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EMSG27: Environmental Effects on Uterine Tissues of Baltic Seals With Special Emphasis on Organochlorines and Uterine Leiomyomas

Principal Investigator

Prof. Mats Olsson
Swedish Natural Museum of History
Contaminant Research Group
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SE-104 05 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 5195 4111
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Dr Britt-Marie Bäcklin – Swedish Natural Museum of History
LRI Monitor: Dolf van Wijk – EUROCHLOR


The study investigated whether leiomyomas in grey seals, collected during the period of decreased levels of organo-chlorines, were in a regressive phase; and whether the period of increased levels of organo-chlorines caused the leiomyomas to proliferate. In addition, in vitro studies were conducted to characterise the growth control mechanism of grey seals leiomyoma cells.

Related Publications

Britt-Marie Backlin, L. Eriksson and M. Olovsson. Histology of uterine leiomyoma and occurrence in relation to reproductive activity in the Baltic grey seal (halichoerus grypus). Veterinary Pathology : accepted for publication

LRI funding: €63,000

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