The effects of several toxic halogenated aryl hydrocarbons including 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenzofuran, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8-pentachlorodibenzofuran, 3, 3', 4, 4'-tetrabromobiphenyl, 3, 3', 4, 4'5-pentachlorobiphenyl, and 3, 3', 4, 4'-tetrachloroazobenzene on hepatic microsomal testosterone hydroxylases were determined in the immature male rat. All of these compounds induced hepatic testosterone 7α-hydroxylase and inhibited testosterone 6β-, 16α-, 16β-, and 2α-hydroxylases and androstenedione formation. It was observed that there was a good correlation between the increase in testosterone 7α-hydroxylase by the halogenated hydrocarbons and their ability to cause body weight loss in the exposed rats. Comparable linear correlations were observed between toxicity and the decreased activities of other testosterone hydroxylases. The role of altered testosterone metabolism in the toxicity of halogenated aryl hydrocarbons is unknown.
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