Nitroglycerin: A NO donor inhibits TPA-mediated tumor promotion in murine skin

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  • Nitroglycerin (GTN), a nitric oxide (NO) generating vasodilator has been used in the present study to assess the role of NO during tumor promotion in murine skin. Administration of GTN to 12-O tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate (TPA)-treated mice resulted in a dose-dependent inhibition in the level of glutathione and the activity of antioxidant enzymes by ∼16-40% of acetone-treated control. We also observed that GTN application led to a significant reduction in the ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity and decreased the rate of [3H]thymidine incorporation into epidermal DNA when compared with the acetone-treated control (P < 0.001). Treatment of DMBA-initiated TPA-promoted mice with GTN increased the latency period, decreased the tumor incidence by 32% and there was a 2-fold decrease in tumor yield (tumor/mouse) as compared with the TPA (alone)-treated group by 20 weeks. From these data, it can be concluded that NO can abrogate the toxic and tumor promoting effects of TPA and GTN can be used as a chemopreventive agent to inhibit tumorogenesis in murine skin.
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  • Carcinogenesis  Journal
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    Author List

  • Trikha P; Sharma N; Athar M
  • Start Page

  • 1207
  • End Page

  • 1211
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 8