Undergraduate Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Minnesota, United States
McKenna Gaalswyk (Saint Mary's University of Minnesota)
Atrazine, which is an herbicide used on crops throughout the Midwest, is present in drinking water due to its ability to be carried in runoff from fields. While levels of less than 3 ppb in drinking water is deemed as safe by the USDA, atrazine is often found at much higher levels in nature due to the widespread use of this chemical on fields. Recent studies have identified that atrazine decreases Glutathione-S-transferase (GST) gene hepatic expression when mice are exposed to atrazine in their drinking water. This study investigated if there was a build up of atrazine metabolites in the serum and liver of exposed mice and correlate the species of metabolite amount to the effect it has on gene expression of GST.
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This work was supported by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Department of Biology for providing lab materials. Debra Martin, PhD is to be acknowledged for her technical assistance and support.