ALAD (δ-aminolevulinic Acid Dehydratase) as Biosensor for Pb Contamination
In a study of chronic lead intoxication in mature chickens, blood lead levels were significantly lower in hens than in roosters receiving the same oral dose of lead. It was then shown that eggshells from lead-treated hens contained 6-12 times the lead concentration of eggshells from control hens. Similarly, the lead content of egg yolks from treated hens was significantly higher than yolks from controls. Lead-treated hens laid significantly more eggs during the period of observation of nearly 3 years because of the increased frequency of laying cycles, which was almost three times that of control hens. A further observation was histologic damage to the mature testes of the rooster.