Skin-tumor-initiating ability of benzo(a)pyrene-7,8-diol-9,10-epoxide (anti) when applied topically in tetrahydrofuran

Thomas J. Slaga, Aurora Viaje, William M. Bracken, David L. Berry, Susan M. Fischer, Don Ray Miller, Susan M. Leclerc

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The skin-tumor-initiating abilities of various metabolites of benzo(a)pyrene (BP) were determined in mice by using a two-stage system of tumorigenesis. We previously reported that BP-7,8-dihydrodiol (± trans) was approximately as potent as BP, suggesting that it may be a proximate carcinogen, but the alleged ultimate carcinogen of BP [BP-7,8-dihydrodiol-9,10-epoxide (anti)] was a weak tumor initiator (Cancer Lett. 2: 115, 1976). Because of its high reactivity, the tumor-initiating ability of the BP-7,8-dihydrodiol-9,10-epoxide (anti) was determined by using acetone, benzene, and tetrahydrofuran (THF) as the solvent vehicles. The 'diol-epoxide' of BP was found to be an effective tumor initiator when applied topically in THF. The effectiveness of the various vehicles for the 'diol-epoxide' was as follows: THF > benzene > acetone; however, acetone was the best solvent for BP tumor initiation. The BP-9,10-dihydrodiol and BP-3-hydroxy were found to be weak tumor initiators. BP-3-hydroxy was also tested for tumor-promoting ability and was found to be inactive in this capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Letters
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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