Title: Testing Endocrine Disruption in Biota Samples: A Method to Remove Interfering Lipids and Natural Hormones
Authors: SIMON EszterLAMOREE MarjaHAMERS TimoWEISS JANABALAAM JanDE BOER JacobLEONARDS Pim
Citation: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY vol. 44 no. 21 p. 8322-8329
Publisher: AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC59000
ISSN: 0013-936X
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC59000
DOI: 10.1021/es101912z
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A cleanup method was developed to remove co-extracted lipids and natural hormones from biota samples to enable their testing in in vitro bioassays. Unspiked and spiked fish tissues were extracted and cleaned with a combination of dialysis, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and normal-phase liquid chromatography (NP-HPLC). Chemical recoveries of the test compounds, thyroid hormone-like and (anti-)androgenic activities of the cleaned extracts were investigated. Despite the chemical and toxicological complexity of the spiking mixture and the sequential sample treatment, chemical analysis revealed acceptable recoveries on avarage: 89±8% after each cleanup step separately and 75±3% after the whole extraction and cleanup. In addition, measured biological activities were in good agreement with the spiking levels. GC-MS lipid profiling revealed the presence of some fatty acids and cholesterol in the final extract, but their influence was negligible at dilution levels required for the bioassays. Co-extracted natural hormones in the fish extracts could be separated from xenobiotics by NP-HPLC fractionation. The developed cleanup method proved to be capable of lipid and natural hormones removal from fish extracts, enabling the application of T4*-TTR and AR-CALUX® bioassays. The method can be used as a sample preparation method of biota samples for toxicity profiling and Effect-Directed Analysis (EDA).
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