1. Administration of a large dose (500mg/kg body wt.) of 3H-labelled l-ethionine to rats resulted in the incorporation of a small amount of radioactivity into the liver DNA. Considerable evidence that this radioactivity was not due to contamination of the isolated DNA with labelled protein, RNA, S-adenosyl-l-ethionine or l-ethionine was obtained. 2. After acidic hydrolysis of the DNA isolated from the livers of rats treated with labelled l-ethionine, virtually all of the radioactivity present in the DNA was found in a fraction with similar chromatographic properties to 7-ethylguanine. 3. Treatment of rats with comparable doses of l-methionine did not lead to the formation of 7-methylguanine in the liver DNA. 4. These results are discussed in relation to the induction of liver tumours by ethionine.
Evidence for ethylation of rat liver deoxyribonucleic acid after administration of ethionine
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P. F. Swann, A. E. Pegg, A. Hawks, E. Farber, P. N. Magee; Evidence for ethylation of rat liver deoxyribonucleic acid after administration of ethionine. Biochem J 1 June 1971; 123 (2): 175–181. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1230175
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