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Concentrations of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Women’s Serum in the European Arctic Russia

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Arctic Biomonitoring Laboratory, Northern (Arctic) Federal University Named after M. V. Lomonosov, Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dvini 17, 163002 Arkhangelsk, Russia
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Central Scientific Research Laboratory, Northern State Medical University of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, Troitskiy Ave. 51, 163000 Arkhangelsk, Russia
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N. Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dvini 23, 163000 Arkhangelsk, Russia
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Department of Health Policy and Management, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almay 050040, Kazakhstan
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Department of Epidemiology and Modern Vaccination Technologies, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), 119991 Moscow, Russia
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West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov Medical University, Aktobe 0300190, Kazakhstan
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North-Western State Medical University Named after I.I. Mechnikov, Kirochnaya ul. 41, 191015 Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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Institute of Ecology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Myasnitskaya Str. 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia
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National Institute of Occupational Health, Gydas vei 8, N-0304 Oslo, Norway
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Received: 14 December 2020 / Revised: 31 December 2020 / Accepted: 5 January 2021 / Published: 7 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Persistent Organic Pollutants and Human Health)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are heterogeneous carbon-based compounds that can seriously affect human health. The aim of this study was to measure serum concentrations of POPs in women residing in the Euro-Arctic Region of Russia. A total of 204 women from seven rural settlements of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (NAO) took part in the study. We measured serum concentrations of 11 polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and 17 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) across the study sites and among Nenets and non-Nenets residents. Measurement of POPs was performed using an Agilent 7890A gas chromatograph equipped with an Agilent 7000 series MS/MS triple quadrupole system. The concentrations of all POPs were low and similar to findings from other Arctic countries. However, significant geographic differences between the settlements were observed with exceptionally high concentrations of PCBs in Varnek located on Vaygach Island. Both ΣDDT (p = 0.011) and ΣPCB (p = 0.038) concentrations were significantly lower in Nenets. Our main findings suggest that the serum concentrations of the legacy POPs in women in the Euro-Arctic Region of Russia are low and similar to those in other Arctic countries. Significant variations between settlements, and between Nenets and non-Nenets residents, were found. Arctic biomonitoring research in Russia should include studies on the associations between nutrition and concentrations of POPs. View Full-Text
Keywords: indigenous peoples; Russian Arctic; biomonitoring; persistent organic pollutants (POPs); PCB congeners; DDT; GC-MS/MS indigenous peoples; Russian Arctic; biomonitoring; persistent organic pollutants (POPs); PCB congeners; DDT; GC-MS/MS
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Varakina, Y.; Lahmanov, D.; Aksenov, A.; Trofimova, A.; Korobitsyna, R.; Belova, N.; Sobolev, N.; Kotsur, D.; Sorokina, T.; Grjibovski, A.M.; Chashchin, V.; Thomassen, Y. Concentrations of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Women’s Serum in the European Arctic Russia. Toxics 2021, 9, 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9010006

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Varakina Y, Lahmanov D, Aksenov A, Trofimova A, Korobitsyna R, Belova N, Sobolev N, Kotsur D, Sorokina T, Grjibovski AM, Chashchin V, Thomassen Y. Concentrations of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Women’s Serum in the European Arctic Russia. Toxics. 2021; 9(1):6. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9010006

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Varakina, Yulia, Dmitry Lahmanov, Andrey Aksenov, Anna Trofimova, Rimma Korobitsyna, Natalia Belova, Nikita Sobolev, Dmitry Kotsur, Tatiana Sorokina, Andrej M. Grjibovski, Valery Chashchin, and Yngvar Thomassen. 2021. "Concentrations of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Women’s Serum in the European Arctic Russia" Toxics 9, no. 1: 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9010006

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