Microsome-dependent methylation of erythrocyte proteins by dimethylnitrosamine

Academic Article


  • The precarcinogen, N-[methyl-14C]dimethylnitro-samine, rat liver microsomes and NADPH were incubated in the presence of intact human erythrocytes. Uptake of radioactivity into erythrocytes was time-dependent and analysis of an acid hydrolysate of the erythrocyte proteins showed several radioactive peaks which were identified as 3-N-methyl- and 1-N-methyl-histidine, and S-methyl-cysteine. Since no binding occurs in the absence of microsomes, the alkylating species from dimethylnitrosamine metabolism can clearly penetrate the erythrocyte plasma membrane. © 1981 IRL Press Limited.
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  • Carcinogenesis  Journal
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    Author List

  • Kim S; Paik WK; Choi J; Lotlikar PD; Magee PN
  • Start Page

  • 179
  • End Page

  • 182
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  • 2
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  • 3