Nonspecific Inhibition Of Dna Repair Synthesis By Tumor Promoters In Human Diploid Fibroblasts Damaged With N-Acetoxy-2-Acetylaminofluorene

Miriam C. Poirier, Benedict T. De Cicco, Michael W. Lieberman

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The effects of selected tumor promoting agents and their nonpromoting analogs on DNA repair synthesis were examined in human diploid fibroblasts (WI-38) damaged with N acetoxy 2 acetylaminofluorene. Over a range of doses, 3 promoters (croton oil, 12 O tetradecanoylphorbol 13 acetate, and anthralin) were found to inhibit DNA repair snthesis while their nonpromoting analogs (phorbol and 1,8 dihydroxyanthraquinone) had little effect. Another tumor promoter, phenol, inhibited DNA repair synthesis only at very high concentrations while an analog, 4 nitrophenol, produced inhibition of DNA repair synthesis at molar concentrations at which phenol had no effect. To investigate the specificity of this phenomenon, the effects of these agents on DNA replicative synthesis, RNA synthesis, protein synthesis, and cell morphology were evaluated. At equimolar concentrations, tumor promoters were found to inhibit DNA replicative synthesis as effectively as repair synthesis. RNA and protein synthesis were similarly inhibited over the same range of concentrations. Extensive morphological changes, interpreted as evidence of toxicity, were seen at concentrations of promoters that inhibited the macromolecular synthesis studied. The nonpromoting analogs, with the exception of nitrophenol, had little effect on these processes and showed only slight morphological damage. Thus, tumor promoting agents appeared to inhibit a number of macromolecular synthetic events, including DNA repair synthesis. It is suggested that the effect of tumor promoters on DNA repair synthesis is part of a general response to cellular injury rather than a selective response involving a single metabolic pathway. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the inhibition of repair synthesis represents the major mode of action of promoting agents in the carcinogenic process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1392-1397
Number of pages6
JournalCancer research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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