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Baseline Toxic Mixtures of Non-Toxic Chemicals - Solubility Addition Increases Exposure for Solid Hydrophobic Chemicals.
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PMID:  23331084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This study addresses the question whether hydrophobic organic chemicals exerting no toxicity at their solubility limit (saturation) can form a toxic mixture. Spiking methods generally do not allow testing exactly at saturation without introducing microcrystals. Passive dosing was thus applied to test the acute toxicity of several high melting point PAHs and their mixtures at the respective saturation levels to aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. With the aquatic Daphnia magna, anthracene, chrysene and benzo(a)pyrene resulted in no or limited acute toxicity (0-20%), whereas binary and tertiary mixtures of these resulted in significant acute toxicity (70-88%). Toxicity of PAHs and their mixtures could be fitted with one (sum) chemical activity-response curve in accordance with a similar mode of toxic action (i.e., concentration addition). The effective chemical activity (Ea-50) of 0.029 and the effective concentration on a lipid basis (EClipid, eq.-50) of 95.7 mM were well within the range for baseline toxicity. Similar mixtures showed less toxicity to the terrestrial Folsomia candida due to steady-state body-burdens being below equilibrium partitioning levels. The results of the present study raise questions about the focus of risk assessment schemes and toxicity testing guidelines on individual substances, since apparently non-toxic chemicals might become toxic in a mixture.
Authors:
Kilian E C Smith; Stine Nørgaard Schmidt; Nathalie Dom; Ronny Blust; Martin Holmstrup; Philipp Mayer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental science & technology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1520-5851     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Sci. Technol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0213155     Medline TA:  Environ Sci Technol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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