Synthesis, characterization, and quantitation of a 4-aminobiphenyl-DNA adduct standard

Frederick A. Beland, Daniel R. Doerge, Mona I. Churchwell, Miriam C. Poirier, Bernadette Schoket, M. Matilde Marques

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32P-Postlabeling is a powerful technique for the detection of DNA adducts; however, quantitation of DNA adducts by this method can result in errors due to differences in hydrolysis and labeling efficiencies between adducted and normal nucleotides. We have synthesized a DNA sample modified with 4-aminobiphenyl to serve as a quantitation standard for 32P- postlabeling and other DNA adduct detection methodologies. [2,2'-3H]-N- Hydroxy-4-aminobiphenyl was reacted with calf thymus DNA at pH 5 to give 62 ± 0.8 adducts/108 nucleotides (mean ± SD) on the basis of 3H content. HPLC analyses following enzymatic hydrolysis to nucleosides indicated one major adduct, N-(deoxyguanosin-8-yl)-4-aminobiphenyl (dG-C8-4-ABP). The adduct identity was confirmed by HPLC/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, which indicated a modification level of 19 ± 1.7 dG-C8-4- ABP/108 nucleotides. 32P-Postlabeling analysis gave a value of 0.84 dG- C8-4-ABP/108 nucleotides, while a dissociation-enhanced lanthanide fluoroimmunoassay (DELFIA) indicated levels of 82 ± 26 and 63 ± 20 dG-C8- 4-ABP/108 nucleotides after enzymatic hydrolysis to nucleotides and nucleosides, respectively. The utility of the DNA adduct standard was determined by assessing the level of dG-C8-4-ABP in liver DNA from mice treated with [2,2'-3H]-4-aminobiphenyl. 32P-Postlabeling analyses, based upon measuring the extent of the 32P incorporation, underestimated the levels of dG-C8-4-ABP, while DELFIA, using a G-C8-4-ABP quantitation standard, overestimated the adduct levels. The adduct levels determined by HPLC/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry best reflected those obtained from 3H incorporation. When the 32P-postlabeling analyses and the DELFIA were conducted using the DNA modified in vitro with dG-C8-4-ABP as a quantitation standard, accurate estimations of the extent of in vivo formation of dG-C8-4-ABP were obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-77
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Research in Toxicology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999


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  • Toxicology

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