Ames positive boronic acids are not all eukaryotic genotoxins

Richard Walmsley, Heather Scott (Collaborator)

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    Boronic acids and their derivatives have been exploited for their pharmacological activity and their utility as intermediates in the synthesis of novel non-boron containing compounds. A recent study reported that boronic acids are bacterial mutagens. Here, results are reported from the testing of nine boronic acids using the pan-mechanistic eukaryotic GADD45a genotoxicity assays, BlueScreen HC and GreenScreen HC. Positive results were produced for one compound in GreenScreen and four compounds in BlueScreen. Only negative results were produced when tested with S9 metabolic activation. These data suggest that there is not a general genotoxic liability in eukaryotes, within this chemical domain. Furthermore, they are not potent eukaryotic genotoxins: positive results were produced only at concentrations between 1 mM and 10 mM. Their presence as low concentration contaminants or impurities would be unlikely to produce misleading positive results for a test material.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)68-72
    Number of pages4
    JournalMutation Research - Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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