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Occurrence of (Anti)estrogenic Effects in Surface Sediment from an E-Waste Disassembly Region in East China

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Because of the report on the abnormal local fertility rate at Taizhou area, which is a famous e-waste disassembly center in China, the hormone-like effects in the surface sediment from the local river was investigated. Compared to the control site DG, significant estrogenic effects (p < 0.01) were observed at e-waste recycling sites ranging from 6.01 to 29.31 nmol/kg dw E2 equivalents by water extraction while ranging from 20.47 to 135.02 nmol/kg dw by organic extraction. When coincubated with E2, the water and the organic extractions displayed significant (p < 0.01) synergistic and anti-estrogenic effects respectively.

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This work was supported by This work was supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (2009AA063104), National Natural Science Foundation of China (40901153) and Science and Technology Foundation of Zhejiang Province, China (2009C13003).

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Chen, L., Yu, C., Shen, C. et al. Occurrence of (Anti)estrogenic Effects in Surface Sediment from an E-Waste Disassembly Region in East China. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 89, 161–165 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-012-0632-9

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Keywords

  • E-waste recycling
  • Yeast estrogen screen assay (YES)