, Volume 34, Issue 9, pp 1216-1217

Effect of vitamin E on post irradiation death in mice

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The 30-day survival after exposure to 800 Rad60Co gamma radiation has been compared for female mice maintained on vitamin E deficient, vitamin E supplemented or regular lab rations before and/or after irradiation. Pre- or post-irradiation dietary supplementation had no effect on survival; however, injection ofa-tocopherol immediately after irradiation significantly reduced radiation lethality.

Acknowledgments. This research was supported in part by a grant from the Committee in Aid of Scholarly Activities of Concordia University. The technical assistance of Miss Jocelyne Dagenais is gratefully acknowledged.