We have found that human umbilical cord blood (HUCB) will routinely protect mice exposed to lethal levels of irradiation. At the end of 50 days, over seventy percent (70%) of mice injected with HUCB survived 900 cGy or irradiation, which produced 100% deaths in the uninjected control animals. Moreover, there was some evidence that human colony stimulating factors further improved survival. Anti-Natural Killer cell (NK) antibody was utilized along with HUCB in these studies, however, Anti-NK cell serum alone had no radioprotective effect in mice. The studies reported here suggest the possibility of utilizing HUCB for immediate protection of humans from lethal irradiation.
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