Inhibition of binding of benzo(a)pyrene to DNA by 7,8-benzoflavone in organ cultures of human bronchus.
Levels of binding of exogeneously added benzo(a)pyrene to DNA in organ culture were examined in nine specimens of normal human bronchus obtained by bronchoscopy of tumor patients. The specimens were divided into two portions and incubated with [3H]benzo(a)pyrene in the absence or presence of 2 microM 7,8-benzoflavone for 24 h. 7,8-benzoflavone inhibited [3H]benzo(a)pyrene-DNA binding from 24 to 60%. Generally, the levels of binding of [3H]benzo(a)pyrene to DNA in the presence of 7,8-benzoflavone were relatively low and closely bracketed the mean value for the nine specimens. This appears to indicate that there are at least two components to [3H]benzo(a)pyrene-DNA binding catalyzed by the human bronchus. One component is quite variable in activity and is sensitive to inhibition by 7,8-benzoflavone, and may be an environmentally induced activity. The second component is lower in activity, and may be a constitutive portion of the mixed-function oxidase.更多