Shoji Fukushima

Kitasato University, Edo, Tōkyō, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: The carcinogenicity and chronic toxicity of hydrazine monohydrate was examined by administrating hydrazine monohydrate in drinking water to groups of 50 F344/DuCrj rats and 50 Crj:BDF1 mice of both sexes for two years. The drinking water concentration of hydrazine monohydrate was 0, 20, 40 or 80 ppm (wt/wt) for male and female rats and male mice; and 0, 40, 80 or 160 ppm for female mice. Survival rates of each group of males and females rats and mice were similar to the respective controls, except female rats administered 80 ppm. Two-year administration of hydrazine monohydrate produced an increase in the incidences of hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas in rats of both sexes along with hepatic foci. In mice, the incidences of hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas were increased in females, and significantly increased incidences of hepatocellular adenomas in females administered 160 ppm were observed. Thus, hydrazine monohydrate is carcinogenic in two species, rats and mice. Additionally, non-neoplastic renal lesions in rats and mice and non-neoplastic nasal lesions in mice were observed.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
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    Preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Sangyo eiseigaku zasshi Journal of occupational health
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    ABSTRACT: Tumor-promoting effects of ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE) were investigated in a 2-stage carcinogenesis bioassay with regard to hepatic and renal carcinogenesis in rats. Male 6-week-old Wistar rats were given drinking water containing N-ethyl-N-(2-hydroxyethyl)nitrosamine (EHEN), as an initiator, at a dose of 500 ppm for 2 weeks. Starting one week thereafter, the animals were administered ETBE at dose levels of 0 (control), 100, 300, 500 or 1,000 mg/kg/day by gavage for 19 weeks from week 4 to 22. Necropsy of all rats was performed at week 23, and livers and kidneys were examined histopathologically. Incidences of hepatocellular adenomas, and those of combined hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas were significantly elevated in rats given 1,000 mg/kg/day ETBE, but not 100‒500 mg/kg/day ETBE, and there was a significant increase in the average numbers of lesions. No significant differences in incidences and average numbers of renal tubule neoplasms were found in rats administered 100‒1,000 mg/kg/day ETBE. However, the average numbers of atypical tubule hyperplasias, considered to be preneoplastic lesions, were significantly increased in rats given ETBE at 1,000 mg/kg/day, but not in rats given 500 mg/kg/day or lower doses. Thus, these results imply that ETBE has hepatic and renal tumor-promoting activities that affect EHEN-induced carcinogenesis in male rats, and the no-observed-effect level is 500 mg/kg/day under the present experimental conditions.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
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    ABSTRACT: A high-throughput test of cell growth inhibition was performed using mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells to assess chemical toxicities. We herein demonstrated using a 96-well culture plate approach and the MTT assay that this method was suitable for prioritization of chemicals for their cytotoxic properties. In order to categorize chemicals, we used p53 gene-modified mouse ES cells as well as wild-type ES cells. The p53 gene is a well-known tumor suppressor and controls programmed cell death (apoptosis) and cellular senescence that is triggered by DNA-damaging agents such as alkylating agents and radiation. In the present study, p53-deficient ES cells were found to be more resistant to a tumor initiator, diethylnitrosamine (DEN), than wild-type ES cells, suggesting the inhibition of apoptosis or senescence by a dysfunction in p53. Chromosome aberrations were more frequently detected in p53-deficient ES cells than in wild-type cells, indicating genomic instability due to the deletion of p53. Other tumor initiators, methyl methanesulfonate (MMS) and N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (NMU), did not reveal apparent differences in cytotoxicity between wild-type and p53-deficient ES cells. Thus, ES test system using gene-modified ES cells may be used to categorize chemicals by detecting their characteristic effects on apoptosis, genotoxic potentials as well as general cytotoxicity.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Environmental Science and Pollution Research
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    ABSTRACT: Qualitative and quantitative approaches are important issues in field of carcinogenic risk assessment of the genotoxic carcinogens. Herein, we provide quantitative data on low-dose hepatocarcinogenicity studies for three genotoxic hepatocarcinogens: 2-amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline (MeIQx), 2-amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoline (IQ) and N-nitrosodiethylamine (DEN). Hepatocarcinogenicity was examined by quantitative analysis of glutathione S-transferase placental form (GST-P) positive foci, which are the preneoplastic lesions in rat hepatocarcinogenesis and the endpoint carcinogenic marker in the rat liver medium-term carcinogenicity bioassay. We also examined DNA damage and gene mutations which occurred through the initiation stage of carcinogenesis. For the establishment of points of departure (PoD) from which the cancer-related risk can be estimated, we analyzed the above events by quantitative no-observed-effect level and benchmark dose approaches. MeIQx at low doses induced formation of DNA-MeIQx adducts; somewhat higher doses caused elevation of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyquanosine levels; at still higher doses gene mutations occurred; and the highest dose induced formation of GST-P positive foci. These data indicate that early genotoxic events in the pathway to carcinogenesis showed the expected trend of lower PoDs for earlier events in the carcinogenic process. Similarly, only the highest dose of IQ caused an increase in the number of GST-P positive foci in the liver, while IQ-DNA adduct formation was observed with low doses. Moreover, treatment with DEN at low doses had no effect on development of GST-P positive foci in the liver. These data on PoDs for the markers contribute to understand whether genotoxic carcinogens have a threshold for their carcinogenicity. The most appropriate approach to use in low dose-response assessment must be approved on the basis of scientific judgment.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Mutagenesis
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: We investigated the 2-year survival rate and incidence of spontaneous tumors in F344/DuCrlCrlj rats used in carcinogenicity studies of chemical substances. Records for animals used in the control groups of carcinogenicity studies which were conducted during the last 10 years were obtained from the database of the Japan Bioassay Research Center (JBRC). Six hundred ninety-nine males and 550 females were used in 14 and 11 inhalation studies, respectively, and 500 animals of each sex were used in 10 male and 10 female oral studies. Methods: In each study, SPF (specific pathogen free) animals were housed for 2 years (104 weeks) as control groups in the carcinogenicity studies. All animals underwent necropsy and histopathological examination. Each study was conducted in accordance with the Good Laboratory Practice. Results: The incidence of interstitial cell tumors was highest in both inhalation studies and oral studies (inhalation studies 86.1%, oral studies 68.6%). Tumors which had an incidence of 6% or higher were adenoma of the pituitary, C-cell adenoma of the thyroid, and mononuclear cell leukemia (LGL leukemia) of the spleen in male and female rats; fibroma of the subcutaneous tissue, adrenal pheochromocytoma, and islet cell adenoma of the pancreas in male rats; and endometrial stromal polyps and fibroadenoma of the mammary gland in female rats. Tumors other than the above had rare incidence rates. A clear difference in the incidence of spontaneous tumors was not observed between the inhalation and oral studies. The incidences of spontaneous tumors in control groups of previous oral studies are similar to our findings. There are no other reports of the spontaneous tumor incidence in the control groups of inhalation studies using F344/DuCrlCrlj rats. The 2-year survival rate was about 77% in both the inhalation and oral studies, and a gender difference was not observed. The F344/DuCrlCrlj rats used at JBRC had a higher 2-year survival rate than F344/N rats. This difference is possibly due to the low incidence of LGL leukemia in the F344/DuCrlCrlj rat. Conclusions: The incidences of spontaneous tumors in F344/DuCrlCrlj rats used in control groups of both inhalation and oral studies during the last 10 years at JBRC are similar to each other and similar to those reported in other studies. This is the first report on the incidence of spontaneous tumors in inhalation studies and contributes to the toxicological evaluation of studies using F344/DuCrlCrlj rats.
    Preview · Article · Mar 2015 · SANGYO EISEIGAKU ZASSHI
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    ABSTRACT: Generically, carcinogenic effects of chemicals in bladder carcinogenesis are judged by induction of papillary or nodular (PN) hyperplasia in rats given N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl) nitrosamine (BBN) for 4 weeks and the test chemical for 22–28 weeks. However, upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) begins early in rat BBN bladder carcinogenesis. To establish a short-term rat bladder carcinogenic bioassay, we analyzed the correlations between VEGF, VEGF mRNA and bladder lesions inductions at 10 and 26 weeks after BBN treatment. Six-week-old male Wistar (slc) rats were given 0.05% BBN for 4, 10 or 26 weeks. To avoid individual rat bias, the bladders were investigated by partial cystectomy at 10 weeks and total cystectomy at 26 weeks. After induction, PN hyperplasia and carcinoma in rats increased with the length of BBN treatment and immunohistochemical VEGF expression also increased following carcinogenesis, but the immunoreactivity of individual lesions was quite variable. Moreover, induction of PN hyperplasia at 10 weeks’ BBN treatment was not significantly correlated with that at 26 weeks' treatment; thus, it was not possible to predict the carcinogenic effect due to the induction of PN hyperplasia at 26 weeks' BBN treatment by that at 10 weeks' treatment. However, VEGF mRNA levels of rat bladders at 10 weeks' BBN treatment revealed a strong significant correlation with the incidence of bladder lesions at 26 weeks' treatment. Here, we suggest that quantitative VEGF mRNA levels are a good biomarker for a short-term BBN-induced bioassay for rat bladder carcinogenesis. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Journal of Applied Toxicology
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    ABSTRACT: The unevenness of pulmonary nanoparticle (NP) distribution, which hinders the establishment of an absolute dose–response relationship, has been described as one of the limitations of intratracheal administration techniques for toxicological assessment of inhaled NPs. Quantification of the NP microdistribution would facilitate the establishment of a concentration–response relationship in localized regions of the lung; however, such quantitative methods have not been reported. Here, we established a quantitative method for evaluating pulmonary TiO2 NP microdistribution in rats using X-ray fluorescence microscopy. Ti intensity in lung sections from rats intratracheally administered 10 mg kg–1 TiO2 NPs with a microsprayer was measured using X-ray fluorescence with a 100 µm beam size. Ti reference samples were prepared by dropping different concentrations of Ti solutions on glass slide or lung sections of untreated rat. Ti intensity increased linearly with Ti content in the reference samples on both substrates. The detection limit of TiO2 was estimated to be 6.3 ng mm–2. The reproducibility was confirmed for measurements done in the short- (2 weeks) and long-term (6 months). The quantitative results of TiO2 NP microdistribution suggested that more TiO2 NPs were distributed in the right caudal and accessory lobes, which are located downstream of the administration direction of the NP suspension, and the lower portion of each lobe. The detection rates of TiO2 NPs were 16.6–25.0%, 5.19–15.6%, 28.6–39.2%, 21.4–38.7% and 10.6–23.2% for lung sections from the right cranial, middle, caudal, accessory and left lobes, respectively. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · Journal of Applied Toxicology
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    ABSTRACT: Valerian is widely used as a traditional medicine to improve the quality of sleep due to interaction of several active components with the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) A receptor (GABA(A)R) system. Recently, activation of GABA signaling in stem cells has been reported to suppress cell cycle progression in vivo. Furthermore, possible inhibitory effects of GABA(A)R agonists on hepatocarcinogenesis have been reported. The present study was performed to investigate modulating effects of Valerian on hepatocarcinogenesis using a medium-term rat liver bioassay. Male F344 rats were treated with one of the most powerful Valerian species (Valeriana sitchensis) at doses of 0, 50, 500 and 5000 ppm in their drinking water after initiation of hepatocarcinogenesis with diethylnitrosamine (DEN). Formation of glutathione S-transferase placental form positive (GST-P+) foci was significantly inhibited by Valerian at all applied doses compared with DEN initiation control rats. Generation of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine in the rat liver was significantly suppressed by all doses of Valerian, likely due to suppression of Nrf2, CYP7A1 and induction of catalase expression. Cell proliferation was significantly inhibited, while apoptosis was induced in areas of GST-P+ foci of Valerian groups associated with suppression of c-myc, Mafb, cyclin D1 and induction of p21Waf1/Cip1, p53 and Bax mRNA expression. Interestingly, expression of the GABA(A)R alpha 1 subunit was observed in GST-P+ foci of DEN control rats, with significant elevation associated with Valerian treatment. These results indicate that Valerian exhibits inhibitory effects on rat hepatocarcinogenesis by inhibiting oxidative DNA damage, suppressing cell proliferation and inducing apoptosis in GST-P+ foci by activating GABA(A)R-mediated signaling.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2014 · PLoS ONE
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    ABSTRACT: The present investigation was undertaken to determine the distribution and accumulation of 1,2-dichloropropane (DCP) in the blood, lung, liver, kidney, and abdominal fat of rats during and after inhalation exposure. Male rats were exposed to 80 or 500 ppm (v/v) DCP vapor for 360 min and the concentrations of DCP in the blood and tissues during the inhalation exposure period and after the end of the exposure period were measured. DCP accumulation in the abdominal fat was much greater than that in the blood and other tissues. Eighteen hours after the end of inhalation exposure, DCP could still be detected in the abdominal fat in the 80-ppm group, and in the blood, liver, kidney, and abdominal fat in the 500-ppm group. Our results are valuable data pertaining to the pharmacokinetics of DCP and to human health risk assessment of exposure to DCP vapor by inhalation.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The toxicity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) may be related to the immune system. The objective of this study was to obtain information for immunotoxic mechanisms of MWCNT in situ. Methods: Using whole-body inhalation, male and female rats were exposed to 0, 0.2, 1 or 5 mg MWCNT/m³ for 13 weeks. Thereafter, spleens were recovered from the rats. Real-time PCR was done to assess expression of TNFα, IL-1β, IL-6, IL-10, MCP-1 and MIP-1α mRNA in the splenic macrophages; splenic T-lymphocytes were examined for IL-2 and TGF-β1 mRNA expression. Results: The relative expression of IL-1β mRNA in the cells from female rats exposed to 5 mg MWCNT/m³ was significantly higher than that in control cells. For IL-6 and IL-10, cells from rats in the 0.2 and 5 mg MWCNT/m³ had significantly higher mRNA expressions than did cells from controls. Expression of IL-1β, IL-6 and TNFα genes in cells from males in all exposure groups were higher than in control cells. Expression of MIP-1α in the cells from female 5-mg group was significantly higher than that in cells in the control. Only IL-2 was expression reduced, i.e. cells from male and female rats in all MWCNT groups had significantly lower mRNA expressions than control cells. Conclusions: Systemic inflammation would likely occur in rats (or other hosts) exposed to MWCNT via inhalation due to increases in the expression of inflammatory cytokines in splenic macrophages. Moreover, decreases in IL-2 expression in T-lymphocytes may be critical to the potential reductions in anti-tumor responses in MWCNT-exposed hosts.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Inhalation Toxicology
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Cancer development due to fiber-like straight type of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) has raised concerns for human safety because of its shape similar to asbestos. To set concentrations of MWCNT for a rat carcinogenicity study, we conducted a 13-week whole body inhalation study. F344 male and female rats, 6-week-old at the commencement of the study, were exposed by whole-body inhalation to MWCNT at concentrations of 0, 0.2, 1 and 5 mg/m(3) with a generation and exposure system utilizing the cyclone sieve method. Measured concentrations in the exposure chambers were 0.20 ± 0.02, 1.01 ± 0.11 and 5.02 ± 0.25 mg/m(3) for 13 weeks. The MMAD (GSD) of MWCNT were 1.4-1.6 μm (2.3-3.0), and mean width and length were 94.1-98.0 nm and 5.53-6.19 μm, respectively, for each target concentration. Lung weights were increased 1.2-fold with 1 mg/m(3) and 1.3-fold with 5 mg/m(3) in both sexes compared to the controls. In the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) analyses, inflammatory parameters were increased concentration-dependently in both sexes from 0.2 mg/m(3). Granulomatous changes in the lung were induced at 1 and 5 mg/m(3) in females and even at 0.2 mg/m(3) in males. Focal fibrosis of the alveolar wall was observed in both sexes at 1 mg/m(3) or higher. Inflammatory infiltration in the visceral pleural and subpleural areas was induced only at 5 mg/m(3). In conclusion, we determined 0.2 mg/m(3) as the low-observed-adverse-effect level (LOAEL) for respiratory tract toxicity in the present inhalation exposure study of rats.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Nanotoxicology
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    ABSTRACT: Harderian gland tumors are extremely rare in female F344 rats. An expansive enlarging lesion of the Harderian gland with compression, distortion and invasion of the surrounding muscle was found in a 110-week-old female F344/DuCrj rat, which was diagnosed as a Harderian gland adenocarcinoma. Epithelial growth patterns such as glandular, lobular, papillary and duct forming patterns were exhibited in most areas of the tumor. The tumor cells were pleomorphic and atypical. In one part of the tumor, poorly differentiated areas were found. This case was observed in the middle dose group of a carcinogenicity study of diphenylamine, which was not carcinogenic, we determine to be this case was a spontaneous tumor.
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    ABSTRACT: The carcinogenicity of inhaled dichloromethane (DCM) was examined by exposing groups of 50 F344/DuCrj rats and 50 Crj: BDF1 mice of both sexes to 0, 1000, 2000, or 4000 ppm (w/w) DCM-containing aerosol for 2 years. Inhalation of DCM resulted in increased incidences of subcutis fibromas, mammary gland fibroadenoma, and peritoneum mesotheliomas in male rats; mammary gland fibroadenomas in female rats; and bronchiolar–alveolar adenomas and carcinomas in the lung and hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas in male and female mice. These results clearly indicate that inhaled DCM is carcinogenic in F344/DuCrj (SPF) rats and Crj: BDF1 (SPF) mice.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2014 · Inhalation Toxicology
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To study the effect of Cleistocalyx nervosum extract (CE) on diethylnitrosamine (DEN) and phenobarbital (PB) induced oxidative stress in early stages of rat hepatocarcinogenesis. Materials and methods: Male Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups, with Group 1 as a negative control and Group 2 was a positive control receiving DEN injections once a week and PB in drinking water for 6 weeks. Two weeks before DEN initiation and PB treatment, Groups 3 and 4, were fed with 500 and 1000 mg/kg of CEs, respectively, for 8 weeks. Results: A number of GST-P-positive foci, preneoplastic lesions, in the liver were markedly increased in carcinogen administered rats, but was comparatively decreased in rats treated with 1000 mg/kg of CE. The CE reduced malondialdehyde in serum and in the livers of rats treated with DEN and PB. Moreover, CE significantly increased the activities of glutathione peroxidase and catalase in rat liver. Conclusions: CE appeared to exert its chemopreventive effects by modulating antioxidant status during DEN and PB induced early stages of hepatocarcinogenesis in rats.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2014 · Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP
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    ABSTRACT: The present study investigated the time-course changes of concentration of chloroform (CHCl3) in the blood during and after exposure of male rats to CHCl3 by inhalation. Increasing the dose of CHCl3 in the inhalation exposed groups caused a commensurate increase in the concentration of CHCl3 in the blood and the area under the blood concentration-time curve (AUC). There was good correlation (r = 0.988) between the inhalation dose and the AUC/kg body weight. Based on the AUC/kg body weight-inhalation dose curve and the AUC/kg body weight after oral administration, inhalation equivalent doses of orally administered CHCl3 were calculated. Calculation of inhalation equivalent doses allows the body burden due to CHCl3 by inhalation exposure and oral exposure to be directly compared. This type of comparison facilitates risk assessment in humans exposed to CHCl3 by different routes. Our results indicate that when calculating inhalation equivalent doses of CHCl3, it is critical to include the AUC from the exposure period in addition to the AUC after the end of the exposure period. Thus, studies which measure the concentration of volatile organic compounds in the blood during the inhalation exposure period are crucial. The data reported here makes an important contribution to the physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) database of CHCl3 in rodents.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2014 · Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, in continuation of our previous experiment in order to investigate the mode of action (MOA) of ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE) hepatotumorigenicity in rats, we aimed to examine alterations in cell proliferation, that are induced by short-term administration of ETBE. F344 rats were administered ETBE at doses of 0, and 1,000 mg/kg body weight twice a day by gavage for 3, 10, 17 and 28 days. It was found that the previously observed significant increase of P450 total content and hydroxyl radical levels after 7 days of ETBE administration, and 8-OHdG formation at day 14, accompanied by accumulation of CYP2B1/2B2, CYP3A1/3A2, CYP2C6, CYP2E1 and CYP1A1 and downregulation of DNA oxoguanine glycosylase 1, was preceded by induction of cell proliferation at day 3. Furthermore, we observed an increase in regenerative cell proliferation as a result of ETBE treatment at day 28, followed by induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis by day 14. These results indicated that short-term administration of ETBE led to a significant early increase in cell proliferation activity associated with induction of oxidative stress, and to a regenerative cell proliferation as an adaptive response, which could contribute to the hepatotumorigenicity of ETBE in rats.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE) on two-stage urinary bladder carcinogenesis in male F344 rats initiated with N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl)nitrosamine (BBN) were investigated at various dose levels with regard to possible promoting activity. Groups of 30 rats were given drinking water containing 500 ppm BBN, as an initiator, for 4 weeks and starting one week thereafter received ETBE by gavage (daily, 7 days/week) at dose levels of 0 (control), 100, 300, 500 or 1000 mg/kg/day until experimental week 36. No statistically significant differences in incidences of preneoplastic lesions, papillomas, and carcinomas of the urinary bladder were evident in rats treated with 100-1000 mg/kg/day ETBE as compared with control values. Furthermore, the average numbers of preneoplastic or neoplastic lesions per unit length of basement membrane in rats given 100-1000 mg/kg/day ETBE were also comparable to control values. However, papillomatosis of the urinary bladder was found in 4 out of 30 rats (13%) in the group given 1000 mg/kg/day ETBE, and soft stones in the urinary bladder were found in 3 out of these 4 rats. The results thus demonstrated that ETBE did not exert promotional activity on urinary bladder carcinogenesis. However, papillomatosis of the urinary bladder developed in small numbers of the rats given ETBE at 1000 mg/kg/day but not in rats given 500 mg/kg/day or lower doses.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2013 · Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
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    Anna Kakehashi · Min Wei · Shoji Fukushima · Hideki Wanibuchi
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    ABSTRACT: This review highlights several in vivo studies utilizing non-genotoxic and genotoxic chemical carcinogens, and the mechanisms of their high and low dose carcinogenicities with respect to formation of oxidative stress. Here, we survey the examples and discuss possible mechanisms of hormetic effects with cytochrome P450 inducers, such as phenobarbital, a-benzene hexachloride and 1,1-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane. Epigenetic processes differentially can be affected by agents that impinge on oxidative DNA damage, repair, apoptosis, cell proliferation, intracellular communication and cell signaling. Non-genotoxic carcinogens may target nuclear receptors and induce post-translational modifications at the protein level, thereby impacting on the stability or activity of key regulatory proteins, including oncoproteins and tumor suppressor proteins. We further discuss role of oxidative stress focusing on the low dose carcinogenicities of several genotoxic carcinogens such as a hepatocarcinogen contained in seared fish and meat, 2-amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline, arsenic and its metabolites, and the kidney carcinogen potassium bromate.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2013 · Cancers
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    ABSTRACT: To elucidate possible mode of action (MOA) and human relevance of hepatotumorigenicity in rats for ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE), male F344 rats were administered ETBE at doses of 0, 150 and 1000 mg/kg body weight twice a day by gavage for 1 and 2 weeks. For comparison, non-genotoxic carcinogen phenobarbital (PB) was applied at a dose of 500 ppm in diet. Significant increase of P450 total content and hydroxyl radical levels by low, high doses of ETBE and PB treatments at weeks 1 and 2, and 8-OHdG formation at week 2, accompanied accumulation of CYP2B1/2B2, CYP3A1/3A2 and CYP2C6, and downregulation of DNA oxoguanine glycosylase 1, induction of apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in hepatocytes, respectively. Up-regulation of CYP2E1 and CYP1A1 at weeks 1 and 2, and peroxisome proliferation at week 2 were found in high dose ETBE group. Results of proteome analysis predicted activation of upstream regulators of gene expression altered by ETBE including constitutive androstane receptor (CAR), pregnane-X-receptor (PXR) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs). These results indicate that the MOA of ETBE hepatotumorigenicity in rats may be related to induction of oxidative stress, 8-OHdG formation, subsequent cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis, suggesting regenerative cell proliferation after week 2, predominantly via activation of CAR and PXR nuclear receptors by a mechanism similar to that of PB, and differentially by activation of PPARs. The MOA for ETBE hepatotumorigenicity in rats is unlikely to be relevant to humans.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology

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  • 2014
    • Kitasato University
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1993-2014
    • Osaka City University
      • • Graduate School of Medicine
      • • First Department of Pathology
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 1975-2008
    • Nagoya City University
      • • Department of Urology
      • • Medical School
      • • Department of Pathology
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 2001-2006
    • National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine
      • • Institute of Urology
      • • Institute of Nephrology
      Kievo, Kyiv City, Ukraine
    • Gifu Pharmaceutical University
      • Laboratory of Radiochemistry
      Gihu, Gifu, Japan
    • The Jikei University School of Medicine
      Edo, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003
    • Kwansei Gakuin University
      • Department of Chemistry
      Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1988-2000
    • Shimane University
      • Department of Legal Medicine
      Matsu, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • 1995
    • National Institute of Health Sciences, Japan
      • Division of Pathology
      Edo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Aichi Cancer Center
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1989-1990
    • Ito Hospital
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1986
    • National Cancer Center, Japan
      • Endoscopy Division
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1982-1984
    • University of Nebraska Medical Center
      • Department of Pathology and Microbiology
      Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • 1981
    • Saint Vincent Hospital
      Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  • 1980
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States