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Adductomic Screening of N-terminal Hemoglobin Adducts and Measurement of Micronuclei in Blood Samples from Swedish School Children
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute.
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Keyword [en]
Adductomics, LC/MS/MS, micronuclei, hemoglobin adducts
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Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129247OAI: diva2:920479
Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-04-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Development of an adductomic approach to identify electrophiles in vivo through their hemoglobin adducts
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development of an adductomic approach to identify electrophiles in vivo through their hemoglobin adducts
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Humans are exposed to electrophilically reactive compounds, both formed endogenously and from exogenous exposure. Such compounds could react and form stable reaction products, adducts, at nucleophilic sites in proteins and DNA. The formation of adducts constitutes a risk for effects, such as cancer and contact allergy, and plays a role in ageing processes. Adducts to proteins offer a possibility to measure electrophilic compounds in vivo.

Adductomic approaches aim to study the totality of adducts, to specific biomolecules, by mass spectrometric screening. This thesis describes the development and application of an adductomic approach for the screening of unknown adducts to N-terminal valine (Val) in hemoglobin (Hb) by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS).

The adductomic approach is based on the FIRE procedure, a modified Edman procedure for the analysis of adducts to N-terminal Val in Hb by LC/MS/MS. The adduct screening was performed by stepwise scanning of precursor ions in small mass increments and monitoring four fragments common for derivatives of detached Val adducts, in the multiple reaction monitoring mode. Samples from 12 smokers/nonsmokers were screened with the adductomic approach, and seven previously identified adducts and 19 unknown adducts were detected. A semiquantitative approach was applied for approximate quantification of adduct levels.

A strategy for identifying unknown Hb adducts using adductome LC/MS/MS data was formulated and applied for the identification of unknown adducts. Identifications were based on the observed m/z of precursor ions and retention times combined with databases and Log P calculations. Hypothesized adducts were generated in vitro for comparison and matching with the corresponding unknown adducts. Five identified adducts correspond to the precursor electrophiles ethyl vinyl ketone (EVK), glyoxal, methylglyoxal, acrylic acid, and 1-octen-3-one. These adducts, except the adducts corresponding to glyoxal and methylglyoxal, have not been observed as protein adducts before.  Probable exposure sources to these electrophiles are diet and/or endogenous formation. The observation of these adducts motivate further studies to evaluate possible contributions to health risks, as well as their potential as biomarkers of exposure.

The adduct from EVK was quantitatively assessed through different experiments to estimate the daily internal dose (area under the concentration-time-curve, AUC). EVK is about 2 × 103 more reactive than the reference compound acrylamide. The EVK adduct was shown to be unstable, with a relatively short half-life. The daily AUC in humans of EVK was estimated to be about 20 times lower than the corresponding AUC of acrylamide from intake via food.

To confirm the observation of the detected unknown adducts and obtain a statistical foundation, analysis of unknown adducts were performed in large sets of blood samples (n = 50–120) from human cohorts. The majority of the previously detected unknown adducts were found in all analyzed samples, and the levels of many adducts showed large variations between individuals. The cause and significance of these observed variations are not yet clarified, but are of importance for the directions of future studies.

In conclusion, a new approach for identification of unknown human exposure to electrophiles was developed and successfully applied. 

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Stockholm: Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, 2016. 87 p.
Adductomics, Hemoglobin adducts, LC/MS/MS, Ethyl vinyl ketone, Glyoxal, Methylglyoxal, Acrylic acid, 1-Octen-3-one
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Other Chemistry Topics Analytical Chemistry
Research subject
Environmental Chemistry
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129248 (URN)978-91-7649-348-9 (ISBN)
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2016-06-10, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Cancer and Allergy FoundationSwedish Research Council

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Submitted.

Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-05-06Bibliographically approved

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