Comparative tumor initiating activity on mouse skin of 6-nitrobenzo[a]pyrene, 6-nitrochrysene, 3-nitroperylene, 1-nitropyrene and their parent hydrocarbons

Karam El-Bayoumy, Stephen S. Hecht, Dietrich Hoffmann

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6-Nitrobenzo[a]pyrene, 6-nitrochrysene, 3-nitroperylene, 1-nitropyrene, and the corresponding parent hydrocarbons were tested for tumor initiating activity on mouse skin with promotion by tetradecanoylphorbol acetate. The initiating doses of 6-nitrobenzo[a]pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene were 0.05 mg each; for all other compounds the initiating doses were 1.0 mg. 6-Nitrochrysene induced tumors in 60% of the mice (2.1 tumors per mouse), but was significantly less tumorigenic than chrysene. 3-Nitroperylene induced tumors in 42% of the mice (0.5 tumors per mouse) and was significantly more active than perylene. Neither 1-nitropyrene nor 6-nitrobenzo[a]pyrene exhibited significant tumorigenic activity in the concentrations tested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1982


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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