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Int J Cancer. 1996 Jan 26;65(3):314-6.

DNA adducts in urothelial cells: relationship with biomarkers of exposure to arylamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from tobacco smoke.

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Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Oncologia Umana, University and Main Hospital, Turin, Italy.


Markers of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (urinary 1-hydroxypyrene-glucuronide) and aromatic amines (4-aminobiphenyl-hemoglobin adducts), as well as urinary mutagenicity, were measured in 47 healthy smokers and 50 nonsmokers. DNA adducts were determined by P32-postlabeling in the exfoliated bladder cells of 39 healthy subjects. Both 1-hydroxypyrene-glucuronide (1-OHPG) and 4-aminobiphenyl adducts (4-ABP-Hb) were associated with smoking habits, but only 4-ABP-Hb adducts were associated with consumption of black, air-cured tobacco. The levels of 2 DNA adducts (numbers 2 and 4) in urothelial cells were clearly associated with 4-ABP-Hb adducts, in all subjects and in smokers. Levels of one of these DNA adducts (number 2) were also associated with 1-hydroxypyrene-glucuronide in urines, but in smokers the association was not statistically significant. Overall, these observations constitute further evidence of a role of arylamines in tobacco-induced bladder cancer.

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