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Tissue distribution of (35)S-labelled perfluorooctane sulfonate in adult mice after oral exposure to a low environmentally relevant dose or a high experimental dose
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK), Environmental Chemistry.
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2011 (English)In: Toxicology, ISSN 0300-483X, E-ISSN 1879-3185, Vol. 284, no 1-3, 54-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The widespread environmental pollutant perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), detected in most animal species including the general human population, exerts several effects on experimental animals, e.g., hepatotoxicity, immunotoxicity and developmental toxicity. However, detailed information on the tissue distribution of PFOS in mammals is scarce and, in particular, the lack of available information regarding environmentally relevant exposure levels limits our understanding of how mammals (including humans) may be affected. Accordingly, we characterized the tissue distribution of this compound in mice, an important experimental animal for studying PFOS toxicity. Following dietary exposure of adult male C57/BL6 mice for 1-5 days to an environmentally relevant (0.031 mg/kg/day) or a 750-fold higher experimentally relevant dose (23 mg/kg/day) of (35)S-PFOS, most of the radioactivity administered was recovered in liver, bone (bone marrow), blood, skin and muscle, with the highest levels detected in liver, lung, blood, kidney and bone (bone marrow). Following high daily dose exposure, PFOS exhibited a different distribution profile than with low daily dose exposure, which indicated a shift in distribution from the blood to the tissues with increasing dose. Both scintillation counting (with correction for the blood present in the tissues) and whole-body autoradiography revealed the presence of PFOS in all 19 tissues examined, with identification of thymus as a novel site for localization for PFOS and bone (bone marrow), skin and muscle as significant body compartments for PFOS. These findings demonstrate that PFOS leaves the bloodstream and enters most tissues in a dose-dependent manner.

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2011. Vol. 284, no 1-3, 54-62 p.
Keyword [en]
PFOS, Distribution, Hemoglobin, Scintillation, Autoradiography, Adult mice
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Biological Sciences Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67584DOI: 10.1016/j.tox.2011.03.014ISI: 000291140300008OAI: diva2:470530
authorCount :10Available from: 2011-12-29 Created: 2011-12-29 Last updated: 2012-10-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Radiosynthesis of Perfluoroalkyl Substances: Chemical analysis, uptake, distribution, and partitioning studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Radiosynthesis of Perfluoroalkyl Substances: Chemical analysis, uptake, distribution, and partitioning studies
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are widely utilized manmade chemicals. Their properties have made them highly appreciated in a variety of industrial and consumer product applications, including fire-fighting foams, hydraulic fluids, as well as in cookware and food contact papers.

However, some of the PFASs are highly persistent in the environment and their toxicological profiles are of concern. Voluntary and regulatory efforts have been taken to reduce the environmental levels of PFASs. These actions have resulted in a reduction of PFASs in human milk from Stockholm as presented in this thesis.

The radiosyntheses of 35S-PFOS, 35S-PFBS, and 14C-PFOA presented herein were applied for distribution studies in mice but also for solubility and adhesion experiments of common laboratory solvents and buffers. The radiosynthesis employed reactive Grignard reagents, perfluoroalkyliodides, and 35S-sulfur dioxide or 14C-carbon dioxide. The distribution studies were performed with 35S-PFOS on both pregnant mice and their offspring as well as on male mice. The mice were subjected to whole-body autoradiography and the tissues were analyzed by liquid scintillation counting. Liver and lungs were the target organs for 35S-PFOS in the dams. The fetuses and pups had remarkable high levels of 35S-PFOS in their lungs as well as in the brain. The male mice were given a high dose and a more environmental relevant dose of 35S-PFOS. PFOS was transferred from the blood to the tissues as the dose increased.

In another study the distribution pattern of the shorter homologue PFBS was compared to PFOS. 35S-PFBS was utilized and demonstrated a 5-40 fold lower tissue levels in comparison to PFOS.

The pharmacokinetic parameters determined for PFHxS in mice, rats, and monkeys will provide valuable insight in establishing a proper risk assessment for this compound. The study confirms the common species differences in serum elimination half-life that are associated with PFASs.

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Stockholm: Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK), Stockholm University, 2012. 65 p.
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Organic Chemistry
Research subject
Environmental Chemistry
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81061 (URN)978-91-7447-579-1 (ISBN)
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2012-11-16, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 6: Manuscript.

Available from: 2012-10-25 Created: 2012-10-08 Last updated: 2012-10-12Bibliographically approved

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