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Okamura A.,Nagoya University | Okamura A.,Japan Society for the Promotion of Science | Saito I.,Food Safety and Quality Research Center | Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | And 3 more authors.
Toxicology Letters | Year: 2012

The measurement of blood cholinesterase (ChE) activities is adopted worldwide for biological monitoring of exposure to organophosphorus insecticides (OPs). Recent development of analytical chemistry has made sensitive quantification possible of non-specific OP metabolites, dialkylphosphates, in urine as a biomarker of low-level OP exposure. In this study, we established a method for quantification of urinary 3-methyl-4-nitrophenol (MNP), a specific metabolite of fenitrothion (FNT), and a parathion metabolite p-nitrophenol (PNP), using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The limits of detection of MNP and PNP were 0.3 and 0.5 μg/L, respectively. The method enabled the quantification of both free and conjugated metabolites. This method was actually applied to monitor human urine in summer and winter in FNT sprayers (N= 29 and 9, respectively) and control workers (N= 17 and 29, respectively). Geometric mean total MNP concentrations (μg/g. creatinine) in the FNT sprayers (28.8 in summer and 8.6 in winter) were significantly higher than those of the controls (3.1 in summer and 2.3 in winter) in both seasons. Among the sprayers, total MNP concentrations in summer were significantly higher than in winter. In contrast, no significant difference in total PNP concentrations was observed between FNT sprayers (geometric mean 3.4 in summer and 3.0 in winter) and controls (3.6 in summer and 2.1 in winter). No seasonal difference was observed in each group. In conclusion, the present new method is sensitive enough for biological monitoring of FNT and parathion metabolites even in a non-spraying population. © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | Satoh T.,Chiba University | Kondo T.,Nagoya University | Takagi K.,Nagoya University | And 7 more authors.
Toxicology Letters | Year: 2010

Acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) activities in blood are widely used as the biomarkers for organophosphorus insecticide (OP) exposure. In the present study, we conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate plasma β-glucuronidase (BG), a sensitive biomarker candidate for OP exposure, BChE activities and urinary dialkyl phosphates (DAPs), OP metabolites. We assessed the relationship between these biomarker levels in the following groups: 32 controls (control), 21 pest control operators and their co-workers who had not sprayed OPs within 3 days prior to sample collection (PCO1), and 21 pest control operators who sprayed OPs within those 3 days (PCO2). Logarithmically transformed age-adjusted means of DAPs were 3.88, 5.62 and 6.45 nmol/g creatinine for control, PCO1 and PCO2, respectively (P < 0.001 for difference, P < 0.001 for trend). Logarithmically transformed age-adjusted means of BG were 1.40, 1.52 and 1.85 μmol/L/h for control, PCO1 and PCO2, respectively. BG activity, but not BChE, was increased according to their OP exposure level (P = 0.038 for difference, P = 0.026 for trend). It was concluded that plasma BG activity is more sensitive biomarker as well as urinary OP metabolites than BChE for low-level exposure in humans. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | Harada K.H.,Kyoto University | Koizumi A.,Kyoto University | Sugiura Y.,Nagoya University | And 3 more authors.
Environmental Science and Technology | Year: 2015

Over the last two decades, usage of neonicotinoid (NEO) insecticides has increased due to their high selectivity for insects versus mammals and their effectiveness for extermination of insects resistant to conventional pesticides such as pyrethroids and organophosphates (OPs). However, historical change of the NEO exposure level in humans is poorly understood. The aim of this study is to reveal changes in the levels of NEO and OP exposure in the human body over the last two decades using biomonitoring technique. We quantified urinary concentrations of 7 NEOs (acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam) and 4 metabolites of OPs (dimethylphosphate, dimethylthiophosphate, diethylphosphate, and diethylthiophosphate) in 95 adult females aged 45-75 in 1994, 2000, 2003, 2009, and 2011 (n = 17-20 different individuals in each year). The results show that the detection rates of urinary NEOs in Japanese women increased significantly between 1994 and 2011, suggesting that intakes of NEOs into the human body rose during that period. In contrast, exposure to OPs having O,O-dimethyl moieties decreased steadily according to a finding that geometric means of urinary dimethylphosphate concentrations kept diminishing considerably. These changes may reflect the amounts of NEOs and OPs used as insecticides in Japan. © 2015 American Chemical Society.


PubMed | Kyoto University, Nagoya City University, Food Safety and Quality Research Center and Nagoya University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Environmental science & technology | Year: 2015

Over the last two decades, usage of neonicotinoid (NEO) insecticides has increased due to their high selectivity for insects versus mammals and their effectiveness for extermination of insects resistant to conventional pesticides such as pyrethroids and organophosphates (OPs). However, historical change of the NEO exposure level in humans is poorly understood. The aim of this study is to reveal changes in the levels of NEO and OP exposure in the human body over the last two decades using biomonitoring technique. We quantified urinary concentrations of 7 NEOs (acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam) and 4 metabolites of OPs (dimethylphosphate, dimethylthiophosphate, diethylphosphate, and diethylthiophosphate) in 95 adult females aged 45-75 in 1994, 2000, 2003, 2009, and 2011 (n = 17-20 different individuals in each year). The results show that the detection rates of urinary NEOs in Japanese women increased significantly between 1994 and 2011, suggesting that intakes of NEOs into the human body rose during that period. In contrast, exposure to OPs having O,O-dimethyl moieties decreased steadily according to a finding that geometric means of urinary dimethylphosphate concentrations kept diminishing considerably. These changes may reflect the amounts of NEOs and OPs used as insecticides in Japan.


Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | Kamijima M.,Nagoya City University | Kondo T.,Nagoya University | Takagi K.,Nagoya University | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences | Year: 2010

Among urinary organophosphorus pesticide (OP) metabolites, dialkyl phosphates (DAPs) have been most often measured as a sensitive biomarker in non-occupational and occupational OP exposure risk assessment. In our conventional method, we have employed a procedure including simple liquid-liquid extraction (diethyl ether/acetonitrile), derivatization (pentafluorobenzylbromide, PFBBr) and clean-up (multi-layer column) for gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis starting from 5-mL urine samples. In this study, we introduce a revised analytical method for urinary DAPs; its main modification was aimed at improving the pre-derivatization dehydration procedure. The limits of detection were approximately 0.15μg/L for dimethylphosphate (DMP), 0.07μg/L for diethylphosphate (DEP), and 0.05μg/L for both dimethylthiophosphate (DMTP) and diethylthiophosphate (DETP) in 2.5-mL human urine samples. Within-run precision (percent of relative standard deviation, %RSD) at the DAP levels varying in the range of 0.5-50μg/L was 6.0-19.1% for DMP, 3.6-18.3% for DEP, 8.0-25.6% for DMTP and 9.6-27.8% for DETP. Between-run precision at 5μg/L was below 15.7% for all DAPs. The revised method proved to be feasible to routine biological monitoring not only for occupational OP exposure but also for environmental background levels in the general population. Compared to our previous method, the revised method underscores the importance of adding pre-derivatization anhydration for higher sensitivity and precision. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | Saito I.,Food Safety and Quality Research Center | Kondo T.,Nagoya University | Taki T.,Food Safety and Quality Research Center | And 9 more authors.
Chemosphere | Year: 2012

A recent development in analytical chemistry has enabled us to monitor systemic organophosphorus insecticide (OP) exposure at individual levels. At present, however, limited data are currently available on urinary OP metabolite levels worldwide. The purpose of this study was to assess urinary dialkylphosphate (DAP) concentrations in Japanese workers. Urine samples were collected in both summer and winter from 339 Japanese adults who worked as food distributors (FDs, n=164), apple farmers (AFs, n=147) and pest control operators (PCOs, n=28). DAPs were measured by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after derivatization with pentafluorobenzylbromide. Dimethylphosphate (DMP), diethylphosphate (DEP), dimethylthiophosphate (DMTP) and diethylthiophosphate (DETP) were detected in the urine of over 87% of the studied populations in both seasons. The geometric mean values of total DAPs (nmolg -1 creatinine), DMP, DMTP, DEP and DETP (μgg -1 creatinine) in summer and winter were 106.7 and 98.3, 7.0 and 3.8, 3.4 and 4.5, 0.8 and 1.5, and 0.3 and 0.2 for the FDs, 440.8 and 197.7, 33.1 and 10.8, 10.1 and 5.8, 4.2 and 4.7 and 1.6 and 0.8 for the AFs, and 473.4 and 284.6, 28.9 and 22.2, 17.6 and 4.6, 3.5 and 4.4, and 0.5 and 0.6 for the PCOs, respectively, thereby revealing significantly higher concentrations in AFs and PCOs groups than in the FDs in both seasons except for winter DMTP. These DAP concentrations were approximately the same or at lower levels compared with those reported in the previous literature. This is one of the first studies to demonstrate urinary DAP concentrations in Japanese adults. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | Nomura H.,Nagoya University | Kondo T.,Nagoya University | Saito I.,Food Safety and Quality Research Center | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Occupational Health | Year: 2014

Objectives: Agricultural use of neonicotinoid (NEO) insecticides has been increasing in recent years, but their biological monitoring methods have been scarcely reported. In this study, we developed and validated a rapid and sensitive method for quantifying urinary NEO concentrations using high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Methods: After phosphate-induced acidification of a urine sample, urinary NEOs were trapped by a solid-phase extraction column and eluted with methanol for acetamiprid, imidacloprid, thiacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin and dinotefuran and with an acetonitrile and methanol solution (1:1, v/v) containing 5% NH3 for nitenpyram. A separation analysis was performed by LC-MS/MS within 10 minutes for the sample. This method was applied to first morning urine obtained from 52 Japanese (40.9 ± 10.5 years old, mean ± standard deviation) without occupational NEO exposure. Results: The linear dynamic ranges and their limit of quantification (LOQ, signal to noise ratio=10) levels were 0.3-20 or 50 μg/l (r=0.998-0.999) and 0.05-0.36 μg/l, respectively. The absolute recovery was 64-95%, and the intra- and inter-day precisions were less than 16.4% (relative standard deviation, %RSD). This method was successfully applied for analysis of NEOs in human Adultsurine samples obtained from 52 adults. The frequencies of individuals who showed more than LOD levels was above 90% for imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin and dinotefuran, more than 50% for acetamiprid and thiacloprid and 29% for nitenpyram. Conclusions: These results indicated that our new method could be applied to biological monitoring of NEO exposure even at environmental exposure levels in Japanese adults without occupational spraying histories.


Nomura H.,Nagoya University | Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | Kondo T.,Nagoya University | Saito I.,Food Safety and Quality Research Center | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences | Year: 2013

A rapid and sensitive analytical method using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was developed for the measurement of neonicotinoid (NEO) metabolites 6-chloronicotinic acid (6CN), 2-chloro-1,3-thiazole-5-carboxylic acid (2CTCA) and 3-furoic acid (3FA) from human urine. After acid hydrolysis, the metabolites were extracted using solid phase extraction (SPE) column (Bond Elute Plexa PCX) and eluted with methanol. N,O-bis (trimethylsilyl) trifluoroacetamide with 1% trimethylchlorosilane (BSTFA-TMCS, 99:1) was used for the derivatization of metabolites and analyzed by GC-MS with the electron ionization mode. The elution solvent, derivatization reagent and its conditions were mainly optimized for improved detection and quantitation of the metabolites based on signal-to-noise ratio, recoveries and reproducibility. Our present method offered a sufficiently low limit of detection (0.1. μg/L for each metabolite) with satisfactory within-run and between-day accuracy and precision (variability less than 12.3%, R.S.D). This method is simple, sensitive and precise, and has been successfully applied to quantify low concentrations of urinary 6CN, 2CTCA and 3FA for the occupational NEO exposures survey. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.


Ueyama J.,Nagoya University | Saito I.,Food Safety and Quality Research Center | Kamijima M.,Nagoya City University
Journal of Pesticide Science | Year: 2010

The current risk assessment of human exposure to low-level pyrethroids (PYRs) is generally based on the estimation of residue intake from diets. Limited data are available on individual exposure levels in human studies, which is partly attributable to the difficulty in biological monitoring of PYR exposure. This obstacle has been overcome in recent years due to the evolution of analytical chemistry. Separation and sensitive identification and quantitation of urinary PYR metabolites are today reliably made with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. This article gives an overview of the biological monitoring of urinary PYR metabolites, reviews PYR metabolite levels in general populations, and discusses future research perspectives in the field of environmental health. © Pesticide Science Society of Japan.


PubMed | Okazaki City Public Health Center, Nagoya City University, Food Safety and Quality Research Center and Nagoya University
Type: | Journal: Environmental research | Year: 2016

The use of neonicotinoid (NEO) insecticides has increased over the past decade not only in Japan but also worldwide, while organophosphate (OP) and pyrethroid (PYR) insecticides are still conventionally used in agriculture and domestic pest control. However, limited data are currently available on the NEO exposure levels, especially in children, who are particularly vulnerable to environmental toxicants. Thus, the purpose of this study was to characterize the exposure to NEOs, as well as OPs and PYRs, in three-year-old Japanese children by assessing the range, distribution, and seasonal differences of the urinary concentrations of seven NEOs (acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, thiacloprid, thiamethoxam, imidacloprid, and nitenpyram); four OP metabolites (dialkylphosphates [DAPs]), including dimethylphosphate, dimethylthiophosphate, diethylphosphate, and diethylthiophosphate; and three PYR metabolites (3-phenoxybenzoic acid, trans-chrysanthemumdicarboxylic acid, and 3-(2,2-dichlorovinyl)-2,2- dimethylcyclopropane carboxylic acid). Urine samples were collected from 223 children (108 males and 115 females) in the summer and winter months. The detection rates of NEOs were 58% for dinotefuran, 25% for thiamethoxam, 21% for nitenpyram, and <16% for all other NEOs. The median and maximum concentrations of the sum of the seven NEOs (NEO) were 4.7 and 370.2nmol/g creatinine, respectively. Urinary NEO, dimethylphosphate, and all PYR metabolite concentrations were significantly higher in the summer than in the winter (p<0.05). The creatinine-adjusted concentration of NEO significantly correlated with those of all DAPs (p<0.05) but not with those of the PYR metabolites. Moreover, the NEO-detected group showed higher urinary DAP (sum of four OP metabolites) concentrations than the group without NEO detection. These findings suggest that children in Japan are environmentally exposed to the three major insecticide lines, and that the daily exposure sources of NEOs are common to those of OPs.

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