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Low-level prenatal lead exposure and infant sensory function

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Low-level prenatal lead exposure and infant sensory function
Published in
Environmental Health, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12940-016-0148-6
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Monica K. Silver, Xiaoqing Li, Yuhe Liu, Ming Li, Xiaoqin Mai, Niko Kaciroti, Paul Kileny, Twila Tardif, John D. Meeker, Betsy Lozoff


Lead is a pervasive neurotoxicant that has been associated with poorer cognitive, behavioral, and motor outcomes in children. The effects of lead on sensory function have not been well characterized. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of prenatal lead exposure on infant sensory function, as measured by auditory brainstem response (ABR) and grating visual acuity (VA). Lead was measured in maternal blood in mid- and late-pregnancy (mean gestational age = 15.5 and 39.0 weeks, respectively) and umbilical cord blood in a cohort of full-term infants in rural northeastern China. ABR latencies (peaks I, III, V) were measured in newborns during unsedated sleep (n = 315). The ABR central-to-peripheral (C-P) ratio was calculated as the ratio between the III-V and I-III interpeak intervals. VA was measured in 6-week-olds using Teller Acuity Cards (n = 1019) and assigned as the narrowest grid the infant fixated on. Multivariate linear regression was used to evaluate relationships between tertiles of mid-pregnancy, late-pregnancy, or cord lead and newborn ABR or 6-week VA. Higher late-pregnancy lead levels were associated with higher ABR C-P ratios and lower VA. In covariate-adjusted analyses, mean C-P ratios were 4.6 and 3.2 % higher in infants whose mothers had lead > 3.8 μg/dL and lead = 2-3.8 μg/dL, respectively, than for infants whose mothers had lead < 2 μg/dL (p-trend =0.002). In adjusted analyses for VA, mean scores were 8.5 and 7.2 % lower for maternal lead > 3.8 μg/dL and lead = 2-3.8 μg/dL, respectively, compared to lead < 2 μg/dL (p-trend =0.009). Auditory and visual systems maturation appears delayed in infants with higher prenatal lead exposure during late-pregnancy, even at relatively low levels. Both systems start myelinating in late gestation and mature rapidly in infancy. Higher ABR C-P ratio and lower grating VA scores suggest effects of low-level lead exposure on sensory system myelination.

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Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 16 21%
Student > Master 14 18%
Researcher 9 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 6%
Other 15 19%
Unknown 10 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 15 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 13 17%
Psychology 9 12%
Environmental Science 5 6%
Social Sciences 4 5%
Other 18 23%
Unknown 14 18%

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