Biochemical Effects Induced by the Hexachlorocyclohexanes

  • Jesus Olivero-Verbel
  • Angélica Guerrero-Castilla
  • Niradiz Reyes Ramos
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 212)


Hexachlorocyclohexane isomers (HCHs) are environmental contaminants produced as a result of the photochemical chlorination of benzene during the manufacture of technical HCH, which has been widely used for the control of agricultural pests and mosquitoes. Technical HCH is a mixture of five isomers: α-HCH (53–70%), β-HCH (3–14%), γ-HCH (11–18%), δ-HCH (6–10%), and ε-HCH (3–5%), of which only the γ-isomer (lindane) possesses relevant insecticidal activity (Langenhoff et al. 2002).


GABAA Receptor Gaba Receptor Weak Estrogenic Activity Hexachlorocyclohexane Isomer Integral Tight Junction Protein 
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We gratefully acknowledge the University of Cartagena and the Vice-rectory for Research. Incentive Program for Research Groups. 2009–2010.


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  • Jesus Olivero-Verbel
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  • Angélica Guerrero-Castilla
  • Niradiz Reyes Ramos
  1. 1.Environmental and Computational Chemistry Group, Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of CartagenaCartagenaColombia

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