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Relative oral bioavailability of glycidol from glycidyl fatty acid esters in rats

: Appel, Klaus E.; Abraham, Klaus; Berger-Preiss, Edith; Hansen, Tanja; Apel, Elisabeth; Schuchardt, Sven; Vogt, Carla; Bakhiya, Nadiya; Creutzenberg, Otto; Lampen, Alfonso


Archives of toxicology 87 (2013), Nr.9, S.1649-1659
ISSN: 0340-5761
ISSN: 1432-0738
Fraunhofer ITEM ()
Glycidol; Glycidyl fatty acid esters; Relative bioavailability; kinetics; risk assessment

In order to quantify the relative bioavailability of glycidol from glycidyl fatty acid esters in vivo, glycidyl palmitoyl ester and glycidol were orally applied to rats in equimolar doses. The time courses of the amounts of glycidol binding to hemoglobin as well as the excretion of 2,3-dihydroxypropyl mercapturic acids were determined. The results indicate that glycidol is released from the glycidyl ester by hydrolysis and rapidly distributed in the organism. In relation to glycidol, there was only a small timely delay in the binding to hemoglobin for the glycidol moiety released from the ester which may be certainly attributed to enzymatic hydrolysis. In both cases, however, an analogous plateau was observed representing similar amounts of hemoglobin binding. With regard to the urinary excretion of mercapturic acids, also similar amounts of dihydroxypropyl mercapturic acids could be detected. In an ADME test using a virtual double tag (3H, 14C) of glycidyl palmitoyl ester, a diverging isotope distribution was detected. The kinetics of the 14C-activity reflected the kinetics of free glycidol released after hydrolysis of the palmitoyl ester. In view of this experimental data obtained in rats, it is at present justified for the purpose of risk assessment to assume complete hydrolysis of the glycidyl ester in the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, assessment of human exposure to glycidyl fatty acid ester should be regarded as an exposure to the same molar quantity of glycidol.