Urinary organophosphate metabolite levels in Palestinian pregnant women: Results of the Middle East Regional Cooperation Project

Ziad Abdeen, Tamar Berman*, Kifaya Azmi, Rania Abu Seir, Hazem Agha, Eliana Ein-Mor, Thomas Göen, Yael Stein, Elihu Richter, Ronit Calderon-Margalit

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Scopus citations

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to measure urinary organophosphate (OP) metabolites in Palestinian pregnant women, and to compare levels with those in pregnant women in Jerusalem and women from the general population in Israel. We measured six dialkyl phosphates in urine samples collected from 148 pregnant women from the West Bank area. Median total dimethyl phosphate (DMtotal) levels were significantly lower in Palestinian women compared to Jerusalem pregnant women and women in Israel (p = 0.041). In Palestinian women reporting that their place of residence was near an agricultural field, DMtotal levels were significantly higher (p = 0.037). Lower urinary excretion of dimethyl phosphate pesticide metabolites in Palestinian women compared to Israeli women may result from lower consumption of fruits and vegetables in the Palestinian population. Our findings highlight differences in OP pesticide exposure in populations with close geographical proximity but with differences in culture, diet, lifestyle, and regulatory oversight of pesticides.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)254-266
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • biomonitoring
  • exposure
  • maternal
  • organophosphates
  • pesticides
  • pregnant

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Urinary organophosphate metabolite levels in Palestinian pregnant women: Results of the Middle East Regional Cooperation Project'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this