Purpose/Objective: Radiation-induced GI toxicity is the primary dose limitation compromising therapy in cancer patients treated with radiation therapy. GUCY2C is the intestinal receptor for diarrheagenic bacterial enterotoxins and the endogenous paracrine hormones guanylin and uroguanylin. Following genomic insult, cyclic (c)GMP produced by ligand activation of GUCY2C enhances DNA damage sensing and repair in intestinal cells. Here, we show that the GUCY2C-cGMP axis mediates p53-dependent radioprotection of intestinal epithelial cells.

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