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Effects of Bisphenol A Exposure during Pregnancy and lactation on Hippocampal Function in Newborn Rats

Ying Wang, Xiaomin Du, Dan Wang, Jun Wang, Juan Du

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning, P.R. China.

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Wang Y, Du X, Wang D, Wang J, Du J. Effects of Bisphenol A Exposure during Pregnancy and lactation on Hippocampal Function in Newborn Rats. Int J Med Sci 2020; 17(12):1751-1762. doi:10.7150/ijms.47300. Available from

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Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used in industrial production. It is closely related to the growth and development of the nervous system, and can enter the fetal circulation through the placental barrier, and can be secreted through breast milk. The development of nervous system is very important in fetus and neonatal period. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of different doses of BPA on learning and memory function of nervous system in rats. Pregnant rats were randomly divided into three treatment groups (control group, 5 mg/kg/d, 50 mg/kg/d). All animals received BPA from the discovery of pregnancy to 21 days after birth. Results had shown that after high concentration BPA exposure, the increase of PS amplitude and f-EPSP slope in hippocampal CA1 area of male offspring was lower than that of control group. High concentration of BPA could inhibit Nestin, Cyclin D1, bcl-2 and Rac1 in male offspring rats and the expression of bax and RhoA was promoted by BPA. In summary, our study indicated that BPA exposure during pregnancy and lactation could impair the hippocampal function of male offspring by affecting the growth and apoptosis of hippocampal neurons, which might be due to the abnormal regulation of RhoA and Rac1.

Keywords: Bisphenol A, hippocampal function, Rho A, Rac1, apoptosis