Effects of 2-phenethyl isothiocyanate on metabolism of 1,3-butadiene in smokers

Emily J. Boldry, Jian Min Yuan, Steven G. Carmella, Renwei Wang, Katelyn Tessier, Dorothy K. Hatsukami, Stephen S. Hecht, Natalia Y. Tretyakova

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2-Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) is a natural product found as a conjugate in cruciferous vegetables. It has been reported to have preventative properties against lung cancer and to inhibit metabolic activation of tobacco carcinogens. In this study, we evaluated the ability of PEITC to influence the metabolism of the human carcinogen 1,3-butadiene in current smokers in a phase II clinical trial with a crossover design. Urinary mercapturic acids of 1,3-butadiene were quantified at baseline and during PEITC treatment. Seventy-nine smokers were randomly assigned to one of two arms: PEITC followed by placebo or placebo followed by PEITC. During the 1-week treatment period, each subject took PEITC (10 mg in 1 mL of olive oil, 4 times per day). There was a 1-week washout period between the PEITC and placebo periods. Oral ingestion of PEITC increased urinary levels of BD-mercapturic acids (MHBMA and DHBMA) by 11.1% and 3.7%, respectively, but these increases were not statistically significant (P ¼ 0.17 and 0.64, respectively). A much stronger effect was observed among subjects with the null genotype of both GSTM1 and GSTT1: in these individuals, PEITC increased urinary levels of MHBMA by 58.7% (P ¼ 0.004) and 90.0% (P ¼ 0.001), respectively, but did not have a significant effect on urinary DHBMA. These results reveal a potentially protective effect of PEITC treatment with respect to the detoxification of 1,3-butadiene in cigarette smokers, specifically in those null for GSTT1, and provide further evidence in support of stronger chemopreventive effects from consumption of dietary isothiocyanates in these individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-100
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Prevention Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the NCI (P01 CA138338; to N. Tretyakova). Research reported in this publication was supported in part by NIH grant P30 CA77598 utilizing the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics shared resource of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the NIH grant UL1TR002494.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 American Association for Cancer Research.

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Journal Article
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural


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