メチル水銀,水銀およびセレンに関する研究動向:―疫学研究を中心に―  [in Japanese] Recent Epidemiological Studies on Methylmercury, Mercury and Selenium  [in Japanese]

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Author(s)

    • 苅田 香苗 KARITA Kanae
    • 杏林大学医学部衛生学公衆衛生学教室 Department of Hygiene and Public Health, Kyorin University School of Medicine
    • 村田 勝敬 MURATA Katsuyuki
    • 秋田大学大学院医学系研究科環境保健学講座 Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine
    • 龍田 希 TATSUTA Nozomi
    • 東北大学大学院医学系研究科発達環境医学分野 Development and Environmental Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • 仲井 邦彦 NAKAI Kunihiko
    • 東北大学大学院医学系研究科発達環境医学分野 Development and Environmental Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • 岩井 美幸 IWAI-SHIMADA Miyuki
    • 国立環境研究所環境リスク・健康研究センター Centre for Health and Environmental Risk Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies
    • 岩田 豊人 IWATA Toyoto
    • 秋田大学大学院医学系研究科環境保健学講座 Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine
    • 前田 恵理 MAEDA Eri
    • 秋田大学大学院医学系研究科環境保健学講座 Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine

Abstract

<p>More than sixty years has passed since the outbreak of Minamata disease, and high-level methylmercury contaminations now seem nonexistent in Japan. However, mercury has been continuously discharged from natural sources and industrial activities, and the health effects on children susceptible to methylmercury exposure at low levels, in addition to mercury contamination from mercury or gold mining areas in developing countries, become a worldwide concern. In this article, we provide a recent overview of epidemiological studies regarding methylmercury and mercury. The following findings were obtained. (1) Many papers on exposure assessment of methylmercury/mercury have been published since the Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted in 2013. (2) The most crucial problem is child developmental neurotoxicity resulting from prenatal exposure to methylmercury, but its precise assessment seems to be difficult because most of such effects are neither severe nor specific. (3) Several problems raised in birth cohort studies (e.g., whether IQ deficits due to prenatal methylmercury exposure remain when the children become adults, or whether the postnatal exposure at low levels also causes such adverse effects in children) remain unsolved. (4) Concurrent exposure models of methylmercury, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, aresenic, and organochlorine pesticides, as well as possible antagonists such as polyunsaturated fatty acids and selenium, should be considered in the study design because the exposure levels of methylmercury are extremely low in developed countries. (5) Further animal experiments and molecular biological studies, in addition to human studies, are required to clarify the mechanism of methylmercury toxicity.</p>

Journal

  • Nippon Eiseigaku Zasshi (Japanese Journal of Hygiene)

    Nippon Eiseigaku Zasshi (Japanese Journal of Hygiene) 71(3), 236-251, 2016

    The Japanese Society for Hygiene

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130005264861
  • Text Lang
    JPN
  • ISSN
    0021-5082
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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