Journal of Radiation Research
Online ISSN : 1349-9157
Print ISSN : 0449-3060
Special Review Section; The Radioadaptive Response:
Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Adaptive Responses to Radiation, UV light, and Heat
Akihisa TAKAHASHITakeo OHNISHI
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2009 Volume 50 Issue 5 Pages 385-393

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Viable organisms recognize and respond to environmental changes or stresses. When these environmental changes and their responses by organisms are extreme, they can limit viability. However, organisms can adapt to these different stresses by utilizing different possible responses via signal transduction pathways when the stress is not lethal. In particular, prior mild stresses can provide some aid to prepare organisms for subsequent more severe stresses. These adjustments or adaptations for future stresses have been called adaptive responses. These responses are present in bacteria, plants and animals. The following review covers recent research which can help describe or postulate possible mechanisms which may be active in producing adaptive responses to radiation, ultraviolet light, and heat.

Translated and modified from Radiat. Biol. Res. Comm. Vol.43(4); 409-423, (2008, in Japanese).

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