DNA damage in intact cells induced by bacterial metabolites of chloramphenicol

Mike Isildar, Joaquin J. Jimenez, Grace K. Arimura, Adel A. Yunis

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Four chloramphenicol (CAP) metabolites known to be produced by intestinal bacteria were examined with respect to their capacity to induce DNA damage in intact cells. The induction of DNA single-strand breaks in Raji cells, activated human lymphocytes, and human marrow cells was assayed by the alkaline elution technique. One of the four compounds tested, dehydro-CAP, was capable of inducing DNA single-strand breaks in all three cell systems at concentration of 10-4 M. This effect is comparable to that observed previously with nitroso-CAP, the nitroreduction intermediate of CAP. The nitroreduction of dehydro-CAP by human bone marrow cell homogenate was detected by the production of the corresponding amino derivative amounting to 5.6 x 10-5 M from 2 x 10-3 M substrate under aerobic conditions. In sharp contrast, nitroreduction of CAP by bone marrow could not be demonstrated. The genotoxicity of dehydro-CAP, its relative stability compared to the nitroso-CAP, and its nitroreducibility by bone marrow suggest that this bacterial metabolite of CAP may play a key role as a mediator of aplastic anemia in the predisposed host.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hematology
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1988


  • aplastic anemia
  • dehydrochloramphenicol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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