Activation and effects of the food-derived heterocyclic amines in extrahepatic tissues.

E. Overvik, H. Hellmold, C. Branting, J. A. Gustafsson

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Humans frequently inhale as well as ingest cooked-food mutagens, among which the heterocyclic amines are the quantitatively most important. An extensive systemic distribution of these mutagens implies that most tissues in the body are exposed. Tissues containing cytochrome P450 (CYP) may be particularly susceptible to DNA damage. Accordingly, animal experiments have shown that oral exposure to heterocyclic amines leads to tumor formation at multiple sites. CYP1A2, which has only been demonstrated in the liver, seems to be the isozyme most efficient in metabolically activating the heterocyclic amines. In extrahepatic tissues, however, other CYP forms are likely to be important. Using Salmonella mutagenicity as an endpoint, we have studied the metabolic activation of 2-amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5,f]quinoline (IQ), 2-amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5,f]quinoxaline (MeIQx) and 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP) by isolated lung microsomes from rats and mice. Our studies show that CYP2A3, an isozyme that has hitherto not been investigated with regard to its capacity to activate heterocyclic amines, catalyses a major part of the IQ activating reactions in the uninduced lung. The formation of mutagens during cooking of meat is highly temperature dependent and meat extracts heated at 200 degrees C show a strong mutagenic activity in the Ames Salmonella assay. These extracts caused mutations at the HPRT locus in normal human fibroblasts as well as a pronounced decrease in survival of the cells. Furthermore, the heated meat extracts caused a decreased proliferative activity in primary cultures of normal mouse colonic epithelial cells as measured by autoradiography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalPrincess Takamatsu symposia
StatePublished - 1995


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