Dose response and time course of alterations in tryptophan metabolism by 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in the most TCDD-susceptible and the most TCDD-resistant rat strain: relationship with TCDD lethality

Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
M UnkilaJ Tuomisto


It has previously been shown that an increase in plasma free tryptophan and a consequent increase in brain serotonin (5-HT) metabolism may be associated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) lethality. In the present study we have studied the dose-response and time course relationships of these phenomena in the most TCDD-susceptible Long-Evans (Turku AB [L-E]; LD50 ca. 10 micrograms/kg) and the most TCDD-resistant Han/Wistar (Kuopio [H/W], LD50 > 7200 micrograms/kg) rat strains. Six days after exposure, there was a dose-related increase in brain 5-HT turnover and plasma free tryptophan in both male and female L-E rats. Pair-fed control rats did not exhibit changes in these parameters. The increases emerged in the dose range known to elicit lethality in L-E rats. Furthermore, the increases in plasma free tryptophan correlated well with the changes in body weight caused by TCDD. In contrast, in H/W rats no such increases in brain 5-HT metabolism or plasma free tryptophan were discernible. Similarly, body weight changes were minor in H/W rats despite almost 1000-fold greater doses of TCDD. Large neutral amino acids other than tryptophan were not markedly changed in the plasma of either rat strain. In attempts to identify...Continue Reading


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