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Research Article

Biological Effects of the Plasticizer Tris (2-Ethylhexyl) Trimellitate

Harunobu Iwase1, Shigeru Oiso2, Hiroko Kariyazono2 and Kazuo Nakamura1*
1 Department of Biopharmaceutics, Nihon Pharmaceutical University, Japan
2 Division of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagasaki International University, Japan
Corresponding Author : K Nakamura
Department of Biopharmaceutics
Nihon Pharmaceutical University
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Received March 05, 2014; Accepted March 20, 2014; Published March 22, 2014
Citation: Iwase H, Oiso S, Kariyazono H, Nakamura K (2014) Biological Effects of the Plasticizer Tris (2-Ethylhexyl) Trimellitate. Clin Pharmacol Biopharm S2:004. doi:10.4172/2167-065X.S2-004
Copyright: © 2014 Iwase H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Objectives: An alternative plasticizer, tris (2-ethylhexyl) trimellitate (TOTM), was developed from di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) for use in medical tubing. However, little is known about the biological effects of TOTM and thus its safety is not yet well-established. We investigated the leachability of TOTM from TOTM-plasticized Polyvinylchloride (PVC) feeding tubes. Furthermore, we studied whether TOTM influences the cell toxicity of human leukemia (HL)-60 cells, the cell proliferation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells, and the binding affinity for human estrogen receptor α.

Methods: TOTM or DEHP-plasticized PVC feeding tubes were incubated with liquid nutriment containing soybean based salad oil. Thereafter, these solutions were mixed with extract solution and centrifuged, respectively. Obtained supernatant was served as extract sample. TOTM and DEHP were confirmed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); molecular ion peaks corresponding to TOTM were detected by LC/mass spectrometry. The effects of these plasticizers on human leukemia (HL)-60 viability and breast cancer cell MCF-7 proliferations were investigated. Furthermore, the affinity of these plasticizers for binding human estrogen receptor (ER)-α was measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit.

Results: An existence of TOTM was confirmed in an extract sample by HPLC and LC/MS. Furthermore, TOTM decreased viability HL-60 cells while enhancing MCF-7 cell proliferation. However, these effects-as well as the activation of ER-α- were weaker by approximately 10-fold weaker for TOTM than DEHP.

Conclusion: The leaching of TOTM from TOTM-plasticized PVC feeding tubes is less toxic than DEHP, adverse effects may be associated with the production of ovarian estradiol via activation of a receptor-mediated signaling pathway. These findings nonetheless indicate that TOTM is a viable and safer alternative to DEHP for plasticizing medical devices for human use.


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