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Chemosphere. 2013 Feb;90(6):1751-9. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.10.094. Epub 2012 Nov 22.

Halogenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the environment.

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Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Circular Economy, Shenzhen Graduate School, Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, China.


Halogenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (HPAHs) have been reported to occur in air, sediment, fly ash, and biota samples. This review summarized current existing data on the environmental occurrence, behavior, physicochemical properties, emission sources, and toxic equivalents of HPAHs. Firstly, the physicochemical properties of HPAHs were summarized. Then, an overview of environmental occurrence of HPAHs in ambient matrices including biological samples was reviewed. Meanwhile, the emission sources and possible formation mechanisms of HPAHs were discussed. Apart from that, the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR)-mediated activities were summarized, which indicated that the position and number of halogen atoms on the parent PAHs molecule were important determinant factors affecting the AhR-mediated activity of individual HPAHs congeners. Finally, some research recommendations on HPAHs were given.

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