Selenium status, lipid peroxides concentration, and glutathione peroxidase activity in the blood of power station and rubber factory workers

Arch Environ Health. Jul-Aug 1987;42(4):223-9.


Concentration of selenium in whole blood and plasma, lipid peroxides in plasma, and glutathione peroxidase activities in red blood cell hemolysates and plasma were determined in 49 coal power plant workers and in 50 rubber factory workers. The results were compared with those obtained for 58 nonindustrial controls. Whole blood selenium was significantly lower and plasma lipid peroxides were significantly higher in power plant workers when compared to the nonindustrial group. In the rubber factory workers, whole blood selenium and red blood cells and plasma glutathione peroxidase activities were significantly lower than in the control group. Urinary output of selenium was also significantly decreased in rubber factory workers. Slightly elevated lipid peroxides were also observed in that group. It seems reasonable to conclude that the lower blood selenium and decreased urinary output of this element may result from increased loss of selenium with perspiration. No correlation has been observed between selenium concentration and glutathione peroxidase activity and between enzyme activity and lipid peroxides concentration in the industrial group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Coal
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Erythrocytes / analysis
  • Female
  • Glutathione Peroxidase / blood*
  • Humans
  • Industry
  • Lipid Peroxides / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupations*
  • Plasma / analysis
  • Poland
  • Power Plants
  • Rubber
  • Selenium / blood*
  • Selenium / urine


  • Coal
  • Lipid Peroxides
  • Rubber
  • Glutathione Peroxidase
  • Selenium