Reference : Anti-laminin antibodies in workers exposed to mercury vapour.
Scientific journals : Article
Life sciences : Biochemistry, biophysics & molecular biology
Anti-laminin antibodies in workers exposed to mercury vapour.
Lauwerys, R. [ > > ]
Bernard, A. [ > > ]
Roels, H. [ > > ]
Buchet, J. P. [ > > ]
Gennart, J. P. [ > > ]
Mahieu, P. [ > > ]
Foidart, Jean-Michel mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cliniques > Gynécologie - Obstétrique >]
Toxicology Letters
Yes (verified by ORBi)
The Netherlands
[en] In 62 male workers exposed to mercury vapour for 5.5 years on average, the results of several renal parameters were not significantly different from those found in a well-matched control group (n = 60). Circulating anti-laminin antibodies were found, however, in 8 workers exposed to mercury vapour but in none of the control workers. These results suggest that occupational exposure to mercury vapour may lead to immune dysfunction in a certain percentage of the exposed population. Whether such a finding is predictive of the occurrence of an immune glomerulonephritis remains to be evaluated.

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