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1,N6-Etheno-2'-deoxyadenosine (epsilon dA) and 3,N4-etheno-2'-deoxycytidine (epsilon dC) are DNA adducts formed by a number of genotoxic chemicals, including vinyl chloride. They are also formed endogenously in tissue DNA, probably from a reactive metabolite of lipid peroxidation. Both the qualitative and quantitative detection of endogenous adducts is important in order to place adduct formation by chemicals such as vinyl chloride in the context of this natural background level. Methods with sufficient sensitivity are therefore being developed to measure the natural background of epsilon dA and epsilon dC adducts. We have developed a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-32P-postlabelling method to measure epsilon dA and epsilon dC at alkylation frequencies of 1 adduct in 10(7)-10(8) nucleotides in 10-microgram samples of DNA. In HPLC-32P-postlabelling analysis of liver DNA from control Wistar rats, epsilon dA and epsilon dC were determined at levels of 1 adduct in 8.1 x 10(7) and 1 adduct in 1.8 x 10(7) nucleotides, respectively. The levels of epsilon dA and epsilon dC measured in liver DNA of animals exposed orally to five daily doses of 50 mg/kg body weight vinyl chloride were found by this method to be 1 adduct in 2.9 x 10(7) and 1 adduct in 1.4 x 10(7) nucleotides, respectively. In contrast, in a direct labelling study, radiolabelled epsilon dA and epsilon dC were not detected in liver DNA of rats exposed for 6 h by nose-only inhalation to [1,2-14C]vinyl chloride at up to 45 ppm v/v. Immunochemical procedures are also being developed for recognizing etheno adducts. Thus, a monoclonal antibody raised to protein conjugates of epsilon dC showed high selectivity in the recognition of this DNA adduct. When the antibody was immobilized on a solid support and used in an immunoenrichment procedure to purify epsilon dC from a large excess of normal nucleotides, one epsilon dC adduct from about 10(8) normal nucleotides could be resolved. Coupling the immunoaffinity enrichment procedure with capillary zone electrophoresis permitted the detection of approximately one epsilon dC adduct in 3 x 10(6) nucleotides.


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63 - 73


Animals, Carcinogens, Chromatography, Affinity, Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid, DNA Adducts, Deoxyadenosines, Deoxycytidine, Electrophoresis, Capillary, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, Hydrogen-Ion Concentration, Immunoblotting, Liver, Male, Rats, Rats, Wistar, Vinyl Chloride