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Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation Clearing of Metabolic Waste via Enterohepatic Recirculation
Table of Contents
Introduction . 2
A General Description of Enterohepatic Recirculation . 2
The Nature of Bile Acids and Bile Salts and Their Role in Enterohepatic Recirculation . 3
Specific Examples of Wastes that Are Recirculated . 4
Hormones . 5
Steroid Hormones . 5 Thyroid Hormones . 8 Insulin Growth Factors . 9 Vitamins . 9
Folate……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 9 Vitamin D3 and Resveratrol . 9 Flavonoids . 10
Enterohepatic Recirculation and Cholesterol . 10
Enterohepatic Recirculation and Pharmaceuticals . 10
Cholesterol-Lowering Medications . 11
Antihypertensive Drugs . 12
NSAIDs . 12
Other Pharmaceuticals . 14
Enterohepatic Recirculation and Exposure to Environmental Contaminants . 15
Bisphenol A (BPA) . 15
Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) . 16
Factors that Inhibit or Increase Enterohepatic Recirculation. 16
Dietary Fiber . 16
Dietary Restriction (Fasting) . 17
Gastric Bypass Surgery . 17
Intestinal Transit . 18
Ezetimibe and Cholestyramine . 18
Conclusion . 18
References. 19
Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation Introduction
Thesis statement: The nature of bile lends itself to the recycling of metabolic waste, causing these waste products to reenter the blood stream through the process known as enterohepatic recirculation. This recycling could possibly become a concern as exposure to potential y harmful waste products is A thorough literature research using Science Citation Index was conducted, covering the years from 1971 until present (182 articles were studied). Search criteria included all references to enterohepatic recirculation. This resulted in many references including the filtering from the bloodstream of hormones that the human body produces on a consistent basis; pharmaceuticals; environmental synthetic contaminants; vitamin, anti-oxidant compounds and other non-pharmaceutical compounds; enterohepatic recirculation in the metabolism of cholesterol; the role of dietary fiber in interrupting the enterohepatic recirculation; and the use of bile sequestrant medications that interrupt the enterohepatic recirculation. Additional y, there were a number of studies that noted various factors and compounds that affected the enterohepatic recirculation. A General Description of Enterohepatic Recirculation
Due to the physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract, bile salts and acids emulsify nonpolar compounds which can then be absorbed in the small colon. This recycling of bile and the nonpolar compounds it contains is labeled the enterohepatic recirculation. The enterohepatic recirculation is an efficient system that allows the bile acids to reenter the bloodstream and return to the liver for reuse several times each day. Bile is amphipathic (both polar and nonpolar) with the large majority of the bile acids confined within the enterohepatic recirculation system. (Crosignani et al. 1996) The recycling of nonpolar compounds that are returned to the bloodstream may have significant impact on various Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation health conditions. The reabsorption of metabolic wastes into the bloodstream through the enterohepatic recirculation may contribute to adverse health events as exposure to potential y harmful The Nature of Bile Acids and Bile Salts and Their Role in Enterohepatic Recirculation
Besides water, bile is composed of several substances including triacylglycerols, also known as triglycerides or fats. Triacylglycerols are nonpolar, water-insoluble substances that are fatty acid triesters of glycerol (Figure 1, where R1, R2, and R3 are long hydrocarbon chains containing 14 to 22 Bile acids are constituents of bile and include cholic and deoxycholic acid (Figure 2). These detergent molecules assist in the absorption of dietary lipids in the intestine. Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation The bile acids are mostly composed of bile salts, a family of carboxylic acid salts with steroid backbones that act as detergents to emulsify the triacylglycerols. The Na+ and K+ salts of taurocholic acid and glycocholic acid are the principal bile salts (Figure 3). Bile salt anions have a hydrophilic side and a hydrophobic side. They tend to aggregate around droplets of fat (triacylglycerols) to form micelles. The hydrophobic side is towards the fat and the hydrophilic side towards the outside. The hydrophilic sides are positively charged which prevent fat droplets coated with bile from re-aggregating into larger fat particles. Without bile salts most lipids would be passed out of the body through the feces. Bile increases the absorption of fats and therefore is important in the absorption of fat-soluble substances, Specific Examples of Wastes that Are Recirculated
As the enterohepatic recirculation deposits nonpolar substances back into the bloodstream, it becomes important to study the compounds that may be subject to this recycling. Repeated exposure to some nonpolar compounds may not be beneficial to the human body. Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation Hormones
Hormones are one such set of recycled substances. These endogenous (internally derived) signal molecules are secreted by endocrine glands. Hormones are filtered from the bloodstream by the liver and placed in the bile. That hormones are recycled through the enterohepatic recirculation is clear from the studies that have been thus far conducted. In fact, the intestine may be considered as an “endocrine” active site or organ (Groh et al. 1993). Steroid Hormones
Estrogen, a steroid hormone, was noted to recycle through the enterohepatic recirculation at a much higher degree than androgen. (Barone et al. 2001) Animal studies with four lynx species reveal that estrogen metabolism had a large proportion (50%) excreted through the bile. (Dehnhard et al. 2010) The bile with the estrogen was recycled via the enterohepatic recirculation thus reintroducing the estrogen into the bloodstream and increasing the animal’s exposure to this hormone. In a study to investigate the pharmacokinetics of oestriol in plasma in the dog, it was found that the concentration-time curve strongly suggested the existence of enterohepatic recirculation. The average relative contribution of the enterohepatic recirculation to the oestriol in the plasma was estimated to be 22%, 38%, and 44% on days 1, 3 and 7. The oestrial was administered to the dogs daily for seven consecutive days, showing that the consistent daily exposure to this hormone showed increased amounts of the hormone being recycled back into the bloodstream via the enterohepatic An interesting study involving the intravenous injection of progesterone in non-pregnant monkeys resulted in total disappearance of the labeled hormone from the circulation within three hours. However, .5 to 1.75 hours after the progesterone disappeared from circulation it reappeared, reaching 20% of the initial maximal concentration. The conclusion of the study was that the unexpected Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation reappearance of the progesterone wasn’t explained by enterohepatic recirculation as “progesterone does not undergo enterohepatic recirculation” and a suggested explanation was that a delayed release from tissue stores was the cause for this unexpected reappearance of the progesterone in the bloodstream. (Kowalski et al. 1996) That progesterone is not recycled is echoed by G.N. Shenfield “The progestogens are only metabolized in the liver and have no significant enterohepatic recirculation.” Eighteen healthy postmenopausal women were given oral doses of three equimolar doses of oestradiol (Figure 4); oestradiol plus desogestrel, a synthetic progestational hormone used in combined oral contraceptives (Figure 5), and oestradiol valerate, a synthetic estrogen. (Figure 6). The conclusion of the study was that the exogenously added oestradiol and its metabolites fol ow the recirculation pathway of the endogenous oestrogen pool. (Vree and Timmer 1998) This is a significant finding if both endogenous (internal y- derived) and exogenous (external y-derived) estrogens are treated the same by the enterohepatic recirculation. It raises the possibility of increased susceptibility to estrogen-fed cancers through the administration of hormonal replacement therapy as these exogenous hormones Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation In contrast, effective enterohepatic recirculation can interfere with the plasma concentrations of estrogens as the estrogen levels could be higher than expected. In a study evaluating the effectiveness of an oral contraceptive (ethinylestradiol) a small percentage of women had impaired plasma concentrations due to the interference with the enterohepatic recirculation resulting in In a study examining the use of racemic phyto-oestrogen 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN) as a possible alternative to classical hormone replacement therapy, the enterohepatic recirculation was significant. A serum concentration second peak indicated pronounced enterohepatic recirculation. (Rad et al. 2006) In a study of the biological activity of steroid hormones, it was found that liver metabolism and enterohepatic recirculation were important considerations in the use of halogenated estrogen radiopharmaceuticals. (Holt et al. 1992) These halogenated estrogens are used in imaging and site- directed radiocytotoxicity of receptor-rich cancers. As the efficacy of the enterohepatic recirculation increases the possibility of higher levels of recirculated halogenated estrogen radiopharmaceuticals is a Selective estrogen receptor modulators used in metastatic breast cancer also undergo enterohepatic recirculation. In a study examining the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation pharmacodynamics of the oral selective estrogen receptor modulator ERA-923 it was noted that the ERA-923 underwent extensive metabolism and enterohepatic recirculation. In addition, pharmacokinetic analysis showed that a high fat breakfast increased the extent of absorption. (Cotreau et al. 2002) The consequence that is implied is a more thorough exposure to the ERA-923. Estrogens are not the only hormone to undergo enterohepatic recirculation. A study of the fecal steroid content in golden eagles and peregrine falcons showed enterohepatic recirculation of the administered non-estrogenic steroids as demonstrated by biphasic and triphasic excretion patterns. Thyroid Hormones
Not only do the fat-derived hormones undergo enterohepatic recirculation, but also the amino acid-derived hormones such as the thyroid hormones. It is noted that thyroxine (T4) and tri odothyronine (T3) (Figure 7) undergo increased enterohepatic circulation in thyrotoxicosis, a condition known as Graves disease or hyperthyroidism. (Azezli et al. 2007) In a study on rats, the role of the intestines and enterohepatic pathways in the regulation of whole-body thyroid hormone in both the intact hypothyroid and euthyroid rat was studied. It was concluded that the hypothyroid rats compensated for the low T3 levels by fecally excreting a much Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation smaller fraction of the total T3 production (correlating to an increase in enterohepatic recirculation). As noted before that the enterohepatic recirculation of thyroid hormones is increased in Graves disease, a study was conducted to determine if a pharmaceutical bile sequestrant, cholestyramine, could be used as an adjunctive therapy in the management of hyperthyroidism. In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 45 patients were treated. It was concluded that an interruption in the enterohepatic recirculation by the low dose of cholestyramine was an effective adjunctive agent in the treatment of Graves disease. (Kaykhaei et al. 2008) Insulin Growth Factors
Other hormones that are subject to enterohepatic recirculation are insulin-like growth factors that control the growth and development during the perinatal period. These hormones are also present in biological y significant quantities in mammalian milks. In a study involving suckling rats it was concluded that the insulin-like growth factors were circulated back to the blood stream via enterohepatic recirculation. (Philipps et al. 2000) Vitamins - Folate
Various vitamins and anti-oxidants undergo enterohepatic recirculation. Serum folate concentration increased in a study done with nine healthy female volunteers in a fasting state. The rise in serum levels of folate was hypothesized to be due to the enterohepatic recirculation. (Cahill et al. 1998) In animals, the liver controls the supply of folate through first pass metabolism, biliary secretion, enterohepatic recirculation, as well as through senescent erythrocyte recycling. Vitamin D3 and Resveratrol
Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation Vitamin D3 undergoes an enterohepatic recirculation in both man and experimental animals. (Kumar 1990) Resveratrol, a plant phoalexin, prevents or delays carcinogenesis by inhibiting the three phases of the cancer process: initiation, promotion, progression and invasion phases. It is not toxic in animal models even at high dosages. The enterohepatic recirculation contributes to a delayed elimination of the molecule from the body which can also show a prolonged effect enhanced by its binding to plasmatic proteins. (Latruffe et al. 2006) In this case, the enterohepatic recirculation would be beneficial in preventing or delaying cancer growth as repeated exposure to the resveratrol is Flavonoids
Luteolin is a flavonoid. It is thought to play an important role in the human body as an antioxidant, free radical scavenger, and immune system modulator. In a study evaluating plasma concentration of luteolin, double peaks were found after intravenous and oral administration, suggesting enterohepatic recirculation. (Sarawek et al. 2008) Flavopiridol, a flavone derivative under clinical development for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia , exhibited a postinfusional peak which appears to be related to enterohepatic Enterohepatic Recirculation and Cholesterol
The enterohepatic recirculation plays a major role in the excretion of cholesterol. Bile acids are synthesized from cholesterol. “The quantitatively most important pathway for the excretion of cholesterol in mammals is the formation of bile acids (also called bile salts). This is the body’s only route for cholesterol excretion.” (Voet et al. 1995) Enterohepatic Recirculation and Pharmaceuticals
The literature extensively reports the effects of enterohepatic recirculation on pharmaceuticals. Of all the references researched for this paper, 40% involved the recycling of pharmaceuticals. In Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation general, enterohepatic recirculation may prolong the pharmacological effect of certain drugs and drug metabolites. (Roberts et al. 2002) Models have been developed to estimate the impact of serum level concentrations of medications affected by the enterohepatic recirculation. A general treatment of enterohepatic recirculation of drugs has been developed based on the fraction of drug in systemic circulation that is excreted in the bile and the fraction of drug reabsorbed from the gut that reaches systemic circulation in each enterohepatic cycle. The deduced equations make it possible to establish mathematical relationships between the areas under the blood level curves. (Shou et al. 2005; Perisribera et al. 1992). Drugs undergoing enterohepatic circulation are associated with typical pharmacokinetic characteristics such as multiple-peak phenomenon in the plasma concentration-time profile and prolongation of the apparent elimination half-life. (Lehr et al. 2009) (Plusquellec and Houin 1995) In general, enterohepatic recirculation may prolong the pharmacological effect of certain drugs and drug metabolites. (Roberts et al. 2002) Cholesterol-Lowering Medications
Medications to control cholesterol levels are also affected by the enterohepatic recirculation. HMG-CoA reductase (3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase of HMGCR) is the rate-controlling enzyme of the metabolic pathway that produces cholesterol. This enzyme is thus the target of the widely available cholesterol-lowering drugs known collectively as the In a study investigating the effects of cholesterol and cholestyramine (a medication used to inhibit the reabsorption of bile acids), it was shown that the interruption of the enterohepatic circulation of bile acids (cholestyramine feeding) increased HMG-CoA reductase activity five-fold. (Shefer et al. 1992) The drug ezetimibe acts through inhibition of enterohepatic circulation. In a study of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol level) liver transplant recipients, the reduction in cholesterol by the use of this bile sequestrant pharmaceutical was effectively used. This provided an alternative to the Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation use of statins that are not recommended for patients with chronic liver disease. (Almutairi et al. 2009) Ezetimibe (also known as Zetia) reduces the smal intestinal enterocyte uptake and absorption of cholesterol. (Davis and Veltri 2007) Ezetimibe itself is excreted into bile and undergoes extensive enterohepatic recirculation. (Yamamoto et al. 2007) Enterohepatic recirculation occurs via biliary excretion and intestinal reabsorption of a drug. Drug recycling through enterohepatic recirculation can lead to a change in pharmacokinetic properties, such as reduced clearance, extended half-life and increased plasma exposure. As a result, enterohepatic recirculation may prolong the pharmacological effect of drugs. (Shou et al. 2005) Antihypertensive Drugs
The pharmacokinetic actions, bioequivalence (two products that are expected to be the same for all intents and purposes), and cardiovascular effects of two verapamil products (high blood pressure medications) were studied in a randomized, double-blind, crossover study in eight elderly hypertensive patients. Multiple concentration peaks after absorption were observed in all patients with both verapamil products and were perhaps related to enterohepatic recirculation. (Saseen et al. 1997) Fol owing a single dose of a new antihypertensive drug, UP 269-6 to 12 healthy volunteers, the plasma levels showed at least two secondary peaks. To explain this observation, the data were fitted to a new compartmental model of enterohepatic recirculation, without using a numerical method. Most subjects exhibited two cycles of recirculation. The amount of drug involved in each recirculation was calculated and the AUCs compared. The drug showed high biliary excretion and reabsorption. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the pharmaceuticals that are known to be affected by the enterohepatic recirculation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are effective Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation antipyretic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory agents. One of the major concerns regarding the use of these compounds is the incidence of gastrointestinal adverse effects, ranging from dyspepsia to the serious and potentially life-threatening complications of ulcers, hemorrhages, and perforations. The effect of exogenously added bile acids upon the bioavailability of indomethacin (a NSAID) was investigated in healthy human volunteers. In vitro dissolution studies were performed on formulations containing indomethacin and bile acids and the effects of enteric coating determined. Pharmacokinetic evaluation of the results of the human volunteer study suggests that bile acids increase the bioavailability of indomethacin by prolonging its enterohepatic circulation. (Cole et al. 1992) Mechanisms underlying the gastric toxicity of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been extensively investigated, whereas those leading to intestinal damage are not completely understood. Several hypotheses have been put forward on the pathophysiology of intestinal damage by NSAIDs including enterohepatic recirculation. (Cipolla et al. 2002) It is postulated that decreased enterohepatic recirculation contributes to decreased APAP (acetaminophen) hepatotoxicity by reducing liver exposure. The smal intestine is a more common site for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug toxicity than the well-recognized effects on the stomach and duodenum. Although NSAID strictures and perforation are rare, two-thirds of regular-NSAID users may be prone to smal bowel enteropathy. NSAID toxicity to the small intestine is common. (Fortun and Hawkey 2005) The recycling of NSAIDs could possibility be a contributing factor to smal intestine toxicity as the exposure to the NSAID in the gastro-intestinal tract would be increased through enterohepatic recirculation. Development of resistance to toxic effects of acetaminophen (APAP) was reported in rodents and humans, though the mechanism is only partial y understood. A study examined the effect in rats of administration with subtoxic daily doses of APAP on enterohepatic recirculation and liver toxicity. The Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation beneficial effect of interfering with the enterohepatic recirculation was alternatively tested in animals receiving activated charcoal by gavage to absorb APAP of biliary origin. The data indicated decreased liver APAP content and glutathione consumption. The conclusion was that selective up-regulation of Mrp3 (multidrug resistance protein-3) expression by APAP pre-treatment may contribute to development of resistance to APAP hepatotoxicity, at least in part by decreasing its enterohepatic The pathogenesis of NSAID-induced smal intestinal damage remains poorly understood. The aim of one study was to examine the relative importance of enterohepatic recirculation, using an NSAID derivative (nitrofenac) that does not cause smal intestinal damage. The conclusion of the study was that the enterohepatic recirculation of NSAIDs is of paramount importance in the pathogenesis of enteropathy. (Reuter et al. 1997) The pharmacokinetics of diclofenac, a NSAID, was evaluated and found to be “definitely subject to enterohepatic circulation.” (Fukuyama et al. 1994) This could increase the possibility of intestinal injury by the gut exposure to increased amounts of the NSAID. Enterohepatic recirculation of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is a critical factor in the pathogenesis of intestinal injury; however, the underlying mechanism of toxicity has not been confirmed. (Seitz and Boelsterli Other Pharmaceuticals
Morphine elimination is characterized by a prolonged terminal elimination phase, at least in part because of enterohepatic recirculation. (Ouellet and Pollack 1995) The plasmatic profiles of twelve healthy volunteers after oral administration of ranitidine (Zantac), a histamine H2-receptor antagonist that inhibits stomach acid production were studied. The presence of two peaks was observed. The proposed mechanism responsible for the existence of secondary peaks includes enterohepatic recirculation and the existence of multiple sites of absorption along the gastrointestinal tract. Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation (Schaiquevich et al. 2002) Secondary peaks in oral concentration-time profiles following ranitidine administration may be due to discontinuous absorption along the gastrointestinal tract, postabsorptive storage and release, and/ or enterohepatic recirculation. (Suttle and Brouwer 1994) The absorption and disposition of roquinimex, a quinoline derivative immunostimulant which increases natural killer cell activity were studied in four male and two female healthy volunteers. A secondary peak was observed between 6 and 8 hours, indicating enterohepatic circulation of Enterohepatic recirculation of a chemotherapy drug, irinotecan and one of its metabolites, SN- 38, used to treat colon and rectal cancer, has been observed in pharmacokinetic data sets from previous studies. Rebound in the plasma concentration suggestive of enterohepatic recirculation at approximately 0.5-1 hour post-infusion was observed in most irinotecan plasma concentration profiles, and in some plasma profiles of the SN-38 metabolite. (Younis et al. 2009) Enterohepatic Recirculation and Exposure to Environmental Contaminants
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Environmental contaminants are affected by the enterohepatic recirculation. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an important industrial chemical used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic products and epoxy resin-based food can liners. BPA is thought to be an endocrine disruptor, mimicking the body’s own hormones. Early development years appears to be the period of time that a person may have the greatest sensitivity to its effects. BPA has received much attention in the last several years due to the possibility of toxic effects. In a study of 660 Americans it was apparent that more than 90% had ubiquitous and frequent exposure found by the presence of BPA in urine. Evidence for enterohepatic recirculation of the conjugated BPA was observed in adult rats. (Doerge et al. 2010) Bisphenol A, a weak xenestrogen that has estrogenic effects that differ chemical y from natural y occurring estrogenic Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation substances was shown to be excreted with the feces as free BPA. However, a second peak in the time- course of plasma radioactivity suggested enterohepatic recirculation of BPA glucuronide. (Kurebayashi Despite its low oestrogenic potency there is concern that, as a consequence of slow clearance, BPA might reach biologically significant levels in humans and animals exposed to environmental levels. This could result in an increase of disease such as estrogen-related cancers. As a result a study assessed the kinetic behavior of BPA in female rats was conducted. Fluctuations in BPA plasma levels were potentially explained by the enterohepatic recirculation. (Upmeier et al. 2000) Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)
There has been no proven method thus far to accelerate the clearance of potential y toxic perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in humans. PFCs are a family of commonly used synthetic compounds with many applications, including repelling oil and stains on furniture, clothing, carpets and food packaging, as well as in the manufacturing of polytetrafluoroethylene-a nonstick surfacing often used in cookware (e.g. Teflon). Some PFCs remain persistent within the environment due to their chemical stability, and are very slowly eliminated from the human body due, in part, to enterohepatic recirculation. Exposure to PFCs is widespread and some subpopulations, living in proximity to or working in fluorochemical manufacturing plants, are highly contaminated. PFC bioaccumulation has become an increasing public health concern as emerging evidence suggests reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity and hepatotoxicity, and some PFCs are considered to be likely human carcinogens. Further recirculation study is required but this report suggests that cholestyramine therapy may facilitate gastrointestinal elimination of some PFCs from the human body. (Genuis et al. 2010) Factors that Inhibit or Increase Enterohepatic Recirculation
Dietary Fiber
Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation Dietary fiber has long been studied largely focusing on its beneficial effects on colon cancer and disorders of the gastric intestinal tract. In the 1980’s it was suggested that dietary fiber may have a beneficial effect on breast cancer due to its ability to interrupt the enterohepatic recirculation thereby reducing the amount of recycling estrogens. Through evidence from epidemiology, clinical interventions, and animal model studies, this hypothesis is supported in chemical y-induced mammary tumorigenesis, but interestingly enough, some studies do not support an estrogen-based mechanism. Circulating bile acid concentrations were significantly lower in soluble-fiber fed rats versus rats that were fed insoluble fibers. Additionally, the soluble-fiber fed rats fecal bile acid output was significantly higher than that of the insoluble fiber fed rats. These results point to a mechanism involving the disruption of the enterohepatic recirculation. (Overton et al. 1994) Dietary Restriction (Fasting)
There are other factors affecting the enterohepatic recirculation. Dietary restriction (fasting) was shown to be a factor in the concentration of 17-beta-estradiol (E-2) in sheep. The concentration of E-2 was two times greater in bile in the fasted ewes compared to the fed ewes, yet the rate of clearance of E-2 was decreased during nutritional restriction indicating that the enterohepatic recirculation was involved in the decreased E-2 clearance during dietary restriction. (Renquist et al. 2008) Gastric Bypass Surgery
Another factor that may affect the enterohepatic recirculation is gastric bypass surgery. The altered gastrointestinal anatomy was hypothesized in a study done to assess circulating bile acid concentrations in patients who previously underwent gastric bypass. (Lewis and Heaton 1999) Demand for bariatric surgery has risen exponentially and bariatric patients often have multiple indications for post-operative pharmacotherapy. The purpose of this study was to systematical y review the published Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation literature examining the effect of bariatric surgery on drug absorption. The effect of bariatric surgery on drug absorption appears drug-specific. Drugs that are intrinsical y poorly absorbed, highly lipophilic and/or undergo enterohepatic recirculation exhibited the greatest potential for malabsorption. Rigorously conducted controlled studies are needed to evaluate the effect of modern bariatric procedures on drug absorption. (Padwal et al. 2010) Intestinal Transit
A substantial influence on the enterohepatic recirculation of bile acids is intestinal transit. Slow transit is likely to favor disease processes that are related to over-efficient enterohepatic recirculation. These include gal stones, large bowel cancer, and possibly breast cancer. (Lewis and Heaton 1999) Ezetimibe and Cholestyramine
Medications that are used to inhibit the enterohepatic recirculation are ezetimibe, also known as Zetia and cholestyramine. Ezetimibe is commonly prescribed for reducing blood cholesterol; however, the mechanism of action is inhibition of the enterohepatic recirculation versus the mechanism of statins (which is HMB-CoA reductase inhibition). Cholestyramine had been shown to inhibit the recycling thyroid hormones by interrupting the enterohepatic recirculation. (Kaykhaei 2008) Conclusion
The enterohepatic recirculation appears to play a major role in absorption of fat-soluble substances including beneficial compounds such as fat soluble vitamins. However, it appears that the enterohepatic recirculation also can play a detrimental role as compounds that can cause harm are al owed to recycle. This additional exposure to potential y dangerous substances may increase the risk of disease (i.e. hormonally receptive cancers). The use of inhibitory agents such as dietary fiber would be prudent to employ in order to block the possible negative effects of the enterohepatic recirculation. Karen R. Hurd In fulfil ment of requirements for Chemistry 399, Fal 2010 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Gal agher, Ph.D. Enterohepatic Recirculation References
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