Glenn D. Ritchie, Ph.D.


Marni Y. V. Bekkedal, Ph.D.


LT Andrew J. Bobb (Ph.D.), MSC, USNR


CAPT Kenneth R. Still (Ph.D.), MSC, USN





            This work was performed under JP-8 Jet Fuels Work Units.



            Animal handling procedures used in this study were subject to review and approval by the Animal Care and Use Committee located at Wright-Patterson AFB and the Airforce Surgeon General.  The experiments reported herein were conducted according to the principles set forth in the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals,” prepared by the Committee on Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research, National Research Council, DHHS, National Institutes of Health Publication 85-23, 1985, and the Animal Welfare Act of 1966, as amended.



Table of Contents                                                                                                       Page


1.         Introduction.............................................................................................................. 3

2.         Chemical and Physical Properties of JP-8........................................................ 3

3.                  Chemical Constituents of JP-8  .......................................................................... 3

4.                  Self-Reported and Medically Diagnosed Health Effects in
Humans Exposed to JP-8..................................................................................... 5

5.         JP-8 Exposure Scenarios..................................................................................... 6

6.         Carcinogenicity or Mortality.................................................................................. 7

7.         Acute JP-8 Exposure Effects................................................................................ 7

8.         Central or Peripheral Nervous System Effects................................................. 8

9.                  Reproductive System and Developmental Effects........................................... 10

10.       Pulmonary System Effects................................................................................... 11

11.       Heart and Circulatory System Effects................................................................. 12

12.       Dermal System Effects.......................................................................................... 13

13.       Gastrointestinal System Effects........................................................................... 14

14.       Immune System Effects........................................................................................ 14

15.       Musculoskeletal System Effects.......................................................................... 16

16.       Renal System Effects............................................................................................ 16

17.       Hepatic System Effects......................................................................................... 17

18.       Endocrine System Effects.................................................................................... 18

19.       Metabolic Effects.................................................................................................... 18

20.       Genotoxic Effects................................................................................................... 18

21.       Blood System Effects............................................................................................. 19

22.       Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Acute Myelogenous
Leukemia (AML) .................................................................................................... 19

23.       Human, Animal and In Vitro Consequences of Acute or Long-Term

Exposure to Specific Chemical Constituents of JP-8:..................................... 20

A. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)....................................... 20

B. Benzene.................................................................................................. 22

C. Toluene................................................................................................... 23

D. Trimethylbenzenes............................................................................... 25

E. Xylenes.................................................................................................... 26

F. n-Hexane................................................................................................. 26

24. Conclusions.................................................................................................................. 27

25. References.................................................................................................................... 28

26. Report Documentation Page (SF 298)..................................................................... 45



1.  Introduction

Approximately 60 billion gallons of military Jet Propulsion Fuel-8 (JP-8, domestic; F-34 international) and the commercial jet industry equivalents Jet A (domestic) and Jet A-1 (international flights) are consumed internationally on an annual basis (26 billion gallons in the US) [Armbrust Aviation Group, 1998; Henz, 1998]. Although JP-8, Jet A and Jet A-1 are chemically identical, except for performance additive packages, and are all distilled from de-sulfurized kerosene (for kerosene toxicity reviews, see US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1998; Committee on Toxicology, 2001), this report is limited to discussion of JP-8 toxicity. While JP-8 (F-34) has been used since 1972 by the militaries of some North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, and since 1992-1996 by the US Air Force (USAF), the US Army and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, there is remarkably little published human research investigating possible human health effects. There is, however, a wealth of recently published animal and in vitro studies of JP-8 toxicity. This report summarizes available human, animal and in vitro studies investigating biological and health effects from acute or long-term exposure to JP-8, its combustion products, and each of six major chemical constituents of JP-8 with known human toxicity potential.

2.  Chemical and Physical Properties of JP-8


Physical State/Appearance:                      Clear and bright to light amber liquid

Odor Description:                                         Light hydrocarbon/kerosene odor

Molecular Weight:                                        180 (average) [Exxon/Mobil, 1999]

Lower Explosive Limit                                 0.7-0.9%

Upper Explosive Limit                                 5-6%

Autoignition Temp.                                      210oC; 475oF

Freezing Point                                              -530F

Flash Point Method:                                                TCC

Flash Point:                                                  100-113oF

Melting Point:                                               -53oF

Vapor Pressure (mm Hg):                          2 mm @68oF; 20 mm@158oF;

Vapor Density (Air = 1):                               4.5-5

Specific Gravity:                                           0.8

Conversion Factors: (@25oC):                  Unknown

Solubility in Water:                                      Negligible


[References - Current JP-8 MSDS Exxon/Mobil; Amoco; Pride Company; BP Oil; Shell Oil; Mapco Alaska Petroleum; Arco Products; Najavo Refining; Coastal; La Gloria Oil and Gas; Hunt Refining; Chevron Oil; Age Refining; Repsol Oil International, Ltd.; Diamond Shamrock Refining; Toxicological Profiles, DHHS, Aug. 1998(Ref.#179)]


3.  Chemical Constituents of JP-8


As determined by gas chromatography (GC), JP-8 contains approximately 228 identifiable hydrocarbon constituents (C5-C17+), although this number may exceed 2,000 when all isomeric forms of these constituents are considered (Allen et al., 2001; Ritchie et al., 2001a). As a function of the fuel manufacturer, fuel lot, and targeted fuel performance objectives, the volume percentage of specific constituents may vary substantially. Additionally, JP-8 formulations developed for specific environments and fuel performance applications may include unique performance additive packages. JP-8 contains three additives: 1) the icing inhibitor diethylene glycolmonomethyl ether (DiEGME), 0.1% v/v; 2) the anti-static compound Stadis 450, 2 mg/L; and 3) the corrosion inhibitor DCI-4A, 15 mg/L (Allen et al., 2001). The possible toxicity of these individual additives and possible additive or synergistic toxicity with hydrocarbon constituents of the parent fuel has been only minimally researched. JP-8 (100), a new formulation being introduced for use by the USAF, is identical to JP-8 except for the addition of three more performance additives.  These additives are 1) the antioxidant butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), 25 ppm; 2) the metal deactivator (MDA), 3 ppm; and 3) the detergent and dispersant 8Q405, 70 ppm (Kanikkannnan et al., 2001). JP-8 (100) is presently being manufactured by at least 5 different refining companies, with targeted performance objectives of improving JP-8 thermal stability by 100oF, improving fuel heat sink capacity by 50%, and reducing fouling in jet engine nozzles and afterburner spray assemblies. Because JP-8 (100) is used at only two air bases (Kingsley Air National Guard base and Sheppard AFB) (Wolfe et al., 1997), its discussion in this report will be limited to studies containing toxicity comparisons to JP-8. While the possible toxicity of the vast majority of the hydrocarbon constituents (and particularly their isoforms or metabolites) and performance additives of JP-8 has not been researched, there is significant scientific literature describing health effects from acute or long-term exposure to several of the constituents of JP-8. (Current JP-8 MSDS Exxon/Mobil; Amoco; Pride Company; BP Oil; Shell Oil; Mapco Alaska Petroleum; Arco Products; Najavo Refining; Coastal; La Gloria Oil and Gas; Hunt Refining; Chevron Oil; Age Refining; Repsol Oil International, Ltd.; Diamond Shamrock Refining; Kannikannan et al. 2001):           


            Major Chemical                                                       Approximate Volume/Volume

            Constituent                                                              Concentration in JP-8                  

A) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

    (including Naphthalene)                                                0.29-3%

B) Benzene                                                               0.10-0.8%

C) Toluene                                                                0.06-1%

D) 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene                                                0.75-1%

E) o-, m-, p-Xylenes                                                 1.00-1.23%

F) n-Hexane                                                              <0.1%


Because the health effects of these individual constituents of JP-8 are relatively well known, a subsequent section (Section 23) of this report will summarize these results. It must be remembered that health consequences from exposure to higher concentrations of these constituents, as may occur in various occupational environments, do not necessarily imply the same health effects from acute or repeated exposure to the lower concentrations contained in JP-8. Further, it should be considered that hydrocarbon exposure histories (i.e., Jet A, Jet A-1, JP-4, JP-5, AVGAS, MOGAS, diesel fuel, marine diesel fuel, benzene, toluene or xylene based solvents, paints or glues, etc.) of personnel presently exposed to JP-8 must be considered in individual risk analyses.                 

4.  Self-Reported and Medically Diagnosed Health Effects in Humans Exposed to JP-8


Since the 1992-1996 conversion from predominant use of JP-4 jet fuel (40-50% kerosene: 50-60% unleaded gasoline) to JP-8 by the USAF and US Army, there have been increased self-reported and/or medically diagnosed complaints from exposed personnel.  Medical symptoms include nausea, headaches, fatigue, blocked nasal passages, skin irritation, respiratory distress, and ear infections (Ullrich and Lyons, 2000; Ritchie et al., 2001a).  JP-8 was refined to exhibit a higher flash point, lower vapor pressure, and increased handling safety compared to JP-4. JP-8 necessarily vaporizes less quickly from skin, clothing, environmental surfaces, soil, and groundwater, and is more likely to be found in aerosolized versus vapor phase compared to JP-4. (Allen et al., 2000). These characteristics of JP-8, compared to JP-4, may provide increased human dermal exposure to raw fuel as well as increased respiratory exposure to aerosol phase.

Repeated exposure of humans to JP-8 vapor and/or aerosol, or to JP-8 combustion by-products (elemental C, CO, NOx, SOx, formaldehyde, PAHs, etc.) [Childers et al., 2000] is commonly self-reported to induce irritation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory system (Kobayashi and Kikukawa, 2000, Ritchie et al., 2001a). The transition from JP-4 to JP-8 by the USAF and US Army may have exacerbated respiratory irritant effects, as the lower volatility of JP-8 may result in increased probability of aerosol formation.   Exhaust from JP-8 combustion may contain higher concentrations of the respiratory irritant formaldehyde than comparable exhaust from aircraft previously using JP-4 (Kobayashi and Kikukawa, 2000). There has been, however, no published study of possible pulmonary toxicity in humans exposed repeatedly to JP-8 vapor, aerosol, or exhaust (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1998).

A very common self-reported or diagnosed human health effect of JP-8 exposure is skin irritation (Ritchie et al., 2001a). JP-8 has been shown to produce skin irritation or skin sensitization in several species and strains (Kinkead et al., 1992, Wolfe et al., 1996). This is consistent with NIOSH statistics, indicating that skin disease is the second most common type of occupational health effect (Kanikkannan et al., 2000). With repeated dermal exposure to JP-8, as occurs in a number of fuel handling and aircraft maintenance tasks, the possibility exists for severe dermal toxicity, leading to possibly increased systemic absorption of some toxic JP-8 constituents (Rosenthal et al., 2001). Baker et al. (1999) has, indeed, shown that JP-8 is more irritating to rats than JP-4 when equal volumes are applied dermally.

The transition from use of JP-4 (a very volatile jet fuel), to predominant use of JP-8, a fuel with a lower vapor pressure, increases the probable duration of dermal exposure (skin and clothing) in at least fuel-handling and avionics maintenance personnel (Kannikannen et al., 2000; McDougal et al., 2000). Repeated exposure of humans to JP-8 vapor and/or aerosol, or to JP-8 combustion by-products (elemental C, CO, NOx, SOx, formaldehyde, PAHs, etc.) [Childers et al., 2000] is commonly self-reported to induce irritation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory system (Kobayashi and Kikukawa, 2000, Ritchie et al., 2001a). The transition from JP-4 to JP-8 may have exacerbated respiratory irritant effects, as the lower volatility of JP-8 may result in increased probability of aerosol formation.  Exhaust from JP-8 combustion may contain higher concentrations of the respiratory irritant formaldehyde than comparable exhaust from aircraft previously using JP-4 (Kobayashi and Kikukawa, 2000). There has been, however, no published study of possible pulmonary toxicity in humans exposed repeatedly to JP-8 vapor, aerosol, or exhaust (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1998).

5.  JP-8 Exposure Scenarios


Exposure to JP-8 occurs to military and civilian avionics, aircraft maintenance, and fuel handling personnel through dermal contact with raw fuel or with clothing/gloves saturated with fuel.  Through respiratory exposure to fuel in vapor or aerosol phase, or occasionally through oral exposure to atmospheric aerosol or to fuel-contaminated food or water (Harris et al., 1997, Pleil et al., 2000). Exposure of military personnel to JP-8 can also occur through more atypical uses of the fuel.  These uses include fueling of land vehicles and equipment, fueling of heaters, use of JP-8 as a coolant (heat sink) in aircraft, aerosolization of JP-8 for use as a combat obscurant, use of JP-8 to suppress environmental sand or dust, or use of JP-8 as a carrier for herbicide applications (Ritchie et al., 2001a). Exposure of non-military, non-avionics personnel to JP-8 occurs primarily through atmospheric, soil or groundwater contamination with JP-8 or its combustion products, or through off-gassing from the skin and clothing of fuel-exposed personnel (Ritchie et al., 2001a). Major identified sources of atmospheric and groundwater contamination with JP-8 include: 1) unavoidable leakage or accidental spillage of JP-8 from manufacturing facilities, transportation and storage systems (including pipelines); 2) fueling/defueling/maintenance operations, aircraft and vehicle operation (including cold start-up of engines); and 3) occasional atmospheric jettisoning (usually above 6,000 ft.) of JP-8 during emergency aircraft landing (Pfeiffer, 1994).

Carlton and Smith (2000) measured JP-8 and benzene exposures during aircraft fuel tank (foam-filled) entry and repair at twelve USAF bases. Breathing zone samples were collected on the fuel handlers during occupational assignments, while instantaneous samples were taken at various points during the procedures with SUMMA canisters and subsequent analysis by mass spectrometry. The highest 8-hr time-weighted average (TWA) was 1304 mg/m3; the highest short-term (15-min average) exposure was 10,295 mg/m3. The instantaneous sampling results indicated benzene exposures during fuel tank repair up to 49.1 mg/m3. These readings occurred within aircraft fuel tanks, from which foam blocks soaked with JP-8 were inspected and removed. In this worst case scenario, workers entering the tanks are required to wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and chemically-resistant gloves and boots, but only cotton jumpsuits, allowing extensive dermal exposure. Personnel working outside the fuel tanks, but assisting in removal of the foam blocks, do not typically wear SCBAs, allowing both extensive dermal and respiratory exposure to JP-8 (Pleil et al., 2000).




6.  Carcinogenicity or Mortality


There are no published reports of human death, consistent organic illness, or carcinogenicity associated with JP-8 exposure, or with repeated exposure to other similar jet fuels (Selden and Ahlborg, 1987, 1991; McDougal et al., 2000). Only one study of JP-8 toxicity has indicated a significant increase in death in JP-8 exposed animals. Mattie et al. (1991), exposing male and female mice by whole body inhalation to JP-8 vapor (0, 500 or 1000 mg/m3) continuously for 90 days, reported a significantly increased mortality in exposed male rats (up to 9 months post-exposure) versus exposed female rats or control animals. Mattie et al. (1991) hypothesized that necrotizing dermatitis associated with fighting among males or a "male rodent-specific" renal disorder (see Section 16) associated with the exposures may have accounted for the increased mortality observed.


7.  Acute JP-8 Exposure Effects


To date, there has been only one published study exploring possible health effects in animals or humans from acute exposure to JP-8. Wolfe et al. (1997) exposed male or female rats or rabbits orally to 5 mg/kg, or dermally to 2 g/kg JP-8. There were no deaths or persisting signs of toxicity observed, although post-exposure lethargy and shallow breathing was commonly observed. In rabbits, 4-hr dermal exposure with JP-8 resulted in only slight erythema. Rats exposed by whole body inhalation for 4 hours to as much as 3,700 mg/m3 JP-8 or 5,000 mg/m3 vapor/aerosol exhibited eye and upper respiratory irritation, but no deaths. All exposed animals survived for 14 days post-exposure with no significant weight loss or obvious lesions.

There are only two published studies of acute effects in humans from exposure to any jet fuel formulation (JP-4 or JP-5). The majority of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) appear to utilize data from these studies for "Special Precautions: Signs/Symptoms of Overexposure" sections. The following symptoms are summarized from 15 different MSDSs for JP-8 and from a study (Porter, 1990) in which two Navy aviators exposed to a "high level" of jet fuel vapor/aerosol due to in-flight leakage into the aircraft cabin:


Ø      Burning eyes (hyperemic conjunctiva)

Ø      Nausea/vomiting

Ø      Incoordination/Impairment of eye-hand coordination

Ø      Anorexia

Ø      Euphoria and laughing

Ø      Fatigue

Ø      Skin rash; perception of skin heat or burning

Ø      Mild hypertension

Ø      Apparent intoxication

Ø      Memory impairment [i.e., recalling emergency procedures, flight plan

                 information, personal information (i.e., wife's name)]


There are a number of published studies of JP-8 in vitro toxicity, in which cell cultures or other tissues are exposed acutely to JP-8. Each of these studies will be summarized in the section appropriate for the body organ associated with the cell or tissue culture.


8.  Central or Peripheral Nervous Systems Effects


There are presently only two published neurobehavioral studies detailing long-term effects of repeated JP-8/JP-4 exposure on human central nervous system (CNS) or peripheral nervous system (PNS) function. Smith et al. (1997) reported the effects on postural balance of 0.8-30 yr. (mean = 4.56 yr.) exposure to JP-8, (although some subjects also reported an exposure history to JP-4). Exposed subjects and matched controls were tested before the work shift (12-24 hours rest from exposure) and again after 4-6 hours of occupational exposure to JP-8. Subjects were evaluated for the capacity to maintain postural equilibrium on a standard postural balance platform during each of four testing conditions:


Ø      Eyes Open:   Stable Platform

Ø      Eyes Closed:      Stable Platform

Ø      Eyes Open:   Standing on 4" Foam   

Ø      Eyes Closed:      Standing on 4" Foam         


Workers exposed for > 9 months to JP-4/JP-8 exhibited significantly increased postural sway patterns, relative to controls, but only during the most difficult testing condition, in which eyes are closed and the subject stands on a 4” thick section of packing foam. Persisting postural equilibrium deficits are known to reflect deficits in brainstem vestibular or proprioceptive control systems, but may additionally reflect deficits in peripheral proprioceptive mechanisms (Smith et al., 1997). Performance deficits were correlated with breathing space and breath levels of benzene [5.03+1.4 parts per million (ppm)], toluene (6.11+1.5 ppm), and xylenes (6.04+1.4 ppm), but not naphthas (491.6+108.9 ppm). The reported deficits were subchronic/chronic and were not significantly modulated by the "acute" 4-6 hours JP-8 occupational exposures.

Recently, McInturf et al. (2001) measured learning of an eyeblink classically conditioned (Pavlovian) response (EBCC) in JP-8 exposed USAF personnel (> 4 months exposure to JP-8; n = 28) and matched controls (n = 46). Subjects learned a classically conditioned association between a 1000 Hz tone (conditioned stimulus, or CS) and a 3-5 pounds/inch2 corneal airpuff (unconditioned stimulus, or US), such that the CS eventually elicited an eyeblink response (conditioned response, or CR). Subjects were trained following a 24-72 hours rest from occupational exposure, then relearned the task 30-90 min. following a 4-6 hours return to work. It was reported that JP-8 exposed personnel were significantly deficient, relative to controls, in both the acquisition (percentage of trials in which CR was elicited by the CS) of the habit and in the mean time from onset of the CS to the peak eyeblink response (CR). Deficits in EBCC acquisition are known to identify deficits in brainstem (e.g., cochlear, pontine, red nuclei) and cerebellar (e.g., nucleus interpositus) function (McInturf et al., 2001).

Several animal studies of JP-8 neurotoxicity have been published. Mattie, et al. (1995) reported no clinical signs of neurotoxicity (Functional Observational Battery, or FOB) in female rats treated orally with 0-2,000 mg/kg/d JP-8 from gestational days 6-15.  Also no histopathological changes in the brains or sciatic nerves of male rats administered 750, 1500, or 3,000 mg/kg JP-8 by gavage once daily for 90 days.

Several studies (Nordholm, 1998; Rossi III et al., 2001; Ritchie et al., 2001b) reported the effects of repeated exposure (6 hours/day, 5 d/wk, 6 week) of adult rats to JP-8 vapor (500 or 1000 mg/m3). In these studies, it was shown that repeated JP-8 exposure modulated neurobehavioral capacity in several areas, and that this modulation persisted for up to 200+ days post-exposure. Repeated JP-8 exposure to 1000 mg/m3 reduced the capacity of rats to learn highly difficult (but not simple) operant tasks, compared to low dose (500 mg/m3) JP-8 or control exposures. Further, repeated exposure to 1000-mg/m3 JP-8 significantly increased approach of the exposed rats to an appetitive stimulus, as compared to controls. Examination of neurotransmitter levels in the brains and blood of JP-8 exposed rats indicated: 1) a significantly increased level of dopamine (DA) in the cortex; 2) a significantly increased level of DOPAC, (3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid) the major metabolite of DA, in the brainstem; and 3) a decreased level of the serotonin (5-HT) metabolite 5-HIAA (5-hydroxyindole acetic acid) in the serum as long as 200+ days post-exposure.

Baldwin et al. (2001) exposed male rats to JP-8 aerosol (with or without substance P) for 1 hour/d for 28 d (1059 mg/m3 for 25 days, then 2,491 mg/m3 for 3 days), then tested the animals using the FOB, as well as the Morris water maze (a test of spatial discrimination). While exposed rats (with or without substance P) exhibited no deficits on the Morris water maze, relative to controls, these rats exhibited significant post-exposure weight loss, increased rearing, reduced grooming, increased open field spontaneous locomotor activity, and increased swimming speed relative to controls.

In combination, these studies of subchronic or chronic exposure of humans or animals to JP-8 would appear to indicate persisting changes in at least cortical, brainstem and cerebellar systems, as manifested by changes in neurobehavioral capacity and/or neurotransmitter levels. Baldwin et al. (2001) concluded that repeated exposure of rats to JP-8 aerosol results in increased arousal levels and locomotor activity akin to repeated psychostimulant administration that is mediated by the mesolimbic dopaminergic system.

McGuire et al. (2000) exposed mice to JP-8 aerosol at 1000 mg/m3 or 2,500 mg/m3 for 1hr/d for 7 d, then evaluated the retinas of exposed animals by immunohistochemical methods. The fuel exposure induced a marked increase in the immunoreactivity of anti-glutathione-S-transferase (GST) antibodies within the Muller cells, the radial glial cells of the retina. The authors hypothesized that JP-8 may act as a toxicant in the mouse retina by increasing the flux of xenobiotics across the blood-retina barrier. Mattie et al. (1995) exposed male Sprague-Dawley rats by oral gavage for 90 days to 750, 1500 or 3,000 mg/kg/d JP-8. In all exposure conditions, the authors reported significantly increased brain/body weight ratios,

There is one published study of the in vitro effects of acute exposure to JP-8 on nervous system tissue. Grant et al. (2000) investigated the in vitro cytotoxicity and electrophysiological effects of JP-8 on neuroblastoma x glioma (NG108-15) cell cultures, as well as on embryonic hippocampal neurons. Acute JP-8 (in 5% ethanol) exposure of the hippocampal neurons proved to be highly toxic (IC50 of < 2 micrograms (ug)/ml) while, in contrast, the NG108-15 cells were much less sensitive. Electrophysiological examination of NG108-15 cells showed that administration of JP-8 at 1 ug/ml did not alter significantly any of the electrophysiological properties. However, exposure to JP-8 at 10 ug/ml during a current stimulus of +46 picoAmperes decreased the amplitude of the action potential to 83 +/- 7%, the rate of rise (dV/dtMAX) to 50 +/- 8%, and the spiking rate to 25 +/- 11% of the corresponding control levels. These results demonstrate JP-8 induced cytotoxicity varies among cell types, and for the first time that CNS neurons may alter electrophysiological function without cell death in response to JP-8 exposure.

Additionally, there is one published study of the effects of hydrocarbon fuels exhaust on the rat brain. Microinjection of exhaust emissions, containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and nitro-PAHs into the hippocampus or striatum induced significant lesions, with tissue loss and disappearance of immunoreactivity for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), tyrosine hydroxylase, and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) [Andersson et al., 1998].

A comprehensive review of the neurotoxicty of acute and repeated exposure to various hydrocarbon fuels and solvents has been recently published (Ritchie et al., 2001a).


9.  Reproductive System and Developmental Effects


There is only one published study of possible JP-8 exposure effects on the human reproductive system.  In this study, Lemasters et al. (1999) examined a number of sperm parameters (sperm concentration, sperm motion, viability, morphology, morphometrics, and stability of sperm chromatin) in USAF personnel exposed repeatedly to JP-8/JP-4 and/or hydrocarbon solvents. A comparison of sperm parameters pre-exposure versus after 15-30 weeks of occupational responsibility indicated no significant differences for any measure.

Two recent animal studies similarly examined the effects of 91 days of exposure (6 hours/d, 7 d/wk) to JP-8 vapor (0, 250, 500 or 1000 mg/m3) or exposure for 6 hours/d, 5 d/wk, for 6 weeks to 1000 mg/m3 JP-8 vapor on the reproductive systems of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (Briggs et al., 1999, 2001). No significant effects on sperm morphology, quality, concentration, or motility were reported for any exposure concentration. Through proteomic analysis approximately 50 proteins specific to the testes were found overexpressed or underexpressed. For example, significantly overexpressed proteins included tubulin, the A1 or A2 isoform of vacuolar H+ATPase subunit A, heat shock protein 70 (hsp70), aldehyde dehydrogenase, T-complex polypeptide 1, and GTP-binding nuclear protein RAN (Briggs et al., 2001).

Because approximately 14.6% of active duty Navy, Air Force and Army personnel are women of childbearing age (Military Personnel Statistics: May 2001), there is increasing interest in possible reproductive or developmental effects of JP-8 exposure. Mattie and Cooper (1996) reported that JP-8 did not cause fetal malformation after oral exposure (0, 500, 1000, 1500 or 2,000 mg/kg/d) exposure of pregnant rat dams during gestation days 6-15. Dams in the 1000, 1500 and 2,000 mg/kg/d groups gained significantly less body weight during pregnancy than did control dams. Embryo toxicity was indicated by a significant reduction in fetal body weight (13-15%) in the 1500 and 2,000 mg/kg/d dose groups. Mattie et al. (2001) exposed female rats by oral gavage to 0, 325, 750, or 1500 mg/kg/d JP-8 for 21 weeks, including 90 days prior to gestation and lactation. Body weights from the high dose group were significantly decreased, relative to controls, on postnatal days 4-21. There were no differences among exposure groups and controls for surface righting and negative geotaxis. For swimming ability, however, there was a significant dose-related reduction in exposed versus control animals, leading the authors to hypothesize a delay in development of coordinated motor movements related to the swimming task.

            Finally, Harris et al. (2000) hypothesized that reduced natural killer (NK) cell function, an effect of brief exposure of mice to JP-8 aerosol. Lanier (1999) hypothesized that reduced NK function may result in reduced placentation during gestation and, thus, impaired reproductive ability.


10.  Pulmonary System Effects


A number of animal studies have been published examining pulmonary toxicity from JP-8 exposures. Mattie et al. (1995) reported no histopathological changes in the lungs or nasal turbinates of male rats administered up to 3,000 mg/kg/d JP-8 by oral gavage once daily for 90 days. Fischer-344 rats exposed to 497 or 520 mg/m3 (vapor/aerosol) JP-8 for 1 hour/d for 7 or 28 d exhibited significant increases in pulmonary resistance, increased alveolar clearance of a radiolabeled compound (99mTc-labeled diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid), and a decrease in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) concentration of the neuropeptide substance P (Chen et al., 1992).

Hays et al. (1995) exposed male rats for 1 hour/d for 7, 28, or 56 days to 500 (low dose) or 813-1094 mg/m3 (high dose) JP-8 aerosol. Rats in all groups experienced perivascular and interstitial edema as well as thickening of the alveolar septa, accompanied by leukocytic infiltration. Morphological changes induced by JP-8 peaked at 28 days of exposure. Alveolar permeability generally increased with increasing JP-8 exposure, in a dose-related manner. Similarly, Pfaff et al. (1995) reported significant changes in terminal bronchiolar airways accompanied by subendothelial edema in rats exposed for 28 d to 500 - 1000 mg/m3 JP-8. Pfaff et al. (1996) exposed Fischer-344 rats to an aerosol/vapor mix of JP-8 (7, 28, or 56 d at 469-520 mg/m3/hr or 814-1263 mg/m3/hr). In response to JP-8 inhalation, exposed animals exhibited a dose-dependent as well as duration-determined reduction in BALF substance P concentration, consistent with significant histopathological changes in lower pulmonary structures.

Witten (1992, 1993) and Robledo and Witten (1998) reported more mild pulmonary toxicity in mice exposed to JP-8 vapor concentrations as low as 50 mg/m3 for as little as 1 h/d for 7 days.  This response targeted the bronchiolar epithelium, leading to significantly increased respiratory permeability, peribronchiolar edema, and mild cellular necrosis. Robledo et al. (1999a) hypothesized that even non-cytotoxic exposures to JP-8 aerosol may exert a noxious effect on bronchial epithelial barrier function that may preclude pathological lung injury. Such effects may, then, modulate the protective barrier provided by the lung against absorption of potential toxicants resulting possibly in both systemic toxicity and subsequent cytotoxic lung injury.

In mice, exposure to 48 or 118 mg/m3 JP-8 aerosol for 1 h/d for 7 d resulted in: 1) increased lung permeability; 2) perivascular edema; 3) Clara cell vacuolization; 4) intra-alveolar hemorrhage; 5) alterations in type II epithelial cells, including necrosis 6) BALF increases in total protein and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH); 7) reduced N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase (NAG) levels; and 8) reduced alveolar macrophage counts (Robledo et al., 2000).

            Robledo and Witten (1999b) exposed mice to JP-8 aerosol concentrations of 50 mg/m3, resulting in enhanced respiratory permeability to 99mTc-labeled diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid, alveolar macrophage toxicity, and bronchiolar epithelial damage. Mice administered the neurokinin (NK) 1-receptor agonist substance P after each JP-8 exposure, however, exhibited the appearance of normal pulmonary values and tissue morphology. In contrast, endogenous NK1-receptor antagonism by CP-96345 administration exacerbated JP-8-enhanced permeability, alveolar macrophage toxicity, and bronchiolar epithelial injury. These data indicate that NK1-receptor activation, at least by the neuropeptide substance P, may have a protective role in preventing the development of hydrocarbon-induced lung injury, possibly through the modulation of bronchiolar epithelial function.

Witzmann et al. (1999) examined protein expression in whole lung tissue from male mice exposed for 1 h/d for 7 d to 1000 or 2,500 mg/m3 JP-8 aerosol. Of 42 proteins upregulated (up to +94%) or downregulated (to -30%), 13 were identified as most impacted by JP-8 aerosol exposure. These proteins are involved in four functional areas: 1) protein synthesis; 2)-toxic/metabolic stress and detoxification; 3)-lung ultrastucture; or 4) functional responses to CO2 handling, acid-base homeostasis, and fluid secretion.

Most recently, Stoica et al. (2001) reported that JP-8 (80 micrograms (ug)/ml) induced apoptosis, but not necrosis, in a rat lung alveolar type II epithelial cell line (RLE-6TN). It was shown that soon after JP-8 exposure, RLE-6TN cells exhibited markers of apoptotic cell death: caspase-3 activation, poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) cleavage, chromatin condensation, cytochrome c release from the mitochondria, and genomic DNA cleavage into both oligonucleosomal (DNA ladder) and high-molecular weight (HMW) fragments. It was hypothesized that JP-8 exposure, at least at low levels, damaged the mitochondrial mechanism sufficiently to induce release of cytochrome c and initiate the caspase cascade, but not sufficiently to completely compromise mitochondrial ATP function, resulting in cell necrosis. It was shown further that modulations resulting in overexpression of antiapoptotic proteins (i.e., Bcl-xL or Bcl-2) in the culture reduced apoptosis in response to JP-8 exposure, while overexpression of proapoptotic proteins (i.e., Bax or Bad) enhanced the apoptotic response. Higher concentrations of JP-8, perhaps sufficient to induce necrosis, were not evaluated in this study.


11.  Heart and Circulatory System Effects


Mattie et al. (1995) reported no histopathological changes in the hearts of male rats administered 750, 1500, or 3,000 mg/kg JP-8 by gavage once daily for 90 days.






12.  Dermal System Effects


Kanikkannen et al. (2001) examined percutaneous absorption of JP-8 across pig ear skin and human skin. In general, tested chemical constituents of JP-8 (i.e., tridecane, nonane, naphthalene, and toluene) permeated through both human and porcine skin at rates proportional to their composition in JP-8. Transepidermal water loss (TEWL), skin capacitance (moisture content) and skin irritation (erythema and edema) were evaluated before treatment and at 1, 2 and 24 hours after a 24-hr exposure to JP-8. Application of toluene, nonane or JP-8 increased the TEWL; JP-8 being the highest (3.5 times higher at 24 hours compared to baseline level). JP-8 caused a moderate erythema and a moderate to severe edema that was greater than with exposure to toluene or nonane. Though the edema decreased after 24 hours, the degree of erythema remained the same until 24-h. Exposure of JP-8 caused significant changes in the barrier function of the skin as indicated by an increase in TEWL. The disruption of barrier function of skin, as indicated by increased TEWL after exposure to JP-8 was hypothesized to possibly increase permeation of its own components and/or other chemicals or infectious agents exposed to skin. Riviere et al. (1999) studied the absorption and cutaneous disposition of naphthalene, dodecane and hexadecane from topically applied (25 microliter (uL)/5 cm2) aged JP-8, Jet-A, and JP-8 (100) jet fuels. Naphthalene absorption (1.17% of dose) had a clear peak absorptive flux at less than 1 hour, while dodecane (0.63%) and hexadecane (0.18%) had prolonged and significantly lower, absorption flux profiles. Parameters for each different fuel could be differentiated, possibly indicating the effects of different additive packages on dermal absorption.

McDougal et al. (1999, 2000) used diffusion cells to measure both the flux of JP-8 and components across rodent skin (2-3 times more permeable than human skin), and the kinetics of absorption into the skin. Total summed flux of the hydrocarbon components was 20.3 micrograms (ug)/cm2/hr (excluding the additive DiEGME). Thirteen individual components of JP-8 penetrated into the receptor solution (DiEGME > decane > methyl naphthalenes > trimethyl benzene > undecane > naphthalene > xylenes > dimethyl naphthalenes > toluene > dodecane > nonane> ethyl benzene > tridecane) ranging from a high flux of 51.5 ug/cm2/h for the additive DiEGME (only 0.08% w/w of JP-8) to a low of 0.334 ug/cm2/h for tridecane (2.7% w/w of JP-8). There was a substantial difference in penetration times, ranging from 30 min. with DiEGME, to 120 min. for tridecane. Aromatic components penetrated most rapidly. Six aliphatic components (decane > dodecane > decane > tridecane > tetradecane > nonane) were identified in the skin. These authors suggested that the rate of dermal penetration of aromatics, etc. might be too low to induce acute systemic toxicity with typical exposures, although the absorption of aliphatic components into the skin may be sufficient to induce dermal irritation.

Kanikkannan et al. (2000) evaluated JP-8, JP-8 (100), and Jet A as possible skin sensitizers in female mice, using the murine local lymph node assay (LLNA). It was reported that JP-8, but not Jet A or JP-8 (100), was a mild skin sensitizer. In fact, it was shown that the addition of the antioxidant performance additive, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), to the JP-8 (100) formulation appeared to reduce its dermal toxicity, as compared to the JP-8 formulation. Freeman et al. (1993) and Broddle et al. (1996), however, reported that middle distillate petroleum (MDP) streams, similar to JP-8 without performance additives, increased the incidence of skin cancer in mice treated dermally for > 24 months.

            Allen et al. (2000, 2001) examined the capacity of acute JP-8, JP-8 (100) or Jet A exposure to induce or suppress cytokine release in in vitro preparations. Primary porcine keratinocytes (PKC) or immortalized porcine keratinocyte cell lines (MSK3877) were exposed for up to 8 hours to 0.1% jet fuel. In the PKC culture, fuel exposure [JP-8, Jet A or JP-8 (100)] induced a slight upregulation of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), although there was a significant decrease in the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-8 (IL-8) after 8-hours of exposure.

Most recently, Rosenthal et al. (2001b) reported that JP-8 exposure of skin fibroblast or human keratinocyte cell cultures or grafted human keratinocytes, in a dose-related manner, resulted in necrosis, but not apoptotic responses. Exposure to levels of JP-8 (80 ug/ml) sufficient to induce apoptosis in lung or immune system cultures (Stoica et al., 2001) induced neither apoptosis nor necrosis in skin cell cultures. Exposure to higher levels of JP-8 (> 200 ug/ml), however, resulted in morphological and metabolic changes typical of necrotic changes (no capsize cascade), although certain proapoptotic proteins were still upregulated and antiapoptoic proteins were downregulated in effected cells. It was hypothesized that, although different cell types exhibit differing sensitivity to JP-8, interference with mitochondrial function may be common to both necrotic and apoptotic outcomes.


13.  Gastrointestinal System Effects


Mattie et al. (1995) reported gastritis and hyperplasia (stratum corneum of squamous portion) of the stomach, as well as anal dermatitis and hyperplasia in male rats administered 750, 1500, or 3,000 mg/kg JP-8 by gavage once daily for 90 days.


14.  Immune System Effects


There is no published research examining effects of JP-8 exposure on immune system function in humans.

Several recent studies (Harris et al., 1997, 2000; Ullrich, 1999; 2000) have indicated severe immunosuppression in rodents exposed dermally to raw JP-8 or by inhalation to JP-8 aerosol. Major alterations in immune system function can: 1) increase susceptibility to infectious agents; 2) increase the probability of development of cancers (Freeman et al., 1993; Broddle et al., 1996); 3) increase the probability of development of autoimmune diseases; or 4) increase the toxicity potential of exposure to chemicals and stressors. Mattie et al. (1995) reported a significantly increased spleen/body weight ratio in male rats administered 3,000 mg/kg/d (but not 750 or 1,500 mg/kg/d) JP-8 by oral gavage for 90 days. It should be noted, however, that these exposures also induced significant reductions in mean body weight, as compared to vehicle controls. Significant decreases in lymphocytes were observed in male rats treated with 750, 1500 or 3,000 mg/kg JP-8. In the same study, there were no histopathological changes detected in the lymph nodes.

Dudley et al. (2001) reported that oral gavage exposure of mice to 2,000 mg/kg/d JP-8 for 7 d resulted in significant decreases in thymus weight and cellularity (mean = -37 to -40%). Similarly, exposure to 1000 or 2,000 mg/kg/d JP-8 resulted in significantly reduced plaque-forming cell (PFC) response to sheep red-blood-cell suspension injection, a sensitive measure of immunological disruption. Further, Dudley et al. (2001) tested the hypothesis that JP-8 induced immunosuppression in mice may occur through a mechanism related to the aryl (aromatic) hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). To test this hypothesis, an Ah-responsive mouse strain (B6C3F1) and a classically non-responsive mouse strain (DBA/2) bearing a lower affinity AhR were gavaged with JP-8 for 7 days.  The results suggest that both mouse strains were equally sensitive to JP-8 toxicity at several endpoints, including thymus weight and cellularity, liver weight, and specific IgM antibody responses. These results suggested that JP-8 might exert its toxicity via an AhR-independent mechanism.

Harris et al. (2000) exposed female C57Bl/6 mice by nose-only exposure to 1000 mg/m3 JP-8 aerosol for 1 hour/d for 7 d. Mice were sacrificed 1 hour following the final exposure and were assayed for spleen natural killer (NK) and lymphokine activated killer (LAC) cell activity. NK cells are known to be involved in immune surveillance against newly developed malignancies, in defense against viral infections, and in control of immune B cell function. It was shown that JP-8 exposed mice were significantly deficient in both NK and LAK activity (during incubation with IL-2) in response to challenge with prototypical tumor cell lines (i.e., YAC-1). Additionally, JP-8 aerosol exposure significantly reduced cytotoxic T lymphocyte precursor (CTLp) activity and significantly impacted helper T cell function, as measured by proliferation in response to a variety of stimuli, in the absence of exogenous cytokines. In previously published research, Harris et al. (1997a, b) reported that brief exposure of mice to JP-8 aerosol (as low as 100 mg/m3) for 1 hour/d for 7 d resulted, as soon as 2-4 d post-exposure, in reduced immune system organ weights, loss of viable immune cell numbers (T-cells, B cells, monocytes/macrophages), and suppression of a number of immune functions (i.e., T cell mitogenesis) for up to 28 d following the brief exposures.

            Harris et al. (1997) found that administration of aerosolized substance P (SP) [15 min. after each JP-8 exposure, at 1 micromolar or 1 nanomolar concentration] could protect JP-8 exposed animals from losses of viable immune cell numbers, but not losses in immune organ weights. Further, exposure of animals to SP inhibitors generally increased the immunotoxicity of JP-8 exposure. SP appeared to act on all immune cell populations equally as analyzed by flow cytometry, as no one immune cell population appeared to be preferentially protected by SP. Also, SP administration was capable of protecting JP-8 exposed animals from loss of immune function at all aerosol concentrations of JP-8 utilized (250-2,500 mg/m3).

Ullrich (1999) found that dermal exposure of female mice to JP-8, either multiple small exposures [50 microliter (uL)/d for 5 d] or a single large dose (250-300 uL) resulted in immune suppression. The induction of contact hypersensitivity was impaired in a dose-dependent manner regardless of whether the contact allergen was applied directly to the JP-8-treated skin or at a distant, previously untreated dermal site. In addition, the generation of a classic delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction to a bacterial antigen (Borellia burgdorferi) injected into the subcutaneous space was suppressed by dermal application of JP-8 at a distant site. The ability of splenic T lymphocytes from JP-8-treated mice to proliferate in response to plate-bound monoclonal anti-CD3 was also significantly suppressed. Interleukin-10 (IL-10) a cytokine with potent immune suppressive activity, was found to be upregulated in the serum of JP-8-treated mice, suggesting that the mechanism of systemic immune suppression may involve the upregulation of cytokine release by JP-8. JP-8 induced immunosuppressive effects were found to occur 24-48 hours post-exposure.

Finally, Ullrich and Lyons (2000) conducted follow-up studies in an effort to elucidate the mechanisms underlying JP-8 induced immunosuppression in mice. Again, it was shown that JP-8 exposure has a highly selective effect on immune function. T helper-1 cell-driven cell-mediated immune reactions (i.e., delayed-type hypersensitivity and immunity to intracellular microorganisms) and (CD3 driven) T-cell proliferation were (up to 100% suppression) modulated by JP-8, while antibody formation was not influenced. It is noteworthy to recognize that nearly identical suppression of T helper-1 cell function occurs following exposure to ultraviolet radiation (i.e., sunlight) [Brown et al., 1995], a possible co-factor during typical military JP-8 exposures. Further, it was shown that administration of interleukin-12 (IL-12), monoclonal anti-IL-10, and the selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor SC 236 (all known to suppress release of IL-10) blocked JP-8 induced immunosuppression. It was hypothesized that JP-8 exposure (at least dermal or respiratory exposure) may induce release of prostoglandin E2 (PGE2), initiating a cascade of events involving IL-4 and IL-10 that ultimately results in the specific immunosuppression previously described. Again, administration of IL-12, monoclonal anti-Il-10 or COX-2 blocked JP-8 induced immunosuppression.


15.  Musculoskelatal System Effects


Mattie et al. (1995) reported no histopathological changes in the sternum or skeletal muscle of male rats administered 750, 1500, or 3,000 mg/kg JP-8 by gavage once daily for 90 days. There are no published studies of JP-8 induced deficits on the musculoskelatal systems of humans.


16.  Renal System Effects


There are no published studies of JP-8 induced deficits in the renal systems of humans. There are, however, a number of studies indicating severe renal complications in male rodents exposed repeatedly to JP-8. It is likely that of the small percentage of male rodents experiencing death during low- or moderate-level jet fuel exposure studies the majority exhibited fatal renal complications (Alden, 1986).

Mattie et al. (1991) exposed Fischer-344 rats and C57BL/6 mice of both sexes to JP-8 vapors at 0, 500, and 1000 mg/m3 on a continuous basis for 90 days, then allowed recovery until approximately 24 months of age. In a number of male rats, the kidneys developed a reversible ultrastructural increase in size and propensity for crystalloid changes of phagolysosomal proteinic reabsorption droplets in the proximal convoluted tubular epithelium. A specific triad of persisting light microscopic renal lesions occurred, but functional change was limited to a decrease in urine concentration compared to controls that persisted throughout the recovery period. Specifically, hyaline droplets were formed in the cytoplasm of the proximal tubule cells of the renal cortex. The hyaline droplets contained high concentrations of the protein 2u-globulin, a protein not found in humans. It is hypothesized that the protein accumulates in the cytoplasm of the tubules, as binding slows the normal degradation of the protein with chemical constituents of JP-8 or their metabolites. The tubules near the corticomedullary junction became dilated and became filled with coarsely granular casts and necrotic debris, resulting in nephron obstruction and chronic necrosis (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1998). This type of hydrocarbon exposure (i.e., jet fuels, decalin, gasoline, etc.) toxicity has been shown to progress to kidney cancer in the male rat (Bruner, 1984), but, again, is not considered relevant to humans (Flann and Lehman-McKeeman, 1991).

In a follow-up study, Mattie et al. (1995) exposed male Sprague-Dawley rats by oral gavage for 90 days to 750, 1500 or 3,000 mg/kg/d JP-8. As with inhalation exposures (Mattie et al., 1991), significant quantities of hyaline droplets were detected in the kidneys of male rats in all exposure groups. Urine samples were collected within 24 hours post-exposure and were analyzed for protein, creatine, total volume, and metabolite content. Although observed results were not necessarily dose-related, the following significant differences, compared to controls, were reported for at least one of the three exposure groups:


Ø      Sodium                                        (increased)

Ø      Chloride                                       (increased)

Ø      Glucose                                       (decreased, all groups)

Ø      Total bilirubin                              (increased, all groups)

Ø      Creatine                                       (increased)

Ø      Total triglycerides                       (decreased)

Ø      Aspartate aminotransferase    (increased, all groups)

Ø      Alanine aminotransferasse     (increased, all groups)


Additionally, four metabolites (retention times, 11.84, 12.82, 13.68, 1605 min.) were identified in the urine of one or more fuel-exposed groups that were not present in the urine of controls.

Recently published research (Witzmann et al., 2000a) indicates that repeated exposure of male Sprague-Dawley rats to 1000 mg/m3 JP-8 vapor (6 hours/d, 5 d/wk for 6 w) resulted in a significant modulation of expression (from -36% to +315% of control) of several renal proteins, as measured 82 days post-exposure. These proteins were generally involved in kidney ultrastructure or in the detoxification of systemic xenobiotics. Exposure of male mice to aerosolized JP-8 (1000 mg/m3 for 1 hour/d, for 5 d) resulted in a significant modulation of expression (from -22% to +178% of control) of several renal proteins related to ultrastructural abnormalities, altered protein processing, metabolic effects, and paradoxical stress protein/detoxification system responses (Witzmann et al., 2000b).




17.  Hepatic System Effects


There are no published studies on hepatic function in humans exposed to JP-8, although Dossing et al. (1985) reported persisting increased liver metabolism (i.e., antipyrine clearance) in 31 jet fueling personnel exposed repeatedly to European jet fuels.

Liver studies in rats and mice (MacEwen and Vernot, 1983, 1984, 1985) indicated alterations in serum biomarkers without significant hepatic histopathology following repeated exposure to JP-8 vapor/aerosol. Mattie et al. (1995) dosed male rats by oral gavage with JP-8 (0, 750, 1500, 3,000 mg/kg) daily for 90 days. Although there were no histopathological or weight changes in the livers of exposed rats, there was an increase in the liver enzyme aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT). There was a significant liver/body weight increase in JP-8 exposed rats, in a dose-related manner, as well as an increase in total bilirubin and a decrease in triglycerides in exposed groups. Dudley et al. (2001) reported that oral gavage exposure of mice to 1000 or 2000 mg/kg/d JP-8 for 7 d resulted in significant increases in liver weight and liver-to-body weight ratio, compared to control.

Using electrophoretic techniques (proteomic assay), Witzmann et al. (2000) determined that exposure of male rats to 1000 mg/m3 JP-8 vapor for 6 hours/d, 5 d/wk, for 6 weeks resulted in a persisting numerical, but not significantly different, increase in total abundance of lamin A (NCBI Accession No. 1346413) in the liver. Lamin A is hypothesized to be important in nuclear membrane integrity.

Grant et al. (2000), exposing H4IIE liver cells to JP-8, demonstrated a mean inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 12.6 +/- 0.4 ug/ml. Comparison of JP-8 toxicity for exposure of hepatic (H4IIE) cells with similar exposure of several central nervous system cell lines, indicated significantly less sensitivity in liver cells


18.  Endocrine System Effects


Mattie et al. (1995) reported no histopathological changes in the adrenal glands or pancreas of male rats administered 750, 1500, or 3,000 mg/kg JP-8 by gavage once daily for 90 days. There are no published studies of JP-8 induced deficits on the endocrine systems of humans.


19.  Metabolic Effects


There are no published studies of metabolic function in humans following JP-8 exposure. In rodents, there are a large number of studies indicating reduced weight, or rate of weight gain, as compared to controls during inhalation, dermal, or oral exposure to JP-8. In many cases, however, no differences in mean body weight between fuel-exposed and control animals can be measured 7-21 days post-exposure (Ritchie et al., 2001a).


20.  Genotoxic Effects


In an extensive study, JP-8 was evaluated for genotoxicity using the Ames assay, the mouse lymphoma assay, the unscheduled DNA synthesis assay, and the dominant lethal assay (Air Force, 1978). JP-8 was not mutagenic in the Ames assay and did not induce mutation in mouse lymphoma cells. In the unscheduled DNA synthesis tests, it was shown that JP-8 exposure induced significant incorporation of radiolabeled thymidine, indicating moderate unscheduled DNA synthesis. In the dominant lethal assay, JP-8 exposure did not induce genetic damage in germ cells. In all assays, JP-8 was cytotoxic at concentrations of < 5 microliters (uL)/ml.

            Most recently, Grant et al. (2001) investigated the genotoxicity of JP-8 on H4IIE rat hepatoma cells in vitro. DNA damage was evaluated using the comet (single cell gel electrophoresis) assay. Cells were exposed for 4 hours to JP-8 [solubilized in ethanol at 0.1% (v/v)] to concentrations ranging from 1 to 20 microgram (ug)/ml. Exposure to JP-8 resulted in an overall increase in mean comet tail moments. Addition of DNA repair inhibitors hydroxyurea (HU) and cytosine arabinoside (Ara-C) to cell culture with JP-8 resulted in accumulation of DNA damage strand breaks and an increase in comet tail length. JP-8, in the concentrations used in this study, did not result in cytotoxicity or significant apoptosis, as measured using the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TDT)-mediated dUTP-X nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay. These results demonstrated that dose-relevant exposures to JP-8 result in DNA damage to H4IIE cells, and suggested that DNA repair is involved in mitigating these effects.


21.  Blood System Effects


There are no published studies identifying effects of JP-8 exposure on the blood in humans. Mattie et al. (1995) exposed male Sprague-Dawley rats by oral gavage for 90 days to 750, 1500 or 3,000 mg/kg/d JP-8. Immediately following the exposure, rats were sacrificed and a blood sample analyzed for red blood cell count, hemoglobin, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, red blood cell distribution width, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, platelet count, and differential leucocyte count. Although results were not necessarily dose-related, the following significant differences were found, compared to controls, in at least one of the three-exposed group:


Ø      % Neutrophils                 (increased)

Ø      % Eosinophils                (reduced)

Ø      % Basophils                    (decreased)

Ø      % Lymphocytes              (decreased)

Ø      Number of Platelets      (increased)


22.  Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) or Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) as Possibly Related to JP-8 Exposure


There are no published data relating JP-8 exposure to development of ALL or AML. However, JP-8 contains up to 0.8% (volume/volume) benzene (MSDS, Phillips Chemical Co., 1995). There are over 100 published studies indicating a possible relationship between repeated exposure to benzene or compounds containing benzene (i.e., gasoline, solvent products, and tobacco products) and the development of AML or other leukemias (Rushton and Romaniuk, 1997). While there is little or no evidence that benzene exposure results in development of ALL (Lewis et al., 1997; Rushton and Romaniuk, 1997), it must be remembered that exposure to JP-8, in at least some rodent strains, can result in severe immunosuppression (see Section 14).  Severe immune suppression may reduce protection against specific viral infections, a possible causative factor in development of ALL, AML or other cancers (zur Hausen, 1991, Dorak, 1996). Co-exposure to JP-8, gasoline, diesel fuels, some hydrocarbon solvents, and/or tobacco smoke may provide a body burden of benzene that is significantly greater than would be expected from occupational or environmental exposure to JP-8 alone. A review of benzene-induced health effects is presented in Section 23B. 

Additionally, in vitro human T cell (HPB-ALL and Jurcat line) models have shown that exposure to various PAHs found in JP-8 (e.g., benzo [a] pyrene, anthracene, benz [a] anthracene) can, through cell binding, result in modulation of Ca+2 mobilization and significant suppression of lymphocytic immune cell function (Krieger et al., 1994). These authors additionally reference a number of previously published studies indicating similar outcomes for in vivo exposures to PAHs (for example, Blanton et al., 1986). A more complete discussion of PAH-induced health effects is presented in Section 23A.

Smith (1996) developed a hypothesis for the mechanism underlying development of other non-lymphoblastic leukemias from benzene exposure. This theory contains the following key components: 1) inhalation, oral ingestion, or dermal penetration of benzene; 2) activation of blood-transported benzene in the liver to phenolic metabolites (phenol, hydroquinone, catechol, and 1,2,4-benzenetriol); 3) blood transport of these metabolites to the bone marrow; 4) metabolic conversion of these metabolites in the bone marrow (via peroxidase enzymes) to semiquinone radicals and quinones; 5) generation of active oxygen species via redox cycling; 6) damage to tubulin histone proteins, topoisomerase II, and other DNA associated proteins; 7) consequent genetic damage, including DNA strand breakage, mitotic recombination, chromosome relocations, and aneuploidy, resulting in possible development of a leukemic clone. Smith (1996) has further hypothesized that maternal exposure to benzene and other environmental toxicants may provide the most likely mechanism for induction of non-lymphoblastic leukemias. However, it is not clear what the dose-response properties of this mechanism are; it may require prolonged exposure to substantial concentrations of benzene to trigger this potential pathway.


23. Human, Animal and In vitro Effects of Acute or Long-Term Exposure to Selected Chemical Constituents of JP-8


23A.  Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): JP-8 raw fuel (0.29-3% v/v) and particularly exhaust (20-4,000 ng/m3) from JP-8 partial combustion contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and nitro-PAHs, predominated by naphthalenes, and including at least benzo [a] pyrene (BaP), fluoranthene, pyrene, phenathyrene, anthracene, and chrysene. The addition of performance additives to hydrocarbon fuels can increase PAH levels in emissions (Mi et al., 1998). PAHs are distributed in the air in vapor phase or in the particulate phase through adsorption or condensation on the surface of respirable particles (Childers et al., 2000), or from spills in fuel-contaminated soil and groundwater. Aislabie et al. (1999), for example, measured samples ranged from 41 to 8105 nanograms/g (dried soil) of naphthalene and other PAHs in samples collected at a spill site in Antarctica.

Acute inhalation exposure to bicyclic aromatic hydrocarbon naphthalenes has been shown in mice or rats to result in damage to pulmonary epithelial cells, while repeated exposure may be associated with renal damage. Naphthalene is thought to be metabolized under the influence of cytochrome P450 to toxic, electrophilic intermediates (i.e., 1,2-naphthalene oxide, 1,4-naphthoquinone) that mediate damage to nonciliated bronchiolar epithelial cells (Clara cells) and proximal renal tubules in at least mice (Kawabata and White, 1990). Whether this metabolism occurs strictly in liver hepatocytes, and the metabolite is transported to other target organs or whether metabolism also occurs within target organs containing P450 (i.e., lung Clara cells, splenocytes, etc.) remains conjectural. Kawabata and White (1990) reported mild immune suppression in splenocyte cultures exposed to high doses (> 200 micromolar) of naphthalene metabolites.

Knuckles et al. (2001) exposed male and female F-344 rats orally to BaP at doses of 0, 100, 600 or 1000 mg/kg/d for 14 days (acute group) or 0, 50 or 100 mg/kg/d for 90 (subchronic group) days. In the acute study, white blood cells were significantly decreased and mean cell-hemoglobin concentration was significantly increased in BaP exposed males. Additionally, the liver to body ratio was increased up to 30% in both males and females. In the subchronic study, mean body weight was significantly decreased in exposed males and the liver to body weight ratio was significantly increased. In both male and female BaP exposed groups, red blood cells, hematocrit, and hemoglobin were all significantly decreased. The histopathological examination of selected tissues indicated significant abnormalities (i.e., tubular casts) in the kidneys of some BaP exposed males.

Exposure to respirable polycyclic PAHs is thought to represent a significant human cancer risk (Holland et al., 1981; Eighth Report on Carcinogens, 1998), particularly for the oral areas, lung, skin, and possibly kidneys. BaP and fluoranthene, for example, have been ranked by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR, 1997) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as among the most hazardous substances in the environment.

Again, the carcinogenicity of PAHs is based on their bioactivation to yield carcinogenic intermediates that can be uptaken into cells. The glutathione S-transferase genes GSTM1 and GSTT1, cytochrome P450 (particularly CYP1A, CYP1A1, and CYP1B1), and microsomal epoxide hydrolase have been identified in catalyzing the dihydrodial epoxide (+)-(7R, 8S)-dihydroxy- (9S, 10R)-epoxy-7, 8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo [a] pyrene, the ultimate carcinogenic form of BaP (Vakharia et al., 2001). Related biomarkers for possible carcinogenicity include 7,8-dihydroxy-9, 10-epoxy-7, 8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo [a] pyrene-DNA adducts or BaP metabolites in the urine (Hecht, 2001).

Eaton and Chapman (1992, 1995) and others have hypothesized pathways by which highly specific bacterial strains can initiate the metabolism of PAHs to compounds with toxicity potential. For example, Pseudomonas putida can, through naphthalene 1,2 deoxygenase, initiate a metabolic cascade with possible end products of salicylate, then catechol. Pseudomonas and a number of other hydrocarbon-degrading strains commonly exist in contaminated soils and groundwater. Ferrari et al. (1998) collected 350 (fuel/water interface) samples from jet fuel storage systems (i.e., tanks, trucks, and pipelines). The aerobic microorganisms in fuel samples were mainly fungi; 85% of samples containing < 100 colony forming units (cfu)/l [range 0 (< 1 cfu/l) to 2000 cfu/l]. The predominant fungi were Cladosporium and Aspergillus. The aerobic heterotrophic microorganisms found in water samples were mostly bacteria, counts varying from 100 to 8.8 x 10(7) cfu/ml, with 85% of samples containing 10(4)-10(7) cfu/ml. There was a preponderance of Pseudomonas spp. Bacterial contaminants belonging to the genus Flavobacterium and Aeromonas were also identified. Sulfate reducing bacteria were detected in 80% of water samples.


23B. Benzene: Although some relatively clear health effects of exposure to benzene have been identified, no definitive dose response pattern has been determined. The evidence suggests the major health problems resulting from benzene exposure, aplastic anemia and leukemia, require more than a single exposure, however, it is still unknown what levels and lengths of exposure result in increased risk. For instance, it has yet to be resolved whether or not there are risk differences associated with multiple lower-dose exposures over a long period of time, versus fewer high dose exposures over a shorter period of time. Even so, recognition of the health effects of benzene exposure has a relatively long history, with reports as early as 1897 (Santesson) and 1916 (Selling) of illness and death in chronically exposed workers. A link with leukemia was first reported in 1928 (Delore and Borgomano). Today it is widely accepted that the primary health effect of benzene exposure is a depression of bone marrow that often culminates in aplastic anemia or leukemia. A third health problem associated with benzene exposure is myelofibrosis where bone marrow is replaced with fibrous tissue (Zoloth, et al., 1986). Much recent research into the health effects of benzene exposure has concentrated on identifying the molecular mechanisms that underlie the decline in bone marrow function that is evidenced with benzene exposure.

Pancytopenia, a reduction in red and white blood cells and platelets as a result of depressed bone marrow characterizes aplastic anemia. Epidemiological research suggests a connection between the development of the disease and benzene exposure (Aksoy et al., 1971, Yin et al., 1987, 1989). Similarly, epidemiological studies provide evidence for the link between benzene exposure and leukemia (Aksoy and Erdem, 1978; Infante et al., 1977b; Rinsky et al., 1981, 1987; Ott et al., 1978; Bond et al., 1986; Yin et al., 1987, 1989). The onset of acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) related to benzene exposure is often preceded by myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (Forni and Moreo, 1967,1969, van den Berghe et al., 1979).  It is proposed that benzene-related MDS is a precursor to the later developing AML (Le Beau et al., 1986; Irons and Stillman, 1996; Irons, 2000). All these conditions (aplastic anemia, MDS, AML) involve a compromised hematopoietic system that may be caused by benzene toxicity. It is posited that one major cause of the compromised bone marrow is damage to the stromal cells responsible for normal bone marrow function (Garnett et al., 1983; Snyder, 2000).  Benzene exposure detrimentally affects these stromal cells (Gaido and Wierda, 1984,1985, Chertkov et al., 1992) that are critical for establishing the hematopoietic environment necessary for the normal maturation of stem cells into blood cells. In addition to indirectly inhibiting the maturation of stem cells, there is evidence that benzene directly damages proliferating stem cells (Uyeki et al., 1977; Boyd et al., 1982).

Although benzene may directly cause some of the health effects that have been observed, more recent data suggest the majority of the problems are caused by benzene metabolites. Compounds that promote benzene metabolism have been demonstrated to increase the toxic effects (Gad-El-Karim et al., 1985, 1986), while an inhibition of benzene metabolism will reduce the amount of cytotoxic damage (Morimoto et al., 1983; Tice et al., 1982). Indeed, it has been reported that toluene inhibits benzene metabolism and reduces benzene toxicity (Andrews et al., 1977), a significant factor in exposure to compounds such as JP-8 that contain both benzene and toluene. Hydroquinone is one metabolite that directly affects bone marrow and the immune system. It interferes with stromal cell activity (Gaido and Weirda, 1984, 1985, 1987; Renz and Kalf, 1991) that is necessary for proper hematopoietic functioning. Hydroquinone also suppresses nuclear factor kappa B, a transcription factor that regulates genes critical for normal T lymphocyte activation (Pyatt et al., 1998). Likewise, it also suppresses interleukin 2 (IL-2), a cytokine required for the proliferation of T-cells (Pyatt et al., 1998). Although the data support the theory that benzene metabolites underlie the toxic effects of exposure, there is not sufficient evidence to clearly implicate a single metabolite, or combination of metabolites, that are responsible for benzene cytotoxicity (Ross, 2000). Indeed, it is likely that combinations of the different metabolites have synergistic toxic effects (Eastmond et al., 1987; Guy et al., 1991; Snyder et al., 1989).

To further support the evidence that benzene metabolism is a critical component of the observed health effects, animal research shows that genetic factors controlling the metabolism of benzene correlate with benzene cytotoxicity. For instance, CYP2E1 is an enzyme important for benzene metabolism. In transgenic mice negative for the enzyme, the cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of benzene exposure were not observed, although they were found in mice of the control groups (Valentine et al., 1996). This finding was not supported in a study of benzene exposed workers where CYP2E1 expression was not correlated with incidence of benzene-related disease (Rothman, 1997). A second enzyme, NAD (P) H: quinone oxidoreductase (NQ01) is also important for benzene metabolism. It is a quinone reductase that acts to detoxify some benzene metabolites, and appears to reduce the resulting cytotoxic insult (Cadenas et al., 1992; Smith, 1999; Wiemels et al., 1999). Reports from epidemiological studies suggest an increased susceptibility to benzene toxicity in people lacking NQ01 (Larson et al., 1999, Rothman et al., 1997, 1998).

In summary, the data suggest a link between benzene exposure and development of hematopoietic disorders such as aplastic anemia and non-lymphoblastic leukemia. The goal of current research is to determine the molecular mechanisms of benzene and its metabolites that contribute to such problems.


23C. Toluene: Although there is often concomitant exposure to benzene and toluene, the data suggest toluene is not a cause of the same blood problems as benzene. It has been proposed that a difference in chemical structure, an alkyl group attached to the benzene ring, is the reason toluene does not have the myelotoxic effects observed with benzene (Gerarde, 1956.) In cases where toluene exposure is correlated with anemia and leukemia, it is likely that there was a combination exposure including benzene (Tahti et al., 1981; Banfer, 1961; NIOSH, 1973; Moszczynski and Lisiewicz, 1984, 1985; Yin et al., 1987). In a study where the exposure was toluene without benzene or xylene, rotogravure printers and assistants were occupationally exposed for about 3 years while their blood constituents and bone marrow were consistently monitored (Banfer, 1961). No evidence of hematopoietic problems was observed. In contrast to the hematopoietic effects of benzene, toluene has more neurological effects. The acute effects of a toluene exposure include a narcotic effect, as well as impaired cognitive and neuromuscular function. Similar effects, albeit often to a lesser degree, are found to persist following exposure.

A large review of the research for toluene has been evaluated in a report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1994). The data for human health effects overall suggest the effects of toluene are primarily neurobehavioral effects. For instance, a 6-hr exposure to 100 ppm toluene caused deficits in visual perception, the ability to discriminate colors, and the ability to do multiplication calculations (Baelum et al., 1985). Similar exposures have resulted in deficits in some, but not all, tests of short-term memory (Echeverria et al., 1991). In this study, no differences were reported for tasks of sensory motor skills such as reaction time, hand-eye coordination, finger tapping, or critical tracking. Also, there were no exposure effects on mood or vigilance. As documented in a NIOSH report on occupational exposure to toluene (NIOSH, 1973), the most carefully controlled exposure to toluene was conducted with 3 volunteers that were exposed to different concentrations of toluene for 8 hours, two times each week for 3 months (von Oettingen et al, 1942a, b). No myelotoxic effects were observed in these volunteers, however, neurobehavioral effects were apparent. In general, the effects during exposure consisted of fatigue, headaches, incoordination and muscle weakening, with a worsening of symptoms as the concentrations increased from 50-800 ppm. At the highest doses, neurobehavioral effects such as mental confusion, exhilaration, and lack of self-control were reported. There were no lasting effects at concentrations up to 100 ppm. However, lasting problems with fatigue, general confusion, headaches, insomnia and skin paresthesia were evident following exposures at higher doses.

Less controlled studies of toluene effects have been conducted in cases of “huffing” where toluene is used as a drug of abuse, and health effects are monitored in the abusers. It should be noted that in studies with abusers, hypoxia is a major confounding variable and should be considered when interpreting results. For instance, there are reports of atrophy in several locations throughout the brain (Rosenberg et al., 1988; Damasceno and de Capitani, 1994; Fornazzari et al., 1983; Lazar et al., 1983), oculo-motor deficits (Mass et al., 1991), and the emergence of personality disorders (Byrne and Zibin, 1991) in toluene abusers. Scores on neuropsychological evaluation tests show few deficits in simple tasks, such as reaction time or finger tapping, but there are deficits on more involved tests of short term memory and spatial skills (Foo et al., 1990), or even more cognitively challenging tasks (Hanninen et al., 1976). A reduction in IQ scores from before versus after exposure has also been reported (Byrne et al., 1991). Evidence from animal models of neurobehavior following toluene exposure also suggest deficits with several different tests of cognitive processing (Evans et al., 1985; Wada et al., 1988; Ikeda and Miyake, 1978; Miyake et al., 1983; Taylor and Evans, 1985).  No differences were reported in measures of open field activity or wheel activity tests (Ikeda and Miyake, 1978). Although these results suggest limited problems with the more basic brain functions, there is evidence to suggest a slowing in the rate of auditory information traveling to the brain for further processing (Abbate et al., 1993).

Toluene abuse also has reproductive and teratological effects.  Specifically, an absence of effects on menstruation variables was reported (Ng et al., 1992a), but an increase in spontaneous abortions has been reported (Ng et al., 1992b). In males, hormonal changes have been reported, although there was not a systematic analysis of the effects on fertility (Svensson et al., 1992a, 1992b). The effects were reductions in luteinizing hormone, follicular stimulating hormone, and testosterone. Infants of mothers who abuse toluene often have craniofacial features that resemble those of children with fetal alcohol syndrome, even if the mother did not consume alcohol during pregnancy (Hersh et al., 1985; Toutant and Lippman, 1979; Pearson et al., 1994). Other effects on the embryos and infants include digital hypoplasia, urinary tract anomalies, intrauterine growth retardation, prenatal microcephaly, and developmental delays (Arnold et al., 1994; Goodwin, 1988; Hersch, 1989; Pearson et al., 1994; Wilkins-Haug et al., 1991).

In summary, toluene exposure does not seem to cause hematopoietic problems; however, it does appear to have neurotoxic properties. Its acute effects are narcotic-like, and the lasting effects include fatigue, as well as cognitive confusion and impaired motor coordination. The major detrimental effects related to permanent brain damage have been evidenced in toluene abusers who are exposed via “huffing.”


23D. Trimethylbenzenes: Trimethylbenzene (TMB) has three common isomers: 1,2,3-; 1,2,4-; and 1,3,5-. The three show quantitatively different, and in a few cases qualitatively different, effects. Rats exposed to 1,2,4- TMB at 123 to 1230 mg/m­3 showed low system toxicity, with no changes in body weight gain or organ weight when compared to controls. However, at the highest concentration a decrease in red blood cells and increase in white blood cells was noted (Korsak et al., 2000a). When rats were exposed to the same regimen of 1,2,3-TMB, a liver weight increase was noted in male rats at the highest exposure, in addition to the blood effects noted for 1,2,4-TMB (Korsak et al., 2000b). In a similar finding, exposure to 1,2,4-TMB for 90 days increased macrophages, polymorphonuclear leukocytes, and lymphocytes at all tested concentrations (Korsak et al., 1997).

            Like many hydrocarbons, excessive exposure to TMB produces neurological and behavioral effects. Exposure of rat neural synaptosomes to 1,2,4-TMB produced a dose-dependent increase in reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (Myhre and Fonnum, 2001). Rats exposed 6 hours/d, 5 d/wk to each of the common isomers of TMB at 100 ppm showed significant effects in learning and spontaneous behavior 2 weeks after exposure; however, rats exposed to 1,2,3-TMB had fewer effects (Gralewicz and Wiaderna, 2001). Acute (single-dose) oral exposure of rats increased spontaneous locomotor activity (Tomas et al., 1999) and inhibited brain activity (Tomas et al., 2000).

            It is worth noting that exposure to TMB as a part of a hydrocarbon mixture does not affect uptake into the system at large, or into specific organs (Eide and Zahlsen, 1996); however, it does interfere with clearing the compound from the human system (Jamberg et al., 1998). It is important, therefore, to consider TMB exposure in context.

            All three common isomers were tested for in vitro endpoints (Jamik-Spiechowicz et al., 1998). Only the 1,2,3 isomer was positive in the Ames test, and that without S9 liver extract (tests with enzymatic transformation did not show increased mutation rates). All three isomers caused increased sister chromatid exchange in mouse bone marrow cells, with 1,2,3- stimulating exchange at the lowest concentration. These tests provide incomplete evidence that all trimethylbenzenes are mutagens, with a higher likelihood for the 1,2,3- isomer.


23E. Xylenes: Human occupational exposure monitored by personal diffusive sampling with a mean of 21 ppm xylene showed no toxicity to hematopoietic organs, liver or kidney (Uchida et al., 1993); it did show an increased number of subjective symptoms, as well as eye, nose, and throat irritation. In a series of twelve chronic and subchronic animal exposures (reviewed in Low et al., 1989), no substantial or consistent effects were seen in blood, liver, kidneys, or lungs. Non-lethal effects of acute oral exposure of rats and mice to doses up to 4,000 mg/kg reversed by 2 weeks post-exposure (National Toxicology Program, 1986). Exposure of pregnant dam rats to xylene vapors 6 hours/d, 5 d/wk throughout the gestational period disrupted prenatal and postnatal development (Mirkova et al., 1983)

            Epidemiological studies in man suggest that even significant occupational exposure is not carcinogenic. A twenty-year study of several thousand Finnish workers with occupational exposure showed no evidence of increased cancer risk (Anttila et al., 1998). A Montreal study of 3,370 cancer patients of 15 types (non-leukemia) found no evidence of excess risk associated with exposure to xylene for most cancer sites; there was limited evidence which suggested a possible link with colorectal cancer (Gerin et al., 1998). Studies by the National Toxicology Program (1986) showed no evidence of carcinogenicity in mice.


            23F. n-Hexane: Hexane is perhaps the most toxic of the alkanes by oral exposure; ingestion causes nausea, vertigo, and bronchial and intestinal irritation. It is believed that 50 grams is a fatal dose in humans (Bingham et al., 2000). Current standards set maximum vapor exposure at 100 ppm for 8 hours/d (O’Donoghue, 1985); however, there is some evidence that humans occupationally exposed to less than 100 ppm can have small, cumulative effects in the peripheral nervous system.

             Hexane metabolites are cytotoxic to Schwann cells (Kamijima et al., 1996), reducing DNA synthesis in a dose-dependant manner. Mice exposed to 2000-ppm hexane 24 hours/d, 6 d/wk for one year exhibited hind leg muscle degeneration. Rats exposed 13 weeks to 10,000 ppm hexane for 6 hours/d, 5 d/wk showed decreased locomotor activity, along with decreased weight gain and nasal irritation (Dunnick et al., 1989). Hexane can cause significant lung damage. Rabbits exposed to 3,000 ppm 8 hours/d for 8 d developed emphysema and scattered microhemorrhages (Lungarella et al., 1980); the same exposure 8 h/d, 5 d/wk for 24 weeks led to pulmonary fibrosis and papillary tumors (Lungarella et al., 1984). When pregnant female rats were exposed to 1000 ppm 6 hours/d for 9 d, the pups showed reduced postnatal growth (Bus et al., 1979). Rats given single oral doses of several hexane metabolites displayed thymic atrophy after 7 d; however, thymuses from rats given the metabolites for 7 d did not atrophy (Upreti et al., 1986).

            A large cancer study using 800 rats and mice was recently reported for hexane exposure (Daughtrey et al., 1999). Animals were exposed for 6 hours/d, 5 d/wk for 2 years to hexane concentrations up to 9,000 ppm. There were no significant differences in mortality among rats or mice. Rats had no differences in tumor incidence for either sex at any concentration. Female mice showed a decreased incidence of severe cystic endometrial hyperplasia, and an increase in hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas. No reports link leukemia or lymphoma to hexane exposure.


24.  Summary


1. There is little or no evidence that acute or long-term JP-8 exposures result directly in cancer, serious organic disease, or death in humans.


2. Health effects of JP-8 exposure may be subtle, but persisting, and may occur over prolonged periods of low-dose exposure.


3. Some JP-8 induced health effects may require complex neurobehavioral, proteomic, genomic and metabolomic tests for early identification.


4. There appears to be major differences in JP-8 induced health effects as a function of the duration (acute versus long-term), route of administration (dermal versus respiratory versus oral), and exposure phase (vapor versus aerosol versus raw fuel).


5. From animal studies, it appears that brief exposure to JP-8, in at least aerosol or raw fuel phase, can result in severe and persisting immunosuppression.


6. Animal and in vitro studies indicate that exposure to JP-8 can result in modulation of dermal, pulmonary, hepatic, ocular, and renal systems involved in the metabolism, detoxification, and/or elimination of constituent chemicals of JP-8, as well as other xenobiotics.


7. Results of both human and animal studies would appear to indicate that prolonged "occupational-level" exposure to JP-8 could result in persisting changes in brainstem/cerebellar systems, as well as in neurobehavioral performance capacity.


8. Animal and in vitro studies indicate that acute or long-term exposure to JP-8, at least in aerosol phase, can result in persisting damage to the pulmonary system.


9. Human, animal and in vitro studies indicate that acute or long-term dermal exposure to JP-8 can result in damage to the skin (possible necrosis). There is limited evidence from animal studies that repeated dermal exposure to JP-8 might result in skin cancer.


10. There is limited evidence from animal studies that exposure of females to JP-8 can result in developmental deficits in offspring.


11. There is no direct evidence that JP-8 exposure can result in acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).  There is minimal evidence that repeated exposure to benzene, at JP-8 occupational levels, can result in development of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). It is generally unknown if possible immunosuppressive effects of JP-8 exposure, as well as JP-8 induced changes in detoxification systems (i.e., skin, liver, etc.) are correlated with the development of leukemia or other cancers.




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Glenn D. Ritchie, Ph.D., Marni Y. V. Bekkedal, Ph.D., LT Andrew J. Bobb (Ph.D.), MSC, USNR, CAPT Kenneth R. Still (Ph.D.), MSC, USN








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Naval Health Research Center  Detachment Toxicology


2612 Fifth Street, Building 433

Area B

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH  45433-7903







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14. ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 words)

This report summarizes available human, animal and in vitro studies investigating biological and health effects from acute or long-term exposure to JP-8, its combustion products, and each of six major chemical constituents of JP-8 with known human toxicity potential.












JP-8, jet fuel, toxicity.







CAPT K. R. Still







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