Assessment of bisphenol a exposure in Korean pregnant women by physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling

Beom Shin, Sang Hwang, Jurgen Bulitta, Jong Lee, Seung Yang, Joong Park, Min Kwon, Do Kim, Hae-Seong Yoon, Sun Yoo

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The objective of this study was to predict the exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) after oral intake in human blood and tissues using physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling. A refined PBPK model was developed taking into account of glucuronidation, biliary excretion, and slow absorption of BPA in order to describe the second peak of BPA observed following oral intake. This developed model adequately described the second peak and BPA concentrations in blood and various tissues in rats after oral administration. A prospective validation study in rats additionally supported the proposed model. For extrapolation to humans, a daily oral BPA dose of 0.237 mg/70 kg/d or 0.0034 mg/kg/d was predicted to achieve an average steady-state blood concentration of 0.0055 ng/ml (median blood BPA concentration in Korean pregnant women). This dose was lower than the reference dose (RfD, 0.016 mg/kg/d) and the tolerable daily intake established by the European Commission (10 I?g/kg/d). Data indicate that enterohepatic recirculation may be toxicologically important as this pathway may increase exposure and terminal half-life of BPA in humans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1586 - 1598
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Toxicology and Environmental Health-Part A-Current Issues
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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