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Title: Competitive androgen receptor antagonism as a factor determining the predictability of cumulative antiandrogenic effects of widely used pesticides
Authors: Orton, F
Rosivatz, E
Scholze, M
Kortenkamp, A
Keywords: Antiandrogen;AR-antagonism;Concentration addition;Endocrine disruption;Fungicide;Mixture;Pesticide
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Citation: Environmental Health Perspectives, 120(11): 1578 - 1584, Nov 2012
Abstract: Background: Many pesticides in current use have recently been revealed as in vitro androgen receptor (AR) antagonists, but information about their combined effects is lacking.
Objective: We investigated the combined effects and the competitive AR antagonism of pesticide mixtures.
Methods: We used the MDA-kb2 assay to test a combination of eight AR antagonists that did not also possess AR agonist properties (“pure” antagonists; 8 mix: fludioxonil, fenhexamid, ortho-­phenylphenol, imazalil, tebuconazole, dimetho­morph, methiocarb, pirimiphos-methyl), a combina­tion of five AR antagonists that also showed agonist activity (5 mix: cyprodinil, pyrimethanil, vinclozolin, chlor­propham, linuron), and all pesticides combined (13 mix). We used concentration addition (CA) and independent action (IA) to formu­late additivity expectations, and Schild plot analyses to investigate competitive AR antagonism.
Results: A good agreement between the effects of the mixture of eight “pure” AR antagonists and the responses predicted by CA was observed. Schild plot analysis revealed that the 8 mix acted by competi­tive AR antagonism. However, the observed responses of the 5 mix and the 13 mix fell within the “prediction window” boundaries defined by the predicted regression curves of CA and IA. Schild plot analysis with these mixtures yielded anomalous responses incompatible with competitive receptor antagonism.
Conclusions: A mixture of widely used pesticides can, in a predictable manner, produce combined AR antagonist effects that exceed the responses elicited by the most potent component alone. Inasmuch as large populations are regularly exposed to mixtures of anti­androgenic pesticides, our results underline the need for considering combination effects for these substances in regulatory practice.

Description: Copyright @ 2012 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
This article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
ISSN: 0091-6765
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