It is known that a high incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in rat liver can be induced by 3'-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene (3'-MeDAB). The administration of 3'MeDAB in combination with 1-(2-tetrahydrofuryl)-5-fluorouracil and uracil (UFT®) delayed the appearance of oval cells and the formation of hyperplastic nodules, which were observed in the liver from 3 and 5 weeks, respectively, after the onset of 3'-MeDAB feeding, and also delayed the transient increase of serum alpha-fetoprotein level, which transiently peaked at 5 weeks, and completely suppressed the transient increase of tissue thymidylate synthetase activity, but not thymidine kinase, which were induced by 3'-MeDAB at 5 weeks, and finally reduced markedly the incidence of hepatocarcinomas. These results indicate that the suppression of de novo synthesis in pyrimidine metabolism prevents hepatocarcinogenesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1991|
- DNA de novo synthesis
- DNA synthesizing enzyme
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research