Alkylation of DNA by melphalan : investigation of capillary liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry in the study of adducts at the nucleoside level
Faculty of Sciences. Chemistry
Journal of chromatography : B: analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences. - Amsterdam, 2002, currens
, p. 21-37
University of Antwerp
Nitrogen mustards are among the oldest cancer chemotherapeutic agents and remain the drugs of choice for treatment of many human cancers. A serious complication of treatment with nitrogen mustards is the increased risk of a secondary leukaemia in long-term survivors because not all alkylating agent interactions with DNA result in cell death. In an earlier study 2'-deoxy-5'-mononucleotide/melphalan adducts have been analysed by us by LC-ES MSMS. In this work we want to present the first results of the analysis of the corresponding 2'-deoxynucleoside/melphalan adducts from DNA hydrolysates by column switching/capillary LC-ES tandem mass spectrometry. Nucleosides, compared to nucleotides, give better chromatographic results and show a good sensitivity under electrospray (+) [ES(+)] ionisation. Several adducts were identified under ES(+) conditions. Mono-alkylated nucleoside adducts alkylated at the base moiety were identified for dGuo, dCyd and dAdo. Structures were identified by recording the low-energy CAD product ion scans. Also a mono-alkylated nucleotide pdA with alkylation position at the phosphate moiety could be detected. This proves that in the case of phosphate alkylation the enzymatic dephosphorylation reaction was inhibited. A Jurkat cell suspension was treated with melphalan (I mM) and incubated at 37 degreesC (5% CO2). After 6 and 48 h, the DNA was isolated and enzymatically hydrolysed. The corresponding nucleoside pool was evaluated with the developed LC-MS method. In the 48-h experiment, one adduct could be identified as a N-7 alkylated dGuo. In the 6-h experiment, no adducts could be found. Additional experiments were done wherein Jurkat-DNA, isolated from a non-treated cell culture, was treated with melphalan. These results were analogous with the data found in melphalan-treated calf thymus DNA. Additionally, we tried to determine the exact alkylation position by interpreting high-resolution fragmentation spectra. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.