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The impact of oestrogenic and androgenic contamination on marine organisms in the United Kingdom--summary of the EDMAR programme. Endocrine Disruption in the Marine Environment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12408629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper summarises results of the EDMAR programme which is investigating oestrogenic and androgenic endocrine disruption in UK coastal waters. Most of the data concern fish. Four species (flounder, viviparous blenny and two sand gobies) are experiencing feminisation in industrialised estuaries. In males this includes vitellogenin (VTG) synthesis, ovotestis induction and/or feminised sexual characteristics. Although reproductive success may be impaired in some cases, implications for fish populations are still unclear. Suspected causative contaminants include natural oestrogenic substances and synthetic oestrogen mimics. The majority of the oestrogenic activity is adsorbed to sediments, and routes of exposure may include benthic food chain transfer. Some natural androgenic substances are also being discharged to estuaries, but their activity appears low.
Peter Matthiessen; Yvonne Allen; Shaw Bamber; John Craft; Mark Hurst; Tom Hutchinson; Steve Feist; Ioanna Katsiadaki; Mark Kirby; Craig Robinson; Sandy Scott; John Thain; Kevin Thomas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine environmental research     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0141-1136     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Environ. Res.     Publication Date:    2002 Sep-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-31     Completed Date:  2002-11-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882895     Medline TA:  Mar Environ Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  645-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Ambleside, Cumbria, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Androgens / adverse effects*
Endocrine System / drug effects*
Environmental Monitoring*
Estrogens / adverse effects*
Geologic Sediments / chemistry
Great Britain
Hermaphroditism / etiology,  veterinary
Ovary / abnormalities*
Reproduction / drug effects*
Testis / abnormalities*
Vitellogenins / biosynthesis
Water Pollutants, Chemical / adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Androgens; 0/Estrogens; 0/Vitellogenins; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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