organotin

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organotin

Any tin-based organic compound in wide use for marine anti-fouling paints, wood catalysts, plasticisers, slimicides, in industrial water systems and as fungicides. Human exposure results from contaminated seafood, agricultural products and drinking water. Blood levels of organotins may be high enough to act on retinoid X receptors and PPAR gamma, upregulating the adipogenic signalling pathway, which explains organotins’ obesogenic effects.
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These formulations prevent the settlement and growth of barnacles, limpets and other molluscs and hopefully may eventually replace the current toxic products that are based on organo-tin.
This is certainly evident by the enormous influx in new product introductions and increased R&D work on alternatives to replace, and the attempt to meet the performance of the former organo-tin containing antifouling coatings.
The chief application is in organo-tin compounds for use as a PVC stabilizer, but environmental concern over disposable plastics is beginning to restrict growth.

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