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Altered expression and activity of phase I and II biotransformation enzymes in human liver cells by perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).

Authors
  • Franco, Marco E1
  • Sutherland, Grace E1
  • Fernandez-Luna, Maria T2
  • Lavado, Ramon3
  • 1 Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, United States. , (United States)
  • 2 Department of Biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, United States. , (United States)
  • 3 Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, United States. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Toxicology
Publication Date
Dec 03, 2019
Volume
430
Pages
152339–152339
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tox.2019.152339
PMID: 31809754
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Human exposure assessments for perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) have been mostly limited to the quantification of these chemicals in different environmental matrices, but only a few studies have addressed toxicological aspects associated with them. It has been suggested that both PFOA and PFOS are highly stable chemicals that are not metabolized, yet previous reports have described abnormal activity of important biotransformation pathways. Therefore, the goal of the present study was to investigate the effects of PFOA and PFOS on phase I and II biotransformation enzymes at the gene expression and activity levels, and by using the well-established human liver HepaRG cell line. Cells were exposed to a wide range of PFOA and PFOS concentrations for 24 or 48 h, prior to cytotoxicity measurements, and quantification of expression and activity of three cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP1A2, CYP2C19 and CYP3A4) and two conjugation enzymes (glutathione-S-transferase (GST-M1) and UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT-1A1)). Expression of all CYP enzymes was significantly reduced from exposure to both PFOA and PFOS after 48 h and from concentrations as low as 40-50 ng/L, with CYP3A4 also presenting the lowest activity. Among the conjugation enzymes, the expression of UGT was significantly reduced only by PFOA after 48 h of exposure, yet no significant alterations in its activity were observed. While the specific chemico-biological interactions of these compounds with gene expression and biotransformation pathways is not clear, the results from this study suggest that the interference of PFOA and PFOS with phase I and II biotransformation enzymes could potentially lead to adverse outcomes resulting from the inability of biotransformation pathways to function as needed. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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