Occurrence of imposex in Thais haemastoma: possible evidence of environmental contamination derived from organotin compounds in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil.

@article{Fernandez2002OccurrenceOI,
  title={Occurrence of imposex in Thais haemastoma: possible evidence of environmental contamination derived from organotin compounds in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil.},
  author={Marcos D. Fernandez and Aricelso Maia Limaverde and Italo Braga de Castro and Ana Cristina Martins Almeida and Angela de Luca Rebello Wagener},
  journal={Cadernos de saude publica},
  year={2002},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={463-76}
}
There are indications that the widespread use of organotin compounds (TBT and TPT) as antifoulings, as stabilizers in plastic and as pesticides, has severely affected several species of marine organisms. The most striking effect of TBT and TPT as hormonal disruptors is the development of male organs in females of gastropods, currently denominated imposex. This syndrome can lead to the sterilization and death of affected organisms. The present work gives an overview of the present state of… CONTINUE READING