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Title: Arsenite-induced aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocation results in additive induction of phase I genes and synergistic induction of phase II genes.

Authors: Kann, Simone; Huang, Ming-Ya; Estes, Cameron; Reichard, John F; Sartor, Maureen A; Xia, Ying; Puga, Alvaro

Published In Mol Pharmacol, (2005 Aug)

Abstract: Complex mixtures of carcinogenic metalloids, such as arsenic, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons are common environmental contaminants. The biological consequences of exposure to these mixtures are unpredictable and, although the health effects of individual chemicals may be known, the toxicity of environmental mixtures is largely unexplored. Arsenic, not a potent mutagen by itself, is co-mutagenic with many DNA-damaging agents. Mixtures of arsenite plus benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) augment B[a]P mutagenicity, suggesting that arsenite might uncouple expression of phase I and II genes responsible for detoxification. We have studied the effects of arsenite exposure on the activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) and its subsequent role in gene transactivation. Treatment of mouse Hepa-1 cells with arsenite induces AHR nuclear translocation and binding to the Cyp1a1 gene promoter with the same efficiency as tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), the most potent ligand of the AHR; however, TCDD and B[a]P are an order of magnitude more potent than arsenite in up-regulating Cyp1a1 transcription. Global profiling analyses of cells treated with arsenite plus B[a]P indicate that several phase I and II detoxification genes are in some cases additively and in others synergistically deregulated by the mixtures. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analyses of mouse embryonic fibroblasts showed that the mixtures had an additive effect on the mRNA levels of Cyp1b1, a prototypical phase I detoxification gene, and an AHR-dependent synergistic effect on the corresponding levels of Nqo1, a prototypical phase II gene. We conclude that exposure to arsenite/B[a]P mixtures causes regulatory changes in the expression of detoxification genes that ultimately affect the metabolic activation and disposition of toxicants.

PubMed ID: 15894712 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Active Transport, Cell Nucleus/genetics; Animals; Arsenites/pharmacology*; Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases/biosynthesis; Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases/genetics; Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases/metabolism; Biotransformation/drug effects; Cell Line, Tumor; Cells, Cultured; Cytochrome P-450 CYP1A1/biosynthesis; Cytochrome P-450 CYP1A1/genetics; Cytochrome P-450 CYP1A1/metabolism; Cytochrome P-450 CYP1B1; Dose-Response Relationship, Drug; Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic/drug effects; Mice; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Mice, Knockout; Promoter Regions, Genetic/drug effects*; Promoter Regions, Genetic/physiology; Receptors, Aryl Hydrocarbon/biosynthesis; Receptors, Aryl Hydrocarbon/genetics*; Receptors, Aryl Hydrocarbon/metabolism*; Transcription, Genetic/drug effects*; Transcription, Genetic/physiology

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