Objective: Higher vitamin B status has been linked to a lower risk for cancer, but the underlying mechanism remains elusive. The aim of the present study was to examine the association of pyridoxal, folate, and homocysteine (Hcy) with urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), a marker of oxidative DNA damage.
Methods: The participants were 500 employees (293 men and 207 women), ages 21 to 66 y, of two municipal offices in Japan. Serum pyridoxal and Hcy concentrations were measured using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method, and serum folate concentrations were measured using chemiluminescent immunoassay. Urinary 8-OHdG concentrations were measured using HPLC method. Multiple regression was used to estimate means of 8-OHdG for each tertile of pyridoxal, folate, and Hcy with adjustment for potential confounders.
Results: In multivariate analysis, 8-OHdG concentration was inversely associated with pyridoxal concentration in men (P for trend = 0.045) but not in women. The association in men was confined to non-smokers (P for trend = 0.033) or those who consumed no or < 20 g/d of ethanol (P for trend = 0.048). 8-OHdG concentrations were not appreciably associated with folate and Hcy concentrations.
Conclusion: The results suggest that vitamin B6, but not folate and homocysteine, plays a role against oxidative DNA damage in Japanese men.
Keywords: Cross-sectional study; Oxidative DNA damage; Serum folate; Serum homocysteine; Serum vitamin B(6); Urinary 8-OHdG.
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