Toxicological significance of non-, mono- and di-ortho-substituted polychlorinated biphenyls in oysters from galveston and tampa bays Academic Article uri icon


  • Concentrations of non ortho (77, 126, and 169), monoortho (105 and 118) and diortho (128 and 138) substituted PCB congeners were measured in oysters from Galveston and Tampa bays, and reported toxic equivalent factors were used to assess their toxicity Most of the relative toxicity encountered in the oysters analyzed during this study was due to the presence of planar nonorthoPCBs (53 894 3%), particularly congener 126 In contrast, the contribution of diorthosubstituted PCB congeners to the total relative toxicity of the samples was negligible (<1%) On average, the contribution of each of these non, mono, and di ortho substituted PCB congeners to the total toxicity encountered in oysters from Galveston and Tampa bays were 126 > 118 169 105 > 77 138 > 128 and 126 > 118 > 169 77 > 105 138 > 128, respectively Based on the reported lower clearance rates of non ortho and mono orthosubstituted PCB congeners compared to other congeners within the same chlorination level, contaminated oysters that are depurated in clean environments will lower their total PCB concentrations, but their original toxicity may not be proportionally reduced Copyright 1994 SETAC

published proceedings

  • Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Sericano, J. L., Wade, T. L., Brooks, J. M., & Safe, S. H.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Sericano, Jose L||Wade, Terry L||Brooks, James M||Safe, Stephen H

publication date

  • November 1994