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Sci Rep. 2013 Oct 8;3:2850. doi: 10.1038/srep02850.

Effects of radioactive caesium on bull testes after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident.

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Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan.

Abstract

We aimed to investigate the effect of chronic radiation exposure associated with the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant accident on the testis from 2 bulls. Estimated dose of internal exposure in one bull was 0.7-1.2 mGy (¹³⁴Cs) and 0.4-0.6 mGy (¹³⁷Cs) and external exposure was 2.0 mGy (¹³⁴Cs) and 0.8 mGy (¹³⁷Cs) (196 days). Internal dose in the other was 3.2-6.1 mGy (¹³⁴Cs) and 1.8-3.4 mGy (¹³⁷Cs) and external dose was 1.3 mGy (¹³⁴Cs) and 0.6 mGy (¹³⁷Cs) (315 days). Sperm morphology and spermatogenesis were within normal ranges. ¹³⁴,¹³⁷Cs radioactivity was detected but Cs was not detectable in the testis by electron probe microanalysis. Thus, adverse radiation-induced effects were not observed in bull testes following chronic exposure to the above levels of radiation for up to 10 months. Since we could analyse a limited number of testes, further investigation on the effects of ionizing radiation on spermatogenesis should be extended to more animals.

PMID:
24100305
PMCID:
PMC3792411
DOI:
10.1038/srep02850
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