DNA adducts in mouse testis and lung after inhalation exposure to 1,3- butadiene

Pertti Koivisto, Ilse-Dore Adler, Francesca Pacchierotti, Kimmo Peltonen

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1,3-Butadiene is a widely used industrial chemical and also an environmental contaminant. Recent findings have shown that butadiene can also be a male germ cell mutagen. In this study, DNA adduct formation in testis and lung has been explored by using N7-alkylated guanines as a marker of biological effective dose. The adducts measured were the four structurally different guanine N7-adducts alkylated by butadienemonoepoxide, the main metabolite of 1,3-butadiene. This study demonstrates the dose-dependent adduct formation in lung and testis. At lower exposures (50 and 200 ppm) the adduct levels were about the same in the two organs, but at 500 ppm the adduct level was significantly (p < 0.03) higher in testis than in lung. The enantiomeric composition of the adducts detected was also different. In lung, all 4 possible adducts were present (S-C-1' dominating, 49%), but in testis only two out of four adducts were detected (S-C-2' being the most abundant adduct, 71%). These novel observations indicate that the DNA repair is different in these two organs studied and that heritable genetic effects observed may he mediated through the DNA adducts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3 - 10
Number of pages8
JournalMutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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