Mechanisms of the genotoxicity of crocidolite asbestos in mammalian cells: implication from mutation patterns induced by reactive oxygen species. (Articles).Asbestos is an important environmental carcinogen carcinogen: see cancer.
Agent that can cause cancer. Exposure to one or more carcinogens, including certain chemicals, radiation, and certain viruses, can initiate cancer under conditions not completely understood. in the United States and remains the primary occupational concern in many developing countries; however, the underlying mechanisms of its genotoxicity Genotoxic substances are a type of carcinogen, specifically those capable of causing genetic mutation and of contributing to the development of tumors. This includes both certain chemical compounds and certain types of radiation. are not known. We showed previously that asbestos is a potent gene and chromosomal mutagen mutagen: see mutation.
Any agent capable of altering a cell's genetic makeup by changing the structure of the hereditary material, DNA. Many forms of electromagnetic radiation (e.g. in mammalian cells and that it induces mostly multilocus deletions. Furthermore, reactive oxygen species reactive oxygen species,
n molecules and ions of oxygen that have an unpaired electron, thus rendering them extremely reactive. Many cellular structures are susceptible to attack by ROS contributing to cancer, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. (ROS ROS,
n.pr See reactive oxygen species. ) are associated with the mutagenic mutagenic
inducing genetic mutation. process. To evaluate the contribution of ROS to the mutagenicity mutagenicity /mu·ta·ge·nic·i·ty/ (-je-nis´it-e) the property of being able to induce genetic mutation.
the property of being able to induce genetic mutation. of asbestos, we examined their generation, particularly hydrogen peroxide, and compared the types of mutants induced by crocidolite crocidolite
or blue asbestos
Gray-blue to green, highly fibrous (asbestiform) form of the amphibole mineral riebeckite. It has higher tensile strength than chrysotile asbestos. fibers with those generated by [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in human--hamster hybrid ([A.sub.L]) cells. Using confocal confocal
see confocal microscopy. scanning microscopy together with the radical probe 5',6'-chloromethy-2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (CM-[H.sub.2]DCFDA), we found that asbestos induces a dose-dependent increase in the level of ROS among fiber-treated [A.sub.L] cells, which is suppressed by concurrent treatment with dimethyl sulfoxide. Using N-acetyl-3,7-dihydroxyphenoxazine (Amplex Red reagent) together with horseradish peroxidase, we further demonstrated that there was a dose-dependent induction of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in crocidolite-treated [A.sub.L] cells. The amount of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] induced by asbestos reached a plateau at a dose of 6 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2]. Concurrent treatment with catalase catalase /cat·a·lase/ (kat´ah-las) a hemoprotein enzyme that catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen, protecting cells. (1,000 U/mL) inhibited this induction by 7- to 8-fold. Mutation spectrum analysis showed that the types of CD5[9.sup.-]mutants induced by crocidolite fibers were similar to those induced by equitoxic doses of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2]. These results provide direct evidence that the mutagenicity of asbestos is mediated by ROS in mammalian cells. Key words: 10-acetyl-3,7-dihydroxyphenoxazine (Amplex Red reagent), 5',6'-chloromethyl-2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate, crocidolite asbestos, human-hamster hybrid cell, hydrogen peroxide, mutation spectrum, reactive oxygen species.
Asbestos fibers are fibrous mineral silicates that have been associated with the development of pulmonary fibrosis, bronchogenic carcinoma, and malignant mesotheliomas in both humans and experimental animals (1,2). The fact that asbestos, a well-established carcinogen, has been used extensively in industry and households makes it an important health concern. It has been suggested that the danger of developing asbestos-related diseases extends beyond that of a simple occupational hazard because it has been documented in family members of asbestos workers, in individuals living in the neighborhood of industrial sources of asbestos, and in some schools and public buildings where asbestos is being used as insulation material (3-5). Moreover, resuspension Noun 1. resuspension - a renewed suspension of insoluble particles after they have been precipitated
suspension - a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy of materials from asbestos-containing ceilings has been shown to be the main source of asbestos pollution in old, poorly maintained buildings (6). The continued discovery of routes through which the general public may be exposed to asbestos suggests a long-term, low-dose exposure of a large number of people.
The mechanisms by which asbestos produces malignancy are not entirely clear. Various in vitro and in vivo studies have suggested that fiber dimension, surface properties, and physical durability are important criteria for the carcinogenicity carcinogenicity /car·ci·no·ge·nic·i·ty/ (kahr?si-no-je-nis´i-te) the ability or tendency to produce cancer.
the ability or tendency to produce cancer. of the fibers (2,7). Although reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been indicated as one of the key determinants of asbestos-induced mutagenesis mutagenesis /mu·ta·gen·e·sis/ (mu?tah-jen´e-sis)
1. the production of change.
2. the induction of genetic mutation.
n. pl. and carcino-genesis, the types and origin of these free radicals remain elusive (8,9). It has been shown that ROS such as superoxide anions ([O.sub.2.sup.-]) and hydrogen peroxide originate not only from redox redox (rē`dŏks): see oxidation and reduction. reactions catalyzed on the fiber surface but also from the incomplete phagocytosis phagocytosis: see endocytosis.
A mechanism by which single cells of the animal kingdom, such as smaller protozoa, engulf and carry particles into the cytoplasm. of fibers in various cells, such as phagocytic phag·o·cyt·ic
1. Of or relating to phagocytes.
2. Of, relating to, or characterized by phagocytosis.
emanating from or pertaining to phagocytes. , mesothelial mesothelial
pertaining to the mesothelium.
cover all serous membranes and normally found in fluid samples aspirated from the pleural or peritoneal cavities. , and rat lung epithelium cells (10-12). The involvement of ROS and the protective effects of antioxidants Antioxidants
Substances that reduce the damage of the highly reactive free radicals that are the byproducts of the cells.
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n. such as catalase and superoxide dismutase and radical scavengers such as dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO DMSO dimethyl sulfoxide.
Dimethyl sulfoxide; a colorless hygroscopic liquid obtained from lignin, used as a penetrant to convey medications into the tissues.
n. ) and Tempol in asbestos-induced toxicity have been studied in various cell systems as well (8,13,14). These biologically reactive ROS, in particular hydroxyl radicals (OH*), act directly or indirectly to damage neighboring biomolecules This page aims to list articles on Wikipedia that describe particular biomolecules or types of biomolecules.
This list is not necessarily complete or up to date - if you see an article that should be here but isn't (or one that shouldn't be here but is), please update the page , such as DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
or deoxyribonucleic acid
One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes. and membrane lipid (14,15). There is evidence to suggest that the array of DNA and chromosomal damages induced by ROS such as base substitutions, deletions, rearrangements, insertions, sister chromatid exchanges, and chromosomal aberrations may lead to a broad spectrum of mutations in mammalian cells (16). However, earlier studies on the mutagenicity of asbestos at either the hprt or oua loci in a variety of mammalian cells have resulted in mostly negative findings (17,18). Subsequent studies have suggested that this could be a result of multilocus deletions induced predominantly by asbestos, which are not compatible with the survival of the mutants.
Several mutagenicity assays, which detect either large chromosomal mutations, homologous recombination, or score mutants located on nonessential non·es·sen·tial
Being a substance required for normal functioning but not needed in the diet because the body can synthesize it. genes, have demonstrated the mutagenic potential of various fiber types (19-22). Although these findings have indicated a close relationship between chromosomal abnormalities that have frequently been shown in fiber-exposed human and rodent cell lines and carcinogenicity in vivo, there is less direct evidence to illustrate how ROS are involved in those processes.
The human-hamster hybrid (A.sub.L) cell, which contains a full set of hamster chromosomes and a single copy of human chromosome 11, is sensitive in detecting mutagens that induce mostly large, multilocus deletions such as ionizing radiation and certain heavy metals (23,24). Because only a small part of region 11p15.5 is required for the viability of [A.sub.L] cells, mutations in the human chromosome 11 ranging in size up to 140 Mbp of DNA can be detected. Compared with the hamster hprt locus, previous studies have shown that there is a 50-fold increase in mutant yield at the CD59 locus in crocidolite-treated [A.sub.L] cells (25).
In the present studies we focused on clarifying the role of ROS in mediating crocidolite-induced mutagenicity in mammalian cells. We followed the generation of ROS with the radical probe 5',6'-chloromethy 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (CM-[H.sub.2]DCFDA) in fiber-exposed live cells with or without DMSO. Increase in ROS production was associated with the oxidation of the nonfluorescent dye to the highly fluorescent 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein (DCF DCF
See: Discounted Cash Flows ) (26). We further determined the formation of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] from crocidolite fiber-treated cells using Amplex Red reagent either in the presence or absence of catalase. Because [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] can react with intracellular metals to produce ROS via the Fenton reaction, we speculated that asbestos fibers would induce similar types of mutations as that of chemically generated ROS (27,28). We found that there was a dose-dependent formation of ROS in crocidolite fiber-exposed [A.sub.L] cells, and the protective effects of antioxidants were demonstrated by DMSO and catalase. Furthermore, we found that asbestos fibers were mutagenic and the types of mutants induced were similar to those of chemically generated ROS analyzed at two equitoxic doses. These results provide direct evidence that the genotoxicity of asbestos fibers is mediated by ROS.
Materials and Methods
Cell culture. We used the human-hamster hybrid ([A.sub.L]) cell line containing a standard set of CHO-K1 chromosomes, and a single copy of human chromosome 11. Chromosome 11 contains the CD59 gene (also known as M1C1) at 11p13.5, which encodes the CD59 cell-surface antigen marker (formerly known as S1) that renders [A.sub.L] cells sensitive to killing by the monoclonal antibodies E7 in the presence of rabbit serum complement (HPR (High-Performance Routing) Extensions to IBM's APPN networking that enable SNA data to be sent over frame-based (Ethernet, etc.) and cell-based (ATM) networks. , Denver, PA). Antibody specific to the CD59 antigen was produced from hybridoma hybridoma /hy·brid·o·ma/ (hi?brid-o´mah) a somatic cell hybrid formed by fusion of normal lymphocytes and tumor cells.
n. culture. Cells were cultured in Ham's F-12 medium supplemented with 8% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum Fetal bovine serum ( or foetal bovine serum) is serum taken from the fetuses of cows. Fetal Bovine Serum (or FBS) is the most widely used serum in the culturing of cells. In some papers the expression foetal calf serum is used. (Atlanta Biological, Norcross, GA), 2 x [10.sup.-4] M glycine glycine (glī`sēn), organic compound, one of the 20 amino acids commonly found in animal proteins. Glycine is the only one of these amino acids that is not optically active, i.e. , and 25 [micro]g/mL gentamycin at 37[degrees]C in a humidified 5% C[O.sub.2]/95% air incubator, and passaged as described by Hei et al. (19,24,25).
Preparation of crocidolite fibers. We used International Union Against Cancer standard reference crocidolite fibers (average length 3.2 [+ or -] 1.0 [micro]m; average diameter 0.22 [+ or -] 0.01 [micro]m) in these studies. The fibers were prepared as described previously (8,25). Briefly, samples of fibers were weighed and suspended in distilled water. The fiber suspension was triturated six to eight times with a 20-gauge syringe needle. A stock solution of the fibers was sterilized ster·il·ize
tr.v. ster·il·ized, ster·il·iz·ing, ster·il·iz·es
1. To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
2. by autoclaving and mixed to ensure a uniform suspension before being diluted with tissue culture medium for cell treatment.
Treatment with antioxidants. Catalase (Sigma Chemicals, St. Louis, MO) was prepared fresh each time due to its unstable nature in aqueous solution (8). Stock catalase solution was membrane-filtered and diluted with medium to a working concentration of 1,000 U/mL. DMSO (Sigma) was diluted directly from stock solution with medium to a final concentration of 0.5% (v/v). To demonstrate the involvement of ROS in asbestos mutagenesis, exponentially growing [A.sub.L] cells were exposed to asbestos for 24 hr with or without concurrent treatment with either catalase or DMSO. To ascertain the mutagenicity of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] (30%; Sigma), we exposed exponentially growing [A.sub.L] cells to [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in serum-free medium for 15 min with or without concurrent treatment with either catalase or DMSO. The doses of catalase and DMSO used here were nontoxic and nonmutagenic. After treatment, cells were trypsinized and replated for survival and mutation assays.
Determination of intracellular ROS. Exponentially growing [A.sub.L] cells were plated onto 35-mm glass-bottom microwell dishes (Bioptech Inc., Butler, PA). After overnight incubation, cells were pretreated with a 1-[micro]M dose of the nonfluorescent, membrane-permeable dye CM-H2DCFDA (Molecular Probes, Eugene, OR) at 37[degrees]C for 40 min as described by Long et al. (26). Subsequently, the cells were washed twice with cold ACAS ACAS Cardiology A clinical trial–Asymptomatic Carotid Atherosclerosis Study which evaluated the 5-yr risk of fatal and non-fatal stroke-primary outcome in Pts with asymptomatic but severe carotid atherosclerosis. See Carotid stenosis. buffer (127 mM NaCl, 0.8 mM KCl, 1.2 mM Ca[Cl.sub.2], 1.2 mM K[H.sub.2]P[O.sub.4], 4.4 mM [C.sub.6][H.sub.12][O.sub.6], 10 mM HEPES HEPES N-2-Hydroxyethylpiperazine-N'-2-Ethanesulfonic Acid , pH 7.4) to decrease metabolic activity and remove any excess dye. We added 1 ml ACAS buffer or fiber suspension with or without DMSO to the dishes, which was rapidly warmed to 37[degrees]C on the Zeiss Axiovert 100 TV microscope (Carl Zeiss, Thornwood, NY). Cells were viewed by using 100 x 1.4 objective lens equipped with a laser scanning confocal attachment (model LSM LSM Linux Software Map
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LSM Logical Storage Manager 410, Zeiss). CM-[H.sub.2]DCFDA was excited with the 488-nm line of an argon/krypton mixed gas laser. Emission was collected with a 510-nm long pass filter. A semi-quantitative estimation of ROS-associated fluorescent signals was obtained using the composite images generated by Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Systems, Mountain View, CA). We randomly selected 60-80 individual cells per dose per experiment and quantified the fluorescent images as described by Liu et al. (29). On average, we measured up to 200 cells per exposed group.
Fluorescent microassay of hydrogen peroxide. We measured the release of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] by horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-dependent oxidation of N-acetyl-3,7-dihydroxyphenoxazine (Amplex Red reagent; Molecular Probes) in 96-well tissue culture plates as described by Mohanty et al. (30). Briefly, 100 [micro]l Amplex Red reagent solution (144.4 mM NaCl, 5.7 mM [Na.sub.3]P[O.sub.4], 4.86 mM KCl, 0.54 mM Ca[CI.sub.2], 1.22 mM MgS[O.dub.4], 75 [micro]m Amplex Red reagent, pH 7.35) containing 0.5 U/mL HRP (Molecular Probes) and graded doses of crocidolite fibers in the presence or absence of 1,000 U/mL catalase were added to 96-well microplates and incubated at 37[degrees]C for 15 min. We replated 20 [micro]l of exponentially growing [A.sub.L] cells at a density of 2 x [10.sup.6]/mL into the microplates and incubated them at 37[degrees]C for 4 hr. We measured the fluorescence intensity of each well using a microplate reader (Bio-Tek Instruments, Inc., Winooski, VT) with an excitation wavelength in the range of 530-560nm. The concentration of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] was determined based on a standard curve.
Cytotoxicity of crocidolite fibers and hydrogen peroxide. Exponentially growing [A.sub.L] cells were treated with graded doses of fibers for 24 hr or with [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in serum-free medium for 15 min. After treatment, cultures were washed with balance salt solution, trypsinized, and replated into 100-mm diameter Petri dishes for colony formation. The cultures were incubated for 7 days, at which time they were fixed with formaldehyde and stained with Giemsa. We counted the number of colonies to determine the surviving fraction as described (19,25).
Quantification of mutations at the CD59 locus. After completion of the various treatments, the cultures were replated into T75 flasks and cultured for 1 week before mutagenesis testing began as described (23,25). This expression period is necessary for the surviving cells to recover from the temporary growth lag induced by either crocidolite fibers or [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] and multiply sufficiently, so that the progeny of the mutated cells no longer express lethal amounts of the CD59 surface antigen. To determine mutant fraction, 5 x [10.sup.4] cells were plated into each of six 60-mm dishes in a total of 2 mL of growth medium. After incubation for 2 hr, we treated the cultures with 0.2% CD59 antiserum antiserum /an·ti·se·rum/ (an´ti-se?rum) a serum containing antibody(ies), obtained from an animal immunized either by injection of antigen or by infection with microorganisms containing antigen. and 1.5% (v/v) freshly thawed complement. Controls were composed of identical sites of dishes including antiserum alone, complement alone, or neither agent. The cultures were incubated for 7-10 days, at which time they were fixed, stained, and the surviving colonies were scored. We tested the colonies for mutant yield each week for 2 consecutive weeks to ensure the full expression of mutations. We calculated mutant fractions as the number of surviving colonies divided by the total number of cells plated after correction for any nonspecific nonspecific /non·spe·cif·ic/ (non?spi-sif´ik)
1. not due to any single known cause.
2. not directed against a particular agent, but rather having a general effect.
1. killing due to complement alone.
Analyses of mutant spectrum by multiplex polymerase chain reaction polymerase chain reaction (pŏl`ĭmərās') (PCR), laboratory process in which a particular DNA segment from a mixture of DNA chains is rapidly replicated, producing a large, readily analyzed sample of a piece of DNA; the process is . CD5[9.sup.-] mutants were isolated by cloning and expanded in culture as described (24). To ensure that all mutants analyzed were independently generated, we isolated only one and, occasionally, no more than two well-separated mutants per dish for analysis. Five marker genes located on either the short arm (WT, PTH PTH
Parathyroid hormone (PTH)
A chemical substance produced by the parathyroid glands. This hormone is a major element in regulating calcium in the body. , CAT, RAS (1) See network access server.
(2) (Remote Access Service) A Windows NT/2000 Server feature that allows remote users access to the network from their Windows laptops or desktops via modem. See RRAS and network access server. ) or the long arm (APO-A1) of human chromosome 11 were chosen for multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR PCR polymerase chain reaction.
polymerase chain reaction
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) ) because of their mapping positions relative to the CD59 gene and the availability of PCR primers for the coding regions of these genes. PCR amplifications were performed for 30 cycles using a DNA thermal cycle model 480 (Perkin-Elmer/Cetus) in 20-[micro]l reaction mixtures containing 0.2 [micro]g of the EcoRI-digested DNA sample in 1 x Stoffel fragment bufer, all four dNTPs (each at 0.2 mM), 3 mM Mg[Cl.sub.2], 0.2 mM each primer, and 2 U Stoffel fragment enzyme. Each PCR cycle consisted of denaturation denaturation, term used to describe the loss of native, higher-order structure of protein molecules in solution. Most globular proteins exhibit complicated three-dimensional folding described as secondary, tertiary, and quarternary structures. at 94[degrees]C for 1 min, annealing annealing (ənēl`ĭng), process in which glass, metals, and other materials are treated to render them less brittle and more workable. at 55[degrees]C for 1 min, and extension at 72[degrees]C for 1 min. After the last cycle, samples were incubated at 72[degrees]C for an additional 20 min, electrophoresed on 3% agarose gels, and stained with ethidium bromide.
Statistics. We analyzed data using Student's t-tests. Differences between means were regarded as significant if p < 0.05.
Intracellular ROS production induced by crocidolite fibers. If generation of ROS is one of the major mechanisms for asbestosinduced mutagenesis in mammalian cells, then fiber treatment should be expected to induce ROS production in the [A.sub.L] cells. To quantify intercellular intercellular /in·ter·cel·lu·lar/ (-sel´u-lar) between or among cells.
Located among or between cells. ROS induced by crocidolite fibers, [A.sub.L] cells were pretreated with CM-[H.sub.2]DCFDA, which passively diffused into cells and was oxidized oxidized
having been modified by the process of oxidation.
see absorbable cellulose. by ROS to a fluorescent form (29). Figure 1A and C illustrate CM-[H.sub.2]DCFDA fluorescent imaging in control [A.sub.L] cells and cells treated with a 6 micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of crocidolite fibers, respectively. These images show a typical field of the various treatment groups, generated from composite confocal images of 11 sagittal sagittal /sag·it·tal/ (saj´i-t'l)
1. shaped like an arrow.
2. situated in the direction of the sagittal suture; said of an anteroposterior plane or section parallel to the median plane of the body. sections. Cells exposed to fibers exhibited a higher fluorescence level when compared to the control, indicative of higher intercellular oxidant oxidant /ox·i·dant/ (ok´si-dant) the electron acceptor in an oxidation-reduction (redox) reaction.
See oxidizer. levels. However, some fluorescence was detected in the control culture, which might be due to the normal oxidative metabolism of cells such as mitochondrial mitochondrial
pertaining to mitochondria.
a unique set of tRNAs, mRNAs, rRNAs, transcribed from mitochondrial DNA by a mitochondrial-specific RNA polymerase, that account for about 4% of the total cell RNA that respiration.
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A dose-dependent induction of ROS in [A.sub.L] cells treated with asbestos fibers is shown in Figure 2. Quantification of relative fluorescence in fiber-treated and control cells indicated that treatment of cells with a 6 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of crocidolite fibers induced a 5-fold to the control (p < 0.05). However, there was no further increase in fluorescence induction with fiber concentration > 6 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2]. The oxyradical nature behind the increase in fluorescence intensity was further supported by including the radical scavenger DMSO in the reaction mixture. Although DMSO alone had little effect on the formation of ROS among control cells (Figure 3), the relative fluorescence level induced by a 6 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of fibers in [A.sub.L] cells decreased from 59.01 [+ or -] 6.74 to 19.30 [+ or -] 0.85 in the presence of DMSO (p < 0.05), which was consistent with our previous studies of a suppressive sup·pres·sive
Tending or serving to suppress.
Adj. 1. suppressive - tending to suppress; "the government used suppressive measures to control the protest" effect of DMSO on the formation of 8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine in crocidolite-treated [A.sub.L] cells (31).
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Hydrogen peroxide production induced by crocidolite fibers. Figure 4 shows the release of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] from asbestos-treated [A.sub.L] cells based on HRP-catalyzed oxidation of fluorescent Amplex Red reagent in the presence or absence of catalase. There was a dose-dependent induction of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2], reaching a peak of 0.32 [+ or -] 0.055 [micro]M at a 6 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of fibers. Catalase, which directly metabolizes [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] to water and oxygen, has been shown to be an effective free-radical scavenger in various cell systems (32). Concurrent treatment of [A.sub.L] cells with crocidolite fibers at a dose of 6 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] and catalase (1,000 U/mL) suppressed [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] induction by 7- to 8-fold (p < 0.05). The dose of catalase used here had little effect on the level of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in control cells. Likewise, heat-inactivated catalase (by boiling for 10 min) had little effect on the fluorescence intensity of fiber-treated [A.sub.L] cells.
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Cytotoxicity and mutagenicity of crocidolite fibers and hydrogen peroxide. To show that ROS induced by asbestos fibers actually mediate the mutagenic events, it is necessary to demonstrate that chemically generated ROS is mutagenic and induces a similar spectrum of mutants as that of asbestos fibers. Exposure of [A.sub.L] cells to either graded doses of crocidolite fibers for 24 hr or [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in serum-free medium for 15 min resulted in a dose-dependent increase in toxicity of [A.sub.L] cells (Figure 5). The normal plating efficiency of [A.sub.L] cells was 80 [+ or -] 5% in the present studies. The surviving fraction of [A.sub.L] cells treated with a 2 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of crocidolite fibers was 62 [+ or -] 4%, and the value decreased to 26 [+ or -] 5% after treatment with a 4 [micor]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of crocidolite fibers. By comparison, survival of [A.sub.L] cells after exposing to 4.4 mM or 13.2 mM [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] was 56 [+ or -] 10% and 24 [+ or -] 5%, respectively. The background mutant fraction of [A.sub.L] cells used in these experiments averaged 52 [+ or -] 15 mutants per [10.sup.5] survivors. In contrast, the negative control, titanium dioxide (Ti[O.sub.2]), at doses up to 12 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] was neither cytotoxic nor mutagenic to [A.sub.L] cells when tested under similar conditions (data not shown). Both crocidolite fibers and [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] led to a dose-dependent induction of CD5[9.sup.-] mutants in [A.sub.L] cells. The mutant fraction increased with the doses of fibers and reached a level that was approximately 4-fold higher than background at a 4 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of fibers in [A.sub.L] cells. As shown in Figure 5, the mutant fraction was slightly higher among cells treated with [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] than those exposed to crocidolite fibers at equally toxic doses, though the difference was not statistically significant. Furthermore, the mutation yields induced by either crocidolite fibers at a dose of 4 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] or 13.2 mM [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] were dramatically suppressed by either 0.5% DMSO or 1,000 U/mL catalase (p < 0.05; Figure 6). These results confirm that ROS plays a casual role in the mutagenicity of crocidolite fibers and [H.sub.2][O.sub.2].
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Analysis of mutant spectra. To compare the type and size of mutations that caused the CD59 phenotype among [A.sub.L] cells exposed to either crocidolite fibers or [H.sub.2][O.sub.2], multiplex PCR and primer sequences for five marker genes (WT, PTH, CAT, RAS, and APO-A1) located on either the short or long arm of human chromosome 11 were used as described (24). These primers and PCR conditions were selected to amplify only the human genes instead of their CHO CHO Carbohydrate (chemical formla Carbon Hydrogen Oxygen)
CHO Chinese Hamster Ovary
CHO Chemical Hygiene Officer
CHO Chief Health Officer (corporate title) cognate cognate
describes two biomolecules that normally interact such as an enzyme and its normal substrate or a receptor and its normal ligand.
cognate cooperation . Because there is only one chromosome 11 in [A.sub.L] cells, the presence or absence of the corresponding PCR products indicates that a particular segment of DNA containing these genes is present or lost, respectively. There is evidence to suggest that a small region of the distal end of human chromosome 11 at 11p15.5, which corresponds to the RAS probe in all mutants, is required for viability of the hybrid cells (33,34). As shown in Table 1, the majority of spontaneous CD5[9.sup.-] mutants (22/30 or 73%) showed no detectable changes in any of the marker genes examined, which was consistent with previous studies (24,34). In contrast, only 9/27 or 33% of mutants derived from cells exposed to a 2 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of fibers retained all of the marker genes examined, and 18/27 or 78% of the mutants had lost at least one additional marker, which included 7/27 or 26% that lost the proximal APO-A1 located on the long arm of the chromosome as well. The proportion of mutants suffering loss of additional chromosomal markers increased with increasing concentration of fibers such that none of the 29 mutants induced by a 4 [micro]g/[cm.sup.2] dose of fibers retained all five of the marker genes, and 19/29 or 66% of them lost the long arm marker in addition to the CA T and WT gene on the short arm of human chromosomal 11. The types of mutants induced were similar to those induced by an equivalent cytotoxic dose of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in that 9/23 or 39% of the mutants induced by a 4.4 mM [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] retained all five primers compared to none among those induced by the higher dose of 13.2 mM. These results indicated that equitoxic doses of crocidolite fibers and [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] induced similar multilocus deletions that were increased in a dose-dependent manner, providing strong circumstantial evidence that similar mutagenic mechanisms are involved in the mutagenicity induced by fibers and ROS.
The mechanisms by which ROS are generated in response to asbestos fiber exposure have been widely studied (10). Recent studies have shown that asbestos-induced toxicity to hamster tracheal tracheal
pertaining to or emanating from trachea.
see transtracheal aspiration.
tracheal band sign
on contrast radiography of a dilated esophagus, the impression made ventrally by the trachea. epthelial cells, rat lung fibroblasts Fibroblasts
A type of cell found in connective tissue; produces collagen.
Mentioned in: Skin Grafting , and rat alveolar macrophages is suppressed by the antioxidant antioxidant, substance that prevents or slows the breakdown of another substance by oxygen. Synthetic and natural antioxidants are used to slow the deterioration of gasoline and rubber, and such antioxidants as vitamin C (ascorbic acid), butylated hydroxytoluene enzymes, superoxide dismutase, and catalase, as well as the free-radical scavengers, such as cysteine cysteine (sĭs`tēn), organic compound, one of the 20 amino acids commonly found in animal proteins. Only the l-stereoisomer participates in the biosynthesis of mammalian protein. , dimethylthiourea, and ascorbic acid (11,12,36,32). The finding that mesothelioma Mesothelioma Definition
Mesothelioma is an uncommon disease that causes malignant cancer cells to form within the lining of the chest, abdomen, or around the heart. Its primary cause is believed to be exposure to asbestos. induction in rats and humans can be correlated with fiber-induced hydroxyl radicals provides further support for the possible role of ROS in fiber carcinogenesis car·ci·no·gen·e·sis
The production of cancer.
production of cancer.
viruses and some parasites are capable of initiating neoplasia. (38). Although crocidolite, the most carcinogenic carcinogenic
having a capacity for carcinogenesis. type of asbestos, has been shown to catalyze the formation of hydroxyl radicals by either Fenton or Haber-Weiss reactions and induces lipid peroxidation, DNA strand breaks, sister chromatid exchanges, and dastogenicity (14,39,40), its carcinogenic and mutagenic mechanisms are still poorly understood.
Several methods, including reduction of cytochrome c by superoxide superoxide /su·per·ox·ide/ (-ok´sid) any compound containing the highly reactive and extremely toxic oxygen radical O2-, a common intermediate in numerous biological oxidations.
n. ion, luminal chemoluminescence, reduction of scopoletin emission, and electron spin resonance electron spin resonance (ESR)
or electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)
Technique of spectroscopic analysis (see spectroscopy) used to identify paramagnetic substances (see , have been used to measure the generation of ROS induced by asbestos, but such assays are typically-performed in large samples of cells (~[10.sup.6]) and are affected by geometry and number of fibers (41-43). An ideal technique would be to measure ROS released as single-cell interaction with defined doses of asbestos. CM-[H.sub.2]DCFDA is a well-established free-radical probe, which can be trapped in live cells and provides reliable intracellular fluorescent signals (44,45). The oxidation of CM-HiDCFDA by ROS, as detected using confocal microscopy, provided strong evidence that asbestos induced a dose-dependent increase of ROS in single cells, which could be inhibited by DMSO.
Although the present data dearly demonstrate the induction of ROS in fiber-induced mutagenesis in [A.sub.L] cells, these experiments did not specifically identify the source of these radical species. It is generally accepted that the mitochondrion is the major source of intracellular ROS, which is enhanced by electron transport inhibitors such as ischemiareperfusion, rotenone rotenone (rō`tənōn'): see insecticide. , antimycin A, and diphenyleneiodonium (46-48). It is possible that the mitochondrial membrane damage induced by asbestos could trigger a cascading event in ROS production involving lipid peroxidation (49). Alternatively, peroxynitrite anions generated as a result of mitochondrial damage could also be involved. Recent evidence has indicated that stimulation of an NADH NADH the reduced form of NAD.
The reduced form of NAD.
n.pr a coenzyme that incorporates niacin and involved in the Krebs cycle. or NADPH oxidase and/or conversion of xanthine xanthine /xan·thine/ (-then) a purine base found in most body tissues and fluids, certain plants, and some urinary calculi; it is an intermediate in the degradation of AMP to uric acid. Methylated xanthine compounds (e.g. dehydrogenase dehydrogenase /de·hy·dro·gen·ase/ (de-hi´dro-jen-as?) an enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of hydrogen or electrons from a donor, oxidizing it, to an acceptor, reducing it.
n. to xanthine in the cytoplasm cytoplasm: see protoplasm.
Portion of a eukaryotic cell outside the nucleus. The cytoplasm contains all the organelles (see eukaryote). can occur after contact of fibers with the plasma membrane and their subsequent uptake by the cells (32,50). We observed that ROS were localized mainly in the cytoplasm, especially in spherical organelles, both in the control and fiber-treated cells pretreated with CM-[H.sub.2]DCFDA.
Among those ROS induced by asbestos fibers, [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] is relatively long lived and directly crosses cell membranes by simple diffusion (42). There is evidence that [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] induces not only damage to DNA, causing single- and double-strand breaks, base loss, base substitution, and cross-linking, but that it also causes chromosome aberrations, as well as chromatid chromatid (krō`mətəd): see chromosome; crossing over. aberrations (47). Using the spin trap 5,5'-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO DMPO Defense Military Pay Office
DMPO Discount Medical Plan Organization
DMPO Dimethyl Pyroline Oxide ), Weitzman and Graceffa (27) demonstrated that crocidolite fibers catalyze the production of OH* from [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] in a cell-free system. In this study, we examined the role of [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] generation in [A.sub.L] cells exposed to crocidolite fibers in the presence or absence of catalase. Our data suggested that [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] may be an important mediating molecule, which is responsible for fiber cytotoxicity. Because catalase is a relatively large molecule (molecular weight of 250 kD), it is highly unlikely to pass across the cell membrane without being phagocytized. On the other hand, [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] is freely diffusible diffusible /dif·fus·ible/ (di-fuz´i-b'l) susceptible of becoming widely spread. between intracellular and extracellular space, and addition of extracellular catalase can reduce the intracellular oxidative stress induced by fibers. In addition to the well-documented iron-catalyzed reactions that generate a variety of ROS such as [O.sub.sup.-], [H.sub.2][O.sub.2], OH*, [sup.1][O.sub.21], Hs[O.sub.2]*, and lipid peroxy radicals, another pathway involving reactive nitrogen species may be involved. Several studies have shown that exposure to crocidolite increases the production of nitric oxide in rat macrophages Macrophages
White blood cells whose job is to destroy invading microorganisms. Listeria monocytogenes avoids being killed and can multiply within the macrophage. and human lung epithelial (A549) cells, which subsequently reacts with [O.sub.2] * to produce OH* and peroxynitrite (ONO[O.sup.-]) (51,52). The latter has been shown to cause nitration of proteins, hydroxylation hydroxylation
addition of -OH groups to a molecule. or nitration of DNA, and mutations (53).
Previous studies have suggested that asbestos fibers are strong gene and chromosomal mutagens, inducing predominantly large deletions in [A.sub.L] cells (8,19,25). To obtain further insight into the role of oxidative DNA and chromosome damage in asbestos-mediated carcinogenesis, it is necessary to compare the mutation pattern between crocidolite fibers and ROS. In the absence of serum, [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] produced predominantly OH* radicals in human fibroblast fibroblast /fi·bro·blast/ (fi´bro-blast)
1. an immature fiber-producing cell of connective tissue capable of differentiating into chondroblast, collagenoblast, or osteoblast.
2. culture (37). Using this approach, we show that in asbestos-induced CD[59.sup.-] mutants, the types of mutation induced are similar to those induced by [H.sub.2][O.sub.2]. From a mechanistic point of view, these data suggest that similar mutagenic mechanisms are involved between asbestos fibers and chemically generated ROS, which provides further evidence that fiber-induced mutagenesis may be mediated through ROS.
Because most ROS are short-lived and can only diffuse short distances in cells, it is still not clear how these radicals reach the nucleus to cause gene and chromosomal mutation (54,55). Compared with the parental Chinese hamster ovary cells, [A.sub.L] cells contain similar levels of glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and total glutathione glutathione: see coenzyme. , but a 50% increase in catalase. This is due, presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. , to the extra copy of CAT gene from the single copy of human chromosome 11 that they contain (56). One possible scenario is that free radicals generated by asbestos fibers lead to a cascading event involving lipid peroxidation. A direct correlation between lipid peroxidation and fiber mutagenesis/carcinogenesis has not been demonstrated, although there is evidence that asbestos fibers induce lipid peroxidation in bacteria and mammalian cells (49,57).
Table 1. The number (percent) of CD59- mutants either of spontaneous origin or induced by the various treatments that retain the following markers in human chromosome 11 as determined by multiplex PCR analyses. Marker Group Total APO-A1 CAT WT mutants Spontaneous 30 30 (100) 24 (80) 22 (73) 2 [micro]/mL Crocidolite 27 20 (74) 16 (59) 9 (33) 4 [micro]g/mL Crocidolite 29 10 (34) 11 (38) 0 (0) 4.4 mM [H.sub.2] [O.sub.2] 23 17 (74) 10 (43) 9 (39) 13.2 mM [H.sub.2] [O.sub.2] 31 14 (45) 8 (26) 0 (0) Marker Group PTH RAS Spontaneous 30 (100) 30 (100) 2 [micro]/mL Crocidolite 27 (100) 27 (100) 4 [micro]g/mL Crocidolite 29 (100) 29 (100) 4.4 mM [H.sub.2] [O.sub.2] 23 (100) 23 (100) 13.2 mM [H.sub.2] [O.sub.2] 31 (100) 31 (100)
We thank T. Swayne of the Confocal Microscopy Facility of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and S. Liu of the Center for Radiological Research for their assistance in conducting the fluorescein fluorescein /flu·o·res·ce·in/ (fldbobr-res´en) a fluorescing dye; its sodium salt is used as a tracer in retinal angiography and as a diagnostic aid for revealing corneal trauma and fitting contact lenses. diacetate studies.
This work was supported in part by National Institutes of Health grants ES 05786 and ES 07890 and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Director of the NIEHS is Dr. David A. Schwartz. Center grant ES 10349.
Address correspondence to T.K. Hei, Center for Radiological Research, Vanderbilt Clinic 11-218, College of Physicians and Surgeons College of Physicians and Surgeons: see Columbia Univ. , Columbia University, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032 USA. Telephone: (212) 305-8462. Fax: (212) 305-3229. E-mail: TKHl@columbia.edu
Received 8 February 2002; accepted 14 March 2002.
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An Xu, (1) Hongning Zhou, (1) Dennis Zengliang Yu, (2) and Tom K. Hei (1,3)
(1) Center for Radiological Research, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA; (2) Department of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (Simplified Chinese: 中国科学院; Pinyin: Zhōngguó Kēxuéyuàn), formerly known as Academia Sinica , Heifei, China; (3) Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health Sciences, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA