Targeted and Untargeted Detection of DNA Adducts of Aromatic Amine Carcinogens in Human Bladder by Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

Epidemiological studies have linked aromatic amines (AAs) from tobacco smoke and some occupational exposures with bladder cancer risk. Several epidemiological studies have also reported a plausible role for structurally related heterocyclic aromatic amines present in tobacco smoke or formed in cooked meats with bladder cancer risk. DNA adduct formation is an initial biochemical event in bladder carcinogenesis. In the present study, the authors examined paired fresh-frozen (FR) and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) non-tumour bladder tissues from 41 bladder cancer patients for DNA adducts of 4-aminobiphenyl (4-ABP), a bladder carcinogen present in tobacco smoke, and 2-amino-9H-pyrido[2,3-b]indole, 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine, and 2-amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline, possible human carcinogens, which occur in tobacco smoke and cooked meats. These chemicals are present in urine of tobacco smokers or omnivores. Targeted DNA adduct measurements were done by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization multi-stage hybrid Orbitrap MS. N-(2′-Deoxyguanosin-8-yl)-4-ABP (N-(dG-C8)-4-ABP) was the sole adduct detected in FR and FFPE bladder tissues. Twelve subjects (29%) had N-(dG-C8)-4-ABP levels above the limit of quantification, ranging from 1.4 to 33.8 adducts per 109 nucleotides (nt). DNA adducts of other human AA bladder carcinogens, including 2-naphthylamine (2-NA), 2-methylaniline (2-MA), 2,6-dimethylaniline (2,6-DMA), and lipid peroxidation (LPO) adducts were screened for in bladder tissue, by our untargeted data-independent adductomics method, termed wide-selected ion monitoring (wide-SIM)/MS2. Wide-SIM/MS2 successfully detected N-(dG-C8)-4-ABP, N-(2′-deoxyadenosine-8-yl)-4-ABP and the presumed hydrazo linked adduct, N-(2′-deoxyguanosin-N2-yl)-4-ABP, and several LPO adducts in bladder DNA. Wide-SIM/MS2 detected multiple DNA adducts of 2-NA, 2-MA and, 2,6-DMA, when calf thymus DNA was modified with reactive intermediates of these carcinogens. However, these AA-adducts were below the limit of detection in unspiked human bladder DNA (< 1 adduct per 108 nt). Wide-SIM/MS2 can screen for many types of DNA adducts formed with exogenous and endogenous electrophiles and will be employed to identify DNA adducts of other chemicals that may contribute to the aetiology of bladder cancer.

Authors: Guo J, Villalta PW, Weight CJ, Bonala R, Johnson F, Rosenquist TA, Turesky RJ. ; Full Source: Chemical Research in Toxicology. 2018 Nov 2. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00268. [Epub ahead of print]