Objective:A study was conducted to identify metabolic-related effects of benzo(ghi)perylene (BghiP) and 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-heptachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (HpCDD), on primary human fibroblasts to verify biological associations previously found in occupational health research.Methods:Human lung fibroblasts were exposed to BghiP or HpCDD and extracts were analyzed with a metabolome-wide association study to test for pathways and metabolites altered relative to controls. Gene expression was measured by quantitative-real time polymerase chain reaction.Results:Metabolic perturbations in amino-acid, oxidative stress, and fatty-acid pathways were observed for BghiP and HpCDD. HpCDD but not BghiP exposure increased gene expression of the amino acid transporters SLC7A5 and SLC7A11.Conclusions:Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) or dioxins perturbs amino acid pathways at physiologically relevant concentrations with different mechanisms. These findings imply an effect on central homeostatic systems by environmental exposures which could have implications on disease susceptibility.
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2019|
- environmental toxicology
- exposure bio-monitoring
- high-resolution metabolomics