Differential role of hydrogen peroxide and organic hydroperoxides in augmenting ferric nitrilotriacetate (Fe-NTA)-mediated DNA damage: Implications for carcinogenesis

Mohammad Iqbal, Som Datta Sharma, Akiko Mizote, Masayoshi Fujisawa, Shigeru Okada

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An iron chelate, ferric nitrilotriacetate (Fe-NTA), is a potent nephrotoxic agent, and induces acute and subacute renal proximal tubular necrosis, a consequence of the Fenton-like reaction that eventually leads to a high incidence of renal adenocarcinoma in rodents. In order to examine the possible mechanism for carcinogenic activity, we investigated the DNA damage with Fe-NTA in the presence of various peroxides/organic hydroperoxides. S1 nuclease hydrolysis and deoxyribose degradation assays were performed. Incubation of calf thymus DNA with ferric nitrilotriacetate (0.1 mM) in the presence of peroxides/organic hydroperoxides at a final concentration of 40 mM of each in phosphate buffer (0.1 M, pH 7.4) augmented DNA damage severalfold as compared to the damage caused by individual treatments. Fe-NTA in the presence of hydrogen peroxide caused DNA single-strand breaks and damage to its deoxyribose sugar moiety as measured, respectively, by S1 nuclease hydrolysis and deoxyribose degradation using calf thymus DNA. However, only deoxyribose degradation could be recorded in the presence of other peroxide/organic hydroperoxides. No DNA single-strand break was observed by this treatment. The observed differences in DNA damage by hydrogen peroxide and organic hydroperoxides/peroxide have been ascribed to the differential reactivity of DNA with hydroxyl and alkoxy/aryloxy free radicals produced, respectively, from these inorganic and organic peroxides. These studies suggest that Fe-NTA not only mediated the production of reactive oxygen species, but also catalysed the decomposition of these peroxides and organic hydroperoxides, which may cause a clastogenic change in DNA. This reactivity enhances the clastogenic activity in DNA. These changes in the DNA structure may ultimately be responsible, at least in part, for the induction of carcinogenesis in Fe-NTA-exposed animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalTeratogenesis Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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