ZEARALENONE INDUCES MALE GERM CELL APOPTOSIS IN RATS

  • Published : 2002.05.01

Abstract

Zearalenone (ZEA), a nonsteroidal estrogenic mycotoxin, is known to cause toxicity of testis in male rats. To investigate whether apoptosis is involved in ZEA-induced testicular toxicity and to identify the stage and target germ cell type, 10-weeks-old Sprague-Dawley male rats were treated with a single intraperitoneal (i.p.) dose of ZEA (5mg/kg) and euthanized at 3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 h subsequently.(omitted)