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Fate of the teratogenic and carcinogenic ochratoxin A in human perfused placenta.
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PMID:  22037670     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Ochratoxin A (OTA) is one of the most frequent mycotoxins detected in human blood worldwide. Apart from its well known nephrotoxicity, OTA-induced teratogenicity and carcinogenicity proven in animals are potential effects also in humans. Pregnant women have been exposed to this food contaminant via dietary exposure in a continuous and widespread manner. Although the transplacental transfer of OTA has been demonstrated in laboratory animals and the presence of OTA in human fetal samples has been reported, little is known about the role of human placenta in OTA toxicokinetics. In this study, human perfused placenta was used to reveal the actual placental toxicokinetics of OTA using concentrations found in serum of pregnant women. Moreover, the effect of protein concentration and biological significance of placental transporters on the OTA transfer in human placenta were also determined. Our study is the first to pursue the transfer of OTA through perfused human placenta. The transfer of OTA through term human placenta was barely detectable in all perfusions. Inhibitors of neither ABCG2 nor ABCC2 increased the transport of OTA to fetal circulation in placental perfusion, and thus these transporters apparently do not have biological significance in inhibiting transplacental transfer of OTA. Human albumin has inhibited OTA transfer through a tight monolayer of BeWo b30 cells. Finding from this study clearly contradict the existing epidemiological studies reporting higher OTA levels in fetal than in maternal circulation in vivo.
Chit Shing Jackson Woo; Heidi Partanen; Päivi Myllynen; Kirsi Vähäkangas; Hani El-Nezami
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-20
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Title:  Toxicology letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-3169     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7709027     Medline TA:  Toxicol Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
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