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Temporal trends of perfluoroalkane sulfonic acids and their sulfonamide-based precursors in herring from the Swedish west coast 1991-2011 including isomer-specific considerations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
2014 (English)In: Environment International, ISSN 0160-4120, E-ISSN 1873-6750, Vol. 65, 63-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A method was developed for simultaneous analysis of perfluoroalkane sulfonic acids (PFSAs) and their sulfonamide-based precursors (perfluoroalkane sulfonamidoacetic acids (FASAAs), sulfonamides (FASAs), and sulfonamidoethanols (FASEs)) in fish muscle. Extraction was performed with acetonitrile followed by a cleanup and fractionation step and instrumental analysis by UPLC/MS/MS and GC/MS. Time trends of PFSAs and their precursors-in herring muscle samples originating from the Kattegat at the west coast of Sweden were investigated covering the years 1991-2011. The following analytes were detected, all with decreasing or unchanged trends between 1991 and 2011: Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS, below the method detection limit (<MDL)-10 pg/g), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS, 9-38 pg/g), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS, 240-930 pg/g), perfluorodecane sulfonic acid (PFDS, <MDL-4 pg/g), N-methyl and N-ethyl perfluorooctane sulfonamidoacetic acid (MeFOSAA and EtFOSAA, 2-39 and 2-31 pg/g, respectively) and perfluorooctane sulfonamide (FOSA, 78-920 pg/g). The highest concentrations were found for PFOS and FOSA around the turn of the century. Shorter disappearance half-lives were observed for precursors compared to PFSAs. Assuming that these trend differences are representative for fish consumed by the general Swedish population, this observation suggests that the relative contribution of precursors to total human exposure to PFOS via fish intake has decreased in Sweden over the study period. PFOS precursors in fish may have constituted a significant indirect exposure pathway for PFOS in the 1990s. Isomer-specific analysis of PFOS and FOSA revealed <10% relative contributions of branched isomers to total PFOS and total FOSA. Furthermore, the percentage branched isomers decreased over time for both compounds. These findings are contrary to patterns and temporal trends of PFOS isomers commonly found in human serum. In combination with literature data on isomer patterns in other edible fish species and on isomer-specific human toxicokinetics, our results suggest that fish consumption alone cannot account for the PFOS isomer patterns and trends observed in humans.

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2014. Vol. 65, 63-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Temporal trends, Herring muscle, PFOS, Perfluorooctane sulfonamides, Precursors, Human exposure
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Ecology Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103966DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.01.005ISI: 000334728500007OAI: diva2:721962


Available from: 2014-06-05 Created: 2014-05-27 Last updated: 2014-06-05Bibliographically approved

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