EPA Science Inventory

RESEARCH TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BIOLOGICALLY BASED DOSE RESPONSE ASSESSMENT FOR INORGANIC ARSENIC CARCINOGENICITY: A PROGRESS REPORT

Citation:

CLEWELL, H. J., R. S. THOMAS, P. R. GENTRY, K. S. CRUMP, E. M. KENYON, H. A. EL-MASRI, AND J. W. YAGER. RESEARCH TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BIOLOGICALLY BASED DOSE RESPONSE ASSESSMENT FOR INORGANIC ARSENIC CARCINOGENICITY: A PROGRESS REPORT. TOXICOLOGY AND APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY. Academic Press Incorporated, Orlando, FL, 222(3):388-398, (2007).

Description:

Cancer risk assessments for inorganic arsenic have been based on human epidemiological data, assuming a linear dose-response below the range of observation of tumors. Part of the reason for the continued use of the linear approach in arsenic risk assessments is the lack of an adequate biologically based dose-response (BBDR) model that could provide a quantitative basis for an alternative nonlinear approach. This paper describes elements of an ongoing collaborative research effort between the CIIT Centers for Health Research, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENVIRON International, and EPRI to develop BBDR modeling approaches that could be used to inform a nonlinear cancer dose-response assessment for inorganic arsenic. These efforts are focused on: 1) the refinement of physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models of the kinetics of inorganic arsenic and its metabolites in the mouse and human; 2) the investigation of mathematical solutions for multi-stage cancer models involving multiple pathways of cell transformation; 3) the review and evaluation of the literature on the dose-response for the genomic effects of arsenic; and 4) the collection of data on the dose response for genomic changes in the urinary bladder (a human target tissue for arsenic carcinogenesis) associated with in vivo drinking water exposures in the mouse as well as in vitro exposures of both mouse and human cells. An approach is proposed for conducting a biologically based, margin of exposure risk assessment for inorganic arsenic using the in vitro dose-response for the expression of genes associated with the obligatory precursor events for arsenic tumorigenesis.

Purpose/Objective:

to develop BBDR modeling approaches that could be used to inform a nonlinear cancer dose-response assessment for inorganic arsenic

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 08/01/2007
Completion Date: 08/01/2007
Record Last Revised: 10/09/2008
Record Created: 03/20/2007
Record Released: 03/20/2007
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 166132

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

EXPERIMENTAL TOXICOLOGY DIVISION

PHARMACOKINETICS BRANCH