Rat

Effect of Molybdenum Nanoparticles on Blood Cells, Liver Enzymes, and Sexual Hormones in MALE RATS

Despite an increasing surge in application of nanoparticles in industries, there is a serious lack of information concerning their impact on human health and the environment. The present study investigated effects of molybdenum nanoparticles (Mo NPs) injected intraperitoneally into Sprague-Dawley rats at different doses of Mo NPs (5, 10, and 15 mg/kg BW per day) during a period of 28 days. Hematological and biochemical parameters as well as sexual hormones and histopathological examinations of the liver and testis were assessed and compared with control group.

The results showed that the serum levels of testosterone decreased significantly in both groups of 10 and 15 mg (Mo NPs)/kg BW in comparison with the control group (p < 0.05). However, there were insignificant differences observed in luteinizing hormone (LH) levels and hematological parameters when compared with the control group (p > 0.05). The results of liver enzymes showed that serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) decreased significantly in both dosage groups of 5 and 10 mg/kg BW (Mo NPs) when compared with the control group (p < 0.05), and significant decrease obtained in lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels at dose of 5 mg/kg BW in comparison with the control group (p < 0.05). The histopathological examination of testis showed a decrease in number of Leydig cells. Also, the number of chronic inflammatory cells increased in portal triad and parenchyma in liver tissue of rats exposed to Mo NPs.

Asadi, F., Mohseni, M., Dadashi Noshahr, K., Soleymani, F. H., Jalilvand, A., and Heidari, A.,Effect of Molybdenum Nanoparticles on Blood Cells, Liver Enzymes, and Sexual Hormones in Male Rats, Biological trace element research, 2017, 175, 50-56.

Cattle

A frameshift mutation in MOCOS is associated with familial renal syndrome (xanthinuria) in TYROLEAN GREY CATTLE

Background: Renal syndromes are occasionally reported in domestic animals. Two identical twin Tyrolean Grey calves exhibited weight loss, skeletal abnormalities and delayed development associated with kidney abnormalities and formation of uroliths. These signs resembled inherited renal tubular dysplasia found in Japanese Black cattle which is associated with mutations in the claudin 16 gene. Despite demonstrating striking phenotypic similarities, no obvious presence of pathogenic variants of this candidate gene were found. Therefore further analysis was required to decipher the genetic etiology of the condition.

Results: The family history of the cases suggested the possibility of an autosomal recessive inheritance. Homozygosity mapping combined with sequencing of the whole genome of one case detected two associated non-synonymous private coding variants: A homozygous missense variant in the uncharacterized KIAA2026 gene (g.39038055C > G; c. 926C > G), located in a 15 Mb sized region of homozygosity on BTA 8; and a homozygous 1 bp deletion in the molybdenum cofactor sulfurase (MOCOS) gene (g.21222030delC; c.1881delG and c.1782delG), located in an 11 Mb region of homozygosity on BTA 24. Pathogenic variants in MOCOS have previously been associated with inherited metabolic syndromes and xanthinuria in different species including Japanese Black cattle. Genotyping of two additional clinically suspicious cases confirmed the association with the MOCOS variant, as both animals had a homozygous mutant genotype and did not show the variant KIAA2026 allele. The identified genomic deletion is predicted to be highly disruptive, creating a frameshift and premature termination of translation, resulting in severely truncated MOCOS proteins that lack two functionally essential domains. The variant MOCOS allele was absent from cattle of other breeds and approximately 4% carriers were detected among more than 1200 genotyped Tyrolean Grey cattle. Biochemical urolith analysis of one case revealed the presence of approximately 95% xanthine.

Conclusions: The identified MOCOS loss of function variant is highly likely to cause the renal syndrome in the affected animals. The results suggest that the phenotypic features of the renal syndrome were related to an early onset form of xanthinuria, which is highly likely to lead to the progressive defects. The identification of the candidate causative mutation thus enables selection against this pathogenic variant in Tyrolean Grey cattle.

Murgiano, L., Jagannathan, V., Piffer, C., Diez-Prieto, I., Bolcato, M., Gentile, A., and Drogemuller, C.,A frameshift mutation in MOCOS is associated with familial renal syndrome (xanthinuria) in Tyrolean Grey cattle, Bmc Veterinary Research, 2016, 12.

 

Duck

Changes in Trace Element Contents and Morphology in Bones of DUCK exposed to Molybdenum or/and Cadmium

Cadmium (Cd) and high molybdenum (Mo) can lead to adverse reactions on animals, but the coinduced toxicity of Mo and Cd to bone in ducks was not well understood. The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in trace elements' contents and morphology in bones of duck exposed to Mo or/and Cd. One hundred twenty healthy 11-day-old male ducks were randomly divided into six groups and treated with commercial diet containing Cd or/and Mo. On the 60th and 120th days, the blood, excretion, and metatarsals were collected to determine alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and the contents of Mo, Cd, calcium (Ca), phosphorus (P), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), zine (Zn), and selenium (Se). In addition, metatarsals were subjected to histopathological analysis with the optical microscope and radiography. The results indicated that Mo and Cd contents significantly increased while Ca, P, Cu, and Se contents remarkably decreased in metatarsals in coexposure groups (P < 0.01). Contents of Fe and Zn in metatarsals had no significant difference among groups (P > 0.05). Ca content in serum had no significant difference among experimental groups (P > 0.05), but P content was significantly decreased in HMo and HMo + Cd groups (P < 0.05). Contents of Ca and P in excretion and ALP activity were significantly increased in coinduced groups (P < 0.05). Furthermore, osteoporotic lesions, less and thinner trabecular bone were observed in combination groups. The findings suggested that dietary of Cd or/and Mo could lead to bone damages in ducks via disturbing the balance of Ca and P in body and homeostasis of Cu, Fe, Zn, and Se in bones; moreover, the two elements showed a possible synergistic relationship.

Liao, Y., Cao, H., Xia, B., Xiao, Q., Liu, P., Hu, G., and Zhang, C.,Changes in Trace Element Contents and Morphology in Bones of Duck Exposed to Molybdenum or/and Cadmium, Biological trace element research, 2017, 175, 449-457.

DUCK

The co-induced effects of molybdenum and cadmium on the mRNA expression of inflammatory cytokines and trace element contents in duck kidneys

The aims of this study were determining the co-induced effects of dietary Cadmium (Cd) and high intake of Molybdenum (Mo) on renal toxicity in ducks.

240 healthy 11-day-old ducks were randomly divided into 6 groups, which were treated with Mo or/and Cd at different doses added to the basal diet for 120 days. Ducks of control group were fed with basal diet, LMo and HMo groups were fed with 15mg/kg Mo and 100mg/kg Mo respectively; ducks of Cd group were provided with 4mg/kg Cd which was added into basal diet. Two combination groups were treated with 15mg/kg Mo+4mg/kg Cd and 100mg/kg Mo+4mg/kg Cd respectively. On days 30, 60, 90 and 120, the mRNA expression levels of inflammatory cytokines and contents of trace elements were detected. In addition, transmission electron microscopic examination was used for ultrastructural studies.

The results indicated that the mRNA expression levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB), and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) showed an upward tendency in treatment groups in comparison with control group, and in the later period of the experiment it showed a significant rise in joint groups compared with the Mo and Cd group (P<0.01); the contents of copper (Cu) and iron (Fe) decreased in joint groups in the later period (P<0.05) while the contents of Mo and Cd significantly increased (P<0.01); zinc (Zn) and selenium (Se) concentration had a slight downtrend in treated groups, but showed no significant difference (P>0.05). The ultrastructural analysis showed that kidney tissues were severely injured in joint groups on day 120.

These results suggested that the combination of Mo and Cd could aggravate damages to the kidney. In addition, dietary of Mo or/and Cd caused the decrease of Cu, Fe, Zn, and Se contents, inflammatory response and pathological lesions whose mechanism is somehow linked with Mo and Cd deposition in kidney.

Cao, H., Gao, F., Xia, B., Xiao, Q., Guo, X., Hu, G., and Zhang, C.,The co-induced effects of molybdenum and cadmium on the mRNA expression of inflammatory cytokines and trace element contents in duck kidneys, Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 2016, 133, 157-63.

               

GOATS LIVER OXIDATIVE STRESS  

Oxidative Stress and Cell Apoptosis in Caprine Liver Induced by Molybdenum and Cadmium in Combination

To investigate the effects of co-exposure to molybdenum (Mo) and cadmium (Cd) on oxidative stress and cell apoptosis in caprine livers, 36 Boer goats were randomly divided into four groups with nine goats in each group. Three groups were randomly assigned with one of three oral treatments of CdCl2 (0.5 mg Cd kg(-1).BW) and [(NH4)6Mo7O24.4H2O] (15 mg Mo kg(-1).BW, 30 mg Mo kg(-1).BW, 45 mg Mo kg(-1).BW), while the control group received deionized water. Liver tissues on days 0, 25, and 50 were subjected to determine antioxidant activity indexes and the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression levels of ceruloplasmin (CP), cysteinyl aspartate-specific proteinase-3 (caspase-3), second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases (Smac), and cytochrome-C (Cyt-C) genes. The results showed that significant reductions were observed in total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC) and total superoxide dismutase (T-SOD) activities (P < 0.05), while activities or contents of malondialdehyde (MDA), nitric oxide (NO), and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) were increased (P < 0.05). The mRNA expression levels of CP, caspase-3, Smac, and Cyt-C genes were upregulated (P < 0.05). In addition, histopathological lesions showed different degrees of vacuolar degeneration and edematous and mitochondrial swelling. The results suggest that co-exposure to Mo and Cd could induce oxidative stress and cell apoptosis possibly associated with mitochondrial intrinsic pathway in goat liver and show possible synergistic effects between the two elements.

Yang, F., Zhang, C., Zhuang, Y., Gu, X., Xiao, Q., Guo, X., Hu, G., and Cao, H.,Oxidative Stress and Cell Apoptosis in Caprine Liver Induced by Molybdenum and Cadmium in Combination, Biol Trace Elem Res, 2016, 173, 79-86.

 

Experimental animal studies

Dietary toxicity of soluble and insoluble molybdenum to northern bobwhite QUAIL (Colinus virginianus)

Limited data are available on the effects of molybdenum (Mo) on avian wildlife, which impairs evaluation of ecological exposure and risk. While Mo is an essential trace nutrient in birds, little is known of its toxicity to birds exposed to molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the predominant form found in molybdenite ore.

The chemical form and bioavailability of Mo is important in determining its toxicity. Avian toxicity tests typically involve a soluble form of Mo, such as sodium molybdate dihydrate (SMD, Na2MoO4.2H2O); however MoS2 is generally insoluble, with low bioaccessibility under most environmental conditions.

The current study monitored survival and general health (body weight and food consumption) of 9-day old northern bobwhite exposed to soluble Mo (SMD) and ore-related Mo (MoS2) in their diet for 30 days.

Toxicity and bioavailability (e.g. tissue distribution) of the two Mo forms were compared. Histopathology evaluations and serum, kidney, liver, and bone tissue sample analyses were conducted.

Copper, a nutrient integrally associated with Mo toxicity, was also measured in the diet and tissue.

No treatment-related mortality occurred and no treatment-related lesions were recorded for either Mo form.

Tissue analyses detected increased Mo concentrations in serum, kidney, liver, and bone tissues following exposure to SMD, with decreasing concentrations following a post-exposure period.

For the soluble form, a No-Observed-Adverse-Effect Concentration (NOAEC) of 1200 mg Mo as SMD/kg feed (134 mg SMD/kg body weight/day) was identified based on body weight and food consumption.

No adverse effects were observed in birds exposed to MoS2 at the maximum dose of 5000 mg MoS2/kg feed (545 mg MoS2/kg body weight/day).

These results show that effects associated with MoS2, the more environmentally prevalent and less bioavailable Mo form, are much less than those observed for SMD. These data should support more realistic representations of exposure and risks to avian receptors from environmental Mo.

Stafford, J. M., Lambert, C. E., Zyskowski, J. A., Engfehr, C. L., Fletcher, O. J., Clark, S. L., Tiwary, A., Gulde, C. M., and Sample, B. E.,Dietary toxicity of soluble and insoluble molybdenum to northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus), Ecotoxicology (London, England), 2016, 25, 291-301.

Mitochondrial oxidative stress-induced hepatocyte apoptosis reflects increased molybdenum intake in caprine [GOATS]

Molybdenum (Mo) is an essential trace element for animals and humans. However, the high dietary intake of Mo leads to disease conditions in heavy metal pollution areas. To the best of our knowledge, the effect of high levels of Mo on the apoptosis of hepatocyte in goats has not been investigated. Therefore, the aim of the present in vivo study was to investigate the impact of Mo on mitochondrial oxidative stress and apoptosis genes in the liver using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and transmission electron microscopy, respectively.

Thirty-six healthy goats were randomly divided into three groups: two groups treated with ammonium molybdate [(NH4)6.Mo7O24.H2O] at 15 and 45 mg Mo kg-1 BW, respectively, and a control group without treatment. Liver samples were collected from individual goats at different time intervals.

The levels of oxidative stress in the mitochondrial membrane and expression of liver-related apoptosis genes, including Bcl-2, Cyt c, caspase-3, and Smac, were examined.

The results demonstrated that the levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) expression were significantly down-regulated in liver cells, whereas malondialdehyde (MDA), nitric oxide (NO), and total nitric oxide synthase (T-NOS) expression was up-regulated (P < 0.01). The expression of Smac, Cyt c, and caspase-3 was significantly up-regulated, whereas Bcl-2 expression was down-regulated in liver cells (P < 0.01).

In addition, histopathological examination revealed varying degrees of vacuolization, irregularity, nuclear fission, and mitochondrial swelling and high-density electrons in the cytoplasm of hepatocytes in groups treated with 15 and 45 mg Mo kg(-1) BW.

Thus, these results suggested that high molybdenum induced hepatocyte apoptosis and might involve a mitochondrial pathway.

Zhuang, Y., Liu, P., Wang, L., Luo, J., Zhang, C., Guo, X., Hu, G., and Cao, H.,Mitochondrial oxidative stress-induced hepatocyte apoptosis reflects increased molybdenum intake in caprine, Biological trace element research, 2016, 170, 106-14.

Aquatic acute toxicity assessments of molybdenum (+VI) to DAPHNIA MAGNA

Generally, molybdenum (Mo) metals in the environment are very rare, but wastewater discharges from industrial processes may contain high concentrations of Mo, which has the potential to contaminate water or soil if not handled properly.

In this study, the impact of three common compounds of hexavalent Mo (sodium molybdate (Na2MoO42H2O), ammonium molybdate ((NH4)6Mo7O244H2O) and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3)) in an aquatic system were assessed based on 48-h exposure acute toxicity to Daphnia magna (D. magna). The LC50 toxicities for associated conjugate ions including Na+, Cl-, SO42-, and NH4(+) were determined.

Furthermore, the LC50 values for the three forms of hexavalent Mo were determined, and the acute toxicities of the Mo forms were found to follow the order: (NH4)6Mo7O244H2O > MoO3 > Na2MoO42H2O in solution. (NH4)6Mo7O244H2O exhibited the lowest LC50 of 43.3 mg L-1 (corresponding to 23.5 mg Mo L-1) among the three molybdenum salts.

The research confirmed that the toxicity of molybdenum in the aquatic system is highly dependent on the form of molybdenum salts used, and is also associated with the influence of the background water quality.

Wang, C. W., Liang, C., and Yeh, H. J.,Aquatic acute toxicity assessments of molybdenum (+VI) to Daphnia magna, Chemosphere, 2016, 147, 82-7.

Molybdenum induces pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and apoptosis via interdependent of JNK and AMPK activation-regulated mitochondria-dependent and ER stress-triggered pathways [MOUSE]

Molybdenum (Mo), a well-known toxic environmental and industrial pollutant, causes adverse health effects and diseases in humans and has received attention as a potential risk factor for DM [diabetes]. However, the roles of Mo in the mechanisms of the toxicological effects in pancreatic beta-cells are mostly unclear.

In this study, the results revealed dysfunction of insulin secretion and apoptosis in the pancreatic beta-cell-derived RIN-m5F cells and the isolated mouse islets in response to Mo.

These effects were accompanied by a mitochondria-dependent apoptotic signals including a decreased in the MMP, an increase in cytochrome c release, and the activation of caspase cascades and PARP.

In addition, ER stress was triggered as indicated by several key molecules of the UPR.

Furthermore, exposure to Mo induced the activation of ERK1/2, JNK, AMPKalpha, and GSK3-alpha/beta.

Pretreatment with specific pharmacological inhibitors (in RIN-m5F cells and isolated mouse islets) of JNK (SP600125) and AMPK (Compound C) or transfection with si-RNAs (in RIN-m5F cells) specific to JNK and AMPKalpha effectively prevented the Mo-induced apoptosis and related signals, but inhibitors of ERK1/2 and GSK3-alpha/beta (PD98059 and LiCl, respectively) did not reverse the Mo-induced effects.

Additionally, both the inhibitors and specific si-RNAs could suppress the Mo-induced phosphorylation of JNK and AMPKalpha each other.

Taken together, these results suggest that Mo exerts its cytotoxicity on pancreatic beta-cells by inducing dysfunction and apoptosis via interdependent JNK and AMPK activation downstream-regulated mitochondrial-dependent and ER stress-triggered apoptosis pathways.

Yang, T. Y., Yen, C. C., Lee, K. I., Su, C. C., Yang, C. Y., Wu, C. C., Hsieh, S. S., Ueng, K. C., and Huang, C. F.,Molybdenum induces pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and apoptosis via interdependent of JNK and AMPK activation-regulated mitochondria-dependent and ER stress-triggered pathways, Toxicology and applied pharmacology, 2016, 294, 54-64.

NOTE The authors’ names are on the paper as

Tsung-Yuan Yang, Cheng-Chieh Yen, Kuan-I Lee, Chin-Chuan Su, Ching-Yao Yang, Chin-Ching Wu, Shang-Shu Hsieh, Kwo-Chang Ueng, Chun-Fa Huang

Accumulation, storage and distribution of molybdenum in animals

In experimental animals given lethal or near lethal doses, however administered, of molybdenum trioxide, calcium molybdate or ammonium heptamolybdate the rate of excretion of molybdenum was less than the rate of absorption [Underwood, 1962; Kolomiitseva et al., 1968; Schroeder et al., 1970]. The amount accumulating in the tissues increased with increasing size and number of doses. After administration of molybdenum had ceased the molybdenum content of the tissues dropped quite rapidly. For example, in guinea pigs exposed to molybdenum trioxide for eight days total molybdenum had dropped to the control value four days after the dose had ceased. [Fairhall et al., 1945] The percentage drop for bone was least so it appears that there is some preferential storage of molybdenum in bone. In general absorption and excretion of molybdenum are rapid and a high proportion (ca 95%) of molybdenum added to the diet is excreted and rather little molybdenum is stored in the tissues. Additional studies involving rats gave the following breakdown of absorbing organs; 3.6% stomach, 9.5% duodenum and 8.2 % in the ileum [van Campen and Mitchell, 1965]. However, as stated, many other groups have found that the process of absorption and retention is dependent on dose, mode of administration and the age of the experimental animal.

Underwood, E. J.,Trace Elements in Human and Animal Nutrition, Academic Press, London, 2nd Ed., 1962, 100.
Kolomiitseva, M. G., Polonskaya, M. N. and Osipov, G. K.,Mikroelem. Sel. Khoz. Med., 1968, 4, 183
Schroeder, H. A., Balassa, J. J.and Tipton,I. H., J. Chronic Diseases, 1970, 23, 481.
Fairhall, L. T., Dunn, R. C., Sharpless, N. E. and Pritchard, E. A., U. S. Public Health Bull., 1945, 293, 1.
Van Campen, D. R., Mitchell, E. A. (1965), J. Nutr., 86, 120-124.

In lactating goats,99MoO3 , administered orally was found in skeleton, liver, skin, muscles, blood, kidney, ovary and hair 4 days later. Molybdenum was also detected in the milk of goats fed molybdenum trioxide [Anke et al., 1971].

The concentration of molybdenum in cows' milk increased after daily feeding of 500 mg ammonium molybdate [Mills and Davis, 1987].

Fairhall, L. T., Dunn, R. C., Sharpless, N. E. and Pritchard, E. A., U. S. Public Health Bull., 1945, 293, 1.
Venugopal, B. and Luckey, T. D., Metal Toxicity in Mammals, 1978, Vol. 2, Chemical Toxicity of Metals and Metalloids, Plenum Press, New York.
Anke, M., Hennig, A., Dieltrich, M., Hoffmann, G., Wicke, G. and Pflug, D.,Arch. Tierernaehr., 1971, 21, 205.
Mills, C. F. and Davis, G. K., in :Trace elements in Human and Animal Nutritution, Metrz, W., ed., 1987, 429, Academic Press, New York.

Fischer rats given subcutaneous injections of N-methyl-N-benzylnitrosamine and fed dietary sodium molybdate (2 ppm) had increased molybdenum concentrations in the esophagus, forestomach, blood serum, and liver. Xanthine oxidase activities were also increased in the esophagus and forestomach, but not in the liver [Komada et al., 1990]. Radioactivity was detected in the liver, bone, heart, lungs, blood, and kidneys 2.5 hours after rats were fed a single dose (13.34 mg) of99Mo. The concentrations of radioactivity were higher in the intestine, kidney, and bone than in other tissues 51 hours after dosing. It was estimated that 35% of the administered dose was absorbed [Neilands et al., 1948].

Komada, H., Kise, Y., Nakagawa, M., Yamamura, M., Hioki, K. and Yamamoto, M., Cancer Res., 1990, 50, 2418.
Neilands, J. B., Strong, F. M. and Elvehjem, C. A., J. Biol. Chem., 1948, 172, 431.

In dogs receiving99Mo by injection, molybdenum was selectively concentrated in the liver, kidneys and endocrine glands (pancreas, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid). The brain, bone marrow and fat contained neglible amounts of the injected molybdenum [Clayton and Clayton, 1981].

Clayton, G. D. and Clayton, F. E., eds, Patty's Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, 3rd Ed., 1981, 2A, 1493. John Wiley and Sons, New York.

The absorption, tissue distribution and excretion patterns of molybdenum in rabbits are similar to those found for other species as described above. Increased molybdenum intake by experimental animals has been shown to increase tissue levels of xanthine oxidase; liver, intestine and kidney; [Luo et al., 1983].

Luo, X. -M., Wei, H. -J. and Yang, S. P., J. Nat. Cancer Inst.,1983, 71, 75.

Exposure to molybdenum trioxide dust (30 mg/m3 ) for 5.5 months increased serum and urinary ascorbic acid levels in rabbits but no similar effects occurred in rats [Lukashev and Shishkova, 1971].

Lukashev, A. A. and Shishkova, Tr. Nauch.-Issled. Inst. Kraev. Patol. Alma Ata, 1971, 22, 152, 175, 191.

Absorption of molybdenum experimental animals

In animals (guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, sheep) water-soluble molybdenum compounds and also molybdenum trioxide and calcium molybdate, but not molybdenum disulfide, are readily absorbed from the intestinal tract and lungs. Concentrations of molybdenum in the tissues, bones, and blood rise rapidly after administration of molybdenum compounds [Rosoff and Spencer, 1964].

Rosoff, B. and Spencer, H., Nature, 1964, 202, 410.

Excretion of molybdenum in animals

With animals the concentration of molybdenum in the urine and faeces rises rapidly after administration of molybdenum trioxide and molybdates. Molybdenum is excreted mainly in the urine probably as the molybdate anion. With human subjects injected intravenously with a single tracer dose of 99Mo, after five days 16.6-27.2% of the99Mo had been excreted in the urine and only 1-6.8% in the faeces [Rosoff and Spencer, 1964]. It has been estimated that the average excretion of molybdenum by humans is about 50-70 microg per day [Friberg and Lener, 1986]. The amount of molybdenum excreted and the route are affected by sulfate (added to, or as part of, the diet). For cattle, sheep and rats the total amount of molybdenum excreted and the proportion in the urine increases with increasing sulfate in the diet [Dick, 1969]. A study using radiomolybdenum to trace the excretion process in cattle found that the biological half-life of molybdenum was 19.9 ± 1.4 h [Robinson et al., 1968].

Rosoff, B. and Spencer, H., Nature, 1964, 202, 410.
Friberg, L. and Lener, J., in: Handbook of Toxicology of Metals, Friberg L. et al. (eds.), 2nd Ed., 1986, II, 446. Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam.
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Robinson, G. A., Valli, V. E. O., McSherry, B. J. and Pepino, A. M., Can. J. Physiol. Pharmacol., 1968, 47, 343.

Effects of high dietary molybdenum in rabbits

To study the effects of high dietary molybdenum, rabbits were fed with commercial pellets and carrots containing 39 mg Mo/kg dry matter [Experiment 1] and with a commercial diet supplemented with 40 mg Mo/kg dry matter [Experiment 2] for 14 days. The high dietary Mo contents did not reduce the growth of rabbits. Supplemental Mo given in a dose of 40 mg/kg non-significantly decreased the apparent digestibility of crude protein and crude fibre compared to the control (73.63 +/- 2.49 and 18.56 +/- 5.10 vs. 74.31 +/- 3.03 and 21.38 +/- 6.48, respectively). Molybdenum ingested with feeds was mainly excreted (57%) via the urine. The highest Mo levels were found in kidney and liver samples (3.464 +/- 0.872; 5.27 +/- 0.95 mg/kg DM [Experiment 1] and 1.878 +/- 0.283; 1.62 +/- 0.16 mg/kg DM [Experiment 2], respectively), and Mo could also be detected in limb meat (0.336 +/- 0.205 mg/kg DM). The testes were more sensitive to Mo exposure than the female reproductive organs because the number of germ cells was reduced. Due to the high dietary Mo intake free radicals could be generated, resulting in a marked increase of creatine kinase activity.

Berssnyi, A., Berta, E., Kadar, I., Glavits, R., Szilagyi, M., and Fekete, S. G., Effects of high dietary molybdenum in rabbits, Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, 2008, 56, 41-55.