Chronic exposure to cadmium and arsenic strongly influences concentrations of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine in urine.

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Exposure to arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) may generate oxidative stress, which can be assessed by 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) in urine, a sensitive marker of oxidatively damaged DNA. We have evaluated oxidative stress induced by mixed chronic exposure to As, Cd, Pb, as well as the influence of As metabolism and nutritional status, i.e. ferritin (Ft), selenium (Se), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn) and body weight. 8-oxodG was measured in urine from 212 women in early pregnancy from Matlab, rural Bangladesh, using LC-MS/MS. Cd and Pb were analyzed in urine and erythrocytes, while Se, Mn and Zn were analyzed in erythrocytes, all by ICPMS. As and As metabolites were analyzed in urine by HPLC-ICPMS. Ferritin was analyzed in plasma by radioimmunoassay. Median concentration of 8-oxodG was 8.3 nmol/L (adjusted for specific gravity), range 1.2-43, corresponding to a median of 4.7 mug/g creatinine, range 1.8-32. 8-oxodG was positively associated with urinary Cd (ss=0.32, p<0.001), urinary As (ss=0.0007, p=0.001), fraction of the monomethylated arsenic metabolite (MMA) in urine (ss=0.0026, p=0.004) and plasma Ft (ss = 0.20, p<0.001). A joint effect was seen for U-Cd and U-As, but whether this effect was additive or multiplicative was difficult to discern.


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  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Free radicals, Lead, Arsenic, 8-OHdG, Cadmium, Ferritin, Oxidative stress, Pregnancy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1211-1217
JournalFree Radical Biology & Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

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