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Effect of Aluminium on the Levels of Some Essential Elements in Occupationally Exposed Workers


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The mechanism of aluminium-induced cytotoxicity has not yet been defined. This study investigated possible changes in essential elements in workers occupationally exposed to Al fumes. It included 60 exposed workers and a matching control group of 60 employees not occupationally exposed to Al. Mean serum copper, calcium, zinc and iron were significantly lower in the exposed group than in controls. In addition, mean plasma and urine levels of Al were significantly higher in the exposed employees than in the controls. A statistically significant negative correlation was found between plasma and urinary Al and the studied essential elements. These findings corroborate the hypothesis that Al exposure has an adverse effect on essential elements in humans, with subsequent impact on the cellular enzymatic and metabolic processes.

ISSN:
0004-1254
Idiomas:
Inglés, Slovenian
Calendario de la edición:
4 veces al año
Temas de la revista:
Medicina, Ciencias médicas básicas, otros