Expression of Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes in the Pancreas of Hamster, Mouse, and Rat, Responding Differently to the Pancreatic Carcinogenicity of BOP

Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Pancreatology (Impact Factor: 2.84). 02/2002; 2(6):519-27. DOI: 10.1159/000066094
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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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    • "In rodents, certain kinds of chemicals have been demonstrated to induce pancreatic acinar cell tumors but not ductal ones in rats (Longnecker & Curphey, 1975; Longnecker et al., 1980), whereas Syrian (golden) hamsters are sensitive to ductal carcinogenesis with N-nitrosobis(2-oxopropyl)amine (Kitahashi et al., 2010; Ulrich et al., 2002) and N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (Furukawa et al., 1992). In the present study, the toxicological effects of 13-weeks exposure to AA in drinking water were therefore evaluated in Syrian hamsters for dose selection of chronic toxicity/carcinogenicity studies. "
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