. Heck, J.A. Pamphile, N.B. Lopes, L.T.D. Tonin and V.E.P. Vicentini

The radioisotope iodine-131 [131I] can damage DNA. One way to prevent this is to increase the amount of antioxidants via dietary consumption. The goal of this study was to evaluate the radioprotective effect of fresh acerola pulp and synthetic beta-carotene in Rattus norvegicus hepatoma cells (HTC) in response to [131I] exposure in vitro. Cellular DNA damage was subsequently assessed using a cytokinesis block micronucleus assay. The mutagenic and cytotoxic activities of doses of [131I] (0.1, 0.5, 1, 5, and 10 μCi), acerola (0.025, 0.125, and 0.25 g acerola pulp/mL), and beta-carotene (0.2, 1, and 2 μM) were evaluated.