The stable adducts of dibenzo[a,l]pyrene (DB[a,l]P) formed by rat liver microsomes in vitro were previously quantified, whereas the depurinating adducts were both identified and quantified [Li, et al. (1995) Biochemistry 34, 8043]. In this article, we report the identification and quantification of the stable DNA adducts obtained from DB[a,l]P and DB[a,l]P-11,12-dihydrodiol activated by rat liver microsomes and from reaction of (±)-anti-DB[a,l]P-11,12- dihydrodiol-13,14-epoxide (DB[a,l]PDE) and (±)-syn-DB[a,l]PVE with DNA in vitro. In addition, the stable DNA adducts were identified and quantified following treatment of mouse skin with DB[a,l]P, DB[a,l]P-11,12-dihydrodiol, (±)-anti-DB[a,l]PDE, or (±)-syn-DB[a,l]PDE in vivo and treatment of rat mammary gland with DB[a,l]P in vivo. The DNA adducts were analyzed by the 32P-postlabeling method, and the major adducts were identified by comparison with standards. The six stable adducts of DB[a,l]P formed by rat liver microsomes in vitro were either guanine or adenine adducts of anti-DB[a,l]PDE or syn-DB[a,l]PDE. About 43% of the detected stable adducts from microsomes were with guanine and 44% were with adenine. The pattern of adducts formed from DB[a,l]P-11,12-dihydrodiol with microsomes was very similar to that from DB[a,l]P. Reaction of (±)-anti-DB[a,l]PDE with DNA in vitro formed higher levels of stable adducts (55% from guanine and 39% from adenine) than (±)-syn-DB[a,l]PDE did (about 44% with guanine and 47% with adenine). In mouse skin treated with DB[a,l]P, 1% of the total adducts detected were stable adducts, comprised of 51% guanine adducts and 46% from adenine; with DB[a,l]P-11,12-dihydrodiol, 54% of the total were stable adducts, with a pattern of adducts similar to those formed from DB[a,l]P. Treatment of mouse skin with (±)-syn-DB-[a,l]PDE formed 68% stable adducts, mostly at guanine. With (±)-anti-DB[a,l]PDE, mouse skin contained almost exclusively (97%) stable adducts: 61% guanine adducts and 33% adenine adducts. In rat mammary gland treated with DB[a,l]P, 2% of the total adducts were stable, with 42% guanine adducts and 55% adenine adducts. Approximately equal to or greater amounts of stable guanine adducts were formed in all systems, except for rat mammary gland. In contrast, the majority of depurinating adducts were adenine adducts. The carcinogenic potencies of these compounds in mouse skin, published earlier, do not qualitatively or quantitatively correlate with stable adducts, but rather with depurinating adducts [Cavalieri, et al. (2005) Chem. Res. Toxicol. 18, xxx-xxx].
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