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Adult male rats were exposed to 0, 2.5, 5.0 or 10.0 mg endosulfan/kg body weight through oral intubation for 70 d. Decreased sperm counts in the cauda epididymis and reduced intratesticular spermatid counts associated with elevation in the activities of specific testicular marker enzymes (sorbitol dehydrogenase, lactic dehydrogenase, gamma glutamyl(More)
Mice were fed for 24 weeks with three different subtoxic dosages of gamma-HCH (0.012, 0.12 and 1.2 mg/kg) mixed in powdered feed. The immunological profile was assessed at an interval of one month during the entire exposure period. Both the cell mediated and humoral components of immunity showed a biphasic response characterized initially by stimulation(More)
Young healthy albino male mice were subjected to repeated exposure to kerosene by wrapping each of their hind feet with a muslin cloth (1 x 10 cm) wetted with kerosene (0.1 ml). Exposure varied from 15 to 60 min/day for 7 consecutive days. Repeated exposure to kerosene produced histologic changes in the foot pad skin and popliteal lymph nodes of mice and(More)
The immunotoxicological effects of piperine were investigated in Swiss male mice, gavaged at a dose of 1.12, 2.25 or 4.5 mg/kg body weight for five consecutive days. All the dose levels had no overt toxic effect and the liver gained weight normally. Treatment at highest dose, however, resulted in significant decrease in the weight of spleen, thymus and(More)
Biochemical, histopathological, and hematological parameters were studied in male Wistar rats after repeated subcutaneous administration of commercial kerosene (0.5 ml/kg body wt, 6 days a week) for a period of 35 days. At necropsy, treatment-related increases in the weights of liver, spleen, and peripheral lymph nodes were noted. Correspondingly, there was(More)
Three infection models namely an oncogenic virus Encephalomyocarditis (EMCV), a rodent strain of malaria, Plasmodium berghei, and a rodent hookworm parasite, Nippostrongylus brasiliensis, were used to confirm the in vivo immunotoxic potential of styrene reported in our previous communication. The altered host resistance to these challenge infections was(More)
AIMS To determine the occurrence of Escherichia coli harbouring virulence markers of shiga- or entero-toxins and resistance to antimicrobials in surface waters. METHODS AND RESULTS Surface water samples were collected at six locations of the river Gomti. E. coli isolates (n = 90) were characterized for their pathogenic potential using polymerase chain(More)
Pathomorphological and immunological alterations caused by a mixture of styrene and dioctyl phthalate were studied in albino mice following oral administration of 0.02, 0.03, 0.05 x LD50 of the mixture. The chemicals were mixed together proportionate to their respective LD50 values and fed in ground nut oil, 5 d/wk for 4 weeks. Histological examination of(More)
Preliminary studies related to immunotoxicologic effects of 2,5-hexanedione, the final major metabolite of n-hexane/MnBk, were carried out in rats following single or repeated exposures. Female albino rats were given either single or seven consecutive oral doses of 0.1, 0.2, or 0.5 X LD50 of 2,5-hexanedione, and a time-related kinetic study was performed(More)