Background: Aspartame (L-phenylalanine N-L-α-aspartyl-1-methyl ester) is an artificial sweetener with widespread applications. Previously published results have shown that among rats receiving aspartame a significant increase of lymphoreticular neoplasms, brain tumours and transitional cell tumours occurred. The aim of our short-term experiment was to investigate the biological effect of aspartame consumption by determining the expressions of key oncogenes and a tumour suppressor gene. Materials and Methods: After one week per os administration of various doses of aspartame to CBA/CA female mice, p53, c-myc, Ha-ras gene expression alterations were determined in individual organs. Results: The results showed an increase in gene expressions concerning all the investigated genes especially in organs with a high proliferation rate: lymphoreticular organs, bone-marrow and kidney. Conclusion: Aspartame has a biological effect even at the recommended daily maximum dose.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2007|
- Artificial sweetener
- Biological effect
- Onco- and suppressor gene expression
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)