The role of chromium(V) in the mechanism of chromate-induced oxidative DNA damage and cancer

K. D. Sugden, Diane M Stearns

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The role that high valent chromium intermediates play in the oxidative DNA damage produced by the human carcinogen chromate Cr(VI) is of increasing interest for establishing a mechanism of genotoxicity and mutagenicity for this metal. In this review, the authors summarize experimental evidence for the formation of high valent chromium complexes (primarily the +5 oxidation state) and radical species from the reductive metabolism of Cr(VI). A case is made for a direct- or metal-mediated pathway by high valent chromium to initiate oxidative DNA damage, although the role of radical species in this oxidative process cannot be ruled out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-230
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes



  • Carcinogenesis
  • Chromium
  • Cr(V)
  • Mutagenesis
  • Oxidative DNA damage
  • Radicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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