DNA synthesis, mitotic index, drug-metabolising systems and cytogenetic analysis in regenerating rat liver. Comparison with bone marrow test after 'in vivo' treatment with cyclophosphamide

A. M. Rossi, M. Romano, L. Zaccaro, R. Pulci, M. Salmona

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Abstract

Rat-liver cells can be used to reveal "in vivo" clastogenic activity of indirect mutagens, provided that they are stimulated to divide by partial hepatectomy. In order to characterize the rat-liver metabolic capacity in such experimental conditions, several biochemical parameters were measured during the first 54-66 h of liver regeneration in Sprague-Dawley male rats, subjected to a partial hepatectomy. The levels of cytochrome P-450, the activities of styrene monooxygenase, epoxide hydrolase and glutathione-S-epoxide transferase were chosen as markers. All the enzymatic activities and the level of cytochrome P-450 decreased during the first 12 h after the hepatectomy to about 50% of the activities of the sham-operated rats considered as controls. Subsequent recovery of the metabolic capacity was not observed. DNA synthesis and the mitotic index were measured to find the most suitable time for metaphase analysis. DNA synthesis and the number of metaphases were maximal at, respectively, 22-25 and 28-31 h after partial removal of the liver. The sensitivity to clastogenic damage induced by "in vivo" treatment with cyclophosphamide (CPA) was assayed in regenerating liver cells by chromosome-aberration analysis. Different doses, ranging from 5 to 30 mg/kg b.w., were given i.p. to the rats 17 h before or 7 h after partial hepatectomy. Liver cells were collected 31 h after surgery. Clastogenic damage was greater when the drug was administered to the animals after the hepatectomy (24 h of exposure) than before (48 h of exposure). The sensitivity to CPA-induced damage was compared with a bone marrow cell test carried out on non-hepatectomized rats treated in the same way. The results indicated that in these conditions regenerating liver cells are more sensitive than bone marrow cells to the induction of chromosome aberrations by CPA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalMutation Research/Environmental Mutagenesis and Related Subjects
Volume182
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1987

Keywords

  • (Rat)
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Cytogenetic analysis
  • DNA synthesis
  • Drug-metabolising systems
  • Hepatectomy, partial
  • Mitotic index
  • Regeneration, liver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Medicine(all)

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