[Frontiers in Bioscience E2, 1344-1354, June 1, 2010]
Effects of acetaldehyde inhalation in mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase deficient mice (Aldh2-/-)
Tsunehiro Oyama, Tsunehiro Oyama1, Haruna Nagayoshi2,3, Tomonari Matsuda2, Megumi Oka2, Toyohi Isse4, Hsu-Sheng Yu1, Thi-Thu-Phuong Pham1, Masayuki Tanaka1, Norio Kagawa5, Kazuhiro Kaneko6, Toshihiro Kawamoto1
1Departments of Environmental Health, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, 807-8555, Japan, 2Research Center for Environmental Quality Management, Kyoto University, Otsu, Shiga, 520-0811, Japan, 3Osaka Prefectural Institute of Public Health, Osaka, 537-0025, Japan, 4Section of Postgraduate Guidance, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, 807-8555, Japan, 5Global COE, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Aichi, 466-8550, Japan,6Division of Digestive Endoscopy/Gastrointestinal Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital East, Kashiwa, Chiba, 277-8577, Japan
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Human body might be exposed to acetaldehyde from smoking or occupational environment, which is known to be associated with cancer through the formation of DNA adducts, in particular, N2-ethylidene-2'-deoxyguanosine (N2-ethylidene-dG). Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is the major enzyme that contribute to the detoxification of acetaldehyde in human body. In this study, wild type (Aldh2+/+) and Aldh2KO (Aldh2-/-) mice were exposed to the air containing 0, 125, 500 ppm acetaldehyde for 2 weeks. After inhalation, levels of N2-ethylidene-dG in the chromosomal DNA were analyzed by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). N2-ethylidene-dG levels in livers of Aldh2-/- mice were always lower than those of Aldh2+/+ mice, suggesting that Aldh2 deficiency might cause the induction of acetaldehyde metabolizing enzymes in the liver such as P450s. The differences between Aldh2-/- and Aldh2+/+ mice were greater in the order of nasal epithelium > lung > dorsal skin, suggesting that nasal epithelium and lung are the major target sites for acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde inhalation may cause a high risk in nasal epithelium and lung cancers for individuals with inactive ALDH2.