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Endocrine disruption

Pavel Šauer, Alžběta Stará, Oksana Golovko, Olga Valentová, Adam Bořík, Roman Grabic, Hana Kocour Kroupová
Vast numbers of xenobiotics are known still to be present in treated municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents. Some of these possess endocrine-disrupting potency and pose risks for exposed aquatic animals. We searched for 17 potential environmental contaminants having affinity to the progesterone receptor. Relative potency values of these progesterone receptor-active chemicals were obtained. On the basis of relative potencies and measured environmental concentrations, the contribution of progestins to measured progestagenic activities was evaluated...
March 2, 2018: Water Research
B Borghese, P Santulli, L Marcellin, C Chapron
Endometriosis and adenomyosis are histologically defined. The frequency of endometriosis cannot be precisely estimated in the general population. Endometriosis is considered a disease when it causes pain and/or infertility. Endometriosis is a heterogeneous disease with three well-recognized subtypes that are often associated with each other: superficial endometriosis (SUP), ovarian endometrioma (OMA), and deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE). DIE is frequently multifocal and mainly affects the following structures: the uterosacral ligaments, the posterior vaginal cul-de-sac, the bladder, the ureters, and the digestive tract (rectum, recto-sigmoid junction, appendix)...
March 11, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
John Russell, Emily Lodge, Cynthia Andoniadou
<br>As a central regulator of major physiological processes, the pituitary gland is a highly dynamic organ, capable of responding to hormonal demand and hypothalamic influence, through adapting secretion as well as remodelling cell numbers among its seven populations of differentiated cells. Stem cells of the pituitary have been shown to actively generate new cells during postnatal development but remain mostly quiescent during adulthood, where they persist as a long-lived population. Despite a significant body of research characterising attributes of anterior pituitary stem cells, the regulation of this population is poorly understood...
March 14, 2018: Neuroendocrinology
Kelly A Campen, Katherine M Kucharczyk, Benjamin Bogin, Julie M Ehrlich, Catherine M H Combelles
STUDY QUESTION: What are the effects of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS) during IVM on bovine oocyte maturation, spindle morphology and chromosome alignment? SUMMARY ANSWER: Exposure to BPA or BPS during IVM resulted in increased spindle abnormalities and chromosome misalignment, even at very low concentrations. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: BPA is an endocrine disrupting chemical that alters oocyte maturation, spindle morphology and chromosome alignment in a range of species...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction
Kylie D Rock, Heather B Patisaul
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: With the incidence of neurodevelopmental disorders on the rise, it is imperative to identify and understand the mechanisms by which environmental contaminants can impact the developing brain and heighten risk. Here, we report on recent findings regarding novel mechanisms of developmental neurotoxicity and highlight chemicals of concern, beyond traditionally defined neurotoxicants. RECENT FINDINGS: The perinatal window represents a critical and extremely vulnerable period of time during which chemical insult can alter the morphological and functional trajectory of the developing brain...
March 13, 2018: Current Environmental Health Reports
Éverton L Vogt, Jorge F A Model, Anapaula S Vinagre
Organotins (OTs) are considered some of the most toxic chemicals introduced into aquatic environments by anthropogenic activities. They are widely used for agricultural and industrial purposes and as antifouling additives on boat hull's paints. Even though the use of OTs was banned in 2008, elevated levels of OTs can still be detected in aquatic environments. OTs' deleterious effects upon wildlife and experimental animals are well documented and include endocrine disruption, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, genotoxicity, and metabolic dysfunction...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Ami R Zota, Ruth J Geller, Laura E Romano, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Nancy E Adler, Emily Parry, Miaomiao Wang, June-Soo Park, Angelo F Elmi, Barbara A Laraia, Elissa S Epel
BACKGROUND: Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can target immune and metabolic pathways. However, few epidemiologic studies have examined the influence of EDCs on measures of inflammation and cellular aging during pregnancy and postpartum. OBJECTIVE: We investigated associations between prenatal exposures to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hydroxylated PBDE metabolites (OH-PBDEs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and per- and polyfluorochemicals (PFASs) with repeated biomarker measurements of inflammation and cellular aging in women during pregnancy and the postpartum period...
March 10, 2018: Environment International
T Vandermarken, K Croes, K Van Langenhove, I Boonen, P Servais, T Garcia-Armisen, N Brion, M S Denison, L Goeyens, M Elskens
The Zenne River, crossing the Brussels region (Belgium) is an extremely urbanized river impacted by both domestic and industrial effluents. The objective of this study was to monitor the occurrence and activity of Endocrine Active Substances (EAS) in river water and sediments in the framework of the Environmental Quality Standards Directive (2008/105/EC and 2013/39/EU). Activities were determined using Estrogen and Dioxin Responsive Elements (ERE and DRE) Chemical Activated Luciferase Gene Expression (CALUX) bioassays...
March 7, 2018: Chemosphere
Jiří Novák, Branislav Vrana, Tatsiana Rusina, Krzysztof Okonski, Roman Grabic, Peta A Neale, Beate I Escher, Miroslava Macová, Selim Ait-Aissa, Nicolas Creusot, Ian Allan, Klára Hilscherová
Many aquatic pollutants can be present at low concentrations, but their mixtures can still affect health or behavior of exposed organisms. In this study, toxicological and chemical analyses were combined for spatial contamination profiling using an innovative passive sampling approach. A novel Dynamic Passive Sampler (DPS) was employed as a mobile sampler from a ship cruising along 2130km of the Danube river during the Joint Danube Survey 3 (JDS3). The sampling was performed in eight subsequent river stretches with two types of complementary passive samplers: silicone rubber sheets (SR) used for non-polar chemicals and SDB-RPS Empore™ disks (ED) for more hydrophilic compounds...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Jake A Godfrey, Ann L Rypstra
For animals that live in association with humans, a key ecological question is how anthropogenic factors influence their life history. While major negative effects are obvious, subtle non-lethal responses to anthropogenic stimuli may provide insight into the features that lead to the success of species that thrive in habitats heavily impacted by humans. Here we explored the influence of the herbicide atrazine on various life history traits of a wolf spider that thrives in agroecosystems where it is commonly applied...
March 5, 2018: Chemosphere
F Vela-Soria, L M Iribarne-Durán, V Mustieles, I Jiménez-Díaz, M F Fernández, N Olea
Concerns are growing about human exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), especially during developmental stages. Parabens (PBs) and ultraviolet filters (UVFs) are prevalent EDCs widely used as additives in cosmetics and personal care products (PCPs). The objective of this study was to develop a method to determine four PBs and ten UVFs in human milk using QuEChERS treatment and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS). Multivariate strategies were applied to optimize experimental parameters...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Magdalena Noszczyńska, Zofia Piotrowska-Seget
Numerous data indicate that most of bisphenols (BPs) are endocrine disrupters and exhibit cytotoxicity, neurotoxicity, genotoxicity and reproductive toxicity against vertebrates. Nevertheless, they are widely applied in material production what result in their ubiquitous occurrence in ecosystems. While BPA is the most frequently detected in environment, BPAF, BPF and BPS are also often found. Ecosystem particularly exposed to BPs pollution is industrial and municipal wastewater being a common source of BPA in river waters...
February 28, 2018: Chemosphere
N J C Stapelberg, R Pratt, D L Neumann, D H K Shum, S Brandis, V Muthukkumarasamy, B Stantic, M Blumenstein, J P Headrick
BACKGROUND: Biological pathways underlying major depressive disorder (MDD) can be viewed as systems biology networks. The psycho-immune-neuroendocrine (PINE) network comprises central nervous, immune, endocrine and autonomic systems, integrating biological mechanisms of MDD. Such networks exhibit recurrent motifs with specific functions, including positive and negative feedback loops, and are subject to critical transitions, influenced by feedback loop transitions (FLTs). AIMS: We aim to identify critical feedback loops and their FLTs, as well sentinel network nodes (SNNs), key network nodes that drive FLTs, within the PINE network...
March 7, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Guoyun Wu, Dan Song, Quanwei Wei, Jun Xing, Xiaoli Shi, Fangxiong Shi
Melatonin plays a crucial role in the amelioration of reproductive toxicity induced by endocrine-disrupting chemicals. However, very few studies have investigated the mitigating effects of melatonin on BPA-induced dysfunction in porcine granulosa cells. In the present study, primary granulosa cells were cultured in serum-low conditions with bisphenol A (BPA) (10 μM) with or without melatonin (100 μM), followed by evaluation of estradiol synthesis and cell proliferation. Our results showed that BPA significantly increased estradiol concentration and granulosa cell proliferation...
February 24, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
M Demirkurt, Y A Olcer, M M Demir, A E Eroglu
Parabens are used as antimicrobial preservatives in food, cosmetic products and pharmaceuticals regardless of their endocrine disrupting effect. In this study, highly selective molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) were synthesized in submicron-sizes and converted to an SPME fiber coating through electrospinning process in order to determine parabens in water samples. Conversion of MIP to a fiber is achieved via creation of spacial knitting around MIP by polystyrene. The selectivity and extraction ability of the fibers were compared with the commercial fibers and the corresponding non-imprinted polymer (NIP) coated fiber...
July 19, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Tobias Daugaard-Petersen, Rikke Langebæk, Frank F Rigét, Markus Dyck, Robert J Letcher, Lars Hyldstrup, Jens-Erik Bech Jensen, Rune Dietz, Christian Sonne
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are long-range transported to the Arctic via atmospheric and oceanic currents, where they biomagnify to high concentrations in the tissues of apex predators such as polar bears (Ursus maritimus). A major concern of POP exposure is their physiological effects on vital organ-tissues posing a threat to the health and survival of polar bears. Here we examined the relationship between selected POPs and baculum bone mineral density (BMD) in the East Greenland and seven Canadian subpopulations of polar bears...
March 6, 2018: Environment International
Qinchang Chen, Haoyue Tan, Hongxia Yu, Wei Shi
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are of great concern given their potential influence on the endocrine system. In silico methods for the evaluation of EDCs have been widely recognized. However, subcellular molecular mechanisms of action, such as ligand-receptor interactions, receptor conformational switch and protein-protein interactions, are needed for the development of mechanism-based in silico models. Here, molecular mechanisms of action for steroid hormone receptors (SHRs), the important targets of EDCs, are systematically reviewed...
March 6, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Izuki Amano, Yusuke Takatsuru, Miski Aghnia Khairinisa, Michifumi Kokubo, Asahi Haijima, Noriyuki Koibuchi
Mild perinatal hypothyroidism may result from inadequate iodine intake, insufficient treatment of congenital hypothyroidism, or exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Because thyroid hormone is critical for brain development, severe hypothyroidism that is untreated in infancy causes irreversible cretinism. Milder hypothyroidism may also affect cognitive development; however, the effects of mild and/or moderate hypothyroidism on brain development are not fully understood. In this study, we examined the behavior of adult male mice rendered mildly hypothyroid during the perinatal period using low-dose propylthiouracil (PTU)...
March 7, 2018: Endocrinology
Kateřina Pěnčíková, Lucie Svržková, Simona Strapáčová, Jiří Neča, Iveta Bartoňková, Zdeněk Dvořák, Martina Hýžďalová, Jakub Pivnička, Lenka Pálková, Hans-Joachim Lehmler, Xueshu Li, Jan Vondráček, Miroslav Machala
The mechanisms contributing to toxic effects of airborne lower-chlorinated PCB congeners (LC-PCBs) remain poorly characterized. We evaluated in vitro toxicities of environmental LC-PCBs found in both indoor and outdoor air (PCB 4, 8, 11, 18, 28 and 31), and selected hydroxylated metabolites of PCB 8, 11 and 18, using reporter gene assays, as well as other functional cellular bioassays. We focused on processes linked with endocrine disruption, tumor promotion and/or regulation of transcription factors controlling metabolism of both endogenous compounds and xenobiotics...
March 5, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Shreyasi Asthana, Bibekanand Mallick, Andrei T Alexandrescu, Suman Jha
Islet amyloid polypeptide (a.k.a. IAPP, amylin) is a 37 amino acid hormone that has long been associated with the progression of type II diabetes mellitus (TIIDM) disease. The endocrine peptide hormone aggregatively misfolds to form amyloid deposits in and around the pancreatic islet β-cells that synthesize both insulin and IAPP, leading to a decrease in β-cell mass in patients with the disease. Extracellular IAPP amyloids induce β-cell death through the formation of reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial dysfunction, chromatin condensation, and apoptotic mechanisms, although the precise roles of IAPP in TIIDM are yet to be established...
March 5, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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