Modulation of plasma lipid levels affects benzo[a]pyrene-induced DNA damage in tissues of two hyperlipidemic mouse models

D.M.J. Curfs, L. Beckers, R.W.L. Godschalk, M.J.J. Gijbels, F.J. van Schooten*

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Modulation of plasma lipid levels affects benzo[a]pyrene-induced DNA damage in tissues of two hyperlipidemic mouse models.

Curfs DM, Beckers L, Godschalk RW, Gijbels MJ, van Schooten FJ.

Department of Health Risk Analysis and Toxicology, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

The role of plasma lipids in the uptake, transportation, and distribution of lipophilic carcinogens like benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) remains unclear. Therefore, we studied the effects of dietary-modulated plasma lipids on B[a]P-induced DNA damage in several organs of two hyperlipidemic mouse models. Male apolipoprotein E (ApoE)*3-Leiden (n = 22) and ApoE knockout (ApoE-KO) mice (n = 20) were fed a high-fat cholesterol (HFC) diet or low-fat cholesterol (LFC; standard mouse chow) diet for 3 weeks, after which the animals were exposed to a single oral dose of 5 mg/kg bw B[a]P or vehicle and killed 4 days later. Plasma lipids were determined and DNA adducts were measured in aorta, heart, lung, liver, brain, and stomach. Total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol were increased in all animals on a HFC diet, whereas a decrease of triglycerides was seen only in the ApoE-KO mice. In ApoE-KO mice on a normal diet, DNA-adduct levels were highest in aorta (10.8 +/- 1.4 adducts/10(8) nucleotides), followed by brain (7.8 +/- 1.3), lung (3.3 +/- 0.7), heart (3.1 +/- 0.6), liver (1.5 +/- 0.2) and stomach (1.2 +/- 0.2). In the ApoE*3-Leiden mice, adduct levels were equally high in aorta, heart, and lung (4.6 +/- 0.7, 5.0 +/- 0.5 and 4.6 +/- 0.4, respectively), followed by stomach (2.7 +/- 0.4), brain (2.3 +/- 0.2), and liver (1.7 +/- 0.2). In the ApoE-KO mice, the HFC diet intervention resulted in lower adduct levels in lung (2.1 +/- 0.2), heart (1.9 +/- 0.2), and brain (2.9 +/- 0.5), as compared with the LFC group. In contrast, a nonsignificant increase of adducts was found in aorta (13.1 +/- 1.5). A similar but nonsignificant trend was observed in the ApoE*3-Leiden mice. Multiple regression analysis showed that in aorta, DNA adducts were inversely related to plasma triglycerides (P = 0.004) and were also modulated by the ApoE genotype (P < 0.001). The results of the present study support further investigation into the role of dietary modulation of plasma lipids, ApoE, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure on the formation of DNA adducts in chronic degenerative diseases. Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-249
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

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