Occurrence and Partitioning of Bisphenol Analogues in Adults' Blood from China

Hangbiao Jin, Jing Zhu, Zhongjian Chen, Yanjun Hong*, Zongwei Cai*

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Widespread human exposure and associated adverse health effects led to regulations on the usage of bisphenol A (BPA). Several bisphenol analogues (BPs) have been introduced as BPA alternatives in various applications. However, these BPs have been shown to exhibit similar or even stronger endocrine-disrupting activities compared with that of BPA. Currently, information on the human exposure to BPA alternatives remains limited. In this study, nine BPs were quantified in 81 pairs of plasma and red blood cell (RBC) samples from Chinese participants. In human plasma, the predominant BPs was BPA, bisphenol S (BPS), and bisphenol AF (BPAF), with the mean concentrations of 0.40, 0.15, and 0.073 ng/mL, respectively. BPA (accounting for 63% of total BPs) and BPS (18%) were the major BPs in the RBC fraction. Mass fractions in plasma (Fp) were found to be highest for BPS (mean, 0.78), followed by BPAF (0.71) and BPA (0.67), indicating strong partitioning to the plasma fraction. However, bisphenol AP was more frequently detected in the RBC fraction. Estimated total daily intake (EDI) of BPA was in the range of 0.0048-0.75 μg/kg bw/day for the participants, and adults aged >50 years had comparatively lower EDI. To our knowledge, this is the first study to assess the occurrence and partitioning of BPA alternatives in paired human plasma and RBCs from the Chinese general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812-820
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number2
Early online date29 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry


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