A review of radiation countermeasure work ongoing at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute.
ABSTRACT PURPOSE: The hazard of exposure to ionizing radiation is a serious public and military health concern that has justified substantial efforts to develop medically effective radiation countermeasure approaches, including radiation protectors, mitigators, and therapeutics. Although such efforts were initiated more than half a century ago, no safe and effective radiation countermeasure has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the acute radiation syndrome. This situation has prompted intensified research among government laboratories, academic institutions, and pharmaceutical companies to identify a new generation of countermeasures. In this communication we discuss selected promising radiation countermeasures at advanced stages of development. CONCLUSION: Other than granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, which has an Emergency Use Investigational New Drug (IND) status, four countermeasures have FDA IND status and other promising countermeasures are in development. Here we review primarily the in vivo efficacy of selected countermeasures in animal models and clinical studies.
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ABSTRACT: Tocols induce high levels of granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). G-CSF mobilises progenitors that allow mice that have been severely immunocompromised by exposure to acute, high-dose ionising irradiation to recover and to survive. The neutralisation of G-CSF abrogates the radioprotective efficacy of tocols. This article reviews studies in which CD2F1 mice were irradiated with sufficiently high doses to cause acute radiation syndrome symptoms and then administered (iv) progenitor-enriched whole blood or peripheral blood mononuclear cells from tocol- and AMD3100-injected donor mice (AMD3100 is a chemokine receptor antagonist used to improve the yield of mobilised progenitors). In some experiments, G-CSF was neutralised completely. Irradiated recipient mice were observed for 30 d post-irradiation for survival, a primary endpoint used for determining therapeutic effectiveness. Additionally, potential tocol-induced biomarkers (cytokines, chemokines and growth factors) were quantified. The authors suggest that tocols are highly effective agents for mobilising progenitors with significant therapeutic potential.Radiation Protection Dosimetry 07/2014; · 0.86 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Introduction: Despite significant scientific advances over the past 60 years towards the development of a safe, nontoxic and effective radiation countermeasure for the acute radiation syndrome (ARS), no drug has been approved by the US FDA. A radiation countermeasure to protect the population at large from the effects of lethal radiation exposure remains a significant unmet medical need of the US citizenry and, thus, has been recognized as a high priority area by the government. Area covered: This article reviews relevant publications and patents for recent developments and progress for potential ARS treatments in the area of radiation countermeasures. Emphasis is placed on the advanced development of existing agents since 2011 and new agents identified as radiation countermeasure for ARS during this period. Expert opinion: A number of promising radiation countermeasures are currently under development, seven of which have received US FDA investigational new drug status for clinical investigation. Four of these agents, CBLB502, Ex-RAD, HemaMax and OrbeShield, are progressing with large animal studies and clinical trials. G-CSF has high potential and well-documented therapeutic effects in countering myelosuppression and may receive full licensing approval by the US FDA in the future.Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents 10/2014; · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to elucidate the role of gamma-tocotrienol (GT3)-mobilized progenitors in mitigating damage to mice exposed to a supralethal dose of cobalt-60 gamma-radiation. CD2F1 mice were transfused 24 h post-irradiation with whole blood or isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from donors that had received GT3 72 h prior to blood collection and recipient mice were monitored for 30 days. To understand the role of GT3-induced granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in mobilizing progenitors, donor mice were administered a neutralizing antibody specific to G-CSF or its isotype before blood collection. Bacterial translocation from gut to heart, spleen and liver of irradiated recipient mice was evaluated by bacterial culture on enriched and selective agar media. Endotoxin in serum samples also was measured. We also analyzed the colony-forming units in the spleens of irradiated mice. Our results demonstrate that whole blood or PBMC from GT3-administered mice mitigated radiation injury when administered 24 h post-irradiation. Furthermore, administration of a G-CSF antibody to GT3-injected mice abrogated the efficacy of blood or PBMC obtained from such donors. Additionally, GT3-mobilized PBMC inhibited the translocation of intestinal bacteria to the heart, spleen, and liver, and increased colony forming unit-spleen (CFU-S) numbers in irradiated mice. Our data suggests that GT3 induces G-CSF, which mobilizes progenitors and these progenitors mitigate radiation injury in recipient mice. This approach using mobilized progenitor cells from GT3-injected donors could be a potential treatment for humans exposed to high doses of radiation.PLoS ONE 11/2014; 9(11). · 3.53 Impact Factor