Radiation Damage in Biomolecular Systems

  • Gustavo García Gómez-Tejedor
  • Martina Christina Fuss

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Radiation Induced Damage at the Molecular Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephan Denifl, Tilmann D. Märk, Paul Scheier
      Pages 45-58
    3. Paulo Limão-Vieira, Filipe Ferreira da Silva, Gustavo García Gómez-Tejedor
      Pages 59-70
    4. Ana G. Sanz, Francesco Sebastianelli, Francesco A. Gianturco
      Pages 71-86
    5. Lilianna Bryjko, Amar Dora, Tanja van Mourik, Jonathan Tennyson
      Pages 115-126
    6. Jimena D. Gorfinkiel, Stefano Caprasecca
      Pages 127-142
    7. G. Laricchia, D. A. Cooke, S. J. Brawley
      Pages 143-153
    8. Luca Chiari, Michael J. Brunger, Antonio Zecca
      Pages 155-163
    9. P. Bolognesi, P. O’Keeffe, L. Avaldi
      Pages 165-176
    10. Thomas Schlathölter
      Pages 177-190
    11. Stephan P. A. Sauer, Jens Oddershede, John R. Sabin
      Pages 191-200
  3. Modelling Radiation Damage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Antonio Muñoz, Martina C. Fuss, M. A. Cortés-Giraldo, Sébastien Incerti, Vladimir Ivanchenko, Anton Ivanchenko et al.
      Pages 203-225
    3. Ronald White, James Sullivan, Ana Bankovic, Sasa Dujko, Robert Robson, Zoran Lj. Petrovic et al.
      Pages 227-238
    4. Rafael Garcia-Molina, Isabel Abril, Ioanna Kyriakou, Dimitris Emfietzoglou
      Pages 239-261
    5. Christophe Champion, Mariel E. Galassi, Philippe F. Weck, Omar Fojón, Jocelyn Hanssen, Roberto D. Rivarola
      Pages 263-289
    6. Andrey V. Solov’yov, Eugene Surdutovich
      Pages 291-299
  4. Biomedical Aspects of Radiation Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Martin Falk, Emilie Lukasova, Stanislav Kozubek
      Pages 329-357
    3. Hargita Hegyesi, Nikolett Sándor, Boglárka Schilling, Enikő Kis, Katalin Lumniczky, Géza Sáfrány
      Pages 359-370
    4. Francesca Ballarini, Andrea Ottolenghi
      Pages 371-384
    5. Kevin M. Prise, Giuseppe Schettino
      Pages 385-396
    6. María Elena Sánchez-Santos
      Pages 397-409
  5. Future Trends in Radiation Research and its Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. Yolanda Prezado, Immaculada Martínez-Rovira, the ID17 Biomedical Beamline (ESRF)
      Pages 433-444
    3. Slávka Kaščáková, Alexandre Giuliani, Frédéric Jamme, Matthieu Refregiers
      Pages 445-460
    4. Nadia Falzone, Bart Cornelissen, Katherine A. Vallis
      Pages 461-478
    5. Michael H. Holzscheiter, Niels Bassler
      Pages 491-506
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 507-510

About this book


Since the discovery of X-rays and radioactivity, ionizing radiations have been widely applied in medicine both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The risks associated with radiation exposure and handling led to the parallel development of the field of radiation protection.
Pioneering experiments done by Sanche and co-workers in 2000 showed that low-energy secondary electrons, which are abundantly generated along radiation tracks, are primarily responsible for radiation damage through successive interactions with the molecular constituents of the medium. Apart from ionizing processes, which are usually related to radiation damage, below the ionization level low-energy electrons can induce molecular fragmentation via dissociative processes such as internal excitation and electron attachment. This prompted collaborative projects between different research groups from European countries together with other specialists from Canada,  the USA and Australia.
This book summarizes the advances achieved by these research groups after more than ten years of studies on radiation damage in biomolecular systems.

The book will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in the fields of radiation physics, chemistry and radiation therapy.


Biomedical aspects of radiation Canopus Medical applications Molecular fragmentation Radiation Biophysics Radiation damage reviewed Radiation exposure Radiation induced damage Radiation therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Gustavo García Gómez-Tejedor
    • 1
  • Martina Christina Fuss
    • 2
  1. 1., Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CienInstituto de Física Fundamental (IFF)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CienInstituto de Física Fundamental (IFF)MadridSpain

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