Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Energy, Environment Protection, Nuclear Power Engineering
Abstract This study was initiated to determine the effects of combined treatments of methylmercuric chloride (MeHg), lead acetate (Pb) and cadmium chloride (Cd) administered orally on metallothionein (MT) and metal levels in the liver of the pekin duck (Anas platyrynchos). Methylmercury and Pb induced a two-fold increase in MT while Cd caused a seven-fold increase over controls. Concurrent administration of MeHg and Pb caused no increase in MT over single treatments. The hepatic MT content of the MeHg + Cd and MeHg + Pb + Cd groups was not different from the Cdalone group. Hepatic lead levels were lowest followed by Hg and Cd. Lead increased Hg levels when given simultaneously with MeHg, and further addition of Cd increased this effect. In groups given Pb, MeHg increased hepatic levels of this element, but when MeHg was also given with Cd, the combination produced a reduction in levels of Pb. Lead or MeHg had no effect on Cd levels. Methylmercury, Pb, and their combination elevated hepatic Cu over controls. All treatments significantly raised hepatic Zn levels above controls. Combinations of Cd with either MeHg or Pb lowered Zn levels below that caused by Cd alone. The simultaneous administration of all three metals did not produce Zn levels which were additive. The liver content of iron was not significantly altered.
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