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Evidence for peroxynitrite as an oxidative stress-inducing compound of aqueous cigarette smoke fractions.

T Muller, H J Haussmann and G Schepers

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 295-301
Published in print February 1997 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online February 1997 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Evidence for peroxynitrite as an oxidative stress-inducing compound of aqueous cigarette smoke fractions.

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Previous studies have shown that exposure of Swiss 3T3 cells to mainstream cigarette smoke (CS) trapped in phosphate-buffered saline (smoke-bubbled PBS) resulted in the expression of stress response genes, i.e. haem oxygenase and c-fos, partial inhibition of protein phosphatases 1 and 2A, as well as partial depletion of the cellular glutathione (GSH) pool. Using c-fos gene expression in Swiss 3T3 cells as an indicator for a cellular response against oxidative stress, the following observations are consistent with peroxynitrite as an active principal formed by CS in aqueous solutions: (i) sustained c-fos expression was obtained for smoke-bubbled PBS, peroxynitrite itself and a compound known to stoichiometrically release superoxide and nitric oxide (NO) (3-morpholino-sydnonimine, SIN-1); (ii) c-fos expression in cells exposed to aqueous smoke fractions was inhibited by either the superoxide-scavenging enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), in combination with catalase, or the NO-scavenger oxyhaemoglobin (HbO2); and (iii) activation of guanylate cyclase in rat lung cells was observed only when bubbling was performed with filtered smoke and with whole smoke in the presence of SOD/catalase. These results are consistent with a rapid NO-consuming reaction coupled with superoxide-generating properties of the particulate phase of CS. Moreover, (iv) the half-life of the c-fos-inducing activity in smoke-bubbled PBS was found to be <1 h which can be explained by a sustained peroxynitrite formation. Finally, depletion of intracellular thiol levels by smoke-bubbled PBS appears to favour the activation of a redox-sensitive component of the c-fos-inducing pathway.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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