Bioaccumulation of toxins and fat storage

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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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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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