Xenoestrogens in aquatic ecosystems

Hiršl, Lea (2009) Xenoestrogens in aquatic ecosystems. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Proper function of endocrine system is essential for inner harmony and balance of every organism. As an outcome of environmental pollution, there is a huge amount of substances in aquatic ecosystems, which are capable of interfering in function of endocrine system. There are many potential sources of endocrine modulators, industry, agriculture and even ourselves. The most significant endocrine modulators are considered to be xenoestrogens, substances capable of binding to estrogen receptor because of its low specificity. Xenoestrogens cause number of reproductive organ deformations which lead to decrease in fertility success and offspring viability of many animal species inhabitating contaminated theritory. Even human population is exposed to those substances, either directly by using contaminated water or indirectly as a member of a food chain.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Klobučar, Goran
Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 17
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 08:35
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 08:35
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2910

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