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See detailPerformance of GC-LRMS/MS and GCxGC methods for compliance monitoring of the PCDD/F-TEQ and the total TEQ in food and feed
Van Cleuvenbergen, Rudy; Santos, Javier; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2005), 67

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See detailRemoval of PCDD/Fs and DL-PCBs from fish oil by activated carbon: Compliance with European Legislation
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Carbonnelle, Sophie; Hellebosch, Laeticia et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2005), 67

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See detailEvaluation of GC-MS/MS for determination of PBDEs in fish and shellfish samples
Pirard, Catherine; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Massart, Anne-Cécile ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2005), 67

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See detailDecrease of serum concentrations of dioxins and PCBs in Belgium between 2000 and 2003
Fierens, Sébastien; Heilier, Jean-François; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2005), 67

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See detailFactors influencing the PCDD/F levels in plasma of Belgian blood donors
Debacker, Neomi; Van Wouwe, Nathalie; Sasse, André et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2005)

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See detailRemoval of dioxins and PCBs in fish oils: comparison of CALUX and GC-HRMS results
Carbonnelle, Sophie; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Hellebosch, Laeticia et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2005)

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See detailPerformances and limitations of the HRMS method for dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs analysis in animal feedingstuffs Part I: Results of an inter-laboratory study
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Cofino, W. P.; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2004), 519(2), 231-242

The European strategy for dioxin monitoring of the food chain has defined high-resolution gas chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS) method as the confirmatory method that ... [more ▼]

The European strategy for dioxin monitoring of the food chain has defined high-resolution gas chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS) method as the confirmatory method that can provide reliable and comparable results at sub-parts per trillion (ppt) level. This paper describes the first inter-laboratory study on dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs by HRGC/HRMS method in animal feedingstuffs. Two different statistical approaches (ISO 5725 and Cofino's statistics) were used for the statistical evaluation. For this particular study, the performances of the HRGC/HRMS method seem to be congener-independent in repeatability and reproducibility conditions over a concentration range covering more than four orders of magnitude. Results clearly show the effect of precision loss below 0.1 ppt level per congener in repeatability conditions and below 0.2 ppt level per congener in reproducibility conditions. LODs reported by the laboratories give median values of 0.02 ng/kg for most of the toxic congeners. Relative standard deviation between the laboratories' mean values using upper-bound approach for TEQ calculation is 6.2%, more than twice the maximum level set at 0.75 ng TEQ/kg of product. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformances and limitations of the HRMS method for dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs analysis in animal feedingstuffs Part II: Does it comply with the European pro-active approach?
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2004), 519(2), 243-253

Based on the results obtained from the inter-laboratory study in Part 1, different approaches for detection and quantification limits are evaluated and discussed. An overview of the most commonly used ... [more ▼]

Based on the results obtained from the inter-laboratory study in Part 1, different approaches for detection and quantification limits are evaluated and discussed. An overview of the most commonly used concepts and terminologies in analytical chemistry is presented with the aim of establishing a link between them. Whatever the method used by laboratories for detection limit assessment, the median LOD value reported for the less chlorinated PCDD/Fs (i.e. 0.02 ng/kg) is in good agreement with the values recalculated using the inter-laboratory data. For LOQ the Eurachem approach based on a pre-established percentage of repeatability RSD appears to be. suitable. The study shows that a pre-established RSDr of 20% is recommended in order to achieve an acceptable LOQ of 0.05 ng/kg per congener. The 20% value seems to be sufficiently low to act tolerable RSD close to maximum limits. Furthermore, the repeatability and the reproducibility standard deviation against parts-per-trillion congener levels has been modeled by inverse first order functions. This congener precision model provides an interesting tool to subsequently assess the performances of the method in TEQ close to regulatory limits. Finally, the paper discusses two different ways of reporting and interpreting the results to assess compliance against statutory limits. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of the CALUX bioassay for PCDD/F analyses in human blood plasma and comparison with GC-HRMS
Van Wouwe, N.; Windal, I.; Vanderperren, H. et al

in Talanta (2004), 63(5), 1157-1167

Following the dioxin crisis of 1999, several studies were conducted to assess the impact of this crisis on the dioxin body burden in the Belgian population. The Scientific Institute of Public Health ... [more ▼]

Following the dioxin crisis of 1999, several studies were conducted to assess the impact of this crisis on the dioxin body burden in the Belgian population. The Scientific Institute of Public Health identified a population from whom plasma samples were available and from whom, during the follow up survey, plasma samples were obtained in 2000. In total, 496 samples were collected for GC-HRMS and CALUX analyses to verify statistical assessment conclusions. This study was seen as an opportunity to validate the CALUX bioassay for biological sample analysis and to compare toxic equivalency (TEQ) values obtained by the reference GC-HRMS technique and by the screening method. This article focuses on the validation results of the CALUX bioassay for the analyses of the dioxin fractions of blood plasma. The sample preparation is based on a liquid-liquid extraction, followed by an acid silica in series with an activated carbon clean-up. A good recovery (82%) and reproducibility (coefficient of variation less than 25%) were found for this method. Based on 341 plasma samples, a significant correlation was established between the bioassay and chemical method (R = 0.64). However, a proportional systematic error was observed when the results obtained with the CALUX bioassay were regressed with the results from the GC-HRMS analyses. The limit of quantification (LOQ) used to calculate TEQ values from the GC-HRMS determinations, the use of the relative potency values instead of the toxic equivalent factor and the potential of CALUX bioassay to measure all compounds with affinity for the AhR may partly explain this proportional systematic error. Nevertheless, the present results suggest that the CALUX bioassay could be a promising valid screening method for human blood plasma analyses. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of clean-up for comparison of TEQ-values obtained by CALUX and chemo-analysis
Van Wouwe, N.; Windal, I.; Vanderperren, H. et al

in Talanta (2004), 63(5), 1269-1272

This paper presents Chemically Activated LUciferine gene eXpression (CALUX) TEQ-values obtained for nine plasma samples following two different purification procedures, one of them involving fractionation ... [more ▼]

This paper presents Chemically Activated LUciferine gene eXpression (CALUX) TEQ-values obtained for nine plasma samples following two different purification procedures, one of them involving fractionation. CALUX results obtained for the dioxin (DX) and dioxin + PCB (DX + PCB) fractions were then compared to the GC-HRMS TEQ-values calculated for the 17 polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (17 PCDD/F) and 17 PCDD/F + 4 cPCB congeners, respectively. The overestimation of the CALUX (DX fraction) TEQ-values in comparison with the chemo-analyses of the 17 PCDD/F is mainly explained by the presence of other AhR agonists, like brominated compounds. Otherwise, the constancy of the CALUX (DX + PCB fraction) TEQ-value which compares to increasing the GC-HRMS (17 PCDD/F + 4 cPCB) TEQ results raises questions concerning (1) the significance of CALUX results obtained without fractionation as well as (2) the toxicological effect of a cocktail of contaminants on the human health. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPTV-LV-GC/MS/MS as screening and complementary method to HRMS for the monitoring of dioxin levels in food and feed
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg; Pirard, Catherine et al

in Talanta (2004), 63(5), 1135-1146

Recent developments in trapping efficiency inside ion trap mass spectrometer permitted to lower instrument detection limit (IDL). An IDL of 200 fg mul(-1) injected with a signal-to-noise ratio of 5:1 for ... [more ▼]

Recent developments in trapping efficiency inside ion trap mass spectrometer permitted to lower instrument detection limit (IDL). An IDL of 200 fg mul(-1) injected with a signal-to-noise ratio of 5:1 for tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) was obtained by gas chromatography coupled to a quadrupole ion storage mass spectrometer in tandem mode (GC/MS/MS). Coupling large volume programmable temperature vaporizer (PTV-LV) injection to GC/MS/MS provides an alternative and complementary method to classical splitless-GC injection connected to high-resolution mass spectrometry (splitless-GC/HRMS) method for dioxin monitoring in food and feed. An injection volume of 10 mul was found to be the best compromise between the sensitivity requirements and the robustness required for a high throughput method. PTV-LV-GC/MS/MS and Splitless-GC/HRMS were compared by performing analysis on five different matrices such as beef fat, yolk eggs, milk powder, animal feed and serum samples covering a concentration range of two orders of magnitude (i.e. 0.2-25 ng WHO-TEQ kg(-1)). An analysis of variance (ANOVA) was carried out. Fisher tests pointed out that the method effect for all the 2,3,7,8 congeners was not significant, indicating that the null hypothesis (H-0: mu(1) = mu(2) = ... = mu(n)) was not rejected. Moreover, the interaction effects between methods and matrices were not significant for most of the 2,3,7,8 congeners. However, three congeners (2,3,7,8-TCDF; 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDD and I,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDD) were characterized by P-values lower than the significance level (alpha = 0.05). In toxic equivalence (TEQ), the study showed that no significant bias was observed between the two methods. Consequently, PTV-LV-GC/MS/MS is an attractive technique and can be used as a cost effective complementary method to HRMS for dioxin levels monitoring in food and feed. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailA strategy to identify specific biomarkers related to the effects of a PCDD/F mixture on the immune system of marine mammals
Brenez, C.; Gerkens, P.; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ULg et al

in Talanta (2004), 63(5), 1225-1230

The cell lines chosen have demonstrated a positive response in terms of cell proliferation and associated modifications in proteins content, evaluated through DNA and proteins synthesis, at ... [more ▼]

The cell lines chosen have demonstrated a positive response in terms of cell proliferation and associated modifications in proteins content, evaluated through DNA and proteins synthesis, at environmentally relevant dose of dioxins, brought by a typical environmental PCDD/F mixture. The response is time and species dependent. After completion of the identification of proteins affected by the intoxication, we will identify a set of specific proteins whose expression is correlated to the dioxin dose and submit the cell culture to the treatment with a single chemical as well as with mixtures. We hope that this will allow us to construct and validate a set of protein biomarkers of exposure to pollutants that will show a predictive aspect for unknown chemicals. The quantitative analysis of the set of biomarkers can then be a more specific bioassay and an alternative to physico-chemical or other already established bioanalytical methods for screening purposes. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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