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Atmospheric pollution in Kosovo is associated with increased DNA damage in the human population / Avdulla J. Alija, Fisnik Asllani, Ismet D. Bajraktari, Andrew Richard Collins, Shemsedin Dreshaj, Nikolaus Bresgen, Peter M. Eckl
AuthorAlija, Avdulla J. ; Asllani, Fisnik ; Bajraktari, Ismet D. ; Collins, Andrew R.S. In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Dreshaj, Shemsedin ; Bresgen, Nikolaus In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Eckl, Peter In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
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Biomonitoring, Warschau, 2015, Vol. 3, Issue 1, page 35-41
PublishedDe Gruyter, 2015
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LanguageEnglish
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (EN)Comet Assay / DNA damage / Environmental pollution / Kosovo
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubs:3-1649 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOI10.1515/bimo-2015-0006 
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In order to assess DNA damage associated with exposure to environmental pollution in two polluted sites and one control site in Kosovo, whole blood samples were collected from volunteers in two polluted areas (Kastriot/ Obiliq - lignite-based power plants and lignite mines - and Drenas/Gllogovc - Ferronikeli smelting plant) as well as from Peja, representing an unpolluted area. White blood cells were isolated, and DNA damage was analyzed by the alkaline comet assay. Significantly higher levels of DNA damage (strand breaks) were found in white blood cells from subjects living in the polluted areas compared with residents of the unpolluted city, indicating a potential threat to human health.

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