Schematic overview of experimental workflow.
PBMCs were either gamma-irradiated with 60 Gy or not irradiated. After culturing for the indicated times, cells were centrifuged to separate the cell pellet and CM supernatant. The pellet was used to extract cellular RNA, which was used for microarray analysis. The CM supernatant was processed to separate and isolate different molecular components. The steps highlighted in blue indicate samples used for in vitro assays. The different methods and bioinformatics tools used for sample analyses are indicated at the appropriate links.