Predictive Modeling of a Mixture of Thyroid Hormone Disrupting Chemicals That Affect Production and Clearance of Thyroxine

Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA.
International Journal of Toxicology (Impact Factor: 1.29). 10/2009; 28(5):368-81. DOI: 10.1177/1091581809341883
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Thyroid hormone (TH) disrupting compounds interfere with both thyroidal and extrathyroidal mechanisms to decrease circulating thyroxine (T(4)). This research tested the hypothesis that serum T(4) concentrations of rodents exposed to a mixture of both TH synthesis inhibitors (pesticides) and stimulators of T(4) clearance in the liver (polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, PHAHs) could be best predicted by an integrated addition model. Female Long-Evans rats, 23 days of age, were dosed with dilutions of a mixture of 18 PHAHs (2 dioxins, 4 dibenzofurans, and 12 PCBs, including dioxin-like and non-dioxin like PCBs) and a mixture of 3 pesticides (thiram, pronamide, and mancozeb) for four consecutive days. Serum was collected 24 hours after the last exposure and T(4) concentrations were measured by radioimmunoassay. Animals exposed to the highest dose of the mixture experienced a 45% decrease in serum T(4). Three additivity model predictions (dose addition, effect addition, and integrated addition) were generated based on single chemical data, and the results were compared. Effect addition overestimated the effect produced by the combination of all 21 chemicals. The results of the dose- and integrated-addition models were similar, and both provided better predictions than the effect-addition model. These results support the use of dose- and integrated additivity models in predicting the effects of complex mixtures.

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    • "In connection with mixture effects, the possible endocrine disruptive effects on biological processes regulated by steroid hormones (e.g. estrogenic and anti-androgenic actions) (Rajapakse et al., 2002), and thyroid hormones (Crofton et al., 2005; Flippin et al., 2009; Kortenkamp, 2007) have been much in focus. Most mixture effect studies of EDCs have addressed estrogen receptor (ER) agonist issues. "
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    • "Inhibition of TPO activity is an accepted molecular-initiating event for a chemical-induced adverse outcome pathway of thyroid hormone disruption in rodent models (Crofton, 2008; DeVito et al., 1999; Doerge and Chang, 2002; Flippin et al., 2009; Hurley, 1998; Zoeller and Crofton, 2005). The causative link between TPO inhibition and depressed thyroid hormone concentrations has been well-established, as antihyperthyroid pharmaceuticals including methimazole (MMI) and 6-propylthiouracil (PTU) decrease systemic thyroid hormone concentrations in humans and pets with Graves' Disease (Emiliano et al., 2010; Trepanier, 2006). "
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    • "While there was no deviation from additivity at the lowest doses, a greater-than-additive effect was found at the highest mixture doses. Flippin et al. (2009) tested the hypothesis that circulating T4 levels in rat exposed to a mixture of direct-TGFDs and chemicals inducing T4 clearance in the liver (PHAHs) could be best predicted by an integrated addition model. While the RA model overestimated the effect of the mixture , the CA one and the integrated addition models provided better predictions. "
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