First data on background levels of non-ortho and mono-ortho PCBS in blood of residents from Southern Germany

Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Welfare Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany.
Chemosphere (Impact Factor: 3.34). 03/1996; 32(3):567-74. DOI: 10.1016/0045-6535(95)00351-7
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Blood-fat concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) congeners: no. 105, 118, 156 (mono-ortho-substituted) and no. 77, 126, 169 (non-ortho-substituted) and PCB congeners no. 28, 52, 101, 138, 153 and 180 were measured. The investigations were carried out in pooled samples from children and in individual samples from adults. Additionally polychloro-p-dibenzodioxins and -furans (PCDD/PCDF) were investigated.

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    • "In comparison, the mean TEQ in the Chapevsk boys was 19.3 pg TEQ/g lipid. With the exception of children described by Wuthe et al. [27], subjects in the other studies in Figure 2 were significantly older than the Chapaevsk boys. Despite age differences, the mean TEQ in Chapaevsk boys was comparable to or even higher than the mean TEQ in older populations from other countries. "
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    ABSTRACT: Toxicological studies and limited human studies have demonstrated associations between exposure to polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and adverse developmental and reproductive health effects. Given that children may be particularly susceptible to reproductive and developmental effects of organochlorines, and the paucity of information available regarding childhood exposures to dioxins in particular, we undertook a pilot study to describe the distribution of, and identify potential predictors of exposure to, dioxin-like compounds and dioxins among adolescent boys in Chapaevsk, Russia. The pilot study was also designed to guide the development of a large prospective cohort study on the relationship of exposure to PCDDs, PCDFs, and PCBs with growth and pubertal development in peri-pubertal Chapaevsk boys. 221 boys age 14 to 17 participated in the pilot study. Each of the boys, with his mother, was asked to complete a nurse-administered detailed questionnaire on medical history, diet, and lifestyle. The diet questions were used to measure the current and lifetime consumption of locally grown or raised foods. Blood samples from 30 of these boys were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis of dioxins, furans and PCBs. The median (25th, 75th percentile) concentrations for total PCDDs, PCDFs and coplanar PCBs were 95.8 pg/g lipids (40.9, 144), 33.9 pg/g lipids (20.4, 61.8), and 120 pg/g lipids (77.6, 157), respectively. For WHO-TEQs, the median (25th, 75th percentile) for total PCDDs, PCDFs, and coplanar PCBs were 0.29 (0.1, 9.14), 7.98 (5.27, 12.3), and 7.39 (4.51, 11.9), respectively. Although TCDD was largely non-detectable, two boys had high TCDD levels (17.9 and 21.7 pg/g lipid). Higher serum levels of sum of dioxin-like compounds and sum of dioxin TEQs were positively associated with increased age, consumption of fish, local meats other than chicken, PCB 118, and inversely with weeks of gestation. The total TEQs among Chapaevsk adolescents were higher than most values previously reported in non-occupationally exposed populations of comparable or even older ages. Dietary consumption of local foods, as well as age and weeks of gestation, predicted dioxin exposure in this population.
    Environmental Health 02/2005; 4(1):8. DOI:10.1186/1476-069X-4-8 · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    • "Comparison of PCB congener profiles in blood (Wuthe et al., 1996), human milk (WHO, 1996), and follicular fluid (this work). For each matrix, congener concentrations have been normalized with respect to the most abundant congener (PCB 153). "
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    ABSTRACT: Based on observations in animals, there is an increasing evidence that a number of persistent organochlorine pollutants can alter the endocrine homeostasis, this resulting in toxic effects in particular in the developing organism. However, the role of these chemicals in determining endocrine-related diseases in humans, and possibly a decrease of fertility, is still controversial. Exposure data concerning the human reproductive system are essential for risk assessment. Based on this, the occurrence in follicular fluid of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs), 2,3,7,8-chlorosubstituted polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and dibenzofurans (PCDFs), 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-ethane (p,p'-DDT) and its metabolites, and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) was investigated. With respect to PCBs, the sum of the three most abundant congeners (PCBs 138, 153 and 180) was 1230 ng/g, lipid basis (0.37 ng/g, wet weight). Congener distribution profile overlapped what is usually observed in other human tissues, as blood and milk. PCDDs, PCDFs, p,p'-DDT and 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-ethane (p,p'-DDD) were below their determination limits. 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-ethene (p,p'-DDE) and HCB were detected in concentrations respectively in the order of 700 and 70 ng/g, lipid basis (approximately 0.2 and approximately 0.02 ng/g, wet weight).
    Chemosphere 04/2004; 54(10):1445-9. DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2003.10.040 · 3.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Due to their physico-chemical characteristics, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are highly persistent in the environment and therefore easily measured in the biological matrices of more and more large groups of general population. For these reasons it would be useful to determine suitable Reference Values (RVs) for these xenobiotics. In this paper, a metanalysis to the published data on PCBs values in human blood is presented. This investigation was carried out in order to reach adequate information on their RVs and to focus some specific topics to be taken into account when producing directly RVs for PCBs. The PCBs RVs resulted between 1.2 e 8.28 microg/L for males and between 2.69 e 5.17 microg/L for females the general range varied from 0.9 to 56 microg/L. The main criticisms in the assessment of RVs for PCBs resulted: the number of examined subjects; the inclusion and stratification criteria; the analytical method adopted and their quality assurance; the type and number of congeners to be determined and their specific quantification; the calculation of blood PCBs concentration (weight/volume or weight/lipids); the statistical analysis and in particular the treatment of not detectable data.
    Giornale italiano di medicina del lavoro ed ergonomia 26(1):3-11.
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