Title: Intergenerational effects of endocrine-disrupting compounds: a review of the Michigan polybrominated biphenyl registry.
Authors: Curtis, Sarah W; Conneely, Karen N; Marder, Mary E; Terrell, Metrecia L; Marcus, Michele; Smith, Alicia K
Published In Epigenomics, (2018 06)
Abstract: Endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) are a broad class of chemicals present in many residential products that can disrupt hormone signaling and cause health problems in humans. Multigenerational cohorts, like the Michigan polybrominated biphenyl registry, are ideal for studying the effects of intergenerational exposure. Registry participants report hormone-related health problems, particularly in those exposed before puberty or those in the second generation exposed through placental transfer or breastfeeding. However, more research is needed to determine how EDCs cause health problems and the mechanisms underlying intergenerational exposure. Utilizing existing data in this registry, along with genetic and epigenetic approaches, could provide insight to how EDCs cause human disease and help to determine the risk to exposed populations and future generations.
PubMed ID: 29888951
MeSH Terms: Animals; Endocrine Disruptors/toxicity*; Environmental Exposure/adverse effects*; Environmental Pollutants/toxicity*; Epigenesis, Genetic; Female; Flame Retardants/toxicity*; Humans; Maternal-Fetal Exchange*; Michigan; Pregnancy; Registries