On the Possible Significance of TCDD Receptor Based Assays in Attempts to Estimate Environmental Health Hazards

  • Jan Åke Gustafsson
  • Jan Carlstedt-Duke
  • Mikael Gillner
  • Lars-Arne Hansson
  • Bertil Högberg
  • Johan Lund
  • Göran Löfroth
  • Lorenz Poellinger
  • Rune Toftgård
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 30)


Several attempts have been made and are being made to correlate individual responsiveness to certain health hazards with individual differences in inducibility of aryl hydrocarbon hydroxylase (AHH) activity [1–5]. Our approach to this problem is to attempt to measure the concentration of the cytosolic receptor (the 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin or TCDD receptor) believed to be involved in induction of AHH [6], rather than to study the enzyme induction [7–13]. From the field of steroid hormonal receptors we know that we can predict the responsiveness of individual cancer patients to hormonal therapy by monitoring their tumor content of steroid receptors [14–18]. It does not seem unreasonable to suggest that, by analogy, we might be able to predict an individual’s responsiveness to certain toxic agents by assaying that individual’s levels of receptor for the particular toxic chemical under study.


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Glucocorticoid Receptor Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylase Progestin Receptor Human Mammary Carcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Åke Gustafsson
    • 1
  • Jan Carlstedt-Duke
    • 1
  • Mikael Gillner
    • 1
  • Lars-Arne Hansson
    • 1
  • Bertil Högberg
    • 1
  • Johan Lund
    • 1
  • Göran Löfroth
    • 2
  • Lorenz Poellinger
    • 1
  • Rune Toftgård
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Nutrition Karolinska InstituteHuddinge University Hospital F69HuddingeSweden
  2. 2.Department of Radiobiology Wallenberg LaboratoryUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

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