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Identification and Characterization of 2 '-Deoxyadenosine Adducts Formed by Isoprene Monoepoxides in Vitro

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Isoprene, the 2-methyl analogue of 1,3-butadiene, is ubiquitous in the environment, with major contributions to total isoprene emissions stemming from natural processes despite the compound being a bulk industrial chemical. Additionally, isoprene is a combustion product and a major component in cigarette smoke. Isoprene has been classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (group 2B) by IARC and as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. Isoprene, like butadiene, requires metabolic activation to reactive epoxides to exhibit its carcinogenic properties. The mode of action has been postulated to be that of a genotoxic carcinogen, with the formation of promutagenic DNA adducts being essential for mutagenesis and carcinogenesis. In rodents, isoprene-induced tumors show unique point mutations (A -> T transversions) in the K-ras protooncogene at codon 61. Therefore, we investigated adducts formed after the reaction of 2'-deoxyadenosine (dAdo) with the two monoepoxides of isoprene, 2-ethenyl-2-methyloxirane (IP-1,2-O) and propen-2-yloxirane (IP-3,4-O), under physiological conditions. The formation of N1-2'-deoxyinosine (N1-dIno) due to the deamination of N1-dAdo adducts was of particular interest, since N1-dIno adducts are suspected to have high mutagenic potential based on in vitro experiments. Major stable adducts were identified by HPLC, UV-spectroscopy, and LC-MS/MS and characterized by H-1 NMR and H-1,C-13 HSQC and HMBC NMR. experiments. Adducts of IP-1,2-O that were fully identified are R,S-C1-N-6-dAdo, R-C2-N-6-dAdo, and S-C2-N-6-dAdo; adducts of IP-3,4-O are S-C3-N-6-dAdo, R-C3-N-6-dAdo, R,S-C4-N-6-dAdo, S-C4-N1-dIno, R-C4-N1-dIno, R-C3-N1-dIno, S-C3-N1-dIno, and C3-N7-Ade. Both monoepoxides formed adducts on the terminal and internal oxirane carbons. This is the first study to describe adducts of isoprene monoepoxides with dAdo. Characterization of adducts formed by isoprene monoepoxides with deoxynucleosides and subsequently with DNA represent the first step toward evaluating their potential for being converted into a mutation or as biomarkers of isoprene metabolism and exposure.

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Author(s): Begemann P, Boysen G, Georgieva NI, Sangaiah R, Koshlap KM, Koc H, Zhang DP, Golding BT, Gold A, Swenberg JA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Research in Toxicology

Year: 2011

Volume: 24

Issue: 7

Pages: 1048-1061

Print publication date: 06/05/2011

ISSN (print): 0893-228X

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5010

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/tx200055c


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