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Atmospheric pollution in Kosovo is associated
with increased DNA damage in the human


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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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14 - 12 - 2015
25 - 1 - 2016
9 - 10 - 2015


  • Department of
    Biology, University of Prishtina, Xhorxh Bush, n.n.,10000, Prishtina,
  • Department of
    Biology, University of Prishtina, Xhorxh Bush, n.n.,10000, Prishtina,
  • Department of
    Biology, University of Prishtina, Xhorxh Bush, n.n.,10000, Prishtina,
  • Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic
    Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, PB 1046 Blindern, 0316 Oslo,
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Prishtina,
    Xhorxh Bush Street, n.n.,10000, Prishtina, Kosovo
  • Department of Cell Biology, University
    of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
  • Department of Cell Biology, University
    of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria


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