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TRAINING FOR THE HEALTH SECTOR [Date…Place…Event…Sponsor…Organizer] BIOMARKERS & HUMAN BIOMONITORING Children's Health and the TRAINING FOR THE HEALTH SECTOR [Date…Place…Event…Sponsor…Organizer] BIOMARKERS & HUMAN BIOMONITORING Children's Health and the Environment WHO Training Package for the Health Sector World Health Organization www. who. int/ceh October 2011 1

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring LEARNING OBJECTIVES v To understand how biomarkers are used to Biomarkers and human biomonitoring LEARNING OBJECTIVES v To understand how biomarkers are used to assess environmental exposures v To understand when and why biomarkers may be appropriate tools for specific situations v To understand the advantage, limitations and challenges of biomonitoring v To be able to give examples of how biomonitoring has been used effectively to improve environmental public health policy 2

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring DEFINITIONS v Biomarker: a chemical, its metabolite, or the product Biomarkers and human biomonitoring DEFINITIONS v Biomarker: a chemical, its metabolite, or the product of an interaction between a chemical and some target molecule or cell that is measured in the human body. v Environmental monitoring: the measurement of a contaminant's concentration in a medium (e. g. , air, soil, water, or food). v Human biomonitoring: the direct measurement of people's exposure to toxic substances in the environment by measuring the substances or their metabolites in human specimens, such as blood or urine. 3

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Biomarker: a chemical, its metabolite, or the product of an Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Biomarker: a chemical, its metabolite, or the product of an interaction between a chemical and some target molecule or cell that is measured in the human body Biomarkers of Susceptibility Measures of Biomarker Exposure – Exposure to risk factors – Internal dose – Biologically effective dose – Biologic effect Measures of Biomarker Effect – Altered structure or function – Clinical disease – Future significance Based on: Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Chemicals, 2006 4

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS v Defining the extent and impact of exposure Biomarkers and human biomonitoring ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS v Defining the extent and impact of exposure is the key to understanding environmental illnesses Environmental risk factor (or certain dose) Biology + X Organ / System v No harm without exposure v Exposure does not always mean harm X Physiological Adaptation Disease Based on: Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry 2002 5

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Environmental monitoring media: Manmade sources: Natural sources: dust sediment personal Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Environmental monitoring media: Manmade sources: Natural sources: dust sediment personal care water air food soil exposure Internal dose absorption Based on: Needham, 2007 6

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Outdoor air Water Inh ala tio n n atio hal Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Outdoor air Water Inh ala tio n n atio hal In Indoor air l rma n De tio es Ing lation a Inhalation Ingestion Dermal Ingestion Inhalation n o sti e g Food Soil Derm Inge al stion WHO In Consumer products UN Photo/Martine Perret Building materials De Ing rmal Inh estio ala n tion Dust 7

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Guzelian, ILSI, 1992 8 Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Guzelian, ILSI, 1992 8

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Environmental chemical internal dose Absorption: Ingestion Inhalation Dermal Metabolic and Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Environmental chemical internal dose Absorption: Ingestion Inhalation Dermal Metabolic and chemical transformation Storage Elimination Modified from Needham, 2007 9

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring WHY USE BIOMARKERS? v Clinical uses v Research uses v Biomarkers and human biomonitoring WHY USE BIOMARKERS? v Clinical uses v Research uses v Public health uses v Policy uses Biomonitoring Approaches Descriptive – who is exposed? – location of exposure – length of exposure – Impact to society Risk-Based If biomarker dose response known Risk analysis of results If biomarker dose response unknown Traditional risk assessment Use modelling or animal dose Based on: Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Chemicals, 2006 10

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring “The Matrix” v Blood v Urine v Breast milk v Biomarkers and human biomonitoring “The Matrix” v Blood v Urine v Breast milk v Expelled air v Hair v Nails v Saliva v Teeth v Meconium v Amniotic fluid v Adipose tissue v Other tissues and fluids WHO 11

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Chemical Biomarker Polybrominated PBDE in blood and diphenyls (PBDE) breast Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Chemical Biomarker Polybrominated PBDE in blood and diphenyls (PBDE) breast milk Some interpretive options Identify exposed population, key information gaps, need for new toxicity and exposure data Lead Blood lead Follow population exposures over time Organophosphates Parent compound, Develop reference ranges, evaluate primary & secondary exposed subpopulations, evaluate metabolites, blood and public health interventions urine Phthalates Primary & secondary urinary metabolites Develop reference ranges, identify and follow exposed subpopulations, Dioxin in blood or lipid Use of pharmacokinetic modeling to estimate body burden Modified from Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Toxicants, 2006 12

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Chemical Biomarker Relative utility in clinical medicine Lead Blood Lead Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Chemical Biomarker Relative utility in clinical medicine Lead Blood Lead Identify and manage lead poisoning in individual patients – very useful clinically, Arsenic Urinary Arsenic Identify recent arsenic exposure – somewhat useful clinically Organophosphates Serum or red blood cell cholinesterase level High intra- and inter-individual variability, overlap with toxic levels, results not available in a timely fashion, lab errors common, not useful clinically Nitrate/ nitrite Methemoglobin Nonspecific and expressed as % of total hemoglobin, must be interpreted within the context of full exposure history and physical exam – somewhat useful clinically Benzene in blood or Short half-life so only useful within a few expelled breath hours of high exposure – not useful clinically outside of occupational setting Modified from Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Toxicants, 2006 13

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring LEVELS OF DETECTION (LOD) FOR CHEMICALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND Biomarkers and human biomonitoring LEVELS OF DETECTION (LOD) FOR CHEMICALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE BODY ARE NOW VERY LOW v PPM (parts per million) mg/L or mg/kg v PPB (parts per billion) mg/L or mg/kg v PPT (parts per trillion) ng/L or ng/kg v PPQ (parts per quadrillion) pg/L or pg/kg 1 milligram (mg) = 1/1, 000 gram = 0. 001 gram 1 microgram (ug) = 1/1, 000 gram = 0. 000001 gram 1 nanogram (ng) = 1/1, 000, 000 gram = 0. 00001 gram 1 picogram (pg) = 1/1, 000, 000 gram = 0. 0000001 gram 14

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Examples of order of magnitudes for levels of detection for Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Examples of order of magnitudes for levels of detection for some biomarkers Marker Matrix Units Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon Urine ng/L Cotinine Serum ng/m. L Benzene Blood ng/m. L Organophosphate metabolites Urine mg/L Arsenic Urine mg/L Bisphenol A Urine mg/L Lead Blood mg/d. L Polybrominated diphenyl ethers Serum ng/g lipid Dioxin Serum pg/g lipid Chart abstracted from www. cdc. gov/exposurereport/data_tables/appendix_d. html 15

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Biomarkers are most useful when both “up stream” and “down Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Biomarkers are most useful when both “up stream” and “down stream” knowledge is complete v Primary sources of environmental contaminant understood v Pathways/routes of exposure understood v Human exposure is related to animal toxicology studies v Exposure-dose relationship understood v Timing and duration of exposure known The Environmental Public Health Continuum (EPHC) US Environmental Protection Agency 16

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Advantages of biomarkers v Confirms absorption into the human body Biomarkers and human biomonitoring Advantages of biomarkers v Confirms absorption into the human body v Measures integrated exposure v Very low level exposures detectable v Helps to test and validate exposure models v v Helps to follow exposure trends Helps to evaluate public health interventions Limitations of biomarkers v Does not define sources, pathways or duration of exposure v Cannot define toxic dose v Susceptible to inferior or unscrupulous analytical laboratories v Lack of meaningful reference levels v Lack of toxicological and epidemiological information about the vast majority of environmental chemicals 17

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES Analytical technique v Environmental contaminants and controls v Biomarkers and human biomonitoring METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES Analytical technique v Environmental contaminants and controls v Laboratory contamination and quality assurance v Correct choice of biomarker for study design and question v Rationale for selecting environmental chemicals of interest v Coordination with related research – epidemiology, toxicology, pharmacokinetic modeling, exposure assessment v WHO 18

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring RISK COMMUNICATION ISSUES Who gets the results and why? n Biomarkers and human biomonitoring RISK COMMUNICATION ISSUES Who gets the results and why? n Exposures need context § Source and route § Bioavailability § Toxicity At risk communities may have unrealistic expectations WHO n Lag between research and intervention Why biomarkers are not always useful n Incomplete knowledge of toxicity n Inappropriate clinical use of research tools 19

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring ETHICAL ISSUES v Informed consent v Ability to inform dangerously Biomarkers and human biomonitoring ETHICAL ISSUES v Informed consent v Ability to inform dangerously exposed/at risk individuals v Biobanking of genetic materials v Ethical standards differ between researchers and community § Individual value versus community value § Industrialized versus developing nations v Conflicts of interest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WHO 20

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring MANY NATIONAL & REGIONAL BIOMONITORING PROGRAMS EXIST v In the Biomarkers and human biomonitoring MANY NATIONAL & REGIONAL BIOMONITORING PROGRAMS EXIST v In the U. S. , decades of biomonitoring v. Increasing number of environmental chemicals monitored v Increasing number of programs and agencies involved WHO 21

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring EXAMPLES OF BIOMONITORING PROGRAMS In Europe & Canada: In the Biomarkers and human biomonitoring EXAMPLES OF BIOMONITORING PROGRAMS In Europe & Canada: In the U. S. v HEI: Human Exposure Initiative v v HHANES: Hispanic Health & Nutrition Examination Survey Canada: Health Canada's biomonitoring initiatives v European Union: European Human Biomonitoring v Germany: Human Biomonitoring Commission v Sweden: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency on Environmental Pollutants v NHATS: National Human Adipose Tissue Survey v NHANES: National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey v NHEXAS: National Human Exposure Assessment Survey 22

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring v NHANES n Began in 1971, large, nationally representative sample Biomarkers and human biomonitoring v NHANES n Began in 1971, large, nationally representative sample § Interviews and physical exams § Subset gets biomonitoring n Excellent for identifying population level exposures and trends US CDC v National Biomonitoring Program n National Exposure Report § Biannual, representative sample § Separated by age, sex, race/ethnicity US CDC 23

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDIES 24 Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDIES 24

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: LEADED GASOLINE & BLOOD LEAD LEVELS - U. Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: LEADED GASOLINE & BLOOD LEAD LEVELS - U. S. v Lead removed from gasoline n Technical standard • To protect catalytic converters in automobiles n Health standard Predicted blood lead decline v Blood lead levels in children fell in parallel with lead in air n Much more than models predicted v New understanding of important sources of lead exposure in children USEPA, Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy 25

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: LEAD & GASOLINE Multiple countries around the world Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: LEAD & GASOLINE Multiple countries around the world have removed lead in gasoline with similar reductions population exposure www. free-stockphotos. com/images/pumping-gas. jpg. 26

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: COTININE & SECOND -HAND TOBACCO SMOKE 1 -4 Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: COTININE & SECOND -HAND TOBACCO SMOKE 1 -4 yrs v. Cotinine found in children at higher levels than adults n Health harms documented v. Smoking bans in public places proliferate 5 -19 yrs n Population exposures fall 70% v. Biomonitoring identifies populations at differential risk > 20 yrs n Children, non-Hispanic blacks n Improved opportunities for targeted intervention v. Bans on smoking in public effective Pirkle, Environ Health Perspectives, 2006 27

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: DDT IN BREAST MILK - SWEDEN Bans can Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: DDT IN BREAST MILK - SWEDEN Bans can be effective in reducing human exposure BAN Solomon. Environ Health Perspectives 2002 28

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: PBDEs IN BREAST MILK - SWEDEN Biomonitoring has Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: PBDEs IN BREAST MILK - SWEDEN Biomonitoring has shown that: v PBDEs may affect hormone function and may be toxic to the developing brain v Children likely to score lower on mental and physical development tests v Key to identify previously unknown population exposure v Key to document effectiveness of restrictions Solomon. Environ Health Perspectives, 2002 29

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY MEXICO v Crude wood-burning Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY MEXICO v Crude wood-burning stoves used for cooking expose women and children to dangerous indoor air pollution v 10 adults and 10 children studied before and after intervention v Intervention: Cleaning soot, paving floor, new stove with metal chimney vent v Biomarker proof of decreased exposure and decreased harm § Lowered carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) and DNA damage Levels of carboxyhemoglobin Before risk reduction program After risk reduction program Mean (% COHb) 4. 9* 10 S. D. (% COHb) 4. 3 0. 14 %<2. 5% 45 100 %>2. 5% 55 0. 0 Range (%COHb) 1. 05 -13. 88 0. 65 -1. 30 Based on: Toreres-Dorsal, 2008, Sci Total Environ 390: 362– 368 Exposure Marker ( * p< 0. 05, ) 30

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: CHLORPYRIFOS, TOXICITY & SUSCEPTIBILITY v 263 inner-city pregnant Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: CHLORPYRIFOS, TOXICITY & SUSCEPTIBILITY v 263 inner-city pregnant women maternal and cord blood biomonitoring n n CPF found in 98% mothers, 94% cord blood At exposures derived from standard use patterns Decreased birth weight, birth length, statistically significant (but not clinically abnormal) CPF found to be an independent determinant Perera, 2003 v 404 inner-city infant mother pairs n Detectable CPF in paraoxinase deficient mothers was associated with small but significant decreased head circumference in babies Berkowitz, 2004 31

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: BODY BURDEN, POLLUTION IN NEWBORN v 10 newborns Biomarkers and human biomonitoring CASE STUDY: BODY BURDEN, POLLUTION IN NEWBORN v 10 newborns born in U. S. hospitals in Aug-Sept 2004 v 413 industrial and consumer product chemicals tested n 287 found, average of 200 per cord blood sample § 180 carcinogens, 217 neurotoxic, 208 developmental toxicants n Most at levels measured in parts per trillion v. Funded privately, performed by non-governmental organization, accredited labs/technique v. Harmful or helpful? Industrial pollution begins in the womb Hundreds of toxic chemicals measured in newborn babies WHO 32

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring SUMMARY v Understanding exposure is key to understanding environmental illnesses Biomarkers and human biomonitoring SUMMARY v Understanding exposure is key to understanding environmental illnesses v Environmental monitoring coupled with exposure modeling is one approach to estimating exposures but is subject to error and uncertainty v Biomonitoring is able to measure integrated exposures within the human body but alone cannot explain where or how the exposure occurred or the toxic potential for that exposure v An integrated approach that uses all data types along the environmental disease continuum is required for a complete understanding of environmental illness 33

Biomarkers and human biomonitoring ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WHO is grateful to the US EPA Office of Biomarkers and human biomonitoring ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WHO is grateful to the US EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection for financial support that made this project possible and for some of the data, graphics and text used in preparing these materials for a broad audience. Further support was kindly provided by the UK Department of Health. Prepared by Katherine M. Shea MD, MPH (USA) With the advice of the Working Group Members on the Training Package for the Health Sector: Cristina Alonzo MD (Uruguay); Yona Amitai MD MPH (Israel); Stephan Boese-O’Reilly MD MPH (Germany); Stephania Borgo MD (ISDE, Italy); Irena Buka MD (Canada); Ernesto Burgio (ISDE, Italy); Lilian Corra MD (Argentina); Ligia Fruchtengarten MD (Brazil); Amalia Laborde MD (Uruguay); Jenny Pronczuk MD (WHO) Christian Schweizer TO (WHO/EURO); Kathy Shea MD (USA). Reviewers: Dr Huw Brunt (UK), Prof Gary Coleman (UK), Dr Raquel Duarte-Davidson (UK), Dr Elaine Lynch Farmery (UK), Alison M Good BSc Dip Med Tox MSc (UK), Dr Mark Griffiths (UK), Dr John Thompson (UK), Dr Laura Yates (UK) WHO Project coordination: Ruth A. Etzel, MD Ph. D Marie-Noël Bruné, MSc Latest update: October 2011 (L. Tempesta) 34

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