Premature chromosome condensation (PCC) is a sensitive and unique way to detect interphase chromosome damage and its recovery in mammalian cells irradiated with ionizing radiation. In this chapter, we describe G1 PCC assay with which one can measure immediate chromosome breaks in G1 type chromosomes and their repair/rejoining. In order to induce G1 PCC, one needs to fuse mitotic cells with G1 cells to be tested. There are two methods to fuse cells; one is to use Sendai virus or its equivalent, and another method needs polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a fusing agent. The date obtained with PCC assay can bridge the gap between radiation-induced DNA damage (mainly double strand breaks) and chromosome aberrations observable at metaphase stage.
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This work was supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI grants 24249067 and 24591859.
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