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Radiosensitization effect of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibition in cells exposed to low and high liner energy transfer radiation


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Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-1 promotes base excision repair and DNA strand break repair. Inhibitors of PARP enhance the cytotoxic effects of γ-irradiation and X-irradiation. We investigated the impact of PARP inhibition on the responses to γ-irradiation (low liner energy transfer [LET] radiation) and carbon-ion irradiation (high LET radiation) in the human pancreatic cancer cell line MIA PaCa-2. Cell survival was assessed by colony formation assay after combination treatment with the PARP inhibitor AZD2281 and single fraction γ-irradiation and carbon-ion irradiation (13 and 70 keV/μm [LET 13 and LET 70]). The DNA damage response (DDR) was assessed by pulse field gel electrophoresis, western blotting and flow cytometry. Treatment with a PARP inhibitor enhanced the cytotoxic effect of γ-irradiation and LET 13 and LET 70 carbon-ion irradiation. Moreover, the radiosensitization effect was greater for LET 70 than for LET 13 irradiation. Prolonged and increased levels of γ-H2AX were observed both after γ-irradiation and carbon-ion irradiation in the presence of the PARP inhibitor. Enhanced level of phosphorylated-p53 (Ser-15) was observed after γ-irradiation but not after carbon-ion irradiation. PARP inhibitor treatment induced S phase arrest and enhanced subsequent G2/M arrest both after γ-irradiation and carbon-ion irradiation. These results suggest that the induction of S phase arrest through an enhanced DDR and a local delay in DNA double strand break processing by PARP inhibition caused sensitization to γ-irradiation and carbon-ion irradiation. Taken together, PARP inhibitors might be applicable to a wide therapeutic range of LET radiation through their effects on the DDR. (Cancer Sci 2012; 103: 1045–1050)