Many organochlorines are endocrine disruptors or carcinogens in experimental assays. Vol. Effects of exposure to related compounds, such as DDD [1,1-dichloro-2,2,-bis(p-chlorphenyl)ethane, a dichlorodiphenylethane] were also evaluated and were associated independently with increased risk. DDT is a class 2 insecticide, meaning it is moderately toxic. Effects of DDT on the environment and human health DDT is recommended for malaria vector control because of its characteristic of the longest residual efficacy (WHO, 2011). Exposure to DDT by pesticide applicators, for example, is primarily to p,p′-DDT, whereas it is the p,p′-DDE metabolite to which nearly all of the general population is exposed via diet. Items that can contain DDT. In addition, the high correlation among levels of PCBs and dioxins in the Dutch study (67) complicate interpretation of the findings. (Excerpts of text from Fall 2002 issue of 21st Century) by J. Gordon Edwards, Ph.D. The small number of expected cases for any given cancer site (Table 4) reflects that, in general, the cohorts were relatively small and had limited lengths of follow-up. Chemical, environmental, and health aspects of the Seveso, Italy, accident. Nonetheless, exposure is ongoing because of accumulation in the biosphere. Vol. In 1972 the Environmental Protection Agency banned the chemical because of the adverse environmental effects, and it is now classified as a probable human carcinogen. Over the past 25 years levels may have declined slightly. Vol. The embryologic origin of the liver and biliary tree are sufficiently close that grouping these cancers as a single outcome in humans may be justifiable. Laboratory animal studies showed effects on the liver and reproduction. Several associations, however, merit more study, such as p,p′-DDE and breast cancer. Dev., US EPA. Effects of perinatal polychlorinated biphenyls and dichlorodiphenyl dichloroethene on later development. Journal reference: The Lancet (vol 358, p 114). In fact, all the PCBs, PCDFs, and PCDDs with the greatest dioxin-like activity have chlorines at the far ends of the molecule and not elsewhere. The data viewed as a whole, however, raise suspicion that a portion of the population may be experiencing subtle effects. The PCBs with the most dioxin-like activity (coplanar PCBs) are chlorinated at both para positions (4,4′-chlorinated) and two or more meta positions (3,5,3′, and 5′- are meta positions). Understanding the subclinical effects, if any, of organochlorine exposure might serve to guide investigations of possible clinical effects, and inform risk assessments. The odds ratio per μg/L increase in serum PCB level for both studies combined was 1.02 (95% CI 0.94–1.11) (1). 35 Although the strength of the association is impressive (Table 6), the potential confounding by 2,4,5-T exposure is intractable, and dioxin exposure was not documented with measured levels. Studies of pregnancy outcome in relation to PCB exposure have been prompted by the results of experiments among animals (80) and the experience in Taiwan and Japan with mixed PCB/PCDF exposure (discussed later). Pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyl residues in human breast lipids and their relation to breast cancer. This article discusses globalization and its health challenges from a vantage of ...Read More. 19: The possibility that bias accounts for the association cannot be ruled out, and the abnormalities found are subclinical. The primary manifestation of Yusho and Yu-Cheng was dermatologic: chloracne and hyperpigmentation of the skin, gingiva, and nails were frequent. Breast-milk monitoring to measure Michigan's contamination with polybrominated biphenyls. The exposed children had lower body weights relative to controls for about ten years after the exposure, and they never attained comparable stature (47). PCBs were produced in large quantities until the 1970s for use in electrical equipment and other applications. Source: 68. Ocular abnormalities such as hypersecretion and swelling of the sebaceous glands of the eyelids were also common. Vol. For many organochlorines, particularly the nonpesticides, exposure tends to be to a mixture of congeners of the same group, to mixtures of congeners from different groups, or to mixtures including other chemicals. DDT has been proven to have adverse effects on bird reproduction, in particular. Decline in semen quality among fertile men in Paris during the past 20 years. 40: Blood PCB levels among women with miscarriage were found to be higher than in women with normal deliveries in one study (72), but the level of many potentially confounding factors were related to PCB levels and the analysis included no adjustment for these. The lower p,p′-DDE levels in the study by Wolff et al (122) are due to the samples being obtained after 1984, whereas those in the study by Krieger et al (70) were from the 1960s. Percent of the general population with detectable levels (107) is affected by the detection limits of the assay, which is about 1 part per billion (ppb) for organochlorine pesticides in serum. Mortality study of workers employed at organochlorine pesticide manufacturing plants. The data relating occupational exposure to decreased weight of offspring at birth and shorter gestational age are suggestive but investigations of this association from other plants have not been reported. If exposure to herbicides or Agent Orange causes one type of neural tube defect (spina bifida), it might be expected to cause another (anencephaly). The persistent organochlorines have at least one ring in their structure. Vol. Studies of transformer repair workers exposed to PCBs: II. Other studies among cohorts of workers highly exposed to DDT in chemical manufacturing (26, 123) have been too small to be informative regarding an association with pancreatic or other specific cancers. For the cancer sites shown in Table 4 (except breast), data from at least one study have suggested an association with occupational PCB exposure. 423 Pesticides and other agricultural risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma among men in Iowa and Minnesota. 527 Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University School of Public Health, Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic. Environmental groups have long campaigned for an international ban. With a TEF for OCDD of 0.001, and a TEF for dioxin of 1 (93), the total TEq present is 1×10−9×0.001 + 1×10−12 × 1, or 2 pg/g. The term congener is used to refer to a compound with a specific arrangement of chlorine. The IOM report (60) cites four studies of heavily exposed chemical production workers in which the relative risk was about 50–100% higher than in the comparison group, and for whom the increased risk was probably not attributable to differences in smoking or other exposures. Furthermore, background exposure to dioxins and PCBs appears to be highly correlated (67, 86). The health effects of occupational and general population exposures to org- anochlorine compounds are often considered together in this review. About 600 people lived in the area most contaminated by the plume, and the blood levels of dioxin in that group were in a range that equaled or exceeded that of chemical manufacturing workers exposed to dioxin (102). Diabetes; Cretinism (a type of congenital hypothyroidism) Asthma; Neurological problems; Irregular menstruation; Reduction in semen quality; Decreased fertility in both men and women; Increased miscarriage A relation between occupational exposure to PCBs and abnormal findings on routine physical and laboratory examination has been reported in a number of cross-sectional studies (20, 30, 71, 76, 104). 18:211-244 (Volume publication date May 1997) Despite their relative strength, the validity of the findings in the three studies remains open to question, and the statistical power is limited. Kelce et al (64) recently reported that p,p′-DDE binds to the rat androgen receptor, thereby antagonizing the effect of androgen, and noted that the levels of p,p′-DDE that had measurable effects in their in vitro system were comparable to those observed in humans in areas contaminated with DDT. A similar situation obtains for several cancers, e.g. In each study, the cases and controls were from the same well-defined population, and the results were adjusted for potential differences between subjects with high and low p,p′-DDE levels. Long-term exposure is linked to impairment of the immune system, the developing nervous system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions. Altered immunoglobulin levels were documented in both populations, and white cell changes were reported in Yu-Cheng patients. Vol. Many studies of serum p,p′-DDE levels and breast cancer are now under way. Background exposure to PCBs, slightly higher than average due to frequent fish consumption, was found to be associated with GGT level in a survey of 458 people in Alabama (69). For example, the effect of a dioxin-like compound might depend on whether indole carbinol (derived from broccoli and other foods) is present—because both bind the Ah receptor (3). Melanoma after exposure to PCB's. Vietnam veterans' risks for fathering babies with birth defects. Their assessment gives great weight to the animal data, where dioxin is a potent carcinogen. DDT was used to control insect vectors of disease, especially malaria. DDT is considered a possible human carcinogen. 41: Body systems affected by DDT. 34: 121 All subjects were exposed for at least 1 day and a minimum latency period of 5 years was used. Even more revealing is the lack of a dose-response: "Workers heavily exposed to DDT never had more cancer than workers not exposed to DDT." For example, 10% of capacitor manufacturing workers had hyperpigmentation (39), a prevalence presumably higher than in the general population. TABLE 2  Salient characteristics of nonpesticide organobromine and organochlorine compounds of importance in public healtha. The average total intake of PCBs in contaminated rice oil was about 1 gram. We note, however, that the nature of exposure, apart from dose, in the two settings is often different, and so may be the effects. The dichlorodiphenylethanes and PCBs have two aromatic rings, and the PCDFs and PCDDs have three. But in the embryo or fetus, the absence of a mature endocrine system increases the possibility of adverse effects of androgen antagonists. In rats, dioxin decreases testosterone synthesis and levels (29). The epidemiologic data reviewed, considered in isolation, provide no convincing evidence that organochlorines cause a large excess number of cancers. 20: Coady Wing, Kosali Simon, Ricardo A. Bello-GomezVol. Diet is established among the most important influences on health in modern societies. In the case of Agent Orange, the health effects of the active ingredients (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid [2,4-D], 2,4,5-triichlorophenoxyacetic acid [2,4,5-T]) are hard to distinguish from that of the Agent Orange contaminant dioxin. Annual Review of Physiology PCDDs and PCDFs are present at concentrations about one thousandth or one ten thousandth of p,p′-DDE and PCBs levels. Integrated Plant Protection Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331; e-mail: Department of Biology, Sinsheimer Laboratories, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064, Division of Environmental Studies, University of California, Davis, California 95616, Department of Human & Community Development, University of California, Davis, California 95616. Organochlorine compounds in human breast fat from deceased with and without breast cancer and in a biopsy material from newly diagnosed patients undergoing breast surgery. 21 In this section, we briefly consider selected conditions for which dioxin is known or suspected to increase risk, with special attention to whether the evidence supports dioxin itself as the causal factor. Annual Review of Public Health cas#: ddt 50-29-3; dde 72-55-9; ddd 72-54-8 Toxicological Profile Information The ATSDR toxicological profile succinctly characterizes the toxicology and adverse health effects information for the toxic substance described therein. For a mixture of compounds, the product of the concentration and TEF for each compound (the toxic equivalence [TEq] for the compound) is summed across all compounds present to obtain a total toxic equivalency for the mixture. The PCB-hypotonia/hyporeflexia association was not confounded by other known determinants of neurologic or behavioral abnormalities at birth. The effects of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T and other herbicides were considered along with those of dioxin in the IOM review. From the 1920s until 1977 PCBs were produced in the United States for use in capacitors, transformers, carbonless copy paper, and other applications (12). Findings in two Dutch studies suggest the possibility that background dioxin exposure may have a subtle effect on thyroid function. The potential for a confluence of animal and human findings exists regarding sex-specific carcinogenic effects of dioxin in the hepatobiliary system. TABLE 6  Mantel-Haenszel adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for soft-tissue sarcoma among persons exposed to all dioxins, TCDD, and dioxins other than TCDD in four case-control studies involving 434 cases and 948 controlsa. - The myriad abnormalities present in the Yu-Cheng children raise the possibility that children may be more sensitive than adults to the adverse effects of organochlorine exposure. 596, Annual Review of Public Health Toxicology Unit, Fondazione S. Maugeri, Pavia, Italy 27100; e-mail: Departments of Design and Environmental Analysis and of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-4401; email: Departments of Design and Environmental Analysis and of Human Development, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401; e-mail: (p,p′-DDT: o,p′-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethanee), (p,p′-DDT: p,p′-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethanee), (p,p′-DDE: p,p′-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethene), (the “coplanar” PCBs: mono-ortho and non-orthochloro-substituted PCBs), (TCDD: 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin [dioxin]], and OCDD: octachlorinated dibenzo dioxin), Limited/suggestive evidence of an association, Respiratory cancers (lung, larynx, trachea), Inadequate insufficient evidence to determine whether an association exists, Female reproductive cancers (cervical, uterine, ovarian), Abnormal sperm parameters and infertility, Chronic peripheral nervous system disorders, Metabolic and digestive disorders (diabetes, changes in liver enzymes, lipid abnormalties, ulcers), Immune system disorders (immune suppression and autoimmunity), Limited/suggestive evidence of no association, Gastrointestinal tumors (stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and rectal cancer). The SMR in Table 4 for skin cancer and occupational PCB exposure was 1.8. 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Covid-19 news: Major incident declared in London as virus cases surge, Inside the fight to save the Great Barrier Reef from climate change, Climate change: 2020 was the joint hottest year on record. p,p′-DDE was recently found experimentally to inhibit androgen binding to the androgen receptor (64). 492, Annual Review of Phytopathology In populations less exposed to PCBs, the relation between birth weight, gestational age, and level of exposure has been inconsistent, with some studies showing lighter babies among those with greater exposure (36, 118), others showing no effect (91), and still others where increased exposure was associated with slightly heavier babies (23, 105). Results of clinical laboratory investigations. The potential relation of dioxin exposure with risk of hepatobiliary cancer merits consideration because in animal models of dioxin carcinogenesis liver cancer is a frequent finding (56). Adami et al (1) calculated the odds ratio per standard deviation increase in p,p′-DDE level in the Wolff and Krieger studies; on that scale, the odds ratios for the Wolff results were markedly higher, possibly because of an anomalous relation of lactation with p,p′-DDE levels in the study subjects (74). levels in human fluids: Sheboygan case study. 113 Premature babies account for a large proportion of infant deaths. High organochlorine body burden in women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. A cohort study on mortality of Yusho patients–a preliminary report. Classification as an endocrine disrupter was based on data in (64, 106). Other than the long-recognized neurologic toxicity associated with DDT poisoning, and laboratory abnormalities in DDT-exposed workers, human health effects of DDT exposure are not established. Nature's chemicals and synthetic chemicals: comparative toxicology. Background exposure to PCBs, in a community where some people had high levels due to fish consumption (69), was associated with increased blood pressure. As with other environmentally persistent organochlorine residues, exposure is ongoing due to accumulation in the biosphere. Where associations have been detected, e.g. A high blood DDE concentration was more strongly linked to prematurity than maternal smoking. His team found that the risk of premature birth or low birth weight rose with increasing concentrations of blood DDE. The two most statistically powerful studies of this issue (72, 84) were case-control studies of maternal blood DDT (primarily p,p′-DDE) levels in relation to spontaneous abortion. Malignant lymphoma and exposure to chemicals, especially organic solvents, chlorophenols and phenoxy acids: a case-control study. Manifestations of DDT poisoning in humans arise by the same mechanism (27). 39: Figure 3: Quadruple burden of disease in South Africa: percentage of overall years of life lost, 2000. 1 Widespread DDT spraying in Montana and Idaho in 1956 caused “the most extensive and spectacular infestation of spider mites in history.”1 Second, allowing DDT to soak into the soil, the drinking water and the skin has health repercussions for humans. Nonetheless, at various points during follow-up up to 4 years of age, slower cognitive development was found in those with the highest measured transplacental PCB exposure. In the smaller, less informative case-control studies (4 had PCB data), the average loge ratio of mean PCB levels in cases and controls (1) was 1.06 (95% CI 0.95–1.19). DDT was linked to internal organ damage, infertility, miscarriages and cancer, even though it was first believed to have no harmful effects on humans. DDT, DDE, and DDD was once widely used to control insects on agricultural crops and insects that carry diseases like malaria and typhus, but is now used in only a few countries to control malaria. Meat and fish are the main sources of exposure for adults. It also uses cookies for the purposes of performance measurement. 139 53, Annual Review of Entomology P.C.B. Overall, the data on p,p′-DDE exposure and risk of breast cancer are inconclusive. The elevated summary SMR for pancreatic cancer reflects primarily the increase found by Yassi et al (127). For example, the “coplanar” PCBs (see Table 2, column 3) and 2,3,7,8-PCDF have dioxin-like activity. 155 Consumption of PCB-contaminated sport fish and risk of spontaneous fetal death. In North Carolina children with ambient exposure to p,p′-DDE, levels of exposure were not associated with neurologic or developmental abnormalities (44). 245, Annual Review of Public Health 372, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics Data on Human Health Effects. The PCB mixtures used varied according to the average level of chlorination and distribution of congeners. Although DDT is now banned in the developed world, it is still widely used elsewhere to combat malaria, particularly in Africa. ppb, parts per billion, ppt, parts per trillion. In both studies, higher dioxin levels in breast milk were associated with a higher TSH level in the infant. Many specific compounds among the nonpesticide organochlorines exert toxicity by the same (dioxin-like) mechanism. All of the skin cancers observed in that study were melanomas. Several folks, after reading my last post on DDT, have asked me about DDT's health effects on people. Effects of in utero exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and related contaminants on cognitive functioning in young children. Studies of background-level exposure to PCBs have had mixed results with respect to clinical outcomes. Thus, whether the associations observed were attributable to PCBs is unclear. Much of what was said above regarding p,p′-DDE and breast cancer applies to the data on PCBs and breast cancer. In a Dutch study, the frequency of infectious illnesses among breast-fed infants in the first 18 months of life were unrelated to PCB levels (120). TABLE 4  Observed (O) and expected (E) cancer mortality among PCB-exposed workers in 8 cohorts, for selected sitesa. DDT also has serious health effects on humans. Total serum testosterone and gonadotropins in workers exposed to dioxin. Because p,p′-DDE is excreted in milk and the duration of breast-feeding for each of a woman's children tend to be similar, a short first lactation, resulting in higher milk p,p′-DDE levels, is likely to be followed by a short second lactation, independent of a biologic effect of p,p′-DDE on duration of lactation. 43: Whether this alteration merely reflects induction of liver metabolizing enzymes or whether it has clinical significance is not clear. DDE and shortened duration of lactation in a northern Mexican town. The first group of studies (25, 35, 82, 114, 117) is relatively uninformative. Breast cancer and serum organochlorines: a prospective study among white, black, and Asian women. Neurologic and developmental status in children, as assessed at birth with the Brazelton Behavioral Assessment Scale and subsequently with other measures, has been examined in relation to PCB exposure among two US cohorts, one in North Carolina (89) and a second in Michigan (62, 63). The results overall of the study by Kreiger et al (70) do not support an association. Thereafter a modest decrease ensued. iHuman review: Should we be afraid of a world run by AI? Vol. Following exposure to high doses, human symptoms can include vomiting, tremors or shakiness, and seizures. 223 Role of chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in abortions and premature labor. The statistical power of epidemiologic studies to detect cancer risks related to organochlorine exposure, if any, have been limited by small populations of highly exposed people and the low level of exposure in the general population. DDT saves lives when used on the tsetse fly in Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Demographic and seasonal influences on human serum pesticide residue levels. Further questions about the association of exposure to herbicides or dioxin with spina bifida are due to an association with anencephaly being less clear. Vol. The minimum length of employment required for inclusion in the studies ranged from one day (103) to six months (48), and the level of exposure varied widely among those included in the cohorts. In men occupationally exposed to PCBs (31), thyroid hormone levels bore no clear relation to measured PCB levels. When level of prenatal PCB exposure in Michigan was based on measured values, as it was in North Carolina, however, the relation of exposure to this finding was less clear. 43, Annual Review of Public Health Clinical and metabolic abnormalities associated with occupational exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Malignant lymphomas and occupational exposures. Levels of plasma p,p′-DDT showed a strong inverse correlation with natural killer lymphocyte levels in a small study including some frequent fish consumers (109), but levels of other organochlorine compounds were correlated with those of DDT, complicating interpretation. 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