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Reproductive and developmental toxicity of natural and depleted uranium: A review

, : Reproductive and developmental toxicity of natural and depleted uranium: A review. Reproductive Toxicology 15(6): 603-609, November-December

Although the biokinetics, metabolism, and chemical toxicity of uranium are well known, until recently little attention was paid to the potential toxic effects of uranium on reproduction and development in mammals. In recent years, it has been shown that uranium is a developmental toxicant when given orally or subcutaneously (SC) to mice. Decreased fertility, embryo/fetal toxicity including teratogenicity, and reduced growth of the offspring have been observed following uranium exposure at different gestation periods. The reproductive toxicity, maternal toxicity, embryo/fetal toxicity, and postnatal effects of uranium, as well as the prevention by chelating agents of uranium-induced maternal and developmental toxicity are reviewed here. Data on the toxic effects of depleted uranium on reproduction and development are also reviewed.


PMID: 11738513

DOI: 10.1016/s0890-6238(01)00181-2

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