Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 5, Issue 4–5, pp 307–315 | Cite as

Interaction between dietary selenium and 2-acetylaminofluorene in the rat

  • Arthur M. Cohen


The effect of dietary selenium on the metabolism of 2-acetylaminofluorene (AAF) and on its interaction with hepatic DNA was studied in male, Charles River rats. All studies were commenced at least 3 weeks after placing weanling rats on a tomla yeastbased Se-deficient diet or the same diet supplemented with 0.5 ppm Se as Na2SeO3.

Analysis of radioactive metabolites generated during in vitro incubation of [9-14C]-AAF with hepatic microsomes showed that Se-supplemented rats produced greater amounts of noncarcinogenic, phenolic metabolites than did Se-deficient animals. No significant difference was noted between the two dietary groups with respect to the production of the proximate carcinogenic metabolite,N-hydroxy-AAF.

Analysis of urinary metabolites excreted during a 24-h period following a single ip injection of [9-14C]-AAF showed that Se-deficient animals produced 2–3 times as much N-hydroxy-AAF as did the supplemented rats. The increased excretion of the proximate carcinogenic metabolite by Se-deficient rats occurred both as the free and glucuronic acid conjugated forms. In contrast, Se-deficient rats excreted lower amounts of noncarcinogenic AAF metabolites. Taken together, these results suggest that dietary Se alters AAF biotransformation so as to decrease metabolic activation while enhancing detoxification pathways.

The effect of dietary Se on AAF-DNA interactions was assessed in two ways. First, it was found that Se had no effect on the total amount of AAF residues covalently bound to hepatic DNA in vivo. This lack of effect was observed both at early (1-24 h) and late (4-7 d) intervals after administering a single ip injection of [9-14C]-AAF to rats from both dietary groups. In contrast, alkaline sucrose gradient analysis revealed a marked protective.effect of Se against AAF-induced DNA single-strand breaks. Further studies showed that the protective effect of Se was not mediated by a more rapid rate of repair of DNA damage. Accordingly, in addition to its favorable actions on carcinogen metabolism, the ability of Se to protect DNA against reactive metabolites may play a role in its reported anticarcinogenic activity.

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Selenium, and 2-acetylaminofluorene metabolism 2-acetylaminofluorene, effect of Se on the metabolism of metabolism, of 2-acetylaminofluorene, effect of Se on DNA damage, and Se rat, effect of Se on 2-acetylaminofluorene metabolism liver, Se effect on the metabolism of 2-acetylaminofluorene in 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur M. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Pharmacy and Institute for ToxicologyLos Angeles

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