Carcinogenic activity of acrylamide in the skin and lung of Swiss-ICR mice

Cancer Lett. 1984 Sep;24(2):209-12. doi: 10.1016/0304-3835(84)90138-1.


Doses of acrylamide ranging from 12.5 to 50 mg/kg were administered orally to female ICR-Swiss mice over 3 days for each of 2 weeks (total doses of 75, 150 and 300 mg/kg). Two weeks later some of the animals were started on a promotion schedule involving the application of 2.5 micrograms TPA/mouse 3 times weekly. Development of tumors was observed weekly in the skin, and in the lungs at 1 year. Acrylamide was found to initiate squamous cell adenoma and carcinomas in the skin and increased the yield of adenomas and carcinomas in the lung. Skin tumor development was dependent upon 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) promotion whereas lung tumor induction was not. These data extend previous observations of carcinogenic activity of acrylamide in the skin of SENCAR mice and lungs of strain A/J mice to a third strain of mouse, the ICR-Swiss.

MeSH terms

  • Acrylamide
  • Acrylamides / toxicity*
  • Adenoma / chemically induced
  • Animals
  • Carcinogens*
  • Female
  • Lung Neoplasms / chemically induced*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred ICR
  • Skin Neoplasms / chemically induced*


  • Acrylamides
  • Carcinogens
  • Acrylamide