Smoking A Cigarette Pack A Day Causes 150 Mutations In Lungs

Smoking a Pack a Day Causes 150 Mutations in Every Lung Cell Research Shows

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Cigarettes cause at least 6 million deaths worldwide every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We knew there was direct damage from smoking in the lungs".

However, some experts like Dr. Steven Dubinett, the director of UCLA's lung cancer research program, believe that the new study could also provide researchers with information required to tackle the deadly disease.

Smoking is connected with 17 types of cancer.

Check out NewsGram for latest global news updates. "What we didn't expect was to see smoking speed up the molecular clocks inside cells", said Alexandrov, whose study appears in the journal Science.

In the most detailed investigation of its type, scientists delved into the the DNA of 5,000 tumors.

While different DNA methylation patterns in the blood cells of smokers compared to nonsmokers have been observed, in the present study, the researchers observed similar patterns of methylation in both groups. There are a lot of things that do revert back when you stop smoking, and this shouldn't discourage people from giving up, but the specific mutations in the lung cells are like scars.

"Before now, we had a large body of epidemiological evidence linking smoking with cancer, but now we can actually observe and quantify the molecular changes in the DNA due to cigarette smoking". The team of scientists identified several different mechanisms by which tobacco smoke causes mutations, and counted an average of 150 extra mutations in every single lung cell after only a year of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

The team also developed a clearer picture of the effects of cigarettes on mutations in other organs. Over 150 mutations occur among these cells.

Unlike the affects that smoking has over years upon years of the habit, the study published on Thursday shows that major damage can be done to DNA in organs in just a year of smoking a pack a day. The researchers observed about 18 new mutations in the bladder and six new mutations in the liver. Mutational signatures associated with tobacco smoking in human cancer.

The researchers were surprised by some of the results; smoking-related cancers are more complex than previously thought.

Tobacco smoking was also linked to more than 20 mutational signatures across the 17 cancer types.

Five distinct mechanisms of DNA damage were identified. "But there are a host of other factors that cause cancer and yet we have no idea about the mechanisms", Alexandrov said. "For example, we are now working on elucidating the mechanisms by which obesity causes cancer". And each one of these mutations could lead to cancer.

"Lung cancer has been at the bottom of the survival league for many years, but there are many exciting developments, including immunotherapy and genetically targeted drug treatments".

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