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Mutation, DNA strand cleavage and nitric oxide formation caused by <i>N</i>-nitrosoproline with sunlight: a possible mechanism of UVA carcinogenicity

Sakae Arimoto-Kobayashi, Yoshiko Ando, Yumi Horai, Keinosuke Okamoto, Hikoya Hayatsu, Jillian E. Lowe and Michael H.L. Green

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 23, issue 9, pages 1537-1540
Published in print September 2002 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online September 2002 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Mutation, DNA strand cleavage and nitric oxide formation caused by N-nitrosoproline with sunlight: a possible mechanism of UVA carcinogenicity

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N-Nitrosoproline (NPRO) is endogenously formed from proline and nitrite. NPRO has been reported to be nonmutagenic and noncarcinogenic. In this study, we have detected the direct mutagenicity of NPRO plus natural sunlight towards Salmonella typhimurium. Furthermore, formation of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG), a mutagenic lesion, was observed in calf thymus DNA treated with NPRO plus simulated sunlight. The treatment with NPRO and sunlight induced single strand breaks in the superhelical replicative form of phage M13mp2 DNA. Single-strand DNA breaks also occurred in the human fibroblast cells on treatment with NPRO plus UVA, as detected by the comet assay. An analysis using scavengers suggested that both reactive oxygen species and NO radical mediate the strand breaks. The formation of nitric oxide was observed in NPRO solution irradiated with UVA. We analyzed the photodynamic spectrum of mutation induction and DNA breakage using monochromatic radiation at a series of wavelengths between 300 and 400 nm. Both mutation frequencies and DNA breakage were highest at the absorption maximum of NPRO, 340 nm. The co-mutagenic and co-toxic actions of NPRO and sunlight merit attention as possible mechanisms increasing the carcinogenic risk from UVA irradiation.

Keywords: carboxy-PTIO, 2-(4-carboxyphenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethylomodazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide; EDTA, ethylenediamine-N,N,N′,N′-tetraacetic acid; NMOR, N-nitrosomorpholine; NPRO, N-nitrosoproline; NPYR, N-nitrosopyrrolidine; 8-oxodG, 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2′-deoxyguanosine; RF, replicative form; Tris, Tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane; UV, ultraviolet radiation; UVA, ultraviolet-A radiation

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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