Sodium nitrite-stimulated metabolic activation of benzo[a]pyrene 7,8-dihydrodiol in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes.

Sodium nitrite was shown to enhance the metabolism of trans-7,8-dihydroxy-7,8-dihydrobenzo[a]pyrene (BP-7,8-diol) to 7/8,9,10- and 7,10/8,9-tetrahydroxy-7,8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo[a]pyrene (tetraols) in phorbol myristate acetate (PMA)-stimulated polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs). The production of these tetraols implicates the intermediate formation of the… CONTINUE READING