Perchloroethylene: Effects on body and organ weights and plasma buturylcholinesterase activity in mice

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The effects of continuous and intermittent inhalation of perchloroethylene (PCE) on plasma butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) activity, organ weights, liver morphology and motor activity in mice (strain NMRI) were tested. PCE exposure increased plasma BuChE activity in a time- and concentration dependent manner in both sexes. The increase was statistically significant at 37 p.p.m. in animals continuously exposed for 30 days. BuChE increased approximately 1.5 times in females and 2.5 times in males after 120 days exposure to 150 p.p.m. After rehabilitation of animals exposed for 30 days to 150 p.p.m., BuChE levels returned to normal. Liver weight also increased in a time and concentration dependent manner. Both sexes exhibited significant liver enlargement at 9 p.p.m. The increase was about 2.3 in females and 1.9 in males after continuous exposure to 150 p.p.m. for 120 days. After rehabilitation (120 days) of animals exposed to 150 p.p.m. for 30 days, a 10% increase still remained. A decrease in body weight gain was seen in both sexes after exposure to concentrations above 75 p.p.m. Female kidney weight was slightly increased. No clear effect on spleen weight could be detected. When the same time-weighted average concentration was used, intermittent exposure for 30 days had similar effects on liver weight and BuChE activity as continuous exposure, even when exposures lasted for only one hour per day. Liver cell morphology was changed after PCE exposure. The alterations could be observed already at 9 p.p.m. but disappeared after rehabilitation.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Probability Theory and Statistics


  • Body weight, butyrylcholinesterase activity, kidney liver, mice, motor activity, perchloroethylene, plasma, spleen
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-424
JournalActa Pharmacologica et Toxicologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Statistics (012014000), Functional Zoology (432112239), Pathology, (Lund) (013030000)