alexa In vivo and in vitro estrogen bioactivities of alkyl parabens.
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography

Author(s): Lemini C, Jaimez R, Avila ME, Franco Y, Larrea F,

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Abstract The alkyl esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid known as parabens (Pbens) are used as preservatives in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations. They have been reported as estrogenic. Here, we present evidence for the in vivo and in vitro bioactivities and receptor binding affinities of methylparaben (MePben), ethylparaben (EtPben), propylparaben (PrPben), and butylparaben (BuPben) compared with those of estradiol (E2). Estrogenicity was studied using the uterotrophic assay in immature (Im) and adult ovariectomized (Ovx) CD1 mice, and in immature female Wistar rats (IW). Animals were subcutaneously (sc) treated for three consecutive days with different molar equivalent doses ranging from 3.62 to 1086 micromol/kg body weight of Pbens, E2 (0.036 micromol/kg), or vehicle. Pbens increased uterine weight in Im and Ovx animals and their relative uterotrophic effect to E2 (100) (RUEE2) were from 34 to 91. The relative uterotrophic potencies related to E2 (100) (RUPE2) of these compounds were from 0.003 to 0.007. The E2 ED50 for CD1 animals able to increase the uterine weight was 7 microg/kg (0.9-55 confidence limits); and that of Pbens ranged from 18 to 74 mg/kg. In IW rats, the ED50 were from 33 to 338 mg/kg. All Pbens, except MePb, competed with [3H]E2 for the estrogen receptor binding sites. The uterotrophic effects of Pbens in Im mice have a positive correlation with the side-chain length of the ester group of these compounds. The E2 and Pbens relative binding affinities (RBA) and Ki values correlated to their estrogenic activity. The NOELs values for Pbens uterotrophic activity in Im were from 0.6 to 6.5 mg/kg per day; and Ovx from 6 to 55 mg/kg. The NOELs IW ranged from 16.5 to 70 mg/kg indicating that Im were more susceptible than Ovx and IW to these effects. The data shown here confirm the estrogenicity of Pbens.
This article was published in Toxicol Ind Health and referenced in Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography

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