Phthalates, used in medical devices (MDs), have been identified as reproductive and developmental toxicants. Their toxicity varies somewhat depending on the specific phthalate and is in part linked to the activation of Peroxisome Proliferating-Activated Receptors (PPARs). So, the use of MDs containing targeted phthalates such as di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) has been challenged by European directive 2007/47/EC. Therefore, MDs manufacturers were forced to quickly find replacement plasticisers. However, very little toxicological and epidemiological studies are available on human health. So, in the present study, the authors proceeded to dock these chemicals in order to identify compounds that are likely to interact with PPARs binding sites. The results obtained are generally very mixed on the harmlessness of these alternatives. Moreover, no data exist on the biological effects of their possible metabolites. As DEHP toxicity resulted mainly from its major metabolites, generalising the use of these plasticisers without conducting extensive studies on the possible effects on human health of their metabolites seems inconceivable.
Authors: Kambia N, Farce A, Belarbi K, Gressier B, Luyckx M, Chavatte P, Dine T. ;Full Source: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry. 2015 May 5:1-8. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Epub ahead of print] ;[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]