New insights into the risk of phthalates: Inhibition of UDP-glucuronosyltransferases.

PMID 26547877


Wide utilization of phthalates-containing products results in the significant exposure of humans to these compounds. Many adverse effects of phthalates have been documented in rodent models, but their effects in humans exposed to these chemicals remain unclear until more mechanistic studies on phthalate toxicities can be carried out. To provide new insights to predict the potential adverse effects of phthalates in humans, the recent study investigated the inhibition of representative phthalates di-n-octyl ortho-phthalate (DNOP) and diphenyl phthalate (DPhP) towards the important xenobiotic and endobiotic-metabolizing UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs). An in vitro UGTs incubation system was employed to study the inhibition of DNOP and DPhP towards UGT isoforms. DPhP and DNOP weakly inhibited the activities of UGT1A1, UGT1A7, and UGT1A8. 100 µM of DNOP inhibited the activities of UGT1A3, UGT1A9, and UGT2B7 by 41.8% (p < 0.01), 45.6% (p < 0.01), and 48.8% (p < 0.01), respectively. 100 µM of DPhP inhibited the activity of UGT1A3, UGT1A6, and UGT1A9 by 81.8 (p < 0.001), 49.1% (p < 0.05), and 76.4% (p < 0.001), respectively. In silico analysis was used to explain the stronger inhibition of DPhP than DNOP towards UGT1A3 activity. Kinetics studies were carried our to determine mechanism of inhibition of UGT1A3 by DPhP. Both Dixon and Lineweaver-Burk plots showed the competitive inhibition of DPhP towards UGT1A3. The inhibition kinetic parameter (Ki) was calculated to be 0.89 µM. Based on the [I]/Ki standard ([I]/Ki < 0.1, low possibility; 1>[I]/Ki > 0.1, medium possibility; [I]/Ki > 1, high possibility), these studies predicted in vivo drug-drug interaction might occur when the plasma concentration of DPhP was above 0.089 µM. Taken together, this study reveales the potential for adverse effects of phthalates DNOP and DPhP as a result of UGT inhibition.

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Uridine 5′-diphosphoglucuronic acid ammonium salt, 98-100%
C15H22N2O18P2 · xNH3