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Ringer DP , Howell BA , Norton TR , Woulfe GW , Duffel MW , Kosanke SD
Evidence of two separate mechanisms for the decrease in aryl sulfotransferase activity in rat liver during early stages of 2-acetylaminofluorene-induced hepatocarcinogenesis
Molecular Carcinogenesis. 1994 Jan;9(1) :2-9
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Abstract
Enzymatic and immunohistochemical experiments were conducted to evaluate the mechanistic basis for the downregulation of the important detoxication/bioactivation enzyme aryl sulfotransferase IV (AST IV) during 2-acetylaminofluorene (2AAF)-induced hepatocarcinogenesis. To distinguish between possible genotoxic and cytotoxic actions of 2AAF, three different dietary protocols were used in these experiments: group 1 received 2AAF for 12 wk, group 2 received 2AAF for 3 or 6 wk and then a control diet lacking xenobiotics for 3 or 6 wk, and group 3 received 2AAF for 3 or 6 wk and then phenobarbital for 3 or 6 wk. When hepatic AST IV activity was assessed, N-hydroxy-2AAF sulfotransferase activity was found to decrease 80-90% in response to 2AAF feeding, but activity recovered to essentially normal levels in the livers of rats subsequently placed on either control diets or diets with phenobarbital, suggesting a reversible cytotoxic mechanism for loss of AST IV activity. However, when liver sections from the rats were evaluated immunohistochemically, two distinct patterns were detected for the downregulation of AST IV activity. In the livers of rats administered only 2AAF (group 1), a general pattern of overall downregulation of AST IV expression was observed throughout the liver and among most but not all newly developed nodules. In tissue sections from rats initially fed 2AAF and then placed on a control diet (group 2) or a diet with phenobarbital (group 3), the nodules continued to show low levels of AST IV expression, while expression in the areas surrounding nodules returned to the normal, high levels. In addition, among those rats fed 2AAF for just 3 wk and then control diet or diet containing phenobarbital for 6 wk, only rats fed phenobarbital developed altered foci that stained weakly for AST IV expression. These results show that there were two kinds of 2AAF-mediated decrease in hepatic AST IV activity: a general overall loss of AST IV expression dependent on administration of 2AAF and reversible upon removal of 2AAF from the diet and a loss of AST IV expression among newly developed liver foci and nodules that persisted in the absence of 2AAF administration and appeared to be a property of 2AAF-induced subpopulations of cells. These patterns may correspond, respectively, to cytotoxic and genotoxic mechanisms of 2AAF action.
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Ringer, D P Howell, B A Norton, T R Woulfe, G W Duffel, M W Kosanke, S D CA38683/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. United states Molecular carcinogenesis Mol Carcinog. 1994 Jan;9(1):2-9.