Tissue distribution, subcellular localization and covalent binding of 2-chloroaniline and 4-chloroaniline in Fischer 344 rats

Larry D. Dial, Dianne K. Anestis, Stephen R. Kennedy, Gary O. Rankin

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Chloroanilines (CA) are widely used chemical intermediates which induce numerous toxicities including hematotoxicity, splenotoxicity, hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. Although chloroaniline-induced hematotoxicity has been studied in detail, little information is available on the organ-directed toxicity seen following exposure to these agents. The purpose of this study was to examine and compare the excretion and distribution of two nephrotoxicant and hepatotoxicant chloroanilines (2- and 4-chloroaniline) to liver, kidney, spleen, plasma and erythrocytes. Subcellular distribution and covalent binding in kidney and liver were also determined. Male Fischer 344 rats (four per group) were administered [14C]-2-chloroaniline or [14C]-4-chloroaniline (0.5 or 1.0 mmol/kg; ~50 μCi/rat) intraperitoneally (i.p.). Urine, feces, blood and tissues were collected at 3 and 24 h. Both 2- and 4-chloroaniline-derived radioactivity were primarily renally excreted with <1% excretion in the feces by 24 h post-treatment. Both chloroanilines accumulated mainly in liver (percentage of administered dose/total tissue), but kidney generally had similar or higher equivalent concentrations (μmol/g tissue) compared to liver. Subcellular distribution revealed that for both chloroanilines, the cytosolic fraction generally had the highest level of radioactivity independent of time or dose. Covalent binding was detected in both liver and kidney, with the highest concentration (pmol/mg protein) of binding observed in the hepatic microsomal fraction regardless of compound, dose or time studied. In general, 2-chloroaniline derived radioactivity was excreted faster, reached peak tissue concentrations earlier, disappeared from tissues faster and had less covalent binding in target tissue at 24 h than 4-chloroaniline-derived radioactivity. These results suggest that the increased toxic potential of 4-chloroaniline as compared to 2-chloroaniline may be due in part to a more prolonged and persistent accumulation of 4-chloroaniline and/or its metabolites in target tissue. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Nov 16 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Chloroanilines
  • Distribution
  • Rats
  • Reactive intermediates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology


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