7,12-Dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA):deoxyribonucleoside adducts, from enzymic hydrolyses of DNA from mouse embryo cells exposed in culture to [3H]DMBA, can be separated into two fractions on the basis of whether or not they bind to the phenyl boronic acid residues of Servacel DHB. This suggests that these two fractions of adducts are derived from anti and syn bay-region dihydrodiol-epoxides, respectively. The fluorescence spectra and interactions of the major components of these two fractions with borate ions substantiate this interpretation.

These findings indicate that both syn- and anti-dihydrodiolepoxides make a substantial contribution to DMBA binding to DNA in mouse embryo cells. For a given mouse embryo cell preparation, the relative contributions of each of these dihydrodiol-epoxides to DNA binding did not vary substantially with DMBA dose, with incubation time with DMBA, or in growing versus confluent cultures, although there were differences between one cell preparation and another.

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Research sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract NO1-CO-23909 with Litton Bionetics, Inc.

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