Effects of Subchronic Aluminum Exposure on the Reproductive Function in Female Rats

College of Veterinary Medicine, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin 150030, China.
Biological trace element research (Impact Factor: 1.75). 09/2011; 145(3):382-7. DOI: 10.1007/s12011-011-9200-0
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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of aluminum (Al) exposure on the reproductive function in female rats. Forty female Wistar (5 weeks old) rats, weighing 110-120 g, were divided randomly into four groups. They were orally administrated with 0, 64.18, 128.36, and 256.72 mg aluminum chloride (AlCl(3)) per kilogram body weight in drinking water for 120 days. Levels of Al, estrogen (E(2)), progestogen (P), testosterone (T), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) in serum were measured at the end of experiment. The results showed that levels of E(2), P, FSH, and LH were significantly lower and Al concentration was significantly higher in all three Al-treated groups than those in the control group (GC). The level of T was significantly higher in the low- and medium-dose groups (GL and GM) (P < 0.05) but not in high-dose group (GH) compared with GC. The results suggest that the reproductive function of female rats is inhibited under long-term Al exposure in an Al dose-dependent manner.

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    • "AlCl 3 was chosen because it is a form of highly enriched salt in the earth. Consumptions of AlCl 3 damaged the structure of the ovary, disturbed the metabolic balances of trace minerals like Fe, Cu and Zn, inhibited the activities of many enzymes such as ACP, ALP, SDH, ATPase, and decreased the contents of LH and FSH (Wang et al., 2011) as well as the expressions of their receptors. These results imply that AlCl 3 exposure disrupts the structure and function of the ovary, in general, by decreasing energy production and possible ovulation. "
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