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Monday, October 22, 2007

Antioxidants Suppress Lymphoma and Increase Longevity in Atm-Deficient Mice

Antioxidants Suppress Lymphoma and Increase Longevity in Atm-Deficient Mice

2007 The American Society for Nutrition J. Nutr. 137:229S-232S, January 2007

Ramune Reliene and Robert H. Schiestl*
Departments of Pathology, Environmental Health and Radiation Oncology, Geffen School of Medicine and School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Ataxia telangiectasia (AT), a human hereditary disorder resulting from mutations in the ATM gene, is characterized by a high incidence of lymphoid malignancies, neurodegeneration, immunodeficiency, premature aging, elevated radiosensitivity, and genomic instability. Evidence has been accumulating that ATM-deficient cells are in a continuous state of oxidative stress. A variety of markers of oxidative stress were detected in AT patients as well as Atm-deficient mice, used as an animal model of AT. Since then, it has been proposed that oxidative stress contributes to the clinical phenotype of AT, especially carcinogenesis and neurodegeneration, and several animal studies were conducted to determine whether exogenous antioxidants mitigate the symptoms of AT. Tempol, EUK-189, and N-acetyl cysteine have been tested as chemopreventive antioxidants in Atm-deficient mice. We review these findings, mainly focusing on the effect of N-acetyl cysteine, which is known as a safe and efficient drug and nutritional supplement.

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