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  1. Change in semen quality and sperm chromatin structure following occupational styrene exposure.

    Article - En anglais


    Organic solvents have been suspected to exert detrimental effects on human spermiogenesis.

    Styrene, which is both mutagenic and neurotoxic, was selected as a suitable organic solvent for further assessment of a possible effect on semen quality and sperm DNA damage.

    Subjects and methods 

    Semen samples were collected from 23 reinforced plastics workers at the time of employment and after 6 months of styrene exposure and from 21 nonexposed farmers.

    Intra-individual changes in conventional semen parameters and sperm-DNA denaturation patterns were related to the internal dose of styrene exposure as measured by postshift urinary mandelic acid.


    A statistically significant decline in sperm density was seen during styrene exposure from 63.5 to 46.0 million sperm/ml, whereas no decline was seen in the nonexposed subjects.

    The total sperm count was almost halved from an initial value of 175 million sperm/ejaculate.

    However, no relationship was apparent when the sperm parameters were related to internal levels of exposure.

    However, an exposure-response relationship was shown for DNA-denaturation patterns, but the numbers were small.


    A declining sperm count following styrene exposure is suggested. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Styrène, Solvant organique, Industrie matière plastique, Sperme pathologie, Toxicité, Homme, Mutagène, Etude cas témoin, Etude longitudinale, Comparaison intraindividuelle, Spermogramme, Chromatine, Relation dose réponse

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Styrene, Organic solvent, Plastics industry, Semen disorders, Toxicity, Human, Mutagen, Case control study, Follow up study, Intraindividual comparison, Sperm count, Chromatin, Dose activity relation

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0289427

    Code Inist : 002B03L04. Création : 16/11/1999.