Metabolic products as biomarkers

Chapter 2 in book
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Edited by: Robert J. HuggettRichard A. KimerlePaul M.= Mehrle Jr., and Harold L. Bergman


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Ideally, endogenous biomarkers would indicate both exposure and environmental effects of toxic chemicals; however, such comprehensive biochemical and physiological indices are currently being developed and, at the present time, are unavailable for use in environmental monitoring programs. Continued work is required to validate the use of biochemical and physiological stress indices as useful components of monitoring programs. Of the compounds discussed only phytochelatins and porphyrins are currently in biomarkers in a useful state; however, glutathione,metallothioneins, stress ethylene, and polyamines are promising as biomarkers in environmental monitoring.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Metabolic products as biomarkers
Year Published 1992
Language English
Publisher Lewis Publishers
Publisher location Boca Raton, Florida
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 347
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Biomarkers: Biochemical, Physiological, and Histological Markers of Anthropogenic Stress.
First page 87
Last page 123