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An evaluation of the mode of action framework for mutagenic carcinogens: chromium (VI)

Citation:

Akerman, G. I., N. McCarroll, J. Chen, N. Keshava, A. D. KLIGERMAN, AND E. Rinde. An evaluation of the mode of action framework for mutagenic carcinogens: chromium (VI). Presented at Society of Toxicology, Baltimore, MD, March 15 - 19, 2009.

Impact/Purpose:

Presentation on how hexavalent chromium's mode of action fits into EPA's framework for carcinogenicity guidelines.

Description:

In response to the 2005 revised U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cancer Guidelines, a strategy is being developed to determine whether a carcinogen operates through a mutagenic mode of action (MOA). This information is necessary for EPA to decide whether age-dependent adjustment factors (ADAFs) should be applied to the cancer risk assessment. Chromium (VI), which is carcinogenic in animals and humans via the inhalation route, was assessed for carcinogenicity by the Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC) of the Office of Pesticides’ Health Effects Division (HED) using the data from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) 2-year drinking water studies in rats and mice. From these data, CARC classified Cr (VI) as “Likely to be Carcinogenic in Humans” via the oral route, based on oral cavity tumors in male and female rats and tumors of the small intestine in male and female mice. Cr (VI) was also mutagenic in numerous in vitro assays, in animals and in humans occupationally exposed to Cr (VI). Accordingly, Cr (VI) was processed through the framework analysis and key steps leading to tumor formation were identified: interaction of cellular components (DNA) with Cr (VI), mutagenesis, cell proliferation (hyperplasia) and tumor formation. Supporting evidence is also found for cell proliferation, indicating that mutagenicity, associated with oxidative damage, DNA adduct formation and cytotoxicity, leads to a proliferative response in the process of tumor induction. Overall, the weight of evidence evaluation supports Cr (VI) acting through a mutagenic MOA. Therefore, the Cancer Guidelines recommend a linear extrapolation for the oral exposure risk assessment. Data also exist showing that germinal cells, developing embryos and older children are at risk for Cr (VI)-induced mutations; thus, it is recommended that the ADAFs be applied.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 03/15/2009
Record Last Revised: 07/09/2009
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 199551

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

ENVIRONMENTAL CARCINOGENESIS DIVISION

CANCER BIOLOGY BRANCH