The nitrosamine hazard

A. J. Yonkers

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Nitrosamines are significant etiologic agents for carcinoma in animals. Their role in humans is highly suspect. They are produced with relative ease in the environment and are present in many foodstuffs. Medical treatment by physicians may contribute to the level of reagents from which nitrosamines could be produced. Nitrosamines exert their effects on the cellular level by inducing improper transmittal of the nucleic acid code. This has led to aberrations in protein synthesis and mitotic function. These effects can be heightened or lowered by the use of chemical, dietary, hormonal, or constitutional adjuvants or blockers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-413
Number of pages7
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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