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Behavioral and Biochemical Effects of Early Postnatal Parathion Exposure in the Rat

  • C. R. Stamper
  • W. Balduini
  • S. D. Murphy
  • L. G. Costa
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 13)

Abstract

The organophosphate insecticide, parathion, is a potent inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase both in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Acute exposure to this pesticide can cause a number of physical symptoms which are ameliorated as tolerance develops (Costa et al., 1982). There is, however, evidence of continuing behavioral deficits in humans following chronic exposure (Clark, 1971). These effects include impairment in concentration, decreased cognitive abilities, memory impairment, depression and irritability (Levin and Rodnitsky, 1976).

Keywords

Spatial Memory Reference Memory Spontaneous Alternation Organophosphate Insecticide Reference Memory Error 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Stamper
    • 1
  • W. Balduini
    • 1
  • S. D. Murphy
    • 1
  • L. G. Costa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Health, SC-34University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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