Abstract Title:

The organochlorine pesticide residues and antioxidant enzyme activities in human breast tumors: is there any association?

Abstract Source:

Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2002 Mar;72(2):173-82. PMID: 12038708

Abstract Author(s):

Mumtaz Iscan, Tulay Coban, Ismet Cok, Dilek Bulbul, Benay C Eke, Sema Burgaz

Article Affiliation:

Department of Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ankara University, Turkey. [email protected]


The levels of some organochlorine pesticides (OCP)s (hexachlorobenzene, HCB, alpha-hexachlorocyclohexane, alpha-HCH, beta-HCH, gamma-HCH, heptachlorepoxide, HE, bis (4-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dichloroethene, p.p'DDE, bis (4-chlorophenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane, p.p' DDT and total DDT (E-DDT) and antioxidant enzyme activities namely Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidase (Se-GSH-Px), total glutathione peroxidase (T-GSH-Px), selenium independent glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px II), glutathione reductase (GRd), level of reduced glutathione (GSH) and lipid peroxidation (LP), glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity toward several substrates including 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB), 1,2-dichloro-4-nitrobenzene (DCNB), ethacrynic acid (EAA), 1,2-epoxy-3-(p-nitrophenoxy)-propane (ENPP) were measured in tumor and surrounding tumor free tissues of 24 female breast cancer patients and was evaluated whether there exist any association between the levels of OCPs and antioxidants. The mean levels of GSH, alpha-BHC, gamma-BHC and HE, and activities of SOD, Se-GSH-Px, T-GSH-Px, GSH-Px II,GRd, GST CDNB, and GST DCNB were significantly higher in tumors than in controls. In tumors, significant correlations were noted between: SOD and y-BHC; Se-GSH-Px and gamma-BHC; T-GSH-Px and gamma-BHC; GSH-Px II and alpha-BHC, gamma-BHC; GSH and alpha-BHC, gamma-BHC, HE; GRd and alpha-BHC; CDNB GST and alpha-BHC, gamma-BHC. These results show that free-radical mediated oxidative stress is, at least partly, associated with some of these OCP residues in human breast tumors.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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