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Structure-function relationships of the dietary anticarcinogen ellagic acid

David H. Barch, Lynn M. Rundhaugen, Gary D. Stoner, N.Sokalingum Pillay and William A. Rosche

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 17, issue 2, pages 265-269
Published in print February 1996 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online February 1996 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Structure-function relationships of the dietary anticarcinogen ellagic acid

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Ellagic acid is a complex planar molecule which demonstrates a variety of anticarcinogenic activities. Ellagic acid hasbeen shown to inhibit the CYP1A1-dependent activation of benzo(α)pyrene; to bind to and detoxify the diol epoxide of benzo(a)pyrene; to bind to DNA and reduce the formation of O6-methylguanineby methylating carcinogens; and to induce the phase II detoxification enzymes glutathione S-transferase Ya and NAD(P)H: quinone reductase. Chemical analogs of ellagic acid were synthesized to examine the relationship between the hydroxyl and lactone groups of the ellagic acid molecule and its different anticarcinogenic activities. These studies demonstrated that both the 3-hydroxyl and the 4-hydroxyl groups were required for ellagic acid to directly detoxify the diolepoxide of benzo(α)pyrene, while only the 4-hydroxyl groups were necessary for ellagic acid to inhibit CYP1A1-dependent benzo(α)pyrene hydroxylase activity. Induction of glutathione S-transferase Ya and NAD(P): quinone reductase required the lactone groups of ellagic acid, but the hydroxyl groups were not required for the induction of these phase II enzymes. In addition, the lactone groups, but not the hydroxyl groups, were required for the analogs to reduce the carcinogen-induced formation of O6-methylguanine. Thus, different portions of the ellagic acid molecule are responsible for its different putative anticarcinogenic activities.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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