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Reversibility of proliferative lesions and induction of non-papillary tumors in rat urinary bladder treated with phenylethyl isothiocyanate

Satoshi Sugiura, Kumiko Ogawa, Masao Hirose, Fumitaka Takeshita, Makoto Asamoto and Tomoyuki Shirai

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 24, issue 3, pages 547-553
Published in print March 2003 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online March 2003 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Reversibility of proliferative lesions and induction of non-papillary tumors in rat urinary bladder treated with phenylethyl isothiocyanate

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Phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), generally thought to be a chemopreventive agent for various kinds of genotoxic carcinogens, has been found to induce rat urinary bladder carcinomas in our laboratory. To cast light on the underlying mechanisms, the reversibility of urothelial proliferative lesions and the frequencies of H-ras and p53 mutations in the induced rat urinary bladder tumors were investigated. F344 male rats were given diet containing 0.1% PEITC for 48 weeks and then killed, or for 32 weeks and then returned to normal diet without supplement for 1, 3, 7 days or 16 weeks before death. At 7 days after withdrawal of PEITC treatment, carcinomas were observed in only two of 24 rats but a high incidence of dysplasias was evident. Furthermore, 16 weeks after withdrawal, seven of 12 (58.3%) rats had carcinomas. In addition, carcinomas were induced in 11 of 12 (91.7%) rats continuously receiving PEITC for 48 weeks. Most of the carcinomas were characterized as of non-papillary transitional cell type with occasional squamous cell differentiation and/or glandular components. Bromodeoxyuridine labeling indices (LIs) were increased by PEITC administration even in normal-looking epithelium. After withdrawal of treatment, LIs in simple and papillary or nodular (PN) hyperplasias were markedly decreased and these lesions gradually disappeared, while values for dysplasias and carcinomas, which persisted, were only slightly decreased. A silent point mutation was found in H-ras in one of 12 tumor samples (8.3%), whereas seven (58.3%) had mutations in p53. These results indicate that PEITC itself is a carcinogen for the rat urinary bladder, and that while the simple and PN hyperplasia induced by PEITC are reversible, dysplasia is irreversible with the potential to give rise to non-papillary carcinomas with frequent p53 mutations.

Keywords: BBN, N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl)nitrosamine; BrdU, bromodeoxyuridine; FANFT, N-[4-(5-nitro-2-furyl)2-thiazolyl]formamide; LIs, labeling indices; PEITC, phenylethyl isothiocyanate; PN, papillary or nodular.

Journal Article.  4962 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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