The effect of smoking on placental and fetal zinc status.

  title={The effect of smoking on placental and fetal zinc status.},
  author={P M Kuhnert and B R Kuhnert and Penny Erhard and Wayne T Brashear and S L Groh-Wargo and Steve Webster},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={157 5},
Previous studies have reported a cadmium/zinc interaction in cadmium-exposed pregnant animals that results in (1) increased placental cadmium levels, (2) increased placental zinc levels, and (3) decreased placental zinc transport. This study was carried out to determine whether zinc status would be affected in pregnant women exposed to cadmium through cigarette smoke. Atomic absorption spectroscopy was used to determine the levels of cadmium and zinc; 65 pregnant women who smoke and 84 who do… CONTINUE READING

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