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Bioaccumulation of toxins and fat storage

  1. Mar 20, 2008 #1
    Can the bioaccumulation of toxins with high lipophilicity within the body cause it to store more fat, maybe in order to dilute the toxins?

    I heard this from a somewhat questionable source a while ago, but it sounds plausible.
    I was reading about Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) but I don't know much about the fat storage process.

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
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  4. Mar 20, 2008 #3

    jim mcnamara

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    This
    http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1287143
    indicates that lipophilicity is not necessarily a good predictor for estimating bioaccumulation in marine environments. The authors attribute this to the adsorption of lipophilic toxins onto marine sediments.
     
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