Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine

, Volume 121, Issue 3, pp 244–246 | Cite as

Effects of low-dose ethanol on rat progeny upon inhalation exposure during gestation

  • A. V. Liopo
  • M. S. Omel'yanchik
  • O. V. Chumakova
Biophysics and Biochemistry


Effects of ethanol in low concentrations on the course of pregnancy in rats and the development and metabolic characteristics of their progeny are studied: the morphology and function of pathological shifts are assessed and the level of endogenous ethanol in the blood and acetylcholinesterase activity in erythrocyte membranes measured. Inhalation exposure to ethanol is found to retard the development of the progeny. The consumption of ethanol by the progeny in the experimental group was 1.5 times higher than in the control. The results indicate that even trace amounts of ethanol in the atmosphere are toxic for the organism.

Key Words

antenatal alcoholization endogenous ethanol progeny 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Liopo
    • 1
  • M. S. Omel'yanchik
    • 1
  • O. V. Chumakova
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of BiochemistryAcademy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus Medical InstituteGrodno

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