Effects of lead (Pb) exposure during gestation and lactation on female pubertal development in the rat.

Abstract

Lead (Pb) can delay sexual maturation; however, the mechanism and critical time of insult are not clearly defined. Therefore, we assessed maternal Pb levels during low-level gestational and/or lactational exposure, as well as blood and tissue Pb in developing fetuses in relation to the subsequent detrimental effects of Pb on puberty-related hormones and the… (More)

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