Endothelial cells are early targets of radiation injury. Because these cells are tissues easily damaged by radiation, if we can understand the causes of radiation injury, then normal cells can be well protected and tumors can be destroyed. The Radiation Biology of the Vascular Endothelium brings together expert reviews on the biology and radiobiology of the vasculature, with emphasis on the endothelial cell component of blood vessels.
The book covers both the basic aspects of endothelial cell biology and the practical consequences of this for the oncologist, with special reference to the radiation oncologist. After reading The Radiation Biology of the Vascular Endothelium, no clinical or experimental oncologist should be able to ignore the intimate relationship between tumor and normal tissue cells and endothelial cells that form the barrier to, and are the bearers of, essential nutrient supplies.
Table of Contents
Foreword, J. Denekamp
The Endothelial Cell is a Unique Target of Radiation: An Overview, L.F. Fajardo
The Histopathology of Irradiated Endothelium, D.B. Rubin and M.L. Griem
Functional Measures of Endothelial Integrity and Pharmacologic Modification of Radiation Injury, M.M. Graham and L.M. Peterson
Antioxidant Defenses and the Irradiated Endothelium, D.B. Rubin, E.A. Drab, and E.R. Blazek
Protein Synthesis in Irradiated Endothelial Cells, E.M. Rosen and I.D. Goldberg
Signaling in the Radiation Response of Endothelial Cells, A. Haimovitz-Friedman and Z. Fuks
Effect of Ionizing Radiation on Endothelial Cell Plasma Membrane Processes, L. Kwock, A.W. Blackstock, and M. Friedman
Inflammatory Cytokines, Radiation, and Endothelial Gene Products: A Common Role for Reactive Oxygen Intermediates, J.C. Murray
Extracellular Matrix Regulates Endothelial Cell Morphology, Receptor Expression, and Response to Low Dose Radiation, J.M. Onoda, S.S. Kantak, and C.A. Diglio
Endothelial-Oriented Strategies to Spare Normal Tissues, W.F. Ward, A Molteni, and C.-H. Ts'ao
Tumor Bed Phenomenon: Effect on Tumor Progression and Therapy, L. Milas and M. Milas
Photodynamic Therapy and Endothelial Cells, D.C. West and J.V. Moore