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-exogenous chemicals in the air, water, etc that are inhaled, ingested, etc


Phase I reactions

-first step of either metabolizing xenobiotics to inactive metabolites or activating them into toxic compounds
-involved hydrolysis, oxidation, or reduction reactions
-most important catalyst is cytochrome p-450 enzymes


Phase II reactions

-metabolism of phase I products into excretable water-soluble compounds
-glucuronidation, sulfation, methylation or glutathione conjugation


Carbon monoxide

-product of incomplete oxidation of carbonaceous materials
-systemic asphyxiant that causes CNS depression
-hemoglobin has 200x greater affinity for CO than for oxygen, and so does not carry oxygen resulting in hypoxia at low concentrations, and unconsciousness and death at high concentrations (in 5 min in a garage)
-chronic CO poisoning: ischemic changes in CNS especially basal ganglia
-acute CO poisoning: cherry-red skin and mucus membranes; may see cerebral edema, punctate hemorrhages and hypoxia induced neuronal changes (changes not specific for CO but seen in any hypoxic injury)



-main sources: contaminated fish, mercury vapours from dental amalgams
-methyl mercury (organic compound) accumulates in CNS and can cause deafness, mental retardation etc (Minamata disease), cerebral palsy, and kidney damage
-CDC recommends low mercury intake in pregnancy to protect against fetal brain damage
-?autism link



-found in herbal supplements, wood preservers, herbicides
-causes cardiovascular, CNS and gastrointestinal toxicity
-arsenic keratoses and SCC



-from batteries, soil contamination (most commonly ingested)
-causes obstructive lung disease and renal tubular damage that can progress to end stage renal disease


Vinyl chloride risk and who is at risk

-angiosarcoma of the liver
-risk to producers of polyvinyl resins


Main steps in alcohol metabolism

-converted to acetaldehyde by alcohol dehydrogenase in hepatocytes
-acetaldehyde converted to acetate by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase
-acetate then utilized by mitochondrial respiratory transport chain


Effects of chronic alcoholism

Liver: steatosis, steatohepatitis, cirrhosis
GI tract: gastritis, ulcers and varices can cause life-threatening bleeding; pancreatitis
CNS/PNS: thiamine deficiency causing Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and peripheral neuropathy
CV system: dilated cardiomyopathy
Cancer: oral cavitiy, esophagus, liver
Malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies


Mechanism of injury in acetaminophen toxicity

-accumulation of NAPQI which binds to hepatic proteins causing damage to membranes and mitochondria, and depletion of GSH (which normally conjugates NAPQI), making hepatocytes more susceptible to ROS-induced injury
-because alcohol induces CYP2E1 which metabolizes some acetaminophen to NAPQI, toxicity occurs at lower doses in alcoholics
-in the normal setting, 95% of acetaminophen is detoxified by phase II enzymes, but in larger doses, the NAPQI pathway gets activated more


Histologic features of acetaminophen overdose

-centrilobular necrosis that may extend to involve entire lobules


Acute ASA overdose

-respiratory alkalosis due to stimulation of medullary respiratory centres
-then, metabolic acidosis producing nausea, coma


Effects of cocaine

Generally: blocks reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine and epinephrine
Cardiovascular effects: acts as a sympathomimetic causing tachycardia, hypertension and peripheral vasoconstriction; also induces myocardial ischemia via coronary artery vasoconstriction; also lethal arrhythmias from ion transport disruption
CNS: hyperpyrexia
Pregnancy: fetal hypoxia due to vasoconstriction in placenta


Effects of heroin

Opioid agonist (Mu receptor)

Sudden death due to respiratory depression, arrhythmia and cardiac arrest and severe pulmonary edema
Pulmonary edema
Infections including endocarditis due to injections
Renal disease


Features determining the significance of a burn injury

-depth of burn
-percentage body surface involved
-internal injuries caused by inhalation of hot and toxic fumes
-promptness and efficacy of therapy, especially fluid resuscitation


Types of electrical injuries

-ventricular fibrillation
-cardiac/respiratory centre failure
-tetanic muscle spasm resulting in prolonged grabbing in alternating currents


Damage to DNA caused by ionizing radiation

-double strand breaks, single base damage, single strand breaks, DNA-protein cross links
-double strand breaks are the most serious because repair often produces mutations, which, if not corrected, may initiate carcinogenesis



-growth retardation and loss of muscle but visceral protein compartment (liver) is only marginally depleted, therefore albumin levels near normal
-subcutaneous fat is mobilized for fuel
-emaciated extremities; large head for body



-protein deprivation > calorie deprivation
-severe loss of the visceral protein compartment, leading to hypoalbuminemia and generalized edema
-relative sparing of subcutaneous fat and muscle mass
-enlarged fatty liver


Functions of vitamin A

-maintaining vision (required to build pigments)
-differentiation of mucus-secreting epithelium (becomes keratinized without vitamin A)
-roles in fatty acid metabolism
-involved in host resistance to infections


Effects of vitamin A deficiency

-night blindness
-xerophthalmia (dry eye)
-squamous metaplasia of respiratory tissues causing loss of mucociliary epithelium and infection
-follicular plugging in skin
-immune deficiency


Vitamin D deficiency

-Rickets in children
-Osteomalacia in adults
-both due to an excess of unmineralized matrix



-due to lack of Vitamin D
-overgrowth of cartilage due to inadequate calcification with deposition of osteoid on inadequately mineralized cartilage with subsequent fractures and skeletal deformation
-flattened occipital bones, frontal bossing, rachitic rosary (overgrowth of cartilage at the costochondral junction)



-deranged normal bone remodelling due to lack of vitamin D
-excess persistent inadequately mineralized osteoid
-histology: thickened matrix around normal basophilic mineralized bone
-susceptible to fractures


Main function of vitamin C

-production of prolyl and lysyl hydroxylases that result in hydroxylation of procollagen
-antioxidant properties: free radical scavenging


Features of vitamin C deficiency

-poor vessel support: bleeding gums, joints, skin
-inadequate synthesis of osteoid
-impaired wound healing



-synthesized by fat cells
-stimulates POMC/CART neurons in the hypothalamus that produce anorexigenic neuropeptides (MSH)
-inhibits NPY neurons thereby inhibiting feeding-inducing neuropeptides
-leptin is dimished when there are inadequate stores of body fat
-leptin resistance may be a cause for obesity



-produced in stomach and arcuate nucleus
-only known gut hormone that increases food intake



-primary error of morphogenesis with an intrinsically abnormal developmental process
-usually multifactorial rather than related to a single chromosomal defect
-e.g. anencephaly