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Influence of the Consumption of Fatty Baltic Sea Fish on Plasma Levels of Halogenated Environmental Contaminants in Latvian and Swedish Men

Andreas Sjödin, Lars Hagmar, Eva Klasson-Wehler, Jonas Björk and Åke Bergman
Environmental Health Perspectives
Vol. 108, No. 11 (Nov., 2000), pp. 1035-1041
DOI: 10.2307/3434955
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3434955
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Influence of the Consumption of Fatty Baltic Sea Fish on Plasma Levels of Halogenated Environmental Contaminants in Latvian and Swedish Men
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Abstract

We examined the influence of widely varied consumption of fatty fish from the Baltic Sea and of age on plasma concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorobiphenylols (OH-PCBs), 2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane (4,4′-DDT), 2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dichloroethane (4,4′-DDE), 2,2′,4,4′-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), and pentachlorophenol (PCP) in Latvian and Swedish men. Both age and fish consumption were significantly correlated with the concentrations of ΣPCB, ΣOH-PCB, 4,4′-DDE, 4,4′-DDT, and HCB. In the case of BDE-47, no significant relationship with age was observed, and fish consumption had the largest relative effect on plasma concentrations of this contaminant. This relationship may be a result of exposure to BDE-47 having been more recent than that of PCBs and DDE, or because the half-life of BDE-47 may be shorter than that of PCB and DDE. Latvian men demonstrated higher plasma levels of DDE and DDT but lower levels of ΣPCB and PCP than did Swedish men. The corresponding levels of HCB and BDE-47 were similar in both countries. The Spearman's rank correlation coefficient obtained by comparing the level of the metabolite 4-hydroxy-2,3,3′,4′,5-pentachlorobiphenyl (4-OH-CB107) to the combined levels of its parent compounds, 2,3,3′,4,4′-pentachlorobiphenyl (CB-105) and 2,3′,4,4′,5-pentachlorobiphenyl (CB-118), was higher than the median correlation coefficient obtained upon comparing the level of this metabolite to all other possible combinations of two PCB levels. No other increased correlation between metabolite and parent PCB concentration was observed.

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