Concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in human blood samples from Mexico City, Mexico Article uri icon


  • Studies in Mexico have demonstrated exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in people living in different sites through the country. However, studies evaluating exposure to POPs in people living in Mexico City (one of most contaminated places in the world) are scarce. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and its metabolite dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) in the blood as exposure biomarkers in people living in Mexico City. A total of 123 participants (blood donors aged 20-60. years) were recruited during 2010 in Mexico City. Quantitative analyses of blood samples were performed using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Levels of the assessed compounds ranged from non-detectable (< LOD) to 350. ng/g lipid; from 8.20 to 91.0. ng/g lipid and from < LOD to 34.0. ng/g lipid for total PBDEs, total PCBs and total DDT, respectively. The current study indicates POP exposure in the people assessed and highlights the need for further biomonitoring studies of these POPs in the region. In this regard, biomonitoring of toxins on a global scale may be the first step towards the prevention of toxin-induced illnesses in the population. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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  • 2014-01-01