In cultured fetal human adrenocortical cells, metabolism of the carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene was found to be unresponsive to the xenobiotic inducers 3-methylcholanthrene, benz[a]anthracene and 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. However, exposure of cultures to the hormone adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) for 48 hours stimulated benzo[a]pyrene metabolism 3-fold. The major metabolite was the 7,8-diol. Other compounds which stimulate the production of adrenocortical cell cyclic AMP (forskolin and cholera toxin) as well as monobutyryl cyclic AMP also increased benzo[a]pyrene metabolism. Human adrenocortical cells thus provide an unusual example of hormonal regulation of the metabolism of a carcinogen.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Aug 30 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology