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Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and their hydroxylated metabolites (OH-BDEs) are endocrine disrupting compounds prevalent in human serum and breast milk. Retention of PBDEs and OH-BDEs in humans may be affected by differences in PBDE metabolism due to variants in cytochrome P450 2B6 (CYP2B6). The objectives of this study are to assess the partitioning profiles of PBDEs and OH-BDEs in forty-eight paired human serum and milk samples, and to evaluate the relationship between variants in CYP2B6 genotype and PBDE and OH-BDE accumulation in humans. Results show that the geometric mean (GM) concentrations of PBDEs are similar in serum (GM = 43.4 ng/g lipid) and milk samples (GM = 52.9 ng/g lipid), while OH-BDEs are retained primarily in serum (GM = 2.31 ng/g lipid), compared to milk (GM = 0.045 ng/g lipid). Participants with CYP2B6*6 genotype had a greater relative retention of PBDEs in serum and milk, and significant relationships (p <  0.05) were also observed for PBDE-47, 5-OH-BDE-47 and 6-OH-BDE-47 concentrations relative to CYP2B6*5 and CYP2B6*6 genotypes. These results are the first to show that CYP2B6 genotype is significantly related to the relative retention of PBDEs in humans, which may have direct implications for variability in the susceptibility of individuals to the potential adverse effects of these contaminants. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Deena M Butryn, Lai-Har Chi, Michael S Gross, Barbara McGarrigle, Arnold Schecter, James R Olson, Diana S Aga. Retention of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and hydroxylated metabolites in paired human serum and milk in relation to CYP2B6 genotype. Journal of hazardous materials. 2020 Mar 15;386:121904

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