Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) in mother-infant pairs in the Southeastern U.S

Paul Terry, Craig Towers, Liang Ying Liu, Angela A. Peverly, Jiangang Chen, Amina Salamova

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Abstract

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are commonly used flame retardants in foams, building material, electronics, and textiles. These chemicals leach into the environment, where they persist, and are found today in virtually every population worldwide. Several studies in recent years have detected the presence of PBDEs in maternal and infant samples. However, few of these studies were conducted in the U.S., and few examined paired or matched mother blood-cord blood samples. We analyzed serum from 10 mother-infant pairs for the presence of PBDEs in a patient population in the Southeastern U.S. Out of 35 measured PBDE congeners, five (BDE-28, -47, -99, -100, and -153) were present, with detection frequencies of 65–100 %. The total PBDE concentrations in maternal and infant sera were highly correlated (r2 = 0.710, p = 0.0043). The levels of BDE-47, -99, and -100 and of total PBDEs were higher in the infant cord sera when compared with those in maternal sera (p < 0.017), suggesting that fetuses and neonates might have higher circulating concentrations of these potentially neurotoxic and endocrine disrupting chemicals compared with their mothers. The primary focus henceforward should be whether there are any deleterious effects from exposure to these chemicals on human health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-214
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers
Flame Retardants
Flame retardants
Ethers
Mothers
Serum
Blood
Endocrine Disruptors
Textiles
Fetal Blood
Population
Foams
Fetus
Electronic equipment
Health
Newborn Infant

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  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) in mother-infant pairs in the Southeastern U.S. / Terry, Paul; Towers, Craig; Liu, Liang Ying; Peverly, Angela A.; Chen, Jiangang; Salamova, Amina.

In: International Journal of Environmental Health Research, Vol. 27, No. 3, 04.05.2017, p. 205-214.

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Terry, Paul ; Towers, Craig ; Liu, Liang Ying ; Peverly, Angela A. ; Chen, Jiangang ; Salamova, Amina. / Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) in mother-infant pairs in the Southeastern U.S. In: International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 2017 ; Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 205-214.
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