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Selenium and its interrelation with mercury in wholeblood and hair in an East Greenlandic population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6523123     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
138 Blood samples and 12 hair samples from the district of Angmagssalik, East Greenland, have been analysed for selenium and mercury. It was found that selenium like mercury, was absorbed in accordance with the amount of marine food eaten. The mean blood concentration in the group eating most marine food was 173 and 186 micrograms Hg/1 for men and women, respectively, while in the group eating the lowest quantity of marine food, the mean values were 86 and 118 micrograms Hg/1. In blood, the selenium and mercury did not correlate in individuals, but only in groups according to eating habits. On a molar basis, selenium is present in blood in excess as compared to mercury, while the opposite is the case for hair. It is concluded that only part of the selenium interacts with mercury, and that blood, but not hair, reflects present dietary intake. The righ supply of selenium in relation to mercury exposure through the traditional arctic food is probably able to alleviate the hazards from dietary mercury exposure.
J C Hansen; N Kromann; H C Wulf; K Albøge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0048-9697     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Total Environ.     Publication Date:  1984 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-03-20     Completed Date:  1985-03-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure
Environmental Pollutants / analysis*
Hair / analysis*
Mercury / analysis*,  blood
Middle Aged
Selenium / analysis*,  blood
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 7439-97-6/Mercury; 7782-49-2/Selenium

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