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    Keywords: CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; human ; IN-VIVO ; LUNG ; PATHWAYS ; VIVO ; DNA adducts ; EXPOSURE ; liver ; ENZYMES ; TISSUE ; HEART ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; kidney ; 3-aminobenzanthrone ; 3-nitrobenzanthrone ; CARCINOGENESIS ; DIESEL EXHAUST ; DNA ADDUCT FORMATION ; metabolic activation ; nitro-PAH ; RAT ; animals ; AROMATIC-AMINES ; BASE ; BIOMARKERS ; BODY-WEIGHT ; colon ; CONTAMINANT 3-NITROBENZANTHRONE ; ENRICHMENT ; HPLC ; P-32-postlabelling ; RATS ; TISSUES ; tumour
    Abstract: Diesel exhaust is known to induce tumours in animals and is suspected of being carcinogenic in humans. Of the compounds found in diesel exhaust, 3-nitrobenzanthrone (3-NBA) is an extremely potent mutagen and suspected human carcinogen forming multiple DNA adducts in vitro. 3-Aminobenzanthrone (3-ABA). 3- acetylaminobenzanthrone (3-Ac-ABA), and N-acetyl-N-hydroxy-3- aminobenzanthrone (N-Ac-N-OH-ABA) were identified as 3-NBA metabolites. In order to gain insight into the pathways of metabolic activation leading to 3-NBA-derived DNA adducts we treated Wistar rats intraperitoneally with 2 mg/kg body weight of 3-NBA, 3-ABA. 3-Ac-ABA, or N-Ac-N-OH-ABA and compared DNA adducts present in different organs, With each compound either four or five DNA adduct spots were detected by TLC in all tissues examined (lung, liver. kidney, heart, pancreas, and colon) using the nuclease P1 or butanol enrichment version of the P-32-postlabelling method, respectively. Using HPLC co- chromatographic analysis we showed that all major 3-NBA-DNA adducts produced in vivo in rats are derived from reductive metabolites bound to purine bases and lack an N-acetyl group. Our results indicate that 3-NBA metabolites (3-ABA, 3-Ac-ABA and AT-Ac-N-OH-ABA) undergo several biotransformations and that N-hydroxy-3-aminobenzanthrone (N-OH-ABA) appears to be the common intermediate in 3-NBA-derived DNA adduct formation. Therefore, 3-NBA-DNA adducts are useful biomarkers for exposure to 3-NBA and its metabolites and may help to identify enzymes involved in their metabolic activation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12480528
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