Previous studies led to the suggestion that a sub class of hydrocarbon carc
inogens have the capacity of damage DNA and evade normal cellular defence m
echanisms. To examine the ability of hydrocarbon carcinogens to induce p53
transcriptional activity in normal tissues, we have used transgenic mice in
which LacZ transgene is driven by a p53 response element. We demonstrate t
hat transcriptionally active p53 is induced in normal tissue after exposure
to putative stealth carcinogens in an identical manner to non-stealth agen
ts. (C) 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.