Neuronal accumulation of silver in brains of progeny from argyric rats
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Using a photochemical method silver was demonstrated in the brains of 1-, 14-, and 45-day-old rats which had been exposed to silver on gestational days 18 and 19. In the brain tissue of new-born rats, silver was found in the lysosomes of neurons and astroglia. Minor changes in the anatomic distribution of silver were observed between days 1 and 45. The pattern seen at day 45 was identical to that observed in silver-exposed adults.
At day 1, the choroid plexus and meninges were heavily loaded with silver both intra- and extracellularly. In particular, macrophage-like cells of the meningeal spaces contained large amounts of silver. In these structures, the silver had virtually disappeared by day 45.
Silver was always seen in basement membranes of the cerebral vessels.
Key wordsSilver Transplacental transport CNS deposits
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