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Title: Potential Metabolic Activation of a Representative C4-Alkylated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Retene (1-Methyl-7-isopropyl-phenanthrene) Associated with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Human Hepatoma (HepG2) Cells.

Authors: Huang, Meng; Mesaros, Clementina; Hackfeld, Linda C; Hodge, Richard P; Zang, Tianzhu; Blair, Ian A; Penning, Trevor M

Published In Chem Res Toxicol, (2017 04 17)

Abstract: Exposure to petrogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PPAHs) in the food chain is the major human health hazard associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. C4-Phenanthrenes are representative PPAHs present in the crude oil and could contaminate the seafood. We describe the metabolism of a C4-phenanthrene regioisomer retene (1-methyl-7-isopropyl-phenanthrene) in human HepG2 cells as a model for metabolism in human hepatocytes. Retene because of its sites of alkylation cannot be metabolized to a diol-epoxide. The structures of the metabolites were identified by HPLC-UV-fluorescence detection and LC-MS/MS. O-Monosulfonated-retene-catechols were discovered as signature metabolites of the ortho-quinone pathway of PAH activation catalyzed by aldo-keto reductases. We also found evidence for the formation of bis-ortho-quinones where the two dicarbonyl groups were present on different rings of retene. The identification of O-monosulfonated-retene-catechol and O-bismethyl-O-monoglucuronosyl-retene-bis-catechol supports metabolic activation of retene by P450 and aldo-keto reductase isozymes followed by metabolic detoxification of the ortho-quinone through interception of redox cycling by catechol-O-methyltransferase, uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase, and sulfotransferase isozymes. We propose that catechol conjugates could be used as biomarkers of human exposure to retene resulting from oil spills.

PubMed ID: 28278373 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Aldehyde Reductase/metabolism; Aldo-Keto Reductases; Alkylation; Catechol O-Methyltransferase/metabolism; Catechols/chemistry; Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid; Food Chain; Hep G2 Cells; Humans; Petroleum Pollution*; Phenanthrenes/analysis*; Phenanthrenes/metabolism; Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons/chemistry; Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons/metabolism*; Spectrophotometry, Ultraviolet; Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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