Comparative study of 1,2-dimethylhydrazine and azoxymethane on the induction of colorectal cancer in rats

Estudo comparativo das substâncias 1,2-dimetil-hidrazina e azoximetano na indução de câncer colorretal em ratos

Mario Jorge Jucá Bruno Carneiro Bandeira Davi Silva Carvalho Antenor Teixeira Leal About the authors

The induced colorectal carcinogenesis in rodents has a long history and currently uses the substances 1,2-dimethylhydrazine and azoxymethane.


The aim of this study was to compare the inductive effect of the substances azoxymethane and 1,2-dimethylhydrazine in colorectal carcinogenesis.


30 randomly chosen male Wistar rats were divided into four groups. G1 group was treated with 1,2-dimethylhydrazine and C1 was its control group; G2 group was treated azoxymethane and C2 was its control group. The animals were weekly weighed until euthanasia, when their intestines were removed, processed and analyzed by an experienced pathologist.


Among the control groups (C1 and C2) no histologic changes were observed; moderate dysplasia was detected in G2 group; hyperplasia, mild dysplasia, severe dysplasia and carcinoma were observed in G1 group. When this study compared the cost of the substances, 1,2-dimethylhydrazine was more than 50 times less expensive than azoxymethane.


Azoxymethane is able to promote histological changes consistent with colorectal carcinogenesis. 1,2-Dimethylhydrazine produced neoplasia and dysplasia, and, compared to the azoxymethane, was more efficient in the induction of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer; Experimental model; Carcinogenesis; Azoxymethane; 1,2-Dimethylhydrazine

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