Expression of drug-metabolizing enzymes in the pancreas of hamster, mouse, and rat, responding differently to the pancreatic carcinogenicity of BOP.
ABSTRACT N-nitroso-bis(2-oxopropyl)amine (BOP) induces pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in Syrian golden hamsters, but not in rats or mice. To examine whether this difference is due to the diversity in the presence and distribution of enzymes involved in the metabolism of BOP, the cellular expression of nine cytochrome P-450 isozymes (CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP2B6, CYP2C8,9,19, CYP2D1, CYP2E1, CYP3A1, CYP3A2, and CYP3A4) and of three glutathione S-transferase isozymes (GST-pi, GST-alpha, and GST-mu) was investigated in the pancreas of hamsters, rats, and mice by immunohistochemistry.
We found a wide species variation in the presence and cellular localization of the enzymes and a lack of several enzymes, including GST-alpha in islets, CYP2B6, CYP2C8,9,19, CYP3A1 in acinar cells, and CYP3A4 in ductal cells, in the rat as compared with hamster and mouse.
Although the results could not clarify the reasons for the species differences in the pancreatic carcinogenicity of BOP, the presence of most of the cytochrome P-450 isozymes in pancreatic islets of all three species highlights the important role of the islets in drug metabolism.
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ABSTRACT: Acrylamide (AA) is known to induce tumors in various organs/tissues in rats and mice. Epidemiological studies of oral exposure have generated controversial results but mortality studies of people who work with AA have indicated increased rates of pancreatic cancer. In the present study, for dose selection for chronic toxicity/carcinogenicity studies, 13-week toxicity of AA was evaluated in Syrian hamsters, which are sensitive to induction of pancreatic ductal carcinogenesis, at concentrations required to provide doses of 0 (control), 20, 30 and 50 mg kg(-1) body weight in drinking water. Treatment with AA caused abnormal gait advancing to hind limb paralysis in all males and females at 50 mg kg(-1) . Body weights in 30 and 50 mg kg(-1) males and 50 mg kg(-1) females were lower than in the controls. At termination of the study, red blood cells (RBC) and hemoglobin (Hb) were decreased or showed a tendency for a decrease at 20 and 30 mg kg(-1) in females. Microscopically, axonal/myelin degeneration of sciatic nerves was observed in all AA-treated groups with dose dependence. No obvious changes were found in pancreatic ducts/ductules in any groups of animal. These results indicated the maximum tolerated dose for long-term studies of AA to be 20 mg kg(-1) or less in both male and female Syrian hamsters. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Journal of Applied Toxicology 11/2012; · 3.17 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Polyamine oxidase (PAO), which requires flavin adenine dinucleotide as a cofactor, functions in polyamine catabolism. Plant PAOs are classified into two groups based on their reaction modes. The terminal catabolism (TC) reaction always produces 1,3 diaminopropane (DAP), H2O2, and the respective aldehydes, while the back-conversion (BC) reaction produces spermidine (Spd) from tetraamines, spermine (Spm) and thermospermine (T-Spm), and/or putrescine from Spd, along with 3-aminopropanal and H2O2. The Oryza sativa genome contains seven PAO-encoded genes termed OsPAO1 to OsPAO7. To date, we have characterized four OsPAOs. The products of these genes, i.e., OsPAO1, OsPAO3, OsPAO4, and OsPAO5, catalyze BC-type reactions. Whereas OsPAO1 remains in the cytoplasm, the other three PAOs localize to peroxisomes. Here, we examined OsPAO7 and its gene product. OsPAO7 shows high identity to maize ZmPAO1, the best characterized plant PAO having TC-type activity. OsPAO7 seems to remain in a peripheral layer of the plant cell with the aid of its predicted signal peptide and transmembrane domain. Recombinant OsPAO7 prefers Spm and Spd as substrates, and it produces DAP from both substrates in a time-dependent manner, indicating that OsPAO7 is the first TC-type enzyme identified in O. sativa. The results clearly show that two types of PAOs co-exist in O. sativa. Furthermore, OsPAO7 is specifically expressed in anthers, with an expressional peak at the bicellular pollen stage. The physiological function of OsPAO7 in anthers is discussed.Plant and Cell Physiology 03/2014; · 4.98 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The extremely poor outcome from pancreas cancer is well known. However, its aetiology less well appreciated, and the molecular mechanisms underlying this are poorly understood. Tobacco usage is one of the strongest risk factors for this disease, and this is a completely avoidable hazard. In addition, there are well described hereditary diseases which predispose, and familial pancreas cancer. We have sought here to summarise the role of tobacco-derived carcinogens and the mode of their tumorigenic action on the pancreas. There is compelling evidence from animal and human studies (laboratory including cell line studies and epidemiologic) that tobacco derived carcinogens cause pancreas cancer. However, the manner in which they do so is not entirely apparent. There is also compelling evidence that synergism with genetic and other life-style factors-like diet obesity-results in a multifactorial causation of the disease. Ascertaining the role of tobacco carcinogens in the development of this cancer and their interaction with other risk factors will enable novel therapeutic and preventative strategies to improve outcome from this appalling malignancy.ISRN oncology. 01/2011; 2011:249235.