Comparative human cell toxicogenomic analysis of monohaloacetic acid drinking water disinfection byproducts

Matias S. Attene-Ramos, Elizabeth D. Wagner, Michael J. Plewa

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The monohaloacetic acids (monoHAAs), iodoacetic, bromoacetic and chloroacetic acids are toxic disinfection byproducts. In vitro toxicological end points were integrated with DNA damage and repair pathway-focused toxicogenomic analyses to evaluate monoHAA-induced alterations of gene expression in normal nontransformed human cells. When compared to concurrent control transcriptome profiles, metabolic pathways involved in the cellular responses to toxic agents were identified and provided insight into the biological mechanisms of toxicity. Using the Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery to analyze the gene array data, the majority of the altered transcriptome profiles were associated with genes responding to DNA damage or those regulating cell cycle or apoptosis. The major pathways involved with altered gene expression were ATM, MAPK, p53, BRCA1, BRCA2, and ATR. These latter pathways highlight the involvement of DNA repair, especially the repair of double strand DNA breaks. All of the resolved pathways are involved in human cell stress response to DNA damage and regulate different stages in cell cycle progression or apoptosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7206-7212
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry


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