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EC number: 232-087-8 | CAS number: 7785-70-8
The mean total concentration of the monoterpenes in the air of the chamber from all the turpentine exposures was 449 mg/m3, with a relative SD of 1-4%, based on air concentrations from four different occasions at each exposure.
If the assumption is made that the turpentine consists of alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, and 3-carene, the proportions of the vapour were about 54%, 11%, and 35%, respectively.
Table 1: Mean (SD) experimental results ofsome physiological and toxicokinetic vaiables from two hour inhalation exposure to 450 mg/m3 of turpentine during physical exercise at a workload of 50 W (also, results from previous single exposure to alpha-pinene and 3-carene are presented)
Exposure to turpentine
Exposure to alpha-pinene
Exposure to 3-carene
Air concentration (mg/m3)
Net uptake (% of total inhaled)
Respiratory elimination after exposure (% of net uptake)
2.4 (1.5) *
Concentration at steady state (30 min before end of exposure) (µmol/L)
* P<0.05, Student's t test v. pure 3-carene (450 mg/m3)
Table 2: mean (SD) apparent CLs and t1/2s of alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, and 3-carene from two hour inhalation exposure to 450 mg/m3 of alpha-pinene, 3-carene or turpentine during physical exercise at a workload of 50 W
0.8 (0.09) §
0.5 (0.3) §
0.4 (0.1) §
t1/2 terminal (h)
§ four subjects due to analytical problems resulting in problems calculating AUC
In this study, eight male volunteers were exposed to 450 mg/m3 turpentine by inhalation (2 h with physical exercise workload of 50 W) in an exposure chamber and the extent of alpha pinene, beta pinene and 3-carene inhaled as well as their excretion rates from blood were investigated.
The mean relative uptakes of alpha pinene, beta pinene, and 3-carene were 62%, 66%, and 68% respectively, of the amount inhaled. Between 2% and 5 % of the net uptake was excreted unchanged in the expired air after the end of exposure.
The mean blood clearance 21 h after exposure (CL21h) of alpha pinene, beta pinene and 3-carene, were 0.8, 0.5, and 0.4 L/kg/h, respectively. The mean half lives (t1/2) of the last phase of alpha pinene, beta pinene, and 3-carene averaged 32, 25, and 42 h, respectively.
The last phase of the t1/2s tended to be longer after exposure to turpentine than monoterpenes. The total blood clearance CL21h of 3 carene found in this study was lower, and CL4h of 3-carene was significantly lower than the values obtained from similar exposure to pure 3-carene.
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