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Glutathione plays different roles in the induction of the cytotoxic effects of inorganic and organic arsenic compounds in cultured BALB/c 3T3 cells

  • T. Ochi
  • T. Kaise
  • Y. Oya-Ohta
Research Articles


The cytotoxicity of arsenic compounds towards BALB/c 3T3 cells in culture was investigated, together with the role of glutathione (GSH) in the induction of the cytotoxic effects. The rank order of cytotoxicity was as follows: arsenite (As3+)>arsenate (As5+)>dimethylarsinic acid (DMAA)>methylarsonic acid (MAA)>trimethylarsine oxide (TMAO). Arsenobetaine, arsenocholine and the tetramethylarsonium ion were less toxic. Depletion of GSH enhanced the cytotoxic effects of As3+, As5+, MAA and TMAO, while the cytotoxicity of DMAA was markedly reduced by depletion of GSH. These results suggest that GSH plays a role in protecting the cells against the toxic effects of As3+, As5+, MAA and TMAO while it is involved in the induction of the cytotoxic effects of DMAA.

Key words

Arsenic compounds cytotoxicity BALB/c 3T3 cells glutathione depletion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Ochi
    • 1
  • T. Kaise
    • 2
  • Y. Oya-Ohta
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesTeikyo UniversitySagamiko, Kanagawa
  2. 2.Kanagawa Prefectural Public Health LaboratoriesYokohama
  3. 3.Kanagawa Prefectural College of Nursing and Medical TechnologyYokohamaJapan

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