Comparison of antioxidative effects between radon and thoron inhalation in mouse organs

Yusuke Kobashi, Takahiro Kataoka, Norie Kanzaki, Tsuyoshi Ishida, Akihiro Sakoda, Hiroshi Tanaka, Yuu Ishimori, Fumihiro Mitsunobu, Kiyonori Yamaoka

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Radon therapy has been traditionally performed globally for oxidative stress-related diseases. Many researchers have studied the beneficial effects of radon exposure in living organisms. However, the effects of thoron, a radioisotope of radon, have not been fully examined. In this study, we aimed to compare the biological effects of radon and thoron inhalation on mouse organs with a focus on oxidative stress. Male BALB/c mice were randomly divided into 15 groups: sham inhalation, radon inhalation at a dose of 500 Bq/m3 or 2000 Bq/m3, and thoron inhalation at a dose of 500 Bq/m3 or 2000 Bq/m3 were carried out. Immediately after inhalation, mouse tissues were excised for biochemical assays. The results showed a significant increase in superoxide dismutase and total glutathione, and a significant decrease in lipid peroxide following thoron inhalation under several conditions. Additionally, similar effects were observed for different doses and inhalation times between radon and thoron. Our results suggest that thoron inhalation also exerts antioxidative effects against oxidative stress in organs. However, the inhalation conditions should be carefully analyzed because of the differences in physical characteristics between radon and thoron.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-482
Number of pages10
JournalRadiation and Environmental Biophysics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2020


  • Antioxidative function
  • Oxidative stress
  • Radon
  • Thoron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiation
  • Environmental Science(all)


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