Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

N-Phenylanthranilic acid (NPAA) causes renal papillary necrosis (RPN) in the rat following repeated oral dosing. Non-invasive early detection of RPN is difficult, but a number of potential biomarkers have been investigated, including phospholipid and uronic acid excretion. This study used 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic analysis of urine to investigate urinary metabolic perturbations occurring in the rat following exposure to NPAA. Male Alderley Park rats received NPAA (300, 500 or 700 mg kg-1 day-1 orally) for 7 days, and urine was collected on days 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. In a separate study, urine was collected on days 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 from rats receiving 500 mg kg-1 day-1. Samples were analysed by 1H NMR spectroscopy combined with multivariate data analysis and clinical chemistry. Histopathology and clinical chemistry analysis of terminal blood samples was carried out following termination on days 4, 6, 8 and 29 (4 week time course) and days 2, 4, 6 and 8 (8 day study). Urine analysis revealed a marked, though variable, excretion of β-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate and acetone (ketone bodies) seen on days 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 of the study. It is postulated that the ketonuria might be secondary to an alteration in fatty acid metabolism due to inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. In addition, an elevation in urinary ascorbate was observed during the first 8 days of the study. Ascorbate is considered to be a biomarker of hepatic response, probably reflecting an increased hepatic activity due to glucuronidation of NPAA. © 2003 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Original publication




Journal article



Publication Date





472 - 490