Environmental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and placental CYP1A1 activity in Inuit women from northern Quebec

Author Name: 
Pereg, D., Dewailly, E., Poirier, G. G. and Ayotte, P.
Publication Date: 
Sunday, March 31, 2002
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Description: 
Some polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners are CYP1A1 inducers, and induction of this enzyme in the placenta has been linked to adverse effects on fetal development. The objective of this study was to determine if the body burden of PCBs is related to placental CYP1A1 activity in Inuit women from Nunavik (northern Québec), a population highly exposed to organochlorines. Pereg et al concluded that ‘dietary exposure to PCBs in Inuit women from Nunavik does not significantly influence EROD activity in the placenta, implicating tobacco smoking as the major modulating factor.