Comparative oxidative metabolism of BDE-47 and BDE-99 by rat hepatic microsomesComparative oxidative metabolism of BDE-47 and BDE-99 by rat hepatic microsomes
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Research group
Toxicological Centre
Publication type
Orlando, Fla,
Veterinary medicine
Source (journal)
Toxicological sciences. - Orlando, Fla
123(2011):1, p. 37-47
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame-retardant chemicals that have become ubiquitous environmental pollutants. 2,2′,4,4′-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) and 2,2′,4,4′,5-pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99) are among the most prevalent PBDEs detected in humans, wildlife, and abiotic environmental matrices. The purpose of this study was to investigate the oxidative metabolism of BDE-47 and BDE-99 in rat hepatic microsomes by comparing metabolite formation rates, kinetic parameters associated with metabolite formation, and the effects of prototypical cytochrome P450 (CYP) inducers. The CYP enzymes involved were also identified. Incubation of BDE-47 with hepatic microsomes from phenobarbital-treated rats generated a total of five hydroxylated (OH-BDE) metabolites, among which 4′-hydroxy-2,2′,4,5′-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (4′-OH-BDE-49) and 3-hydroxy-2,2′,4,4′-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (3-OH-BDE-47) were the major metabolites, as identified using authentic standards and quantified by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. Incubations of BDE-99 with hepatic microsomes from dexamethasone-treated rats produced a total of seven hydroxylated metabolites, among which 4-hydroxy-2,2′,3,4′,5-pentabromodiphenyl ether (4-OH-BDE-90) and 6′-hydroxy-2,2′,4,4′,5-pentabromodiphenyl ether (6′-OH-BDE-99) were the major metabolites. Although the overall rate of oxidative metabolism of BDE-99 by hepatic microsomes was greater than that of BDE-47, para-hydroxylation involving a National Institutes of Health shift mechanism represented a major metabolic pathway for both PBDE congeners. Among the rat recombinant CYP enzymes tested, CYP2A2 and CYP3A1 were the most active in BDE-47 and BDE-99 metabolism, respectively. However, CYP1A1 exhibited the highest activity for 4′-OH-BDE-49 and 6′-OH-BDE-99 formation, and CYP3A1 exhibited the highest activity for 3-OH-BDE-47 and 4-OH-BDE-90 formation. Collectively, the results demonstrate that oxidative metabolism of BDE-47 and BDE-99 is mediated by distinct but overlapping sets of CYP enzymes and represents a key process that determines the bioaccumulation of BDE-47 and BDE-99 in mammals.