First insights in the metabolism of phosphate flame retardants and plasticizers using human liver fractions
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Toxicology letters. - Amsterdam
, p. 9-15
University of Antwerp
Phosphate flame retardants and plasticizers (PFRs) are additives used in a wide range of polymers. Important representatives, such as tris(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP), triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris(1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCIPP), tris(1,3-dichloro-2propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP), have been found in the indoor environment at high levels. Biotransformation of these PFRs needs to be investigated because it can be a major determinant of their bioavailability and toxicity in humans. TBOEP, TPHP, TCEP, TCIPP and TDCIPP were incubated with human liver S9 fraction and microsomes. Supernatants were analyzed using a liquid chromatography coupled to a quadrupoletime-of-flight mass spectrometer. Chromatograms were scanned for the presence of Phase-I and Phase-II metabolites and tentatively identified based on mass accuracy of the molecular formula, isotopic pattern, and MS/MS spectra. The two major metabolites of TBOEP were products of O-dealkylation and of hydroxylation, respectively. TPHP was mainly transformed to its diester metabolite by O-dearylation and to a hydroxylated metabolite. TCEP was poorly metabolized into its diester and a product of oxidative dehalogenation. The major metabolite of TCIPP was a product of oxidative dehalogenation. TDCIPP was mainly transformed into its diester and a glutathione S-conjugate. The metabolites identified in the present study are candidate biomarkers for future human biomonitoring studies. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.