3,3',4,4',5-Pentachlorobiphenyl (pentaCB) caused a dose dependent induction of chicken embryolethality, malformations, edema, and liver lesions at doses ranging from 0.5 to 12.0 μg/kg. In contrast, no embryotoxicity was observed after treatment with 10, 25, or 50 mg/kg 2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexaCB. In eggs cotreated with 2.0 μg/kg, 3,3',4,4',5-pentaCB plus 10, 25, or 50 mg/kg 2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexaCB, there was significant protection from 3,3',4,4',5-pentaCB-induced embryo malformations, edema, and liver lesions, whereas no inhibition of embryolethality was observed. These results further extend the response-specific nonadditive interactions of binary mixtures of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and should be considered in the development of approaches for hazard assessment of PCB mixtures and related compounds.
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