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Higher house dust levels of PBDE flame retardants (FRs) have been reported in California than other parts of the world, due to the state's furniture flammability standard. However, changing levels of these and other FRs have not been evaluated following the 2004 U.S. phase-out of PentaBDE and OctaBDE. We analyzed dust collected in 16 California homes in(More)
BACKGROUND Bisphenol A (BPA) and bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) are high-production-volume chemicals used in plastics and resins for food packaging. They have been associated with endocrine disruption in animals and in some human studies. Human exposure sources have been estimated, but the relative contribution of dietary exposure to total intake has(More)
In the rat, the central part of the medial preoptic nucleus (MPNc) of the male is larger in volume and has a greater number of neurons than that of the female. The nucleus of the female, however, can be "sex reversed" by exposing the rat to gonadal steroids perinatally. The purpose of the present study was to examine the development of the MPNc to determine(More)
BACKGROUND Laboratory and human studies raise concerns about endocrine disruption and asthma resulting from exposure to chemicals in consumer products. Limited labeling or testing information is available to evaluate products as exposure sources. OBJECTIVES We analytically quantified endocrine disruptors and asthma-related chemicals in a range of(More)
17 beta-estradiol induces the synthesis of massive amounts of the hepatic mRNA encoding the Xenopus laevis egg yolk precursor protein, vitellogenin. Vitellogenin mRNA exhibits a half life of approx. 500 h when 17 beta-estradiol is present, and 16 h after removal of 17 beta-estradiol from the culture medium. We recently reported that Xenopus liver contains a(More)
Interest in the health effects of potential endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) that are high production volume chemicals used in consumer products has made exposure assessment and source identification a priority. We collected paired indoor and outdoor air samples in 40 nonsmoking homes in urban, industrial Richmond, CA, and 10 in rural Bolinas, CA.(More)
BACKGROUND Children in urban public housing are at high risk for asthma, given elevated environmental and social exposures and suboptimal medical care. For a multifactorial disease like asthma, design of intervention studies can be influenced by the relative prevalence of key risk factors. To better understand risk factors for asthma morbidity in the(More)
The function(s) and RNA binding properties of vigilin, a ubiquitous protein with 14 KH domains, remain largely obscure. We recently showed that vigilin is the estrogen-inducible protein in polysome extracts which binds specifically to a segment of the 3' untranslated region (UTR) of estrogen-stabilized vitellogenin mRNA. In order to identify consensus mRNA(More)
The sexually dimorphic nucleus of the preoptic area (SDN-POA) is larger in volume in males, is responsive to steroids developmentally, and contains a subpopulation of late-arising neurons that can be specifically labeled with 3H-thymidine on embryonic day 18 (E18). The cytoarchitecture of this region has been described, and one component, the central part(More)
Phosphate flame retardants (PFRs) are abundant and found at the highest concentrations relative to other flame retardant chemicals in house dust; however, little is known about the biological levels of PFRs and their relationship with house dust concentrations. These relationships provide insight into major exposure pathways and potential health risks. We(More)