Effect of different levels of dietary trans fat or corn oil on azoxymethane-induced colon carcinogenesis in F344 rats

J Natl Cancer Inst. 1985 Oct;75(4):791-8.


The effect of various levels of dietary corn oil or trans fat on azoxymethane (AOM; CAS: 25843-45-2)-induced carcinogenesis was investigated in female F344 rats fed the AIN-76 semipurified diets. Starting at 5 weeks of age, groups of rats were fed the low-fat diet containing 5% corn oil (designated as low-fat control diet). At 7 weeks of age, all animals except the vehicle-treated controls, were given sc injections of AOM (15 mg/kg body wt, once weekly) for 3 weeks. After 1 week, groups of animals were transferred to semipurified diets containing 13.6% corn oil and 23.5% corn oil or high-fat diets containing 5.9% corn oil plus 5.9% trans fat plus 11.8% Oleinate (low trans fat), 5.9% corn oil plus 11.8% trans fat plus 5.9% Oleinate (intermediate trans fat), and 5.9% corn oil plus 17.6% trans fat (high trans fat). Fecal bile acids were measured in vehicle-treated rats. All animals were necropsied 34 weeks after the last AOM injection. The animals fed the 23.5% corn oil diet had a higher incidence of colon tumors than did those in the groups fed the 5 and 13.6% corn oil diets. There was no difference in colon tumor incidence between the 5 and 13.6% corn oil diet groups. The animals fed the high-fat diets containing low trans fat, intermediate trans fat, and high trans fat developed significantly fewer liver and colon tumors and more small intestinal tumors than did the rats fed 23.5% corn oil diet. The excretion of fecal deoxycholic acid, lithocholic acid, and 12-ketolithocholic acid was higher in animals fed the 23.5% corn oil diet compared to the excretion in animals fed the other diets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Azoxymethane
  • Bile Acids and Salts / metabolism
  • Cocarcinogenesis
  • Colonic Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Corn Oil
  • Dietary Fats / adverse effects*
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Oils / toxicity*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred F344


  • Bile Acids and Salts
  • Dietary Fats
  • Oils
  • Corn Oil
  • Azoxymethane