The effect of in vivo exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on glucocorticoid- and calcium ionophore-induced DNA fragmentation in rat thymocytes was investigated. TCDD dose-dependently abolished DNA fragmentation in response to both agents after 7 days of exposure. Analysis of the time dependence of the effect revealed that after 1 or 2 days TCDD potentiated DNA fragmentation in untreated and glucocorticoid-treated thymocyte suspensions relative to controls. The DNA fragmentation in untreated thymocyte suspensions from TCDD-treated rats was completely prevented by inhibitors that block glucocorticoid-induced thymocyte suicide. Our results suggest that TCDD-induced thymic atrophy is due to Ca2+-dependent endonuclease activation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - May 15 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology