Evaluation of radioprotective action of a mutant (E-25) form of Chlorella vulgaris in mice

J Radiat Res. 1993 Dec;34(4):277-84. doi: 10.1269/jrr.34.277.


The possible role of orally fed Chlorella vulgaris (E-25) in modulating the gamma-ray induced chromosomal damage in whole-body irradiated mice was evaluated using a micronucleus test. Different doses of E-25 were administered either chronically (once, twice or thrice a day for 28 days) or as single acute doses before/after irradiation. A significant radioprotective effect was observed in both acute and chronic pretreatments, but only at doses above 400 mg/kg body weight. However, in mice that received E-25 (500 mg/kg) three times a day for 28 days, there was no protective effect, and a significant loss in their body weight was observed. Interestingly, E-25 afforded significant radioprotection even when it was administered within 0.4 hr after irradiation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chlorella / genetics
  • Chlorella / physiology*
  • Erythrocytes / radiation effects
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Micronuclei, Chromosome-Defective / radiation effects
  • Mutation
  • Radiation Protection*
  • Whole-Body Irradiation / adverse effects