Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology

Brain uptake, pharmacokinetics, and tissue distribution in the rat of neurotoxic N-butylbenzenesulfonamide.

PMID 17369196


The pharmacokinetics, cerebrovascular permeability, and tissue distribution of the neurotoxic plasticizer N-butylbenzenesulfonamide (NBBS) were determined in rats. A stable isotope-labeled form ([(13)C(6)]NBBS) was used to circumvent ubiquitous contamination that was evident whenever the native form was measured. Plasticizer decline in plasma, following an iv dose of 1 mg/kg, was described by a triexponential decay function. NBBS was cleared from plasma at a rate of 25 ml/min/kg, and 24 h after administration, plasma concentrations represented 0.04% of the administered dose. These data suggest rapid elimination and uptake into tissue; however, NBBS was not accumulated by any of the tissues studied (i.e., liver, kidney, muscle, adipose tissue, and brain). Given the critical interest in NBBS neurotoxicity, the brain uptake of [(13)C(6)]NBBS was further explored in experiments using the in situ brain perfusion technique. During perfusion with protein-free saline for 15-30 s, the single-pass brain extraction for free [(13)C(6)]NBBS was very high (73-100%) with a unidirectional blood-brain barrier transfer constant (K(in)) of > 0.08 ml/s/g. No significant differences were found in [(13)C(6)]NBBS content among the measured brain regions. Plasma protein binding (70%) only slightly lowered the single-pass brain extraction to 48%. In summary, the results demonstrate that NBBS distributes rapidly to tissues, including brain. Though highly lipophilic with a Log octanol/water partition coefficient of 2.17 +/- 0.09, brain:blood ratios (2:1) for NBBS were consistent throughout the experimental duration, with little indication of accumulation.

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N-Butylbenzenesulfonamide, 99%