Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate induces precocious puberty in adolescent female rats

Liu, Te and Wang, Yuzhuo and Yang, Modi and Shao, Pu and Duan, Lian and Li, Meng and Zhu, Mingji and Yang, Jie and Jiang, Jinlan (2018) Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate induces precocious puberty in adolescent female rats. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 21 (8). pp. 848-855.

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Objective(s): Nowadays, Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is widely used in different kinds of commercial products as a plasticizer. Previous studies have revealed that exposures to DEHP could be associated with precocious puberty in teenagers, but the exact mechanism is yet to be known. Materials and Methods: In this study, 48 prepubertal Wistar female rats were randomly apportioned into 4 groups and orally treated with 0, 250, 500, and 1000 mg/kg/d DEHP from postnatal day 21 up to 4 weeks. Subsequently, we examined the indicators related to the initiation of sexual development. Results: DEHP was able to shorten the vaginal opening time and prolong the estrous cycles of female rats. IGF-1 expression was significantly upregulated by 1000 mg/kg/d DEHP in the hypothalamus, and the hypothalamic, as well as serum levels of GH, were also upregulated by DEHP. It also caused decrements in serum levels of FSH, LH, and T and the increment in level of progesterone. Meanwhile, DEHP was able to exert its effect on the mRNA and protein expression levels of Kiss-1, GPR54, and GnRH in the hypothalamus in pubertal female rats. Conclusion: These findings are revealing that DEHP exposure more likely causes imbalances of hypothalamus functioning in pubertal female rats and thus induces precautious puberty in these animals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV pharmacology
Divisions: Journals > Iranian J Basic Medical Sciences
Depositing User: ijbms ijbms
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 06:36
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 06:36
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/10482

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