Nephrotoxicity of the flame retardant, tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate, and its metabolites

W. Clayton Elliott, Robert K. Lynn, Donald C. Houghton, John M. Kennish, William M. Bennett

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A single ip injection of the carcinogenic flame retardant, tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (TRIS-BP), when administered to male Sprague-Dawley rats, caused polyuric acute renal failure with tubular necrosis involving the late proximal tubule. Glomerular filtration rate and in vitro transport of the organic acid, para-aminohippurate and the organic base, N-[14C]methylnicotinamide, were depressed. An approximately equimolar dose of the TRIS-BP metabolite, bis(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (BIS-BP), caused significantly more severe renal failure. In contrast, the metabolite 2,3-dibromopropanol (BP) was nonnephrotoxic. These data suggest that TRIS-BP nephrotoxicity is mediated via its metabolite BIS-BP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-182
Number of pages4
JournalToxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology


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