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Development of a computational system for the simulation of the interaction of ionizing radiations with the human genetic material

Abstract

The interaction of ionizing radiation with human beings leads to DNA damage. This damage is closely related to the origin of cancer as well as with its treatment through the radiation therapy. The Radiobiology is the branch of the science that studies the biological effects produced by ionizing radiations. There are two main approaches to study this kind of effects, experiments and simulations. The former is based on the use of in vitro cellular cultures exposed to ionizing radiations. The latter is based on the combination of biophysical models with Monte Carlo codes for the radiation transport simulation. Experiments present limitations to reproduce arbitrary combinations of irradiation setups and DNA configurations, among other parameters. Biophysical simulations allow to make a wide range of parameter combination and to discriminate between the influences of many factors, much of them impossible to be resolved in vitro experiments. However, experiments and simulations are complementary, as in many branchs of science. The GEANT4-DNA european project is intended to develop a computational package to simulate the transport of ns and electrons down to very low energies (~0.025 for electrons). This package would be used for nanodosimetry in Radiobiology. Our role into this project is to create biophysical models to validate the GEANT4-DNA package in Radiobiology. The scope of the proposed project is to develop a geometrical model of the human genetic material, accounting for six (6) organization levels for the three main DNA configurations (A, Band Z). In addition, a new biophysical model to simulate the DNA damage due to the impact of ionizing particles (direct damage) or water-derived chemical species (indirect damage) will be developed. The main scope of this project is to build up a computational tool to predict the relative biological effectiveness of photon, electron, and ion beams used in Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic. (AU)

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TANG, NICOLAS; BUENO, MARTA; MEYLAN, SYLVAIN; PERROT, YANN; TRAN, HOANG N.; FRENEAU, AMELIE; DOS SANTOS, MORGANE; VAURIJOUX, AURELIE; GRUEL, GAETAN; BERNAL, MARIO A.; et al. Assessment of Radio-Induced Damage in Endothelial Cells Irradiated with 40 kVp, 220 kVp, and 4 MV X-rays by Means of Micro and Nanodosimetric Calculations. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, v. 20, n. 24, . (11/51594-2, 18/15316-7, 15/21873-8)
ZABIHI, AZAM; TELLO, JOHN; INCERTI, SEBASTIEN; FRANCIS, ZIAD; FOROZANI, GHASEM; SEMSARHA, FARID; MOSLEHI, AMIR; BERNAL, MARIO A.. Determination of fast neutron RBE using a fully mechanistic computational model. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, v. 156, . (11/51594-2, 18/15316-7, 15/21873-8)
SENIWAL, BALJEET; BERNAL, MARIO A.; FONSECA, TELMA C. F.. Microdosimetric calculations for radionuclides emitting beta and alpha particles and Auger electrons. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, v. 166, . (18/15316-7, 15/21873-8, 11/51594-2)
SAKATA, DOUSATSU; HIRAYAMA, RYOICHI; SHIN, WOOK-GEUN; BELLI, MAURO; TABOCCHINI, MARIA A.; STEWART, ROBERT D.; BELOV, OLEG; BERNAL, MARIO A.; BORDAGE, MARIE-CLAUDE; BROWN, JEREMY M. C.; et al. Prediction of DNA rejoining kinetics and cell survival after proton irradiation for V79 cells using Geant4-DNA. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 105, p. 9-pg., . (18/15316-7, 15/21873-8, 20/08647-7, 11/51594-2)
SEIF, EDGARD; EL BITAR, ZIAD; INCERTI, SEBASTIEN; BERNAL, MARIO A.; FRANCIS, ZIAD. Electron tracks simulation in water: Performance comparison between GPU CPU and the EUMED grid installation. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 104, p. 11-pg., . (11/51594-2, 15/21873-8, 20/08647-7)
INCERTI, S.; BARBERET, PH.; DEVES, G.; MICHELET, C.; FRANCIS, Z.; IVANTCHENKO, V.; MANTERO, A.; EL BITAR, Z.; BERNAL, M. A.; TRAN, H. N.; et al. Comparison of experimental proton-induced fluorescence spectra for a selection of thin high-Z samples with Geant4 Monte Carlo simulations. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 358, p. 210-222, . (11/51594-2)
AGUIRRE, E.; DAVID, M.; DEALMEIDA, C. E.; BERNAL, M. A.. Impact of photon cross section uncertainties on Monte Carlo-determined depth-dose distributions. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 32, n. 9, p. 1065-1071, . (11/51594-2)
BERNAL, M. A.; BORDAGE, M. C.; BROWN, J. M. C.; DAVIDKOVA, M.; DELAGE, E.; EL BITAR, Z.; ENGER, S. A.; FRANCIS, Z.; GUATELLI, S.; IVANCHENKO, V. N.; et al. Track structure modeling in liquid water: A review of the Geant4-DNA very low energy extension of the Geant4 Monte Carlo simulation toolkit. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 31, n. 8, p. 861-874, . (11/51594-2)
SAKATA, DOUSATSU; LAMPE, NATHANAEL; KARAMITROS, MATHIEU; KYRIAKOU, IOANNA; BELOV, OLEG; BERNAL, MARIO A.; BOLST, DAVID; BORDAGE, MARIE-CLAUDE; BRETON, VINCENT; BROWN, JEREMY M. C.; et al. Evaluation of early radiation DNA damage in a fractal cell nucleus model using Geant4-DNA. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 62, p. 152-157, . (15/21873-8, 11/51594-2)
INCERTI, S.; PSALTAKI, M.; GILLET, P.; BARBERET, PH.; BARDIES, M.; BERNAL, M. A.; BORDAGE, M. -C.; BRETON, V.; DAVIDKOVA, M.; DELAGE, E.; et al. Simulating radial dose of ion tracks in liquid water simulated with Geant4-DNA: A comparative study. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 333, p. 92-98, . (11/51594-2)
KARAMITROS, M.; LUAN, S.; BERNAL, M. A.; ALLISON, J.; BALDACCHINO, G.; DAVIDKOVA, M.; FRANCIS, Z.; FRIEDLAND, W.; IVANTCHENKO, V.; IVANTCHENKO, A.; et al. Diffusion-controlled reactions modeling in Geant4-DNA. Journal of Computational Physics, v. 274, p. 841-882, . (11/51594-2)
ZABIHI, AZAM; INCERTI, SEBASTIEN; FRANCIS, ZIAD; FOROZANI, GHASEM; SEMSARHA, FARID; MOSLEHI, AMIR; REZAEIAN, PEIMAN; BERNAL, MARIO A.. Computational approach to determine the relative biological effectiveness of fast neutrons using the Geant4-DNA toolkit and a DNA atomic model from the Protein Data Bank. Physical Review E, v. 99, n. 5, . (11/51594-2)
BALLARINI, F.; CARANTE, M. P.; CAJIAO, J. J. TELLO; BERNAL, M. A.. Biophysical modelling of proximity effects in chromosome aberration production. NUOVO CIMENTO C-COLLOQUIA AND COMMUNICATIONS IN PHYSICS, v. 41, n. 6, . (11/51594-2, 15/21873-8)
INCERTI, S.; KYRIAKOU, I.; BERNAL, M. A.; BORDAGE, M. C.; FRANCIS, Z.; GUATELLI, S.; IVANCHENKO, V.; KARAMITROS, M.; LAMPE, N.; LEE, S. B.; et al. Geant4-DNA example applications for track structure simulations in liquid water: A report from the Geant4-DNA Project. Medical Physics, v. 45, n. 8, p. E722-E739, . (11/51594-2)
TELLO, JOHN J.; INCERTI, SEBASTIEN; FRANCIS, ZIAD; TRAN, HOANG; BERNAL, M. A.. Numerical insight into the Dual Radiation Action Theory. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 43, p. 120-126, . (11/51594-2)
BERNAL, M. A.; SIKANSI, D.; CAVALCANTE, F.; INCERTI, S.; CHAMPION, C.; IVANCHENKO, V.; FRANCIS, Z.. An atomistic geometrical model of the B-DNA configuration for DNA-radiation interaction simulations. COMPUTER PHYSICS COMMUNICATIONS, v. 184, n. 12, p. 2840-2847, . (11/51594-2)
SANTIAGO, JOAO; DE FARIA, JHAISON C.; SAN-MIGUEL, MIGUEL; BERNAL, MARIO A.. A TD-DFT-Based Study on the Attack of the OH center dot Radical on a Guanine Nucleotide. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, v. 23, n. 17, p. 9-pg., . (20/02348-8, 18/15316-7, 15/21873-8, 20/08647-7, 11/51594-2)
BERNAL, M. A.; SIKANSI, D.; CAVALCANTE, F.; INCERTI, S.; CHAMPION, C.; IVANCHENKO, V.; FRANCIS, Z.; KARAMITROS, M.; VAGENAS, EC; VLACHOS, DS. Performance of a new atomistic geometrical model of the B-DNA configuration for DNA-radiation interaction simulations. WAKE CONFERENCE 2021, v. 490, p. 4-pg., . (11/51594-2)
DE FARIA, JHAISON C.; SANTIAGO, JOAO; FRANCIS, ZIAD; BERNAL, MARIO A.. Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Determining the Electron-Capture Cross Section for Protons Impacting on Atoms and Molecules. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, v. 127, n. 11, p. 7-pg., . (15/21873-8, 18/15316-7, 11/51594-2, 20/08647-7)
MAGALHAES, D. P.; RINKEL, J.; TOMAL, A.. Radiation damage impact on hybrid-pixel detectors data (Reprinted from Radiation Physics and Chemistry, vol 160, pg 63-67, 2019). Radiation Physics and Chemistry, v. 167, p. 5-pg., . (15/21873-8, 11/51594-2)
BERNAL, M. A.; DEALMEIDA, C. E.; INCERTI, S.; CHAMPION, C.; IVANCHENKO, V.; FRANCIS, Z.. The Influence of DNA Configuration on the Direct Strand Break Yield. COMPUTATIONAL AND MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN MEDICINE, v. 2015, p. 8-pg., . (11/51594-2)
ZABIHI, AZAM; INCERTI, SEBASTIEN; FRANCIS, ZIAD; FOROZANI, GHASEM; SEMSARHA, FARID; MOSLEHI, AMIR; REZAEIAN, PEIMAN; BERNAL, MARIO A.. Computational approach to determine the relative biological effectiveness of fast neutrons using the Geant4-DNA toolkit and a DNA atomic model from the Protein Data Bank. PHYSICAL REVIEW E, v. 99, n. 5, p. 8-pg., . (11/51594-2)
ANDRE, T.; MORINI, F.; KARAMITROS, M.; DELORME, R.; LE LOIREC, C.; CAMPOS, L.; CHAMPION, C.; GROETZ, J. -E.; FROMM, M.; BORDAGE, M. -C.; et al. Comparison of Geant4-DNA simulation of S-values with other Monte Carlo codes. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 319, p. 87-94, . (11/51594-2)
TRAN, H. N.; EL BITAR, Z.; CHAMPION, C.; KARAMITROS, M.; BERNAL, M. A.; FRANCIS, Z.; IVANTCHENKO, V.; LEE, S. B.; SHIN, J. I.; INCERTI, S.; et al. Modeling proton and alpha elastic scattering in liquid water in Geant4-DNA. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 343, p. 132-137, . (11/51594-2)
PATER, PIOTR; SEUNTJENS, JAN; EL NAQA, ISSAM; BERNAL, MARIO A.. On the consistency of Monte Carlo track structure DNA damage simulations. Medical Physics, v. 41, n. 12, . (11/51594-2)
INCERTI, S.; CHAMPION, C.; TRAN, H. N.; KARAMITROS, M.; BERNAL, M.; FRANCIS, Z.; IVANCHENKO, V.; MANTERO, A.; COLLABORATION, GEANT4-DNA. Energy deposition in small-scale targets of liquid water using the very low energy electromagnetic physics processes of the Geant4 toolkit. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 306, p. 158-164, . (11/51594-2)
FRANCIS, Z.; EL BAST, M.; EL HADDAD, R.; MANTERO, A.; INCERTI, S.; IVANCHENKO, V.; EL BITAR, Z.; CHAMPION, C.; BERNAL, M. A.; ROUMIE, M.. A comparison between Geant4 PIXE simulations and experimental data for standard reference samples. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 316, p. 1-5, . (11/51594-2)
FRANCIS, Z.; MONTAROU, G.; INCERTI, S.; BERNAL, M.; ZEIN, S. A.. A simulation study of gold nanoparticles localisation effects on radiation enhancement at the mitochondrion scale. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 67, p. 148-154, . (11/51594-2, 18/15316-7, 15/21873-8)
BERNAL, MARIO A.; LIENDO, JACINTO A.; INCERTI, SEBASTIEN; FRANCIS, ZIAD; TRAN, HOANG N.. Experimental cross sections for water ionization due to the impact of light ions-A review. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 517, p. 10-pg., . (11/51594-2, 18/15316-7, 15/21873-8, 20/08647-7)
LI, WEI BO; STANGL, STEFAN; KLAPPROTH, ALEXANDER; SHEVTSOV, MAXIM; HERNANDEZ, ALICIA; KIMM, MELANIE A.; SCHUEMANN, JAN; QIU, RUI; MICHALKE, BERNHARD; BERNAL, MARIO A.; et al. Application of High-Z Gold Nanoparticles in Targeted Cancer Radiotherapy-Pharmacokinetic Modeling, Monte Carlo Simulation and Radiobiological Effect Modeling. CANCERS, v. 13, n. 21, . (15/21873-8, 20/08647-7, 11/51594-2, 18/15316-7)
SHIN, WOOK-GEUN; SAKATA, DOUSATSU; LAMPE, NATHANAEL; BELOV, OLEG; TRAN, NGOC HOANG; PETROVIC, IVAN; RISTIC-FIRA, ALEKSANDRA; DORDEVIC, MILOS; BERNAL, MARIO A.; BORDAGE, MARIE-CLAUDE; et al. A Geant4-DNA Evaluation of Radiation-Induced DNA Damage on a Human Fibroblast. CANCERS, v. 13, n. 19, . (18/15316-7, 15/21873-8, 11/51594-2, 20/08647-7)
ROSALES, LISET DE LA FUENTE; INCERTI, SEBASTIEN; FRANCIS, ZIAD; BERNAL, MARIO A.. Accounting for radiation-induced indirect damage on DNA with the Geant 4-DNA code. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, v. 51, p. 108-116, . (15/21873-8, 11/51594-2)
MAGALHAES, D. P.; TOMAL, A.. Monte Carlo simulation of hybrid pixel detectors. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, v. 167, . (11/51594-2, 15/21873-8)
MAGALHAES, D. P.; RINKEL, J.; TOMAL, A.. Radiation damage impact on hybrid-pixel detectors data. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, v. 160, p. 63-67, . (15/21873-8, 11/51594-2)
TRAN, H. N.; KARAMITROS, M.; IVANCHENKO, V. N.; GUATELLI, S.; MCKINNON, S.; MURAKAMI, K.; SASAKI, T.; OKADA, S.; BORDAGE, M. C.; FRANCIS, Z.; et al. Geant4 Monte Carlo simulation of absorbed dose and radiolysis yields enhancement from a gold nanoparticle under MeV proton irradiation. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 373, p. 126-139, . (11/51594-2)
FRANCIS, Z.; SEIF, E.; INCERTI, S.; CHAMPION, C.; KARAMITROS, M.; BERNAL, M. A.; IVANCHENKO, V. N.; MANTERO, A.; TRAN, H. N.; EL BITAR, Z.. Carbon ion fragmentation effects on the nanometric level behind the Bragg peak depth. Physics in Medicine and Biology, v. 59, n. 24, p. 7691-7702, . (11/51594-2)
BERNAL, M. A.; DEALMEIDA, C. E.; INCERTI, S.; CHAMPION, C.; IVANCHENKO, V.; FRANCIS, Z.. The Influence of DNA Configuration on the Direct Strand Break Yield. COMPUTATIONAL AND MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN MEDICINE, . (11/51594-2)
INCERTI, S.; SUERFU, B.; XU, J.; IVANTCHENKO, V.; MANTERO, A.; BROWN, J. M. C.; BERNAL, M. A.; FRANCIS, Z.; KARAMITROS, M.; TRAN, H. N.. Simulation of Auger electron emission from nanometer-size gold targets using the Geant4 Monte Carlo simulation toolkit. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIO, v. 372, p. 91-101, . (11/51594-2)
DE FARIA, JHAISON C.; PAUPITZ, RICARDO; VAN DUIN, ADRI C. T.; BERNAL, MARIO A.. Evaluation of the Reax Force-Field for Studying the Collision of an Energetic Proton with the DNA. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION, v. N/A, p. 9-pg., . (15/21873-8, 20/08647-7, 18/15316-7, 11/51594-2)
DE FARIA, JHAISON C.; PAUPITZ, RICARDO; VAN DUIN, ADRI C. T.; BERNAL, MARIO A.. Evaluation of the Reax Force-Field for Studying the Collision of an Energetic Proton with the DNA. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION, v. 18, n. 11, p. 9-pg., . (11/51594-2, 18/15316-7, 15/21873-8, 20/08647-7)

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