Quantitative analysis of 1,3-butadiene-induced DNA adducts in vivo and in vitro using liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry

Natalia Yu Tretyakova, Su Yin Chiang, Vernon E. Walker, James A. Swenberg

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1,3-Butadiene (BD) is a high volume industrial chemical which is known as a multi-site rodent carcinogen and is classified as a probable human carcinogen. Covalent interactions of the reactive epoxy metabolites of BD with DNA lead to the formation of DNA adducts which may cause mutations and tumor formation. In the present work, liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS/MS) was employed for analyses of BD-induced DNA adducts in vitro and in vivo. Selected reaction monitoring (SRM) using the fragmentation of the [M + H]+ ions of the adducts to the corresponding protonated nucleobases under collision-induced dissociation was performed. Quantitation was based on isotope dilution with 13C- and 15N-labeled internal standards. The methods were applied in vitro [calf thymus DNA and TK6 cell cultures treated with epoxy metabolites of BD, 3,4-epoxy-1-butene (EB) and diepoxybutane (DEB)] and in vivo [DNA isolated from tissues of BD-exposed laboratory animals]. Two regioisomers of N-7-EB-guanine adducts, N-7-(2-hydroxy-3-buten-1-yl)guanine (N-7-EB-Gua I) and N-7-(1-hydroxy-3-buten-2-yl)guanine (N-7-EB-Gua II) and two N-3-EB-adenine isomers, N-3-(2-hydroxy-3-buten-1-yl)adenine and N-3-(1-hydroxy-3-buten-2-yl)adenine (N-3-EB-Ade I and II), were found in EB-exposed samples. N-7-(2',3',4'-trihydroxybut-1'-yl)guanine (N-7-THB-Gua), N6-(2',3',4'-trihydroxybut-1'-yl) adenine (N6-THB-Ade), and N-3-(2',3',4'-trihydroxybut-1'-yl)adenine (N-3-THB-Ade) were detected in DEB-treated DNA. DNA isolated from liver and lung of rats and mice exposed to 1250 ppm BD for 2 weeks contained both regioisomers of N-7-EB-Gua and N-3-EB-Ade, as well as N-7-THB-Gua and N6-THB-Ade. The methods developed in this work provide the means to study accumulation, repair and dose-response relationships of BD-DNA adducts in vivo. Although less sensitive than gas chromatography/electron on capture negative ionization high-resolution mass spectrometry (GC/ECNI-HRMS), LC/ESI+-MS/MS in the SRM mode is extremely useful for analysis of BD-DNA adducts, which are not amenable to GC and derivatization owing to the presence of several adjacent polar functional groups. Using LC/ESI-MS/MS and isotope dilution, multiple structurally diverse BD-DNA adducts can be analyzed simultaneously in the same sample with minimal sample preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Mass Spectrometry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1998


  • 1,3-butadiene
  • Alkyladenine
  • Alkylguanine
  • DNA Adduct
  • Liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry


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