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    Tamoxifen (TAM) is used as the standard endocrine therapy for breast cancer patients and as a chemopreventive agent for women at high risk for this disease. Unfortunately, treatment of TAM increases the incidence of endometrial cancer; this may be due to the genotoxic damage induced by TAM metabolites. Formation of TAM-DNA adducts in rat liver correlates with the development of hepatocarcinoma. TAM-DNA adducts are proposed to be formed through O-sulfonation and/or O-acetylation of alpha-hydroxylated TAM and its metabolites. However, the role of O-sulfonation and O-acetylation in the formation of TAM-DNA adducts has not been extensively investigated. Rat or human hydroxysteroid sulfotransferases (HST), acetyltransferases, and liver cytosol were incubated with calf thymus DNA, alpha-OHTAM, and either 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulfate (PAPS) or acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) as a cofactor and analyzed for TAM-DNA adduct formation, using 32P postlableling/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis. TAM-DNA adduct was formed when PAPS, not acetyl-CoA, was used. No TAM-DNA adducts were produced using human N-acetyltransferase I and II. HST antibody inhibited approximately 90% of TAM-DNA adduct formation generated by the cytosol or HST, suggesting that HST is primarily involved in the formation of TAM-DNA adducts. The formation of TAM-DNA adducts with rat liver cytosol and HST was much higher than that of human liver cytosol and HST. Our results indicate that TAM-DNA adducts are formed via O-sulfonation, not O-acetylation, of alpha-hydroxylated TAM and its metabolites.


    Sung Yeon Kim, Y R Santosh Laxmi, Naomi Suzuki, Kenichiro Ogura, Tadashi Watabe, Michael W Duffel, Shinya Shibutani. Formation of tamoxifen-DNA adducts via O-sulfonation, not O-acetylation, of alpha-hydroxytamoxifen in rat and human livers. Drug metabolism and disposition: the biological fate of chemicals. 2005 Nov;33(11):1673-8

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