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The influence of age and gender on triclosan concentrations in Australian human blood serum

Adolfsson-Erici, Margaretha, Allmyr, Mats, Harden, Fiona, McLachlan, Michael, Meuller, Jochen, Sandborgh-Englund, Gunilla, & Toms, Leisa-Maree (2008) The influence of age and gender on triclosan concentrations in Australian human blood serum. Science of The Total Environment, 393(1), pp. 162-167.

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Abstract

The bactericide triclosan has found wide-spread use in e.g. soaps, deodorants and toothpastes. Recent in vitro and in vivo studies indicate that triclosan might exert adverse effects in humans. Triclosan has previously been shown to be present in human plasma and milk at concentrations that are well correlated to the use of personal care products containing triclosan. In this study we investigated the influence of age, gender, and the region of residence on triclosan concentrations in pooled samples of Australian human blood serum. The results showed no influence of region of residence on the concentrations of triclosan. There was a small but significant influence of age and gender on the serum triclosan concentrations, which were higher in males than in females, and highest in the group of 31–45 year old males and females. However, overall there was a lack of pronounced differences in the triclosan concentrations within the dataset, which suggests that the exposure to triclosan among different groups of the Australian population is relatively homogenous. A selection of the dataset was compared with previous measurements of triclosan concentrations in human plasma from Sweden, where the use of triclosan is expected to be low due to consumer advisories. The triclosan concentrations were a factor of 2 higher in Australian serum than in Swedish plasma.

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ID Code: 30860
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Human Serum, Australia, Triclosan, Age, Gender
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.12.006
ISSN: 0048-9697
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 22:49
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:44

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