Emerging technologies in mass spectrometry-based DNA adductomics

Jingshu Guo, Robert J. Turesky

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The measurement of DNA adducts, the covalent modifications of DNA upon the exposure to the environmental and dietary genotoxicants and endogenously produced electrophiles, provides molecular evidence for DNA damage. With the recent improvements in the sensitivity and scanning speed of mass spectrometry (MS) instrumentation, particularly high-resolution MS, it is now feasible to screen for the totality of DNA damage in the human genome through DNA adductomics approaches. Several MS platforms have been used in DNA adductomic analysis, each of which has its strengths and limitations. The loss of 2'-deoxyribose from the modified nucleoside upon collision-induced dissociation is the main transition feature utilized in the screening of DNA adducts. Several advanced data-dependent and data-independent scanning techniques originated from proteomics and metabolomics have been tailored for DNA adductomics. The field of DNA adductomics is an emerging technology in human exposure assessment. As the analytical technology matures and bioinformatics tools become available for analysis of the MS data, DNA adductomics can advance our understanding about the role of chemical exposures in DNA damage and disease risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019

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Funding Information:
Funding: Portions of this work conducted in the Turesky laboratory have been funded by Grants R33CA186795, R01CA122320, and R01CA220367 from the National Cancer Institute, and R01ES019564 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Mass spectrometry was supported by Cancer Center Support Grant CA077598 from the National Cancer Institute, and human biospecimens research was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health award number UL1TR000114.

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  • Adductomics
  • Carcinogens
  • DNA adducts
  • Mass spectrometry

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