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In Vitro Assay Shows That PCB Metabolites Completely Saturate Thyroid Hormone Transport Capacity in Blood of Wild Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus)
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2010 (English)In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 44, no 8, 3149-3154 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Persistent chemicals accumulate in the arctic environment due to their chemical reactivity and physicochemical properties and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are the most concentrated pollutant class in polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Metabolism of PCB and polybrominated biphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants alter their toxicological properties and these metabolites are known to interfere with the binding of thyroid hormone (TH) to transthyretin (TTR) in rodents and humans. In polar bear plasma samples no binding of [I-125]-T-4 to TTR was observed after incubation and PAGE separation. Incubation of the plasma samples with (C-14)-4-OH-CB107, a compound with a higher binding affinity to TTR than the endogenous ligand T-4 resulted in competitive binding as proven by the appearance of a radio labeled TTR peak in the gel. Plasma incubation with T-4 up to 1 mM, a concentration that is not physiologically relevant anymore did not result in any visible competition. These results give evidence that the binding sites on TTR for T-4 in wild living polar bears are completely saturated. Such saturation of binding sites can explain observed lowered levels of THs and could lead to contaminant transport into the developing fetus.

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2010. Vol. 44, no 8, 3149-3154 p.
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antioxidative defense; fatty acids; oxidative stress
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50307DOI: 10.1021/es903029jISI: 000276556000064OAI: diva2:380788
authorCount :10Available from: 2010-12-22 Created: 2010-12-22 Last updated: 2010-12-22Bibliographically approved

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