Response of the nonhuman primate to polychlorinated biphenyl exposure1
The polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been used extensively for industrial purposes during the past 40 years. These compounds are extremely stable, not hydrolyzed by water, acid or alkali, and are able to withstand temperatures up to 650 C without disintegrating. These properties make them ideal for use in adhesives, paints, varnishes, printing inks, and as general fillers. Since they do not conduct electricity, they have found widespread use in electrical equipment such as transformers. However, it was only during the past decade that the health significance of these compounds in man and lower animals has been brought to public attention.
KeywordsNonhuman Primate Muscularis Mucosa Plasmic Reticulum Mixed Function Oxidase Arene Oxide
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