Oncogene expression profiles in K6/ODC mouse skin and papillomas following a chronic exposure to monomethylarsonous acid

Don A. Delker, David R. Geter, Barbara C. Roop, William O. Ward, Gene J. Ahlborn, James W. Allen, Gail M. Nelson, Ming Ouyang, William Welsh, Yan Chen, Thomas O'Brien, Kirk T. Kitchin

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We have previously observed that a chronic drinking water exposure tomonomethylarsonous acid [MMA(III)], a cellularmetabolite of inorganic arsenic, increases tumor frequency in the skin of keratin VI/ornithine decarboxylase (K6/ODC) transgenic mice. To characterize gene expression profiles predictive of MMA(III) exposure and mode of action of carcinogenesis, skin and papilloma RNA was isolated from K6/ODC mice administered 0, 10, 50, and 100 ppm MMA(III) in their drinking water for 26 weeks. Following RNA processing, the resulting cRNA sampleswere hybridized to Affymetrix Mouse Genome 430A 2.0 GeneChips®. Micoarray data were normalized using MAS 5.0 software, and statistically significant genes were determined using a regularized t-test. Significant changes in bZIP transcription factors,MAP kinase signaling, chromatin remodeling, and lipid metabolism gene transcripts were observed following MMA(III) exposure as determined using the Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery 2.1 (DAVID) (Dennis et al., Genome Biol 2003;4(5):P3). MMA(III) also caused dose-dependent changes inmultiple Rho guanine nucleotide triphosphatase (GTPase) and cell cycle related genes as determined by linear regression analyses. Observed increases in transcript abundance of Fosl1, Myc, and Rac1 oncogenes in mouse skin support previous reports on the inducibility of these oncogenes in response to arsenic and support the relevance of these genomic changes in skin tumor induction in the K6/ODC mouse model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-418
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


  • Arsenic
  • Gene expression
  • K6/ODC mouse
  • Monomethylarsonous acid
  • Skin
  • Squamous papillomas


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