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Establishing Adverse Outcome Pathways of Thyroid Hormone Disruption in an Amphibian Model

Citation:

HORNUNG, M. Establishing Adverse Outcome Pathways of Thyroid Hormone Disruption in an Amphibian Model. Presented at Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Boston, MA, November 13 - 17, 2011.

Impact/Purpose:

To document research results.

Description:

The Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) provides a framework for understanding the relevance of toxicology data in ecotoxicological hazard assessments. The AOP concept can be applied to many toxicological pathways including thyroid hormone disruption. Thyroid hormones play a critical role in vertebrate morphological and neural development, and are important for maintenance of multiple physiological functions. Control of thyroid hormones is conserved across vertebrates via regulation by the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis. It has been well-established that disruption of the ability of the HPT axis to maintain normal levels of thyroid hormones can occur through exposure to various anthropogenic chemicals in the environment. Understanding the capacity of these chemicals to disrupt thyroid hormone levels and produce an adverse effect in the organism is critical for making sound risk assessment decisions. Furthermore, linking the initial molecular event in which a chemical interacts with the biological target to the processes leading to the adverse outcome, can provide a basis for developing predictive chemical structure activity relationships for thyroid hormone disruption. The molecular initiating events that can lead to decreased circulating thyroid hormone include inhibition of iodide uptake by the thyroid via the sodium-iodide symporter, inhibition of thyroid peroxidase which directly catalyzes the production of hormone, and induction of thyroid hormone metabolizing enzymes, including the thyroid hormone deiodinases. The amphibian provides an excellent model for developing AOPs that cover the various potential pathways to thyroid hormone disruption because amphibian metamorphosis is dependent upon thyroid hormone and is an easily quantified apical endpoint. The development and application of in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo assays as they are applied to understanding disruption of thyroid hormone regulation in vertebrates will be presented. These assays include in vitro enzyme assays that measure the ability of a chemical to directly inhibit thyroid hormone synthesis, ex vivo assays that may be used to assess thyroid hormone release and metabolism, and final confirmation of an adverse effect with an in vivo metamorphosis assay. Developing a suite of AOPs for thyroid hormone disruption can provide an integrated set of mechanistic tools for identifying and verifying potentially active chemicals.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 11/13/2011
Record Last Revised: 12/03/2012
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 235936

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

MID-CONTINENT ECOLOGY DIVISION

ECOLOGICAL TOXICOLOGY RESEARCH BRANCH