Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 871-879 April-June 2011

 

ACCUMULATION OF Cadmium AND LEAD IN PLACENTA AND AMNION OF WOMEN FROM UPPER SILESIAN REGION POLAND

 

Robert Stawarz, Grzegorz Formicki, Magdalena Chrobaczy?ska, Magdalena Czajkowska, Katarzyna Chryc,

1. Department of Zoology of Vertebrates, Institute of Biology, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Cracow (POLAND)
2. Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Slovak University of Agriculture, Nitra (Slovak Republic)
3. Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice (Poland)

 

Received on : February 24, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

Toxic metals such as cadmium and lead have an ability to cross the placental barrier. Some research show that lead, but not cadmium crossed easily the placental barrier. Cadmium accumulates in the human placenta, and placental samples can be used as an indicator of Cd exposure during pregnancy. Lead is deposited also in the placenta. The aim of this research was to measure the cadmium and lead content in human placenta and in the amnion. Biological samples came from 40 women living in the Upper Silesian Region

 

Keywords : Toxic metals, Cadmium, Lead, Placenta, Amnion

 

 

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