Predictors of airborne endotoxin concentrations in inner city homes

D. Mazique, G. B. Diette, P. N. Breysse, E. C. Matsui, M. C. McCormack, J. Curtin-Brosnan, D. L. Williams, R. D. Peng, N. N. Hansel

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Few studies have assessed in home factors which contribute to airborne endotoxin concentrations. In 85 inner city Baltimore homes, we found no significant correlation between settled dust and airborne endotoxin concentrations. Certain household activities and characteristics, including frequency of dusting, air conditioner use and type of flooring, explained 36-42% of the variability of airborne concentrations. Measurements of both airborne and settled dust endotoxin concentrations may be needed to fully characterize domestic exposure in epidemiologic investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-617
Number of pages4
JournalEnvironmental research
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Airborne endotoxin
  • Asthma
  • Environmental exposure
  • Housing
  • Inner city
  • Settled dust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)


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