Multiple-endpoint genotoxicity assay for colon carcinogen 1,2-dimethylhydrazine

In this study, we used 1,2-dimethylhydrazine as a model chemical of colon carcinogen to assess gene mutation frequency and chromosomal aberration in vivo simultaneously. Specifically, a gene mutation frequency assay was combined with a multiple-organ micronucleus test (peripheral blood, bone marrow, liver, and colon) in F344 gpt delta transgenic rats. Both gpt mutant frequency and micronucleated cell frequency significantly increased in colon and liver but not in bone marrow. Interestingly, we found that the colon carcinogen induced both gene mutations and micronuclei in the targeted colon tissue. Thus, we demonstrated that the mechanism of a carcinogen could be derived from an animal experiment using a lower number of experimental animals as currently recommended. Moreover, a significant increase in mutant frequency in colon and liver was already observed on the first day after treatment completion, as well as on the third day, which is the guideline-recommended period. Thus, this endpoint is compatible with other genotoxicity assays. We confirmed that performing the micronucleus assay in combination with a gene mutation assay in F344 gpt delta transgenic rats is useful to evaluate different genotoxic endpoints simultaneously in the same animals, which reduces the number of experimental animals.
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