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Bioavailability and biotransformation of benzo(a)pyrene in an isolated perfused In situ catfish intestinal preparation.

Environmental Health Perspectives
Environmental Health Perspectives
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In the aquatic environment, diet is an important route of exposure for the common contaminant and procarcinogen benzo(a)pyrene (BaP). Dietary organisms vary in their BaP content and in contaminated areas often contain other xenobiotics including cytochrome P4501A inducers. This study examined the effect of dose and previous dietary exposure to the inducer ss-naphthoflavone (BNF) upon the intestinal metabolism of BaP and the systemic bioavailability of BaP-derived products in catfish. BaP was administered at 2 and 20 microM into in situ-isolated perfused intestines of control and BNF-pretreated catfish. The intestine formed an array of metabolites in all treatments including potentially hazardous metabolites such as BaP-7,8 and 9,10 dihydrodiols and 6-methyl-BaP. BNF treatment disproportionally increased the contribution of BaP-7,8 and 9,10 dihydrodiols relative to the contributions of other metabolites. A greater percentage of metabolites was evident as conjugates in 2 microM controls, whereas a greater percentage of unconjugated metabolites was evident for 20 microM controls and BNF treatments of both dosages. BNF pretreatment and the higher 20 microM BaP dosage resulted in greater bioavailability, with 2.6-5.5-fold and 3.0-6. 3-fold increases in systemically available BaP products, respectively. Metabolites represented 10.2-23.1% of the increased bioavailability with BNF treatment, suggesting that mechanisms, in addition to induced metabolism, may be operative. These results indicate that intestinal bioavailability, level of biotransformation, and the metabolic profile of BaP-derived products entering the blood from the intestine may be altered by dose and dietary BNF pretreatment. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4

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