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Cell-fluorescent ion track hybrid detector: A novel hybrid technology for direct correlation of single ion tracks and subcellular damage sites in clinical ion beam

Niklas, Martin Anthony

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Despite a rapid development in ion beam cancer therapy there is still a great lack in understanding the fundamental mechanisms linking physical energy deposition and biological response on the subcellular scale. A cell-fluorescent ion track hybrid detector (Cell-Fit-HD) was thus developed for direct correlation of single ion tracks and subcellular damage sites in clinical ion beams. It is based on the fluorescent nuclear track detector (FNTD) read out by confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM). The FNTD was coated with various cell lines to create the actual hybrid composite. Different cell compartment specific fluorescent stains were tested on the Cell-Fit-HD. A protocol was developed to read out the hybrid in-situ by a single CLSM. Single ion tracks detected were reconstructed in the biological compartment and correlated to radiation-induced DNA double strand break sequences as well as to cell survival kinetics. Cell-Fit-HD enables the investigation of radiation-related cellular events along single ion tracks on the subcellular scale. Microscopic physical parameters of each incident ion can be extracted and correlated to the cellular damage response pattern. The unique spatial resolution of Cell-Fit-HD could help to gain a deeper understanding between particle hits and resulting biological effects beyond the statistical relations we know today.

Item Type: Dissertation
Supervisor: Schlegel, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang
Place of Publication: Heidelberg
Date of thesis defense: 6 February 2014
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 10:23
Date: 2014
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Physics and Astronomy > Dekanat der Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie
Subjects: 530 Physics
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