Feb 4, 1998

DNA cleavage induced by oxyl radicals generated in the photosensitized decomposition of fatty ester hydroperoxides derived from oleic and linoleic acid

Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
W AdamC R Saha-Möller


The xanthone-sensitized photodecomposition of the fatty ester hydroperoxides 1 and 2 in the presence of pBR 322 DNA was investigated as a chemical model system to assess whether this process may cause DNA damage through oxyl radicals. Unequivocally, oxyl radicals are formed in the xanthone-sensitized photodecomposition of the hydroperoxides 1 and 2, as confirmed by EPR studies. Indeed, both hydroperoxides 1 and 2 induce DNA single-strand breaks upon uv-A irradiation in the presence of the exogenous sensitizer xanthone. Under similar reaction conditions, the corresponding alcohol 3 of the hydroperoxide 1 was ineffective. Mannitol as radical scavenger inhibited significantly the formation of DNA single-strand breaks in the xanthone-sensitized decomposition of the hydroperoxides 1 and 2. Irradiation of xanthone alone or the hydroperoxides 1 and 2 without sensitizer did not cause any detectable DNA single-strand breaks. These results confirm that photosensitization of the fatty ester hydroperoxides 1 and 2 induces DNA modifications by oxyl radicals. We suspect that the combination of endogenous photosensitizers, solar uv radiation, and lipid hydroperoxides may damage cellular DNA through oxyl radicals.

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Mentioned in this Paper

Hydrogen Peroxide
Cyclic N-Oxides
Spin Labels
Dermatitis, Phototoxic
Lipid Peroxides
Radicals (chemistry)
Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
DNA Cleavage
Linoleic Acid

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