1,3-Butadiene-Induced Adenine DNA Adducts Are Genotoxic but only Weakly Mutagenic When Replicated in Escherichia coli of Various Repair and Replication Backgrounds

Shiou Chi Chang, Uthpala I. Seneviratne, Jie Wu, Natalia Tretyakova, John M. Essigmann

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The adverse effects of the human carcinogen 1,3-butadiene (BD) are believed to be mediated by its DNA-reactive metabolites such as 3,4-epoxybut-1-ene (EB) and 1,2,3,4-diepoxybutane (DEB). The specific DNA adducts responsible for toxic and mutagenic effects of BD, however, have yet to be identified. Recent in vitro polymerase bypass studies of BD-induced adenine (BD-dA) adducts show that DEB-induced N6,N6-DHB-dA (DHB = 2,3-dihydroxybutan-1,4-diyl) and 1,N6-γ-HMHP-dA (HMHP = 2-hydroxy-3-hydroxymethylpropan-1,3-diyl) adducts block replicative DNA polymerases but are bypassed by human polymerases η and κ, leading to point mutations and deletions. In contrast, EB-induced N6-HB-dA (HB = 2-hydroxy-3-buten-1-yl) does not block DNA synthesis and is nonmutagenic. In the present study, we employed a newly established in vivo lesion-induced mutagenesis/genotoxicity assay via next-generation sequencing to evaluate the in vivo biological consequences of S-N6-HB-dA, R,R-N6,N6-DHB-dA, S,S-N6,N6-DHB-dA, and R,S-1,N6-γ-HMHP-dA. In addition, the effects of AlkB-mediated direct reversal repair, MutM and MutY catalyzed base excision repair, and DinB translesion synthesis on the BD-dA adducts in bacterial cells were investigated. BD-dA adducts showed the expected inhibition of DNA replication in vivo but were not substantively mutagenic in any of the genetic environments investigated. This result is in contrast with previous in vitro observations and opens the possibility that E. coli repair and bypass systems other than the ones studied here are able to minimize the mutagenic properties of BD-dA adducts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1230-1239
Number of pages10
JournalChemical research in toxicology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 15 2017

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health CA100670 (N.T.), CA80024 and CA26731 (J.M.E.), and from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences P30-ES002109 (MIT CEHS).

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© 2017 American Chemical Society.


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