2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin: Potent anticarcinogenic activity in CD-1 mice

John DiGiovanni, David L. Berry, Mont R. Juchau, Thomas J. Slaga

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Topical pretreatment with non-toxic doses of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, a contaminant formed in the commercial synthesis of the herbicide 2,4,5-trichlorophen-oxyacetic acid, strongly inhibited the initiation of skin tumors by 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)-anthracene and benzo(a)pyrene in female CD-1 mice. 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin also produced marked induction of epidermal monooxygenase enzymes functional in the conversion of 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene to a variety of hydroxylated products. The time course of anticarcinogenic effects resulting from pretreatment with the dioxin correlated with the magnitude of induction as well as with a singnificant reduction in the quantity of 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene metabolites covalently bound in vivo to epidermal DNA and RNA but not protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-584
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 14 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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