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International Journal of Morphology

On-line version ISSN 0717-9502

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BUSTOS-OBREGON, Eduardo  and  HARTLEY B, Ricardo. Ecotoxicology and Testicular Damage (Environmental Chemical Pollution): A Review. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2008, vol.26, n.4, pp.833-840. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022008000400009.

This review briefly considers the testicular damage elicited by environmental chemical pollution. It includes a short comment on environmental toxicology as an introduction to environmental chemical pollution, highlighting the importance of this current field of study and its impact on male reproductive health. Furthermore an experimental animal model addressing the effect of organophosphorated agropesticides as a testicular toxicant is presented. Moreover two relevant chemical contaminants and their effect on the testis, such as the classical case of lead and the rarely reported case of Boron on spermatogenesis, are considered. Additionally, the subject of biosentinel species and their relevance for the monitoring of pollution in aquatic and/or terrestrial ecosystems is considered. In conclusión, it should be stressed that environmental health is closely related to the reproductive health of all living beings.

Keywords : Environmental chemical pollution-testicular damage.

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