Journal article

N-acetyl-L-cysteine simultaneously increases mitogenesis and suppresses apoptosis in mitogen-stimulated B-lymphocytes from p53 haploinsufficient Tg.AC (v-Ha-ras) mice.

KR Martin, FW Kari, JC Barrett, JE French

In Vitr Mol Toxicol | Published : 2000


Recent epidemiological evidence suggests that antioxidants may enhance carcinogenesis by promoting cellular proliferation and/or impeding programmed cell death. We examined the effect of N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) on mitogenesis and apoptosis in splenocytes from p53 haploinsufficient Tg.AC (v-Ha-ras) mice. This model contains genetic lesions found frequently in human cancer and is predisposed to develop carcinogen-induced cancer. Splenocytes were incubated with NAC alone or with the B- and T-cell-specific mitogens Concanavalin A (Con A) and E. coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS), respectively. Mitogenesis increased 17-fold in mitogen-stimulated cultures and 10-fold in cultures incubated with NAC al..

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