• O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase gene polymorphisms and the risk of primary lung cancer.

      Chae, Myung Hwa; Jang, Jin-Sung; Kang, Hyo-Gyoung; Park, Jae Hyung; Park, Jung Min; Lee, Won Kee; Kam, Sin; Lee, Eung Bae; Son, Ji-Woong; Park, Jae Yong (2006-04)
      O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (AGT) plays an important role in the repair of O6-alkylguanine adducts, which are major mutagenic lesions produced by environmental carcinogens. Polymorphisms in the AGT gene may affect the capacity to repair DNA damage and thereby have influence on individual's susceptibility to smoking-related cancer. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the potential association of AGT polymorphisms (485C > A, Leu53Leu (C > T) and Leu84Phe] with the risk of lung cancer in a Korean population. The AGT genotypes were determined in 432 lung cancer patients and in 432 healthy controls who were frequency-matched for age and gender. The 485 AA genotype was associated with a significantly increased risk for overall lung cancer as compared with the 485 CC genotype and the combined 485 CC + CA genotype, respectively (adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 1.83, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.12-2.99, P = 0.02, and Bonferroni corrected P-value (Pc) = 0.04; and adjusted OR = 1.67, 95% CI = 1.05-2.66, P = 0.03, respectively). When the lung cancer cases were categorized by the tumor histology, the 485 AA genotype was associated with a significantly increased risk of adenocarcinoma (AC) and small cell carcinoma (SmCC), respectively, as compared with the combined 485 CC + CA genotype (adjusted OR = 2.54, 95% CI = 1.39-4.66, P = 0.003; and adjusted OR = 2.19, 95% CI = 1.06-4.55, P = 0.04, respectively). However, the genotype distributions of the Leu53Leu and Leu84Phe polymorphisms were not significantly different between the lung cancer cases and the controls. On a promoter assay, the 485C > A polymorphism did not have an effect on the promoter activity of the AGT gene. These results suggest that the effect of the AGT 485C > A polymorphism on the risk of lung cancer may be secondary to linkage disequilibrium (LD) with either another AGT variant or with a true susceptibility gene, and that the AGT 485C > A polymorphism could be used as a marker for the genetic susceptibility to lung cancer.
    • Obesity and colorectal cancer: epidemiology, mechanisms and candidate genes.

      Gunter, Marc J.; Leitzmann, Michael F. (2006-03)
      There is increasing evidence that dysregulation of energy homeostasis is associated with colorectal carcinogenesis. Epidemiological data have consistently demonstrated a positive relation between increased body size and colorectal malignancy, whereas mechanistic studies have sought to uncover obesity-related carcinogenic pathways. The phenomenon of "insulin resistance" or the impaired ability to normalize plasma glucose levels has formed the core of these pathways, but other mechanisms have also been advanced. Obesity-induced insulin resistance leads to elevated levels of plasma insulin, glucose and fatty acids. Exposure of the colonocyte to heightened concentrations of insulin may induce a mitogenic effect within these cells, whereas exposure to glucose and fatty acids may induce metabolic perturbations, alterations in cell signaling pathways and oxidative stress. The importance of chronic inflammation in the pathogenesis of obesity has recently been highlighted and may represent an additional mechanism linking increased adiposity to colorectal carcinogenesis. This review provides an overview of the epidemiology of body size and colorectal neoplasia and outlines current knowledge of putative mechanisms advanced to explain this relation. Family based studies have shown that the propensity to become obese is heritable, but this is only manifest in conditions of excess energy intake over expenditure. Inheritance of a genetic profile that predisposes to increased body size may also be predictive of colorectal cancer. Genomewide scans, linkage studies and candidate gene investigations have highlighted more than 400 chromosomal regions that may harbor variants that predispose to increased body size. The genetics underlying the pathogenesis of obesity are likely to be complex, but variants in a range of different genes have already been associated with increased body size and insulin resistance. These include genes encoding elements of insulin signaling, adipocyte metabolism and differentiation, and regulation of energy expenditure. A number of investigators have begun to study genetic variants within these pathways in relation to colorectal neoplasia, but at present data remain limited to a handful of studies. These pathways will be discussed with particular reference to genetic polymorphisms that have been associated with obesity and insulin resistance.
    • Occupational upper airway disease.

      Walusiak-Skorupa, Jolanta (2006-02)
      PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews recent findings concerning occupational upper airway diseases, which, although very frequent, are usually not considered serious. However, the concept of the 'united airway', evoked during recent years, should change our attitude regarding these diseases. Moreover, new agents in the occupational environment must be characterized. Furthermore, exposure to carcinogens has changed over the years, and in most cases risk should be reassessed. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings concerning work-related upper airway diseases caused by allergens and irritants, and their relationship to lower airway diseases, are reviewed. Findings of studies aimed at characterizing occupational allergens of plant and animal origin are presented. Recognition of work-related upper airway diseases both in clinic and in epidemiological studies is discussed. Current evidence on occupational cancer of the upper airways, its risk factors and changes in them over the years resulting from preventative measures are also described. SUMMARY: There is significant evidence that occupational allergic diseases of the upper airways can pose important health problems because they represent an early stage of allergy throughout the respiratory system. However, how to detect those rhinitic patients who will develop asthma remains unresolved. New occupational health problems due to irritants were recently reported, and both follow-up studies and evaluations of their implications for the lower airways are warranted. Although preventative measures have been effective to some extent, risk for occupational cancer of the upper airways persists and more targeted epidemiological studies in this area are needed.
    • Oxidative and nitrative DNA damage in animals and patients with inflammatory diseases in relation to inflammation-related carcinogenesis.

      Kawanishi, Shosuke; Hiraku, Yusuke; Pinlaor, Somchai; Ma, Ning (2006-04)
      Infection and chronic inflammation are proposed to contribute to carcinogenesis through inflammation-related mechanisms. Infection with hepatitis C virus, Helicobacter pylori and the liver fluke, Opisthorchis viverrini (OV), are important risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), gastric cancer and cholangiocarcinoma, respectively. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) and oral diseases, such as oral lichen planus (OLP) and leukoplakia, are associated with colon carcinogenesis and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), respectively. We performed a double immunofluorescence labeling study and found that nitrative and oxidative DNA lesion products, 8-nitroguanine and 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG), were formed and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) was expressed in epithelial cells and inflammatory cells at the site of carcinogenesis in humans and animal models. Antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic drugs dramatically diminished the formation of these DNA lesion markers and iNOS expression. These results suggest that oxidative and nitrative DNA damage occurs at the sites of carcinogenesis, regardless of etiology. Therefore, it is considered that excessive amounts of reactive nitrogen species produced via iNOS during chronic inflammation may play a key role in carcinogenesis by causing DNA damage. On the basis of our results, we propose that 8-nitroguanine is a promising biomarker to evaluate the potential risk of inflammation-mediated carcinogenesis.
    • Oxidative DNA damage in cucumber cotyledons irradiated with ultraviolet light.

      Watanabe, Kaori; Yamada, Naohiro; Takeuchi, Yuichi (2006-05)
      DNA was isolated from the cotyledons of cucumber seedlings irradiated with ultraviolet (UV)-C (254 nm) or UV-B+UV-A (280-360 nm; maximum energy at 312 nm) at various fluence rates and durations. Following enzymatic hydrolysis of DNA, the content of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine [(8-OHdG), 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine], a well-established biomarker closely identified with carcinogenesis and aging in animal cells, was determined using a high-performance liquid chromatograph equipped with an electrochemical detector. The levels of 8-OHdG increased with UV-C and UV-B irradiation in a fluence-dependent manner. This increase was also observed in etiolated cotyledons that had been excised from dark-grown cucumber seedlings and then cultured in vitro under UV light: monochromatic UV light at 270 nm or 290 nm increased the 8-OHdG level considerably, while UV at wavelengths above 310 nm had only small effects. In situ detection of H2O2 and quantification of H2O2 in plant extracts revealed that H2O2 accumulated in cotyledons irradiated with UV light. These results suggest that UV irradiation induces oxidative DNA damage in plant cells.
    • The parity-related protection against breast cancer is compromised by cigarette smoke during rat pregnancy: observations on tumorigenesis and immunological defenses of the neonate.

      Steinetz, Bernard G.; Gordon, Terry; Lasano, Salamia; Horton, Lori; Ng, Sheung Pui; Zelikoff, Judith T.; Nadas, Arthur; Bosland, Maarten C. (2006-06)
      Early pregnancy is a powerful negative risk factor for breast cancer (BCa) in women. Pregnancy also protects rats against induction of BCa by carcinogens such as N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU), making the parous rat a useful model for studying this phenomenon. Smoking during early pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of BCa in later life, possibly attributable to carcinogens in cigarette smoke (CS), or to reversal of the parity-related protection against BCa. To investigate these possibilities, 50-day-old timed first-pregnancy rats were exposed to standardized mainstream CS (particle concentration = 50 mg/m3) or to filtered air (FA) 4 h/day, Day 2-20 of gestation. Age-matched virgin rats were similarly exposed to CS or FA. At age 100 days, the CS or FA-exposed, parous and virgin rats were injected s.c. with MNU (50 mg/kg body wt), or with MNU vehicle. Mammary tumors (MTs) first appeared in virgin rats 9 weeks post-MNU injection. While no MTs were detected in FA-exposed parous rats until 18 weeks post-MNU, MTs appeared in the CS-exposed parous rats as early as 10 wks (P < 0.02). As no MTs developed in CS-exposed rats not injected with MNU, CS did not act as a direct mammary carcinogen. Serum prolactin concentration on Day 19 of pregnancy in CS-exposed dams was reduced by 50% compared with FA-exposed dams (P < 0.005). CS exposure during a pregnancy may thus 'deprotect' rats, enhancing their vulnerability to MNU-induced BCa. Prenatal CS exposure had no detectable effect on the immune responses of the pups examined at 3, 8 or 19 weeks of age. However, prolactin concentration in stomach contents (milk) of 3-day-old pups suckled by CS-exposed dams was decreased when compared with that of FA-exposed dams (P < 0.032). As milk-borne prolactin modulates development of the central nervous and immune systems of neonatal rats, CS exposure of the dams could adversely affect later maturation of these systems by reducing milk prolactin.
    • Pendimethalin exposure and cancer incidence among pesticide applicators.

      Hou, Lifang; Lee, Won Jin; Rusiecki, Jennifer; Hoppin, Jane A.; Blair, Aaron; Bonner, Matthew R.; Lubin, Jay H.; Samanic, Claudine; Sandler, Dale P.; Dosemeci, Mustafa; et al. (2006-05)
      BACKGROUND: Pendimethalin, a widely used herbicide, has been classified as a group C possible human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We evaluated the incidence of cancer in relation to reported pendimethelin use among pesticide applicators in the Agricultural Health Study, a prospective cohort of licensed pesticide applicators in Iowa and North Carolina. METHODS: Information on pesticide use came from two questionnaires (enrollment and take-home). The present analysis includes 9089 pendimethalin-exposed and 15,285 nonpendimethalin-exposed pesticide applicators with complete information on pendimethalin use and covariates from a take-home questionnaire. We conducted Poisson regression analyses to evaluate the association of pendimethalin exposure with cancer incidence (mean follow-up = 7.5 years) using two exposure metrics: tertiles of lifetime days of exposure and tertiles of intensity-weighted lifetime days of exposure. RESULTS: Overall cancer incidence did not increase with increasing lifetime pendimethalin use, and there was no clear evidence of an association between pendimethalin use and risks for specific cancers. The risk for rectal cancer rose with increasing lifetime pendimethalin exposure when using nonexposed as the reference (rate ratio = 4.3; 95% confidence interval = 1.5-12.7 for the highest exposed subjects; P for trend = 0.007), but the association was attenuated when using the low exposed as the referent group (P for trend = 0.08). Similar patterns for rectal cancer were observed when using intensity-weighted exposure-days. The number of rectal cancer cases among the pendimethalin-exposed was small (n = 19). There was some evidence for an elevated risk for lung cancer, but the excess occurred only in the highest exposure category for lifetime pendimethalin exposure. The trends for lung cancer risk were inconsistent for different exposure metrics. CONCLUSIONS: We did not find a clear association of lifetime pendimethalin exposure either with overall cancer incidence or with specific cancer sites.
    • Phenylethyl isothiocyanate and its N-acetylcysteine conjugate suppress the metastasis of SK-Hep1 human hepatoma cells.

      Hwang, Eun-Sun; Lee, Hyong Joo (2006-12)
      Phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a hydrolysis compound of gluconasturtiin, is metabolized to N-acetylcysteine (NAC)-PEITC in the body after the consumption of cruciferous vegetables. We observed an inhibitory effect of PEITC and its metabolite NAC-PEITC on cancer cell proliferation, adhesion, invasion, migration and metastasis in SK-Hep1 human hepatoma cells. PEITC and NAC-PEITC suppressed SK-Hep1 cell proliferation in a dose-dependent manner, and exposure to 10 microM PEITC or NAC-PEITC reduced cell proliferation by 25% and 30%, respectively. NAC-PEITC inhibited cancer cell adhesion, invasion and migration to a similar or to an even larger degree than PEITC. The expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 2, MMP-9 and membrane type 1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) is a known risk factor for metastatic disease. Gelatin zymography analysis revealed a significant downregulation of MMP-2/MMP-9 protein expression in SK-Hep1 cells treated with 0.1-5 microM PEITC or NAC-PEITC. PEITC and NAC-PEITC treatment caused dose-dependent decreases in MMP-2/MMP-9 and MT1-MMP mRNA levels, as determined by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. PEITC and NAC-PEITC also increased the mRNA levels of tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinase (TIMPs) 1 and 2. Our data suggest that this inhibition is mediated by downregulation of MMP and upregulation of TIMPs.
    • Photoprotective effect of isoflavone genistein on ultraviolet B-induced pyrimidine dimer formation and PCNA expression in human reconstituted skin and its implications in dermatology and prevention of cutaneous carcinogenesis.

      Moore, Julian O.; Wang, Yongyin; Stebbins, William G.; Gao, Dayuan; Zhou, Xueyan; Phelps, Robert; Lebwohl, Mark; Wei, Huachen (2006-08)
      Genistein, the most abundant isoflavone of the soy derived phytoestrogen compounds, is a potent antioxidant and inhibitor of tyrosine kinase. We previously reported the antiphotocarcinogenic effects of genistein in SKH-1 murine skin, including its capacity for scavenging reactive oxygen species, inhibiting photodynamic DNA damage and downregulating UVB(ultra violet B)-induced signal transduction cascades in carcinogenesis. In this study we elucidate genistein's photoprotective efficacy within the context of full thickness human reconstituted skin relative to acute challenges with ultraviolet-B irradiation. Skin samples were pre-treated with three concentrations of genistein (10, 20 and 50 microM) 1 h prior to UVB radiation at 20 and 60 mJ/cm2. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and pyrimidine dimer (PD) expression profiles were localized using immunohistochemical analysis on paraffin embedded samples 6 and 12 h post UVB exposure. Genistein dose dependently preserved cutaneous proliferation and repair mechanics at 20 and 60 mJ/cm2, as evidenced by the preservation of proliferating cell populations with increasing genistein concentrations and noticeable paucity in PCNA immunoreactivity in the absence of genistein. Genistein inhibited UV-induced DNA damage, evaluated with PD immunohistochemical expression profiles, demonstrated an inverse relationship with increasing topical genistein concentrations. Irradiation at 20 and 60 mJ/cm2 substantially induced PD formation in the absence of genistein, and a dose dependent inhibition of UVB-induced PD formation was observed relative to increasing genistein concentrations. Collectively all genistein pre-treated samples demonstrated appreciable histologic architectural preservation when compared with untreated specimens. These findings represent a critical link between our animal and cell culture studies with those of human skin and represent the first characterization of the dynamic alterations of UV-induced DNA damage and proliferating cell populations relative to pretreatment with genistein in human reconstituted skin. The implications of our findings serve as compelling validation to our conclusions that genistein may serve as a potent chemopreventive agent against photocarcinogenesis.
    • Phytoestrogen exposure, polymorphisms in COMT, CYP19, ESR1, and SHBG genes, and their associations with prostate cancer risk.

      Low, Yen-Ling; Taylor, James I.; Grace, Philip B.; Mulligan, Angela A.; Welch, Ailsa A.; Scollen, Serena; Dunning, Alison M.; Luben, Robert N.; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Day, Nick E.; et al. (2006)
      Prospective phytoestrogen exposure was assessed using both biomarkers and estimates of intake in 89 British men recruited into the Norfolk arm of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study, men who subsequently developed prostate cancer. Results were compared with those from 178 healthy men matched by age and date of recruitment. Levels of seven phytoestrogens (daidzein, genistein, glycitein, O-desmethylangolensin, equol, enterodiol, and enterolactone) were measured in spot urine and serum samples. Five single-nucleotide polymorphisms in COMT, CYP19, ESR1, and SHBG genes were genotyped. Urinary levels of all phytoestrogens correlated strongly with serum levels. Correlation coefficients ranged from 0.63 (glycitein) to 0.88 (daidzein) (P < 0.001). Urinary and serum levels correlated significantly with isoflavone intake assessed from food diaries (R = 0.15-0.20; P < 0.05) but not with that from a food-frequency questionnaire. Odds ratios for phytoestrogen exposure, as assessed using the four methods, were not significantly associated with prostate cancer risk (P = 0.15-0.94). Men with the CC genotype for the ESRI PvuII polymorphism had significantly higher risk for prostate cancer compared with men with the TT genotype [adjusted odds ratio = 4.65 (1.60-13.49); P = 0.005]. Our results utilizing a combined prospective exposure provide no evidence that phytoestrogens alter prostate cancer risk in British men, whereas the C allele for the PvuII polymorphism may be associated with increased risk.
    • Point mutations in the juxtamembrane domain of FLT3 define a new class of activating mutations in AML.

      Reindl, Carola; Bagrintseva, Ksenia; Vempati, Sridhar; Schnittger, Susanne; Ellwart, Joachim W.; Wenig, Katja; Hopfner, Karl-Peter; Hiddemann, Wolfgang; Spiekermann, Karsten (2006-05-01)
      In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), two clusters of activating mutations are known in the FMS-like tyrosine kinase-3 (FLT3) gene: FLT3-internal tandem duplications (FLT3-ITDs) in the juxtamembrane (JM) domain in 20% to 25% of patients, and FLT3 point mutations in the tyrosine-kinase domain (FLT3-TKD) in 7% to 10% of patients, respectively. Here, we have characterized a new class of activating point mutations (PMs) that cluster in a 16-amino acid stretch of the juxtamembrane domain of FLT3 (FLT3-JM-PMs). Expression of 4 FLT3-JM-PMs in interleukin-3 (IL-3)-dependent Ba/F3 cells led to factor-independent growth, hyperresponsiveness to FLT3 ligand, and resistance to apoptotic cell death. FLT3-JM-PM receptors were autophosphorylated and showed a higher constitutive dimerization rate compared with the FLT3-wild-type (WT) receptor. As a molecular mechanism, we could show activation of STAT5 and up-regulation of Bcl-x(L) by all FLT3-JM-PMs. The FLT3 inhibitor PKC412 abrogated the factor-independent growth of FLT3-JM-PM-expressing cells. Compared with FLT3-ITD and FLT3-TKD mutants, the FLT3-JM-PMs showed a weaker transforming potential related to lower autophosphorylation of the receptor and its downstream target STAT5. Mapping of the FLT3-JM-PMs on the crystal structure of FLT3 showed that these mutations reduce the stability of the autoinhibitory JM domain, and provides a structural basis for the transforming capacity of this new class of gain-of-function mutations of FLT3.
    • A polymorphism of the methionine synthase reductase gene increases chromosomal damage in peripheral lymphocytes in smokers.

      Ishikawa, Hitoshi; Ishikawa, Takashi; Miyatsu, Yu; Kurihara, Kazuo; Fukao, Akira; Yokoyama, Kazuhito (2006-07-25)
      The cytogenetic effects of cigarette smoke has been evaluated as one of many potential confounders in a large number of biomonitoring studies of occupationally or environmentally exposed populations and control subjects. Despite the well-known presence of carcinogens in the cigarette smoke, the results in the scientific literature linking smoking habits to micronuclei (MN) frequency, one of the cytogenetic markers, are rather controversial. Here, we investigated the relationships among MN frequency, smoking habits and five folate metabolic enzyme gene polymorphisms (MTHFR C677T and A1298C, MTR A2756G, MTRR A66G and TYMS 3'UTR) in 132 healthy Japanese men who were non-habitual drinkers. In never- and former-smokers, no statistically significant differences in the mean MN frequencies were observed according to the five folate metabolic enzyme gene polymorphisms. In current-smokers, however, subjects with the AA genotype for MTRR had a significantly higher mean MN frequency than the AG genotypes for MTRR (p<0.05). Furthermore, among subjects with the AA genotype for MTRR, current-smokers were found to have a significantly higher mean MN frequency than never- and former-smokers (p<0.05). To further characterize this association, we stratified the smoking status into five groups: non-smokers (never-smokers and former-smokers), 1-10 cigarettes/day, 11-20 cigarettes/day, 21-30 cigarettes/day and >or=31 cigarettes/day. There was an overall trend for the mean MN frequency in subjects with the MTRR AA genotype to increase as the number of cigarettes smoked per day increased (p<0.01, Jonckheere-Terpstra test). The results of our preliminary study suggest that the MTRR AA genotype acts to increase the MN frequency resulting from cigarette smoking. Therefore, studies on human genotoxicity based on cytogenetic markers of MN should take into account both the MTRR polymorphism and the potential confounding effect of smoking, although these preliminary findings need to be validated in larger populations because of the relatively small sample size.
    • Polymorphisms and haplotypes of the NBS1 gene are associated with risk of sporadic breast cancer in non-Hispanic white women <or=55 years.

      Lu, Jiachun; Wei, Qingyi; Bondy, Melissa L.; Li, Donghui; Brewster, Abenaa; Shete, Sanjay; Yu, Tse-Kuan; Sahin, Aysegul; Meric-Bernstam, Funda; Hunt, Kelly K.; et al. (2006-11)
      DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) may lead to genomic instability and cancer if unrepaired. Nijmegen breakage syndrome 1 (NBS1) protein is one of the key proteins that participates in recognition and repair of DSBs in humans. We hypothesized that polymorphisms of NBS1 are associated with breast cancer risk. We selected three NBS1 haplotype-tagging polymorphisms (i.e. 924T>C, 8360G>C and 30537G>C) to represent all common (>or=5%) haplotypes reported in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences database and to reconstruct haplotypes. In a hospital-based case-control study of 421 non-Hispanic white patients with sporadic breast cancer (C polymorphism. Furthermore, the derived haplotypes were associated with risk in a dose-response manner as the number of variant (risk) alleles (i.e. 8360C, 924C or 30537C) increased (adjusted OR = 1.07, 95% CI = 0.78-1.46 for 1-2 variant alleles; adjusted OR = 2.47, 95% CI = 1.48-4.14 for 3-6 variant alleles; P(trend) = 0.006). These findings suggest that NBS1 polymorphisms and haplotypes may contribute to the etiology of sporadic breast cancer in young non-Hispanic white women. Large studies are warranted to confirm these findings.
    • Polymorphisms in genes involved in DNA double-strand break repair pathway and susceptibility to benzene-induced hematotoxicity.

      Shen, Min; Lan, Qing; Zhang, Luoping; Chanock, Stephen; Li, Guilan; Vermeulen, Roel; Rappaport, Stephen M.; Guo, Weihong; Hayes, Richard B.; Linet, Martha; et al. (2006-10)
      Benzene is a recognized hematotoxicant and carcinogen that produces genotoxic damage. DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) are one of the most severe DNA lesions caused directly and indirectly by benzene metabolites. DSB may lead to chromosome aberrations, apoptosis and hematopoietic progenitor cell suppression. We hypothesized that genetic polymorphisms in genes involved in DNA DSB repair may modify benzene-induced hematotoxicity. We analyzed one or more single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in each of seven candidate genes (WRN, TP53, NBS1, BRCA1, BRCA2, XRCC3 and XRCC4) in a study of 250 workers exposed to benzene and 140 controls in China. Four SNPs in WRN (Ex4 -16 G > A, Ex6 +9 C > T, Ex20 -88 G > T and Ex26 -12 T > G), one SNP in TP53 (Ex4 +119 C > G) and one SNP in BRCA2 (Ex11 +1487 A > G) were associated with a statistically significant decrease in total white blood cell (WBC) counts among exposed workers. The SNPs in WRN and TP53 remained significant after accounting for multiple comparisons. One or more SNPs in WRN had broad effects on WBC subtypes, with significantly decreased granulocyte, total lymphocyte, CD4(+)-T cell, CD8(+)-T cell and monocyte counts. Haplotypes of WRN were associated with decreased WBC counts among benzene-exposed subjects. Likewise, subjects with TP53 Ex4 +119 C > G variant had reduced granulocyte, CD4(+)-T cell and B cell counts. The effect of BRCA2 Ex11 +1487 A > G polymorphism was limited to granulocytes. These results suggest that genetic polymorphisms in WRN, TP53 and BRCA2 that maintain genomic stability impact benzene-induced hematotoxicity.
    • A pooled analysis of 12 cohort studies of dietary fat, cholesterol and egg intake and ovarian cancer.

      Genkinger, Jeanine M.; Hunter, David J.; Spiegelman, Donna; Anderson, Kristin E.; Beeson, W. Lawrence; Buring, Julie E.; Colditz, Graham A.; Fraser, Gary E.; Freudenheim, Jo L.; Goldbohm, R. Alexandra; et al. (2006-04)
      Fat and cholesterol are theorized to promote ovarian carcinogenesis by increasing circulating estrogen levels. Although case-control studies have reported positive associations between total and saturated fat intake and ovarian cancer risk, two cohort studies have observed null associations. Dietary cholesterol and eggs have been positively associated with ovarian cancer risk. A pooled analysis was conducted on 12 cohort studies. Among 523,217 women, 2,132 incident epithelial ovarian cancer cases were identified. Study-specific relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated by Cox proportional hazards models, and then pooled using a random effects model. Total fat intake was not associated with ovarian cancer risk (pooled multivariate RR = 1.08, 95% CI 0.86-1.34 comparing > or =45 to 30-<35% of calories). No association was observed for monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, trans-unsaturated, animal and vegetable fat, cholesterol and egg intakes with ovarian cancer risk. A weakly positive, but non-linear association, was observed for saturated fat intake (pooled multivariate RR = 1.29, 95% CI: 1.01-1.66 comparing highest versus lowest decile). Results for histologic subtypes were similar. Overall, fat, cholesterol and egg intakes were not associated with ovarian cancer risk. The positive association for saturated fat intake at very high intakes merits further investigation.
    • Preventive effects of chrysin on the development of azoxymethane-induced colonic aberrant crypt foci in rats.

      Miyamoto, Shingo; Kohno, Hiroyuki; Suzuki, Rikako; Sugie, Shigeyuki; Murakami, Akira; Ohigashi, Hajime; Tanaka, Takuji (2006-05)
      The modifying effects of dietary feeding with chrysin (5,7-dihydroxyflavone) on the development of azoxymethane (AOM)-induced colonic aberrant crypt foci (ACF) were investigated in male F344 rats. We also assessed the effect of chrysin on mitosis and apoptosis in 'normal appearing' crypts. To induce ACF, rats were given two weekly subcutaneous injections of AOM (20 mg/kg body weight). They also received an experimental diet containing chrysin (0.001 or 0.01%) for 4 weeks, starting 1 week before the first dose of AOM. AOM exposure produced a substantial number of ACF (73+/-13/rat) at the end of the study (week 4). Dietary administration of chrysin caused significant reduction in the frequency of ACF: 0.001% chrysin, 37+/-17/rat (49% reduction, P<0.001); and 0.01% chrysin, 40+/-10/rat (45% reduction, P<0.001). In addition, chrysin administration significantly reduced the mitotic index and significantly increased the apoptotic index in 'normal appearing' crypts. These findings might suggest a possible chemopreventive activity of chrysin in the early step of colon tumorigenesis through modulation of cryptal cell proliferation activity and apoptosis.
    • Prospective study of mesothelioma mortality in Turkish villages with exposure to fibrous zeolite.

      Baris, Y. Izzettin; Grandjean, Philippe (2006-03-15)
      Mesothelioma incidence is high in certain villages on the Anatolian plateau in Turkey, where environmental exposure includes erionite, a form of zeolite fibers, from the local volcanic tuff. Previous studies of this exposure were cross-sectional or with a follow-up period of only a few years. A prospective study of residents of two exposed and one nearby control village was initiated in 1979 and continued through December 31, 2003. A total of 891 men and women, aged 20 years or older, were included, 230 of them residing in the village without known exposure to erionite. Mortality data were obtained from hospital records and death certificates. During the 23-year follow-up, 372 deaths occurred; 119 of these were from mesothelioma, which was the cause of 44.5% of all deaths in the exposed villages. Seventeen patients had peritoneal mesothelioma; the rest had pleural mesothelioma. Only two cases of mesothelioma, one of each type, occurred in the control village-both in women born elsewhere. When standardized to the world population, the pleural mesothelioma incidence was approximately 700 and 200 cases per 100,000 people annually in the two exposed villages and about 10 cases per 100,000 people in the control village. When we used Danish data for comparison, the standardized pleural mesothelioma mortality rate was 485 (95% confidence interval = 395 to 590). Our results emphasize the severity of the mesothelioma endemic in erionite-exposed areas of Turkey and call for intensified prevention of mesothelioma by limiting environmental exposures to these fibers.
    • Prostate cancer risk from occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons interacting with the GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism.

      Rybicki, Benjamin A.; Neslund-Dudas, Christine; Nock, Nora L.; Schultz, Lonni R.; Eklund, Ludmila; Rosbolt, James; Bock, Cathryn H.; Monaghan, Kristin G. (2006)
      BACKGROUND: Variation in the glutathione S-transferase (GSTP1) gene and occupational polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) exposure are putative prostate cancer risk factors. An Ile/Val polymorphism in codon 105 of GSTP1 affects its enzymatic activity toward PAH detoxification, a possible mechanism in prostate carcinogenesis. METHODS: To determine whether the GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism modifies prostate cancer risk associated with occupational PAH exposure, we studied 637 prostate cancer cases and 244 controls of White and African-American race from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Occupational exposure to PAH from wood, petroleum, coal or other sources through respiratory and cutaneous routes was retrospectively assessed by expert review of job histories. The association of occupational PAH exposure and GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism with prostate cancer was tested in multiple logistic regression models adjusting for potential confounders. Cases were over sampled compared with controls to evaluate gene-environment interaction with the statistically efficient case-only analytic approach. RESULTS: Neither carriage of the GSTP1 Val(105) variant allele nor occupational PAH exposure was significantly associated with prostate cancer. However, case-only analyses revealed that carriage of the GSTP1 Val(105) variant allele was associated with increasing levels of occupational respiratory PAH exposures from any source and from petroleum (trend test p=0.01 for both). The GSTP1 Val(105) allele was observed most frequently in cases in the highest quartile of occupational respiratory PAH exposures from petroleum (OR=1.74; 95% CI=1.11-2.72) or from any source (OR=1.85; 95% CI=1.19-2.89). The gene-environment risk estimate in the highest PAH petroleum exposure quartile was greatest in men under age 60 (OR=4.52; 95% CI=1.96-10.41) or with a positive family history of prostate cancer (OR=3.02; 95% CI=1.15-7.92). CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest men who carry the GSTP1 Val(105) variant and are exposed at high levels to occupational PAH have increased risk for prostate cancer. This increased risk is more pronounced in men under age 60 or with a family history of prostate cancer.
    • Protection against esophageal cancer in rodents with lyophilized berries: potential mechanisms.

      Stoner, Gary D.; Chen, Tong; Kresty, Laura A.; Aziz, Robeena M.; Reinemann, Tiffany; Nines, Ronald (2006)
      For several years, our laboratory has been evaluating the ability of lyophilized (freeze-dried) black raspberries (Rubus occidentalis, BRBs), blackberries (R. fructicosus, BBs), and strawberries (Fragaria ananasia, STRWs) to inhibit carcinogen-induced cancer in the rodent esophagus. To assure "standardized" berry preparations for study, each berry type is of the same cultivar, picked at about the same degree of ripeness, washed and frozen within 2-4 h of the time of picking, and freeze-dried under conditions that preserve the components in the berries. Some of the known chemopreventive agents in berries include vitamins A, C, and E and folic acid; calcium and selenium; beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lutein; polyphenols such as ellagic acid, ferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, quercetin, and several anthocyanins; and phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, and kaempferol. In initial bioassays, freeze-dried STRW, BRB, and BB powders were mixed into AIN-76A synthetic diet at concentrations of 5% and 10% and fed to Fischer 344 rats before, during, and after treatment with the esophageal carcinogen N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine (NMBA). At 25 wk of the bioassay, all three berry types were found to inhibit the number of esophageal tumors (papillomas) in NMBA-treated animals by 24-56% relative to NMBA controls. This inhibition correlated with reductions in the formation of the NMBA-induced O6-methylguanine adduct in esophageal DNA, suggesting that the berries influenced the metabolism of NMBA leading to reduced DNA damage. Studies are ongoing to determine the mechanisms by which berries influence NMBA metabolism and DNA adduct formation. BRBs and STRWs were also tested in a postinitiation scheme and were found to inhibit NMBA-induced esophageal tumorigenesis by 31-64% when administered in the diet following treatment of the animals with NMBA. Berries, therefore, inhibit tumor promotion and progression events as well as tumor initiation. In vivo mechanistic studies with BRBs indicate that they reduce the growth rate of premalignant esophageal cells, in part, through down-regulation of cyclooxygenase-2 leading to reduced prostaglandin production and of inducible nitric oxide synthase leading to reduced nitrate/nitrite levels in the esophagus. Based upon the preclinical data on rodents, we have initiated prevention trials in humans to determine if berries might exhibit chemopreventive effects in the esophagus.
    • Quinone reductase induction as a biomarker for cancer chemoprevention.

      Cuendet, Muriel; Oteham, Carol P.; Moon, Richard C.; Pezzuto, John M. (2006-03)
      Chemoprevention involves the use of natural or synthetic substances to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Strategies for protecting cells from initiation events include decreasing metabolic enzymes responsible for generating reactive species (phase I enzymes) while increasing phase II enzymes that can deactivate radicals and electrophiles known to intercede in normal cellular processes. Reduction of electrophilic quinones by quinone reductase is an important detoxification pathway. Following evaluation of approximately 3000 plant and marine organism extracts, the number characterized as "active" was established in the range of 12% of the total, and over 60 active compounds have been isolated as quinone reductase inducers. One of them, isoliquiritigenin (1), isolated from tonka bean, was shown to be a monofunctional inducer by having similar quinone reductase inducing ability in wild-type Hepa 1c1c7 cells and two mutant cell lines. To further investigate the mechanism of induction, HepG2 human hepatoma cells stably transfected with ARE-luciferase plasmid were used. Isoliquiritigenin (1) significantly induced the luciferase activity in a dose-dependent manner. On the basis of these results, a full-term cancer chemoprevention study was conducted with 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-treated female Sprague-Dawley rats. Dietary administration of 1 increased tumor latency. Based on these promising preliminary results, additional mechanistic studies are underway, as well as full-term carcinogenesis studies with chronic administration schedules.