Effect of Fluoride Exposure on Serum Glycoprotein Pattern and Sialic Acid Level in Rabbits

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Çiftci G., Çenesiz S., Yarım G. F., Nisbet O., Nisbet C., Çenesiz M., ...More

BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, vol.133, no.1, pp.51-59, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 133 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12011-009-8563-y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.51-59
  • Keywords: Biochemical profile, Fluoride, Glycoprotein, Sialic acid, SODIUM-FLUORIDE, FLUOROSIS, PROTEINS, TOXICITY, LIVER
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


This study describes the effects of fluoride exposure on the protein profile, glycoprotein pattern, and total sialic acid concentration of serum in rabbits. For this aim; 20 healthy New Zealand rabbits were used. The rabbits were divided into two equal groups each with ten animals according to their weighing: control group and experimental group. The rabbits in control group were given drinking tap water containing 0.29 mg/l sodium fluoride and experimental group received the same tap water to which was added 40 mg/l sodium fluoride for 70 days. Blood samples were taken from each rabbit on day 70. Serum fluoride concentrations were measured by a fluoride-specific ion electrode in serum. The fluoride levels in the serum were found as 18.4 (+/- 1.58) mu g/L in control and 301.3 (+/- 52.18) mu g/L in fluoride exposed rabbits. The sialic acid levels were found as 69.2 (+/- 0.32) mg/dL in control and 43.4 (+/- 0.13) mg/dL in fluoride exposed group. The electrophoretic patterns of serum proteins, glycoproteins, and total sialic acid concentration were determined. Fifteen different protein fractions with molecular weights ranging from 22 to 249 kDa were displayed in the serum protein electrophoretic gel of both groups. The raw concentrations of the protein fractions decreased in fluoride exposed rabbits as compared with the control rabbits. The serum glycoprotein pattern revealed seven major protein bands from 47 to 167 kDa in experimental and control groups. The slight decrease of raw concentration of the protein bands in glycoprotein pattern of serum was observed in fluoride toxication comparing to control. The results suggest that serum TSA determination and serum protein electrophoresis can be used to evaluate prognosis of fluoride exposure as a supplementary laboratory test in combination with clinical and other laboratory findings of fluorosis.