Thiol/disulfide homeostasis in asphalt workers

YILMAZ Ö. H., Bal C., Neselioglu S., Buyuksekerci M., Gunduzoz M., Eren F., ...More

ARCHIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, vol.71, no.5, pp.268-272, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


The aim of this study was to investigate thiol/disulfide homeostasis in asphalt workers who are exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons occupationally. The study was carried out in 34 nonsmoker asphalt workers. Additionally, 35 healthy nonsmoker volunteers were recruited as control group. Thiol and disulfide concentrations were determined using the novel automated measurement method. Levels of urinary 1-OH-pyrene were analyzed by liquid chromatography. Disulfide/thiol ratio was significantly higher in exposed group (p = .034). Also, a positive correlation was detected between disulfide/thiol ratio and 1-OH-pyrene values (r = .249, p = .036). Thiol/disulfide homeostasis was found to be disturbed in asphalt workers. The novel test used in this study may be useful for evaluating the oxidative status in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) exposure.