Tumorigenesis induced by oxidative stress is thought to be initiated by mutagenesis, but via an indirect mechanism. The dose-response curves for agents that act by this route usually show a threshold, for unknown reasons. To gain insight into these phenomena, we have analyzed the dose response for mutagenesis induced by the oral administration of potassium bromate, a typical oxidative-stress-generating agent, to gpt delta mice. The agent was given orally for 90 d to either Nrf2+ or Nrf2-knockout (KO) mice and mutants induced in the small intestine were analyzed. In Nrf2+mice, the mutant frequency was significantly greater than in the vehicle controls at a dose of 0.6 g/L but not at 0.2 g/L, indicating that a practical threshold for mutagenesis lies between these doses. At 0.6 g/L, the frequencies of G-to-T transversions (landmark mutations for oxidative stress) and G-to-A transitions were significantly elevated. In Nrf2-KO mice, too, the total mutant frequency was increased only at 0.6 g/L. G-to-T transversions are likely to have driven tumorigenesis in the small intestine. A site-specific G-to-T transversion at guanine (nucleotide 406) in a 5′-TGAA-3′ sequence in gpt, and our primer extension reaction showed that formation of the oxidative DNA base modification 8-oxo-deoxyguanosine (8-oxo-dG) at nucleotide 406 was significantly increased at doses of 0.6 and 2 g/L in the gpt delta mice. In the Apc oncogene, guanine residues in the same or similar sequences (TGAA or AGAA) are highly substituted by thymine (G-to-T transversions) in potassium bromate-induced tumors. We propose that formation of 8-oxo-dG in the T(A)GAA sequence is an initiating event in tumor formation in the small intestine in response to oxidative stress.
|Journal||Mutation Research - Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis|
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Feb 1|
- In vivo mutation
- Site-specific mutation
- Transgenic mouse assay
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis