2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) kills glucocorticoid-sensitive thymocytes in vivo

David J. McConkey, Sten Orrenius

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

34 Scopus citations


The effect of in vivo exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on glucocorticoid- and calcium ionophore-induced DNA fragmentation in rat thymocytes was investigated. TCDD dose-dependently abolished DNA fragmentation in response to both agents after 7 days of exposure. Analysis of the time dependence of the effect revealed that after 1 or 2 days TCDD potentiated DNA fragmentation in untreated and glucocorticoid-treated thymocyte suspensions relative to controls. The DNA fragmentation in untreated thymocyte suspensions from TCDD-treated rats was completely prevented by inhibitors that block glucocorticoid-induced thymocyte suicide. Our results suggest that TCDD-induced thymic atrophy is due to Ca2+-dependent endonuclease activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1008
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 15 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of '2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) kills glucocorticoid-sensitive thymocytes in vivo'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this