Potential effects of ultraviolet-C radiation on the mole rats (Spalax leucodon) hematological values
In this study, the effect of ultraviolet-C (UVC) radiation on hematologic parameters of mole rats (Spalax leucodon) was studied. Ten mole rats of both sexes, weighing 150-200 g, were used. The rats were exposed to 8 hours daily UVC radiation for 45 days. Before the radiation exposure (as a control) and on day 7, 14, 30 and 45, blood specimens were obtained from the experimental groups. Then blood samples were analyzed and compared to the control groups. A significant decrease or increase of hematological parameters was observed in some experimental groups in terms of the control groups of values (p < 0.05). Alterations in other hematological parameters were not found to be statistically significant (p > 0.05). These results showed that the UVC radiation has sig-nificant effects on some hematological parameters of mole rats according to the radiation exposure time and a dose.