Application of Developmental Toxicity and its Effects

Perspective - American Journal of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology (2022)

Application of Developmental Toxicity and its Effects

Farhana Ijaz*
Department of Physiology, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author:

Farhana Ijaz, Department of Physiology, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan, Email:

Received: 20-Sep-2022, Manuscript No. AJPBP-22-74994; Editor assigned: 23-Sep-2022, Pre QC No. AJPBP-22-74994 (PQ); Reviewed: 07-Oct-2022, QC No. AJPBP-22-74994; Revised: 13-Oct-2022, Manuscript No. AJPBP-22-74994 (R); Published: 21-Oct-2022


Developmental toxicity is referred as drugs, lifestyle factors are such as alcohol, diet, and environmental toxic chemicals or physical factors. It is the study of health hazards on organism development brought on by contact with hazardous substances prior to conception by during prenatal development and postnatally up to menopause. Developmental toxicity is any reversible or irreversible, structural or functional modification that interferes with normal growth, differentiation, development, or behaviour and is brought on by an environmental insult. Science that examines harmful developmental effects is called as developmental toxicology.

Testing for developmental toxicity determines how much a drug can impede healthy growth and have negative consequences on the children. Numerous regulatory organisations mandate testing for a chemical’s potential to be hazardous to developing organisms, by which frequently involves using a lot of animals. These studies concentrate on structural and functional changes that can be seen from the zygote to the neonatal stage of development. Medicines are involved tetracyclines, numerous hormones and environmental toxins are common causes of developmental toxicity. Teratogens are substances that are hazardous to development from the embryonic stage till birth. The type of drug, amount, exposure period, and duration all affect how developmental toxicants react. The toxicants effects are dependent on dose, threshold, and duration. Toxicology’s side effects are;


The most essential stages in the development of vertebrates are neurulation. It involves the development of a flat neural plate that later convolves to create the hollow neural tube. It is regarded as one of the primary targets of developmental toxicity, and abnormalities in neurulation are a frequent result of toxicant exposure and contribute to a significant share of human malformations.

Fetal alcohol syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Disorders refers to a group of ailments that might affect a person whose mother drank alcohol when she was pregnant. Physical and cognitive issues are possible outcomes. A patient with FASD typically has a combination of these issues. The frequency, dose, and pace at which ethanol is excreted from amniotic fluid all affected by how much of an effect is involved. Because FAS prevents the foetus from developing normally, some developmental stages may be skipped, delayed, or developed prematurely.


Methylmercury contains Human breast milk by which is expelled together with inorganic mercury, and young children are particularly vulnerable to its toxicity. Since mercury can easily cross the placental barrier, accumulate within the placenta and foetus, because the foetus cannot eliminate mercury, and have a negative impact on the foetus even if the mother does not exhibit symptoms, the foetus and infant are particularly vulnerable to mercury exposures with a focus on the development.


It is an organophosphate pesticide that works by preventing acetylcholinesterase in insects to affect their nervous systems, but it is only moderately harmful to people. However, even at very low dosages, it is known to have developmental impacts in foetuses and children. It has been shown to cause abnormal reflexes in neonates, poorer mental development. Alcohol levels tend to be high and stay in the foetus for a longer period of time because alcohol removal is slower in a foetus than in an adult and because they lack a developed liver to digest the alcohol.

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