|Title:||Pb enamel biomarker: Deposition of pre‐ and postnatal Pb isotope injection in reconstructed time points along rat enamel transect|
|Authors:||A.L. Rinderknecht, M.T. Kleinman, and J.E. Ericson|
|Publication:||Environ. Res., v. 99, p. 169‐176.|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2005|
Exposure to lead (Pb) as well as other heavy metals in the environment is still a matter of public health concern. The development of the enamel biomarker for heavy metal exposure assessment is designed to improve studies of dose‐effect relationships to developmental anomalies, particularly embryonic dysfunctions, and to provide a time‐specific recount of past exposures. The work presented in this paper demonstrates maternal transfer across the placental barrier of the enriched isotope 206Pb tracer to the enamel of the rat pup. Likewise, injections of 204Pb‐eriched tracer in the neonate rat resulted in deposition ofthe tracer in the enamel histology as measured by secondary ion microprobe spectrometry. Through enamel, we were able to observe biological removal and assimilation ofprenatal and postnatal tracers, respectively. This research demonstrates that enamel can be used as a biomarker of exposure to Pb and may illustrate the toxicokinetics ofincorporating Pb into fetal and neonatal steady‐state system processes. The biomarker technique, when completely developed, may be applied to cross‐sectional and longitudinal epidemiological research.