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Eur J Pharmacol. 2008 Sep 4;591(1-3):280-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2008.05.033. Epub 2008 May 28.

Antiteratogenic effect of resveratrol in mice exposed in utero to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin.

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  • 1College of Veterinary Medicine and Research Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Chungbuk 361-763, Republic of Korea.


The effect of resveratrol, an aryl hydrocarbon receptor antagonist, on the teratogenicity induced by 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) was investigated. Pregnant C57BL/6J mice were orally administered resveratrol (50 mg/kg) for 6 consecutive days, from gestational day (GD) 8 to GD13, followed by an oral challenge with TCDD (14 mug/kg) on GD12. TCDD caused severe fetal malformations including cleft palate (40.7%), renal pelvic dilatation (100%, mean score 3.060), and ureteric dilatation (100%, mean score 3.210) and tortuosity (95.1%). Resveratrol significantly reduced both the incidence of TCDD-induced cleft palate to 18.4% and the degrees of renal pelvic and ureteric dilatations caused by TCDD. The results suggest that pretreatment with resveratrol might bring a beneficial outcome for reducing the incidence and severity of fetal malformations caused by TCDD exposure in utero.

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