Premios a investigadores jóvenes por el desarrollo y la aplicación de alternativas a la experimentación animal aplicando la estrategia de las 3 Rs (Reducción, Refinamiento, Reemplazo), consistente en una bolsa de viaje. Promovido por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente y otorgado por la Red Española para el Desarrollo de Métodos Alternativos.

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Resumen: Single-cell gel electrophoresis (the comet assay) is now the method of choice for measuring several kinds of DNA damage in cells and tissues. It has several applications such as in genotoxicity testing, human biomonitoring and ecogenotoxicology. Although this assay has been in use for almost 30 years, due to its versatility it is still under development. Various organisations and regulatory bodies have an interest in monitoring chemicals for genotoxicity with this method; in fact, a new version of the “In vivo mammalian alkaline comet assay” draft OECD guideline for the testing of chemicals was published just a few months ago. However, little effort has been made to standardise the in vitro version of the comet assay. Agarose concentration, alkaline unwinding time and electrophoresis conditions have been identified as critical points affecting the alkaline comet assay outcome. Nevertheless, there is no scientific publication reporting the effect that modifying the time of lysis would have. Here we tried 10 different times of lysis in control HeLa cells and HeLa cells treated with different concentrations of either methyl methanesulfonate (MMS) or H2O2. We also tested 7 different times of lysis in the alkaline comet assay combined with formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase (FPG) in untreated HeLa cells and cells treated with the photosensitiser Ro 19-8022 (Ro) plus light. Leaving the gels on ice before lysis appears to increase the DNA damage detected in MMS-treated cells, but this effect was not observed in H2O2 or Ro plus light-treated cells. Besides, it was observed that MMS or H2O2-induced DNA damage can be detected in the absence of lysis, with similar results from 0 min to 1 h of lysis. Nevertheless, no enzyme-sensitive sites were detected in the absence of lysis in Ro plus light-treated cells, presumably because the enzyme is not capable of entering intact cells. In this case, a 5-min-lysis step was enough to detect enzyme-sensitive sites. Finally, as longer times of lysis (i.e. more than 1 h) increase the sensitivity of the assay, different times of lysis might be employed under circumstances requiring enhanced sensitivity.


Resumen: Group B of soyasaponins, such as soyasaponin I (SSI), have been shown to possess hypocholesterolemic, antimutagenic, and anticarcinogenic properties. They are bioactive compounds found in many legumes. On contrast, alternariol (AOH) is a mycotoxin produced by Alternaria species natural contaminant of legumes, grains, and vegetables crops causing damage on many foodstuffs. Moreover cereals and legumes are usually cooked together providing a nutritious dishes and typical from Mediterranean countries. Many studies developed in vitro indicate AOH or SSI induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis in a large number of tumor cell lines, but, to our best knowledge, no studies on the cytotoxicity of both in combination have been performed. Thus, the aims of this study were to determine the cytotoxic effects of SS I and AOH alone and in combination on Caco-2 cells viability by MTT assay after 24 h of exposure. Cells were treated with concentrations ranging from 3.25 to 50 µM (SSI), from 3.25 to 100 µM (AOH) and from 3.25 to 25 µM (SSI+AOH). Dose-response curves were generated for each compound and the isobologram method was used to determine the interaction of them in the mixture. AOH showed cytotoxic effects at concentrations over 50 µM, while no cytotoxic effect was found for SSI even at high concentrations. Neither AOH nor SS I showed IC50 values at the tested concentration range. The SSI+AOH combination increased cell proliferation (approx. 20 %) respect AOH tested alone. After applying isobologram method the CI values for the binary combination ranged from 0.001 ± 0.01 to 1.88 ± 0.59. That means synergism at high fraction affected and antagonism at the lowest fraction affected. In conclusion results indicated that SS I combined with AOH, present in food commodities due to contamination, exhibits synergistic cytoprotective effect in Caco-2 cells.