Inhibition by 2(3)-tert-buty1-4-hydroxyanisole and other antioxidants of epidermal ornithine decarboxylase activity induced by 12-0-t tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate

Walter J. Kozumbo, Thomas W. Kensler, John L. Seed

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Abstract

The relationship between reactive oxygen and/or free radical species and tumor promotion was evaluated by investigating the inhibitory effects of 2(3)4ert-buty1-4-hydroxyanisole (BHA) and other antioxidants on the induction of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity in mouse epidermis by a tumor promoter, 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA). Mice maintained on a diet containing 0.75% BHA for 8 days showeda 50% reduction in maximal ODC induction following treatment with TPA when compared to mice fed a control diet. Topical application of BHA (55 µmol) 30 min prior to TPA treatment (17 nmol) elicited an 80% inhibition of promoter-induced ODC activity. BHA was ineffective as an inhibitor when administered either 16 hr beforeor 2 hr after the promoter. The inhibition by BHA was dose dependent with a dose producing a 50% inhibition of ODC induction of 6 µmol. A structure-activity study with BHA analogues (2-tert-buty1-4-hydroxyanisole 3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyani-sole,2-tert-butyl-1,4-dimethoxybenzene, tert-butylhydroquinone, 4-hydroxyanisole, p-hydroquinone, phenol, and 2-tert-butyl-phenol) showed that hydroxyl and tert-butyl substituents were important determinants of inhibitory activity. A spectrum of other antioxidants were also tested. Butylated hydroxytoluene was nearly equipotent to BHA; a-tocopherol, propyl gallate, and disulfiram were all less potent, and L-ascorbate was inactive. None of the antioxidants affected basal ODC activity in non-TPA-treated mice. Collectively, these results demonstrate an early and direct inhibition of TPA-induced ODC activity by lipophilic phenolic antioxidants and suggest a role for reactive oxygen and/orfree radical species in tumor promotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2555-2559
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research
Volume43
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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