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Carcinogenesis. 1995 Jul;16(7):1603-9.

Uptake, distribution, and formation of hemoglobin and DNA adducts after inhalation of C2-C8 1-alkenes (olefins) in the rat.

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  • 1Statoil Research Centre, Trondheim, Norway.

Abstract

Absorption, distribution, elimination and hemoglobin and DNA adduct formation were studied in the rat after inhalation of individual C2-C8 1-alkenes (olefins) at 300 p.p.m., 12 h a day for 3 consecutive days. The concentrations of olefins were measured in blood, lung, brain, liver, kidney and perirenal fat immediately after each exposure and 12 h after the third exposure. DNA adducts were determined by 32P-postlabeling in liver, and lymphocytes sampled immediately after the last exposure. Hemoglobin adducts were determined by GC/MS and GC/MS/MS in erythrocytes sampled immediately after the last exposure. Concentrations of 1-alkenes in blood and organs reached a steady-state level after the first 12 h exposure, and the concentrations 12 h after the last exposure were generally low, except in fat tissue. Concentrations of 1-alkenes in blood and the different tissues increased with increasing number of carbon atoms. In contrast, levels of hemoglobin and DNA adducts decreased with increasing number of carbon atoms. The decrease was most pronounced from C2 to C3. The decrease through the whole homologous series from ethene to 1-octene was most pronounced for hemoglobin adducts followed by the DNA adducts in the lymphocytes. All 1-alkenes caused formation of detectable levels of hemoglobin and DNA adducts, although the levels of hemoglobin adducts after C4-C8 exposure were low. The project illustrates important aspects of the use of biomarkers. The structure-activity approach gives possibilities for extrapolation within the homologous series.

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