DNA adduct formation by 12 chemicals with populations potentially suitable for molecular epidemiological studies

Mutat Res. 1992 Jul;277(1):35-90. doi: 10.1016/0165-1110(92)90025-5.


DNA adduct formation, route of absorption, metabolism and chemistry of 12 hazardous chemicals are reviewed. Methods for adduct detection are also reviewed and approaches to sensitivity and specificity are identified. The selection of these 12 chemicals from the Environmental Protection Agency list of genotoxic chemicals was based on the availability of information and on the availability of populations potentially suitable for molecular epidemiological study. The 12 chemicals include ethylene oxide, styrene, vinyl chloride, epichlorohydrin, propylene oxide, 4,4'-methylenebis-2-chloroaniline, benzidine, benzidine dyes (Direct Blue 6, Direct Black 38 and Direct Brown 95), acrylonitrile and benzyl chloride. While some of these chemicals (styrene and benzyl chloride, possibly Direct Blue 6) give rise to unique DNA adducts, others do not. Potentially confounding factors include mixed exposures in the work place, as well the formation of common DNA adducts. Additional research needs are identified.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA Damage*
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Mutagens / toxicity*


  • Mutagens