Neurofunctional effects of developmental sodium fluoride exposure in rats

Lucian Blaga University, Medical School, Sibiu, Romania.
European review for medical and pharmacological sciences (Impact Factor: 1.21). 07/2007; 11(4):211-24.
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Contrasting studies on the toxic effects of sodium fluoride (NaF) during developmental stages of Wistar rats, lead us to investigate the neurofunctional effects caused by its perinatal exposure, devoid of any overt sign of toxicity and/or gross malformation. NaF solution was administered to pregnant rats by intragastric gavage at a daily dose of 2.5 and 5.0 mg/kg from gestational day 0 to day 9 after parturition. Developmental NaF exposure caused sex and dose specific behavioural deficits which affected males more than females in the majority of the evaluated end-points. In particular, the perinatal exposure to NaF 5.0 mg/kg, significantly affected learning, memory, motor coordination and blood pressure only in male rats. Conversely, a lack of habituation upon the second presentation of the objects and failure in the ability to discriminate between the novel and the familiar object were observed only in NaF 5.0 mg/kg female rats. Finally, a significant impairment of sexual behaviour was observed in male rats at both NaF dose levels. The present data indicate that perinatal rat exposure to NaF results in long lasting functional sex-specific alterations which occur at fluoride levels approaching those experienced by offspring of mothers.

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    • "A decrease in uterine weight and foetus number was recorded in rats orally exposed to NaF (40 mg/kg) during days 6–19 of gestation [14]. In addition, impairment of motor coordination, learning and memory as a result of perinatal exposure to NaF (5 mg/kg) was found to be more marked in male than in female offspring [15]. In spite of all the above-listed studies, literature is poor on the effects on the central nervous system of the exposure to low F doses during pregnancy and lactation. "
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    • "Also, the fluoride toxicity on reproductive system may be related with the period of treatment, such as prenatal or pubertal exposures. For example, Bera et al. (2007) observed sexual behavior impairment in descendants male rats exposed to NaF at a dose of 2.5 and 5.0 mg/kg during the critical periods of pregnancy and lactation. "
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