Title
Aerobic and anaerobic PCB biodegradation in the environment
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Research Triangle Park, N.C. ,
Subject
Chemistry
Biology
Pharmacology. Therapy
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Environmental health perspectives. - Research Triangle Park, N.C., 1972, currens
Volume/pages
103(1995) :s:[5] , p. 97-99
ISSN
0091-6765
ISI
000202841000023
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Studies have identified two distinct biological processes capable of biotransforming polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): aerobic oxidative processes and anaerobic reductive processes. It is now known that these two complementary activities are occurring naturally in the environment. Anaerobic PCB dechlorination, responsible for the conversion of highly chlorinated PCBs to lightly chlorinated ortho-enriched congeners, has been documented extensively in the Hudson River and has been observed at many other sites throughout the world. The products from this anaerobic process are readily degradable by a wide range of aerobic bacteria, and it has now been shown that this process is occurring in surficial sediments in the Hudson River. The widespread anaerobic dechlorination of PCBs that has been observed in many river and marine sediments results in reduction of both the potential risk from and potential exposure to PCBs. The reductions in potential risk include reduced dioxinlike toxicity and reduced carcinogenicity. The reduced PCB exposure realized upon dechlorination is manifested by reduced bioaccumulation in the food chain and by the increased anaerobic degradability of these products.
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