Journal article

Acute in vitro exposure to environmentally relevant atrazine levels perturbs bovine preimplantation embryo metabolism and cell number

Ashleigh J Henderson, Bethany J Finger, Alexander W Scott, Alexandra J Harvey, Mark P Green

Reproductive Toxicology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019


Atrazine is a widely used herbicide known to negatively alter endocrine systems and perturb metabolism. Preimplantation exposure to pesticides may adversely affect long-term health, however few studies examine the effect of environmental levels and whether specific periods of development are particularly sensitive. In this study, the effect of acute, preimplantation atrazine exposure (days 3.5-7.5 post-fertilization) at levels detected and deemed safe in drinking water (0.02 and 20 μg/L respectively) on in vitro bovine embryo development, quality, metabolism, and gene expression was investigated. Atrazine exposure had no effect on development or quality, but significantly reduced blastocyst ..

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