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Title: Mechanistic investigations of DNA reactive carcinogens at low dose, through analysis of DNA adducts, mutations and DNA repair
Author: Thomas, Adam David
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2012
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Genetic toxicology assesses the genotoxic potential of chemicals in consumer products, pharmaceuticals and from agricultural and industrial processes. Such assessment is integral in hazard identification and risk assessment to prevent unnecessary human exposure and limit cancer risk. Human risk assessments for genotoxic alkylating agents were based upon linear dose-response models where genotoxicity accrues proportionally with dose. Evidence is accumulating to support a non-linear dose-response at low doses of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS), a model alkylating agent. For acceptance of non-linear dose responses, a strong explanatory mechanism of action needs to be elucidated. In the following work, low dose mutagenic effects of methyl nitorosurea (MNU), the most potent alkylating agent, have been examined in AHH-1 human lymphoblastoid cells using the HPRT assay. An increase in mutant frequency was not observed until 0.01pg/ml MNU (LOGEL, Lowest Observed Genotoxic Effect Level) with a No-Observed Genotoxic Effect Level (NOGEL) at 0.0075pg/ml MNU. Of interest, is the apparent hormesis induced at 0.0025pg/ml MNU. The principle adduct responsible for MNU mutagenesis is 0 6Methylguanine (06MeG) that miscodes during replication and becomes fixed as GC→AT transitions. Accordingly, the non-linear increase in mutant frequency is accompanied by a non-linear increase in GC→AT transitions. Furthermore, evidence is provided that implicates methlyguanine methyltransferase (MGMT) in protecting DNA from MNU induced mutagenesis by repairing 0 6MeG at low doses, thereby creating the NOGEL. AHH-1 cells treated with 0 6Benzylguanine (06BG), to inactivate MGMT, were hypersensitive to low dose MNU mutagenesis. At 0.0075pg/ml MNU, there was a three-fold increase in mutant frequency and an increase in proportion of GC-^AT transitions, from 28% to 48% in MGMT inactivated cells. This thesis presents a non-linear dose-response for MNU with a strong biological mechanism of action involving DNA repair.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DNA reactive carcinogens