Zhang GL, Zhang XF, Feng YM, Li L, Huynh E, Sun XF, Sun ZY, Shen W.
Key Laboratory of Animal Reproduction and Germplasm Enhancement in Universities of Shandong, Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109, China.
Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many consumer products, interferes with the endocrine system of mammals, including humans. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of BPA on spermatogenesis and semen quality. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of BPA on mouse spermatogenesis. CD1 mice were used in all experiments. Mice were treated with different doses of BPA (0, 20 and 40μgkg(-1) day(-1)from postnatal Day (PND) 3 to PND21, PND 35 or PND49. After 5 weeks BPA treatment, oestrogen receptor α expression was increased in mouse testis, whereas the meiotic progression of germ cells was slowed. Thus, both the quality and quantity of spermatozoa were decreased in 7-week-old mice. However, BPA had no effect on DNA methylation of imprinted genes such as Igf2, Igf2r, Peg3 and H19, in germ cells. In addition, exposure of male mice to BPA resulted in abnormal offspring that were smaller with a low-quality pelage when they were 35 days old. In conclusion, BPA hampers spermatogenesis and the subsequent development of offspring.
PMID: 22951085 [PubMed – in process] 1. Reprod Fertil Dev. 2013 Jul;25(6):847-59. doi: 10.1071/RD12159.