No effects of chlorophyllin on IQ (2-amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5-f]- quinoline)-genotoxicity and -DNA adduct formation in Drosophila

Tomoe Negishi, Aki Shinoda, Nao Ishizaki, Hikoya Hayatsu, Chitose Sugiyama

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Previously we demonstrated that chlorophyllin suppressed the genotoxicities of many carcinogens. However, the genotoxicity of IQ (2-amino-3- methylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoline), a carcinogenic heterocyclic amine, was not suppressed in Drosophila. On the contrary, it has been reported that chrolophyllin suppressed the genotoxicity of IQ in rodents, rainbow trout and Salmonella. We demonstrated that the chlorophyllin-induced suppression of MeIQx (2-amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline)-genotoxicity was associated with a decrease in MeIQx-DNA adduct formation in Drosophila larval DNA. MeIQx represents another type of heterocyclic amine and is similar to IQ in structure. In this study we utilized 32P-postlabeling to examine whether chlorophyllin reduced IQ-DNA adduct formation in Drosophila DNA in the same way as MeIQx. The results revealed that the formation of IQ-DNA adducts was unaffected by treatment with chlorophyllin. This was consistent with the absence of any inhibitory effect on genotoxicity as observed in the Drosophila repair test. These results suggest that IQ-behavior in Drosophila is not affected by chlorophyllin, indicating that the process of IQ-DNA adduct formation followed by expression of genotoxicity in Drosophila may be different from that in other organisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-243
Number of pages2
JournalBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004


  • DNA adduct
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • IQ (2-amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoline)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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