Human urine mutagenicity study comparing cigarettes which burn or only heat tobacco

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  • Cigarette smokers have been reported to void urine which is more mutagenic, as measured in the Ames bacterial mutation assay, than urine voided by non-smokers. Condensate from the mainstream smoke of a cigarette which heats, but does not burn tobacco (test cigarette) showed no evidence of mutagenicity in a battery of in vitro genotoxicity assays under conditions in which condensate from the mainstream smoke of cigarettes that burn tobacco was mutagenic. The objective of this study was to determine whether the absence of mutagenic activity observed in the in vitro assays would be reflected in the urine of smokers of the test cigarette. 72 subjects (31 smokers and 41 non-smokers) were enrolled in a 6-week study, with the smokers randomly divided into 2 groups. The study was designed as a double crossover, with each smoker smoking both test (tobacco-heating) and reference (tobacco-burning) cigarettes. This design allowed each smoker to serve as his or her own control while at the same time allowing comparisons between groups of non-smokers and smokers of both test and reference cigarettes. 24-h urine samples were collected twice a week and concentrated using XAD-2 resin. Urine concentrates were tested in Ames bacterial strains TA98 and TA100, with and without metabolic activation and with and without β-glucuronidase/aryl sulfatase. Individuals who smoked the test cigarette voided urine which was significantly less mutagenic than that voided when they smoked reference cigarettes. The mutagenicity of urine from smokers who smoked the test cigarette and non-smokers did not differ under any of the assay conditions used in this study. © 1989.
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  • Doolittle DJ; Rahn CA; Burger GT; Davis R; deBethizy JD; Howard G; Lee CK; McKarns SC; Riccio E; Robinson J
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