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See detailImpact of iron and steel industry and waste incinerators on human exposure to dioxins, PCBs, and heavy metals: results of a cross-sectional study in Belgium.
Fierens, Sebastien; Mairesse, Helene; Heilier, Jean-Francois et al

in Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A (2007), 70(3-4), 222-6

We evaluated the impact of two iron and steel plants and two municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWI) in Wallonia (Belgium) on the exposure of residents to dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the impact of two iron and steel plants and two municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWI) in Wallonia (Belgium) on the exposure of residents to dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and heavy metals. In total, 142 volunteers living around these facilities were recruited and compared with 63 referents from a rural area with no industrial source of pollution. Information about smoking habits, dietary habits, anthropometric characteristics, residential history, and health status was obtained from a self-administered questionnaire. The volunteers provided blood under fasting conditions in order to evaluate the body burden of dioxins (17 polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans [PCDD/Fs] congeners) and PCBs. Samples of blood and urine were also taken for the determination of cadmium, mercury, and lead. After adjustment for covariates, concentrations of cadmium, mercury, and lead in urine or blood were not increased in subjects living in the vicinity of MSWIs or sinter plants by comparison with referents. Residents around the sinter plants and the MSWI located in the industrial area had concentrations of dioxins and PCBs in serum similar to that of referents. By contrast, subjects living in the vicinity of the MSWI in the rural area showed significantly higher serum levels of dioxins (geometric mean, 38 vs. 24 pg TEQ/g fat) and coplanar PCBs (geometric mean, 10.8 vs. 7.0 pg TEQ/g fat). Although age-adjusted dioxin levels in referents did not vary with local animal fat consumption, concentrations of dioxins in subjects living around the incinerators correlated positively with their intake of local animal fat, with almost a doubling in subjects with the highest fat intake. These results indicate that dioxins and coplanar PCBs emitted by MSWIs can indeed accumulate in the body of residents who regularly consume animal products of local origin. [less ▲]

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See detailMethodologies for Measurement of Dioxins in Food
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg et al

in van Peteghem; de Saeger; Daeseleire (Eds.) Platform for Scientific Concertation: Food Safety (2007)

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See detailDevelopment of an absolute quantification method targeting growth hormone biomarkers using liquid chromatography coupled to isotope dilution mass spectrometry.
Kirsch, Stéphanie ULg; Widart, Joëlle ULg; Louette, Joel et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2007), 1153(1-2), 300-6

A method to perform absolute quantification of two biomarkers (IGF-1 and IGFBP-3) of growth hormone abuse has been developed. Isotope dilution is used with synthetically labelled peptides as internal ... [more ▼]

A method to perform absolute quantification of two biomarkers (IGF-1 and IGFBP-3) of growth hormone abuse has been developed. Isotope dilution is used with synthetically labelled peptides as internal standards. Peptide selection and multiple reaction monitoring design are discussed. A simple sample preparation based on the reduction and alkylation of cysteine residues followed by tryptic digestion provides a sufficient digestion of proteins. Serum samples fortified with increasing amounts of target proteins are analysed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. Specificity is ensured by the selection of sequences with no homology in BLAST, as well as retention time deviation check, and ion ratio monitoring. Linearity is studied in terms of calibration curves. These curves for IGFBP-3 and IGF-1 are generated with mean slopes of 0.055 and 0.065, intercepts of 0.107 and -0.011, and with coefficients of correlation of 0.95 and 0.98, respectively. These curves result from the addition of proteins to the serum. Risks of variations related to potential matrix effects are therefore reduced, as well as probable variations related to the digestion steps. The working concentration ranges are 4-10 ng/microl for IGFBP-3 and 2-8 ng/microl for IGF-1. Preliminary data regarding repeatability show that relative standard deviations (RSDs) range between 13 and 32% for IGFBP-3 and between 7 and 29% for IGF-1. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-throughput biomonitoring of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls at the sub-picogram level in human serum
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Massart, Anne-Cécile ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2006), 1130(1), 97-107

We report on the use of a state-of-the-art method for the measurement of selected polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls in human serum specimens ... [more ▼]

We report on the use of a state-of-the-art method for the measurement of selected polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls in human serum specimens. The sample preparation procedure is based on manual small size solid-phase extraction (SPE) followed by automated clean-up and fractionation using multi-sorbent liquid chromatography columns. SPE cartridges and all clean-up columns are disposable. Samples are processed in batches of 20 units, including one blank control (BC) sample and one quality control (QC) sample. The analytical measurement is performed using gas chromatography coupled to isotope dilution high-resolution mass spectrometry. The sample throughput corresponds to one series of 20 samples per day, from sample reception to data quality cross-check and reporting, once the procedure has been started and series of samples keep being produced. Four analysts are required to ensure proper performances of the procedure. The entire procedure has been validated under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 criteria and further tested over more than 1500 unknown samples during various epidemiological studies. The method is further discussed in terms of reproducibility, efficiency and long-term stability regarding the 35 target analytes. Data related to quality control and limit of quantification (LOQ) calculations are also presented and discussed. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSuitability of tandem-in-time mass spectrometry for polybrominated diphenylether measurement in fish and shellfish samples: Comparison with high resolution mass spectrometry
PIRARD, Catherine ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2006), 1115(1-2), 125-132

The first part of the present study focused on the development of an alternative automated sample preparation method for the measurement of selected polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in fish and ... [more ▼]

The first part of the present study focused on the development of an alternative automated sample preparation method for the measurement of selected polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in fish and shellfish. A previously developed automated method has been further optimized and simplified to decrease blank levels and cost. Sorbent and solvent quantities have been significantly reduced without altering extract quality. The second part of the study consisted of comparing tandem-in-time quadrupole ion storage mass spectrometry (QISTMS/MS) to high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) for the isotope dilution (ID) measurement step after gas chromatography (GC) separation. Both mass spectrometric methods performed similarly in terms of accuracy but better precision was observed for HRMS. Although better sensitivity can be attained with the high resolution sector instrument, method limits of quantification (mLOQs) were very similar for both approaches as they were dependent on the procedural blanks levels. The mLOQ values ranged between 0.04 and 3.56 ng/g fat, depending on the congener. They allowed the unambiguous identification and quantification of all target analytes, except for BDE-183, in most considered fish extracts. An analytical procedure based on rapid automated sample preparation and QISTMS/MS appeared to be suitable for the measurement of PBDEs in fish and shellfish speciment under quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) criteria. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStrategy for DR-CALUX dioxin screening in feed under EC regulation
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Rybertt, M. S.; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2006), 68

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See detailThe use of various gas chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques for human biomonitoring studies
Patterson, Donald G.; Welch, S. M.; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2006), 68

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See detailConcentration of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in Household Dust from Various Countries Is Dust a Major Source of Human Exposure?
Sjödin, Andreas; Päpke, Olaf; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2006), 68

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See detailHuman Biomonitoring of Persistent Toxicants using Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography and Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Sjodin, Andreas; Patterson, Donald G.

in Niessen, W. M. A. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry, Volume 8, Hyphenated Methods (2006)

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See detailHigh-Resolution GC Coupled to High-Resolution MS in the Analysis of Dioxins and Related Substances, Principles and Applications
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Niessen, W. M. A. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry, Volume 8, Hyphenated Methods (2006)

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See detailEnvironmental and human impact of an old-timer incinerator in terms of dioxin and PCB level: A case study
Pirard, Catherine ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Massart, Anne-Cécile ULg et al

in Environmental Science & Technology (2005), 39(13), 4721-4728

The impact of a recently closed old municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) on polychlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (POD), polychlorodibenzofuran (PCDF), and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels in the ... [more ▼]

The impact of a recently closed old municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) on polychlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (POD), polychlorodibenzofuran (PCDF), and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels in the surrounding environment and resident serum has been studied in a small rural area of France. Studied soils and eggs from chickens foraging on these soils were sampled in the vicinity of the MSWI under the prevailing wind stream, while comparison samples were collected outside the assumed impact zone. PCB levels observed in soils and eggs did not differ statistically from comparison sites. This confirmed the low impact of MSWI PCB emission on environmental media, compared to other well-known sources. PCDD/PCDF levels in soils and eggs were significantly higher than in comparison samples, pointing out the impact of MSWI emission on the surrounding environment. The high dioxin concentrations in eggs set aside for private consumption would increase the dioxin intake for the studied population. Blood specimens of 10 nonoccupationally exposed volunteers who had lived within a 2 km radius of the incinerator for at least 25 years have been analyzed. When adjusted for age, PCB and PCDD/F blood levels were higher than general European populations and comparable to a similarly exposed Belgian population. [less ▲]

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