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Effect of Vitamin Levels on Biomarkers of Exposure and Oxidative Damage - the EXPAH Study.

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posted on 2009-02-18, 16:06 authored by R.J. Sram, Peter B. Farmer, Rajinder Singh, S. Garte, I. Kalina, T. A. Popov, B. Binkova, C. Ragin, E. Taioli
DNA adducts are markers of carcinogen exposure and of their biological effect; they have been shown to be related to mutagenesis, and therefore they could be a predictive biomarker of human cancer. The objective of this study was to assess if there is a relationship between vitamins A, C, and E, which are known to play a significant role as free radical scavengers and antioxidant agents, and biomarkers of genotoxicity and oxidative stress. Three hundred and fifty-six subjects from Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Bulgaria, who completed a questionnaire on dietary information and had a measurement of plasma A, C, E vitamins, DNA adduct levels (benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) and bulky (DNA-Tot) DNA adducts) and oxidative damage (cyclic pyrimidopurinone N-1,N2 malondialdehyde-2 deoxyguanosine (M1dG) and 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2_deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG)) were analyzed. A significant inverse correlation was observed between plasma vitamin levels and both benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) and bulky DNA adducts. Vitamin A was also significantly inversely correlated with M1dG, a marker of oxidative damage. The associations were stronger in non-smokers than in smokers. Dietary intake of certain antioxidants such as vitamins is associated with reduced levels of markers of DNA damage (B[a]P and DNA-Tot) and oxidation (M1dG and 8-oxodG) measured in peripheral white blood cells. This could contribute to the protective role of such a dietary pattern on cancer risk. The protective effect of dietary vitamins is less evident in smokers.



Mutation Research - Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis, 2009, 672 (2), pp. 129-134.

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