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Estrogens from sewage in coastal marine environments.
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PMID:  12676611     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Estrogens are ancient molecules that act as hormones in vertebrates and are biologically active in diverse animal phyla. Sewage contains natural and synthetic estrogens that are detectable in streams, rivers, and lakes. There are no studies reporting the distribution of steroidal estrogens in marine environments. We measured estrogens in sewage, injection-well water, and coastal tropical and offshore tropical water in the Pacific Ocean, western Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean Sea. Concentrations of unconjugated estrone ranged from undetectable (< 40 pg/L) in the open ocean to nearly 2,000 pg/L in Key West, Florida, and Rehoboth Bay, Delaware (USA); estrone concentrations were highest near sources of sewage. Enzymatic hydrolysis of steroid conjugates in seawater samples indicated that polar conjugates comprise one-half to two-thirds of "total estrone" (unconjugated plus conjugated) in Hawaiian coastal samples. Adsorption to basalt gravel and carbonate sand was less than 20% per week and indicates that estrogens can easily leach into the marine environment from septic fields and high-estrogen groundwater. Of 20 sites (n = 129 samples), the mean values from 12 sites were above the threshold concentration for uptake into coral, indicating that there is a net uptake of anthropogenic steroidal estrogen into these environments, with unknown impacts.
Shannon Atkinson; Marlin J Atkinson; Ann M Tarrant
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Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental health perspectives     Volume:  111     ISSN:  0091-6765     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Health Perspect.     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
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Created Date:  2003-04-04     Completed Date:  2003-07-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0330411     Medline TA:  Environ Health Perspect     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  531-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Region
Environmental Monitoring
Estrogens / analysis*
Pacific Ocean
Reference Values
Sewage / chemistry*
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Estrogens; 0/Sewage; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical
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Environ Health Perspect. 2003 Apr;111(4):A232   [PMID:  12718313 ]

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Journal ID (nlm-ta): Environ Health Perspect
ISSN: 0091-6765
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Print publication date: Month: 4 Year: 2003
Volume: 111 Issue: 4
First Page: 531 Last Page: 535
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Estrogens from sewage in coastal marine environments.
Shannon Atkinson
Marlin J Atkinson
Ann M Tarrant
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA.

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