Environmental science & technology

Mutagenic Effects of Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid in gpt Delta Transgenic System Are Mediated by Hydrogen Peroxide.

PMID 25875360


Perfluorooctane sulfate (PFOS), a persistent organic pollutant, has recently been closely linked with an increased risk of tumorigenesis. However, PFOS has yielded negative results in various tests of genotoxicity. The present study aimed to investigate the mutagenic response to PFOS in the gpt delta transgenic mouse mutation system and to illustrate the contribution of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to PFOS genotoxicity. Mutations at the redBA/gam loci were determined by Spi(-) assay both in vitro and in vivo. DNA damage was measured by phosphorylated histone H2AX (γ-H2AX) and mouse bone marrow micronucleus (MN) testing. Our data showed that PFOS induced concentration-dependent increases in γ-H2AX foci and in mutation frequencies at redBA/gam loci in transgenic mouse embryonic fibroblast cells, which were confirmed by the formation of MNs in the bone marrow and the observations of mutation induction in the livers of gpt delta transgenic mice. Concurrent treatment with catalase, an efficient H2O2 scavenger, significantly decreased the formation of γ-H2AX foci and the mutation yields induced by PFOS. In addition, the generation of H2O2 was found to be closely related to the abnormal peroxisomal β-oxidation caused by PFOS. These finding might provide new mechanistical information about genotoxic effects of PFOS.

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Heptadecafluorooctanesulfonic acid solution, ~40% in H2O (T)