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An Asian quandary: where have all of the PBDEs gone?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15325204     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are widely used fire retardant compounds which, like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), have become ubiquitous in environmental media. Time trend analyses of PBDE levels in sediments and biota generally show an increasing trend. The lower (tetra- and penta-) PBDEs accumulate and predominate in biota, whilst the higher congeners (deca-) are prevalent in aquatic environments and sediments. PBDEs also biomagnify, with highest concentrations of the lower brominated congeners being seen in top predators including birds, marine mammals and humans. Toxicological studies of PBDEs have been limited, although effects mediated via the thyroid gland may be extremely important. Disturbingly, PBDEs may be sequestering in certain Asian environments to a higher degree than in other parts of the world, due to the unregulated disposal of computers and electronic equipment. However, this potential problem remains poorly investigated, to date.
Michael Martin; Paul K S Lam; Bruce J Richardson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-24     Completed Date:  2004-12-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  375-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 Elsevier Ltd.
California Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, 20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring
Food Chain*
Polybrominated Biphenyls / analysis*
Risk Assessment
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Ethers; 0/Polybrominated Biphenyls; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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