Teratosis and damage of viscera induced by microcystin in SD rat fetuses

Zhanying Zhang, Min Lian, Ying Liu, Guorong Wei, Shunzhang Yu, Suya Kang, Youchen Zhang, Chuanwei Chen

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OBJECTIVE: To study the teratogenicity and traumatic effect of microcystin LR (MCLR) on pregnant SD rats and their fetuses. METHODS: Sixty pregnant SD rats were divided into four groups, 16 in each group: three experimental groups in which MCLR was injected into the abdominal cavity at the doses of 4 microgram/kg, 16 microgram/kg, and 62 microgram/kg respectively for 10 days, and control group injected with normal saline. Twenty days after, the pregnant rats were killed. The development, teratosis, and histology of viscera of the fetuses were examined. RESULTS: Deformities were found in the fetuses of the 62 microgram/kg group and 16 microgram/kg group with the teratogenic rate of 11.70 per thousand (2/172) and 6.76 per thousand (1/155). Petechial hemorrhage and severe hydropic degeneration in liver and maldevelopment of glomeruli and renal medulla were found in 62 microgram/kg group. Mild granular degeneration was found in the liver of fetuses in 4 microgram/kg group. CONCLUSION: MCLR passes through the placental barrier and causes damage in kidney and liver, which may be the basis of high incidence of liver cancer microgram in the fetus phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-347
Number of pages3
JournalZhonghua yi xue za zhi
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2002


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