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1 Computational Toxicology: New Approaches to Improve Environmental Health Protection Presentation to the 4 th International Academic Conference on Environmental and Occupational Medicine Kunming, China October 17, 2006

2 Are you ready for the revolution? D Butler, Nature Feb ; 409,  “small experiments driven by individual investigators will give way to a world in which multi- disciplinary teams….emerge as the key players…..in the era of systems biology in which the ability to create mathematical models describing the function of networks of genes and proteins is just as important as traditional lab skills.”  “the research teams that will be most successful….are those that switch effortlessly between the lab bench and the suite of sophisticated computational tools.”

3 DNA mRNA Protein Metabolites Transcription Translation Metabolism Molecular Biology Enabling Technologies 3

4 “ … to integrate modern computing and information technology with molecular biology to improve Agency prioritization of data requirements and risk assessment of chemicals”

5 What’s It All About  Digitization  Legacy data  Dispersed data  Scale  Chemicals  Biological space  Levels of biological organization  Quantifying  Physiology, biochemical pathways and networks, biology  Data mining and management

6 The Source to Outcome Continuum Source/Stressor Formation Environmental Conc. External DoseTarget Dose Biological Event Effect/Outcome Historically the problem has been approached one chemical at a time, one stage at a time, with little progress in predicting across the stages and across chemicals. Current demands on the EPA are making this an untenable approach. Computational Toxicology was initiated to provide new thinking to overcoming the bottlenecks.

7 The Source to Outcome Continuum GENOMICS, PROTEOMICS, and METABONOMICS: IDENTIFY/CHARACTERIZE Source/Stressor Formation Environmental Conc. External DoseTarget Dose Biological Event Effect/Outcome COMPUTATIONAL METHODS: PREDICT/PRIORITIZE

8 ToxicologyGenomics Systems Biology Informatics High Throughput Screens 8

9 Toxicity of conazoles in Integrated Toxicogenomics Study Chemical Liver Toxicity Liver Tumors Thyroid Disruption Testicular Toxicity MyclobutanilNO YES PropiconazoleYES NO TriadimefonYES Common MOA across conazoles, tissues, cancer/non-cancer? Use combination of toxicology and genomics to answer these questions.

10 Enriched for: Azole antifungals, p<4.9E-11 Scalar product scores for PXR activation signature Scalar product scores for hepatomegaly signature MYCLOBUTANIL PROPICONAZOLE TRIADIMEFON 10 Iconix genomics signatures combine with their reference database to correctly group EPA compounds with other conazole antifungals Martin, et al Toxicol. Sci. in press

11 CYP and CAR/PXR are differentially expressed in conazole treated rat livers

12 Toxicological Information Gaps

13 >10,000 Chemicals in Need of Evaluation

14 Large Data Gaps Exist for Many Chemical Types

15 Bioactivity Profile of Environmental Chemicals NOEC Primary Toxicology Target Target Gene Family Gene Family Promiscuity Non-specific Assay Interference HTS Target Assay Panels Goal: assesses broad biological effect patterns and correlate with the patterns of known toxicants for forecasting potential for hazard

16 ToxCast – A New EPA Research Program (Dix et al, Toxicol Sci in press) Physical-Chemical Indicators LogPpKA…… Chemical 1 Chemical 2 Chemical Bio-Computational Indicators PASS Molecular Receptor Docking #1 …… Biochemical Based Indicators GPCRs HMG-CoA reductase …… Cellular Based Indicators H4IIEH295R…… In Vitro Omics Indicators Primary Heptatocytes Stem Cells …… Model Organisms Response 1Response 2…… Chemical Grouping Bin 1 Bin 2 Bin 3 …. Bin …. Increasing Biological Relevance Increasing Cost

17 Pesticides as Proof of Concept  ~800 Registered in the United States  Wealth of Toxicological Information  Developmental, reproductive, chronic, etc  Represent broad range of chemistries  Azoles, carbamates, pyrethroids, triazines, etc.  Designed with biological activity in mind  Receptor binding, enzyme inhibition, cytoskeletal, etc.  Have created a library of 400 for study

18 Molecular Docking Experiments & virtual-HTS A Target + Complex A

19 Affinity grid for hPPAR-  PDB ID: 1I7G nM  M mM Affinity increase Ligands in multiple charge states PPAR-  agonist Fluorocarbons PPAR Receptor and Molecular Docking Docking Animation: PFOAs & PPAR

20 ToxCast – Beyond Proof of Concept  Availability of a science-based system to categorize chemicals of like properties and activities  Increasing confidence as database grows  Once operational, Mode of Action leads for new chemicals  Provide EPA Program Offices with a relatively inexpensive predictive tool box that heretofore has been seriously lacking  Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the use of animals in hazard identification and risk assessment

21 Drinking Water Contaminants IRIS Ecotox, Aster, Teratox TSCA Substance Registry List Pesticide Actives Pesticide Other Ingredients High Production Volume Information System EPA’s Chemical Data Islands Green Chemistry Air Toxico- genomics SMILES Chemical Structures Chemical Names CAS Registry Nos.

22 Drinking Water Contaminants IRIS Ecotox, Aster, Teratox TSCA Substance Registry List The world of chemical data Pesticide Actives Pesticide Other Ingredients High Production Volume Information System EPA’s Chemical Data Islands Green Chemistry Air Toxico- genomics SMILES Chemical Structures World Wide Web National Toxicology Program European Chemicals Bureau (SIDS) National Library of Medicine Chemical Names CAS Registry Nos. PubChem Chemical structures

23 Drinking Water Contaminants IRIS Ecotox, Aster, Teratox TSCA Substance Registry List The world of chemical data Pesticide Actives Pesticide Other Ingredients High Production Volume Information System EPA’s Chemical Data Islands Green Chemistry Air Toxico- genomics SMILES PubChem World Wide Web National Toxicology Program European Chemicals Bureau (SIDS) National Library of Medicine Chemical Names CAS Registry Nos. Chemical structures Chemical Structures DSSTox Chemicalstructures

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25 Capturing the Legacy Data

26 Correlating Domain Outputs Cell based Assays Nuclear Receptors Toxicology Endpoints Physical chemical properties Profile Matching

27 27 ToxCast Training Set – Pesticide Actives correlations ToxRef DB Toxicological Profiles DSSTox Chemical Structural Features 27 HTS Profiles ToxCastDBArrayTrackDB Genomics Profiles

28 ToxCast Chemical Classification of Environmental Chemicals correlations ToxRef DB Toxicological Profiles DSSTox Chemical Structural Features Chemical Classification Based on Known or Predicted Toxicity 28 HTS Profiles ToxCastDBArrayTrackDB Genomics Profiles

29 Gas Exchange Arterial Brain GI Tract Liver Kidney Fat Slowly Perfused Rapidly Perfused Metabolism Venous Rats: pnd10: 20 g Adult: 200 g (60 day) Aged: 450 g (2 yr)

30 Predicted Venous Concentrations in rats – 6 hr 500 ppm Modeling uses age-appropriate physiological and chemical specific (e.g., partition coefficients, metabolism rates) parameters Methyl ethyl ketone Trichloroethylene

31 The Virtual Liver: A multiscale, computational model

32 Molecular Circuitry Hanahan and Weinberg, Hallmarks of Cancer, Cell, 100, 57-70, 2000.

33 Reduction of uncertainty in risk assessment (Policy-based approach) Risk RfC Range of uncertainty (Mechanism-based approach) Information

34 ToxRef DB Array Track Virtual Liver NCCT ToxCast 34

35 Acknowledgements  DSSTox  Ann Richard  ToxCast and RefToxDB  David Dix  Keith Houck  Richard Judson  Matt Martin  Molecular Modeling  Jim Rabinowitz  Rocky Goldsmith  Tom Transue  Life Stages  Hugh Barton  Chester Rodriquez  Virtual Liver  Jerry Blancato  Rory Conolly  Imran Shah

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