Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Biology

Title

Bisphenol a disrupts steroidogenesis in human H295R cells

Language

English

Abstract

There is increasing concern over the risk of environmentally relevant doses of bisphenol A (BPA) on human endocrine systems. Effects of BPA on steroidogenesis and the related molecular mechanisms were investigated in H295R human adenocarcinoma cells. This immortal cell line is unique in expressing all the enzymes of the steroidogenic pathways. The effects of BPA on steroidogenesis, 17β-estradiol (E2) metabolism, and aromatase activity were examined in H295R cells exposed to BPA from 3.0 × 10-1 to 3.0 × 103 ng/ml. Concentrations of BPA in basic cell culture materials were verified. Stable CYP17A-knockdown H295R cells were developed to verify the mechanism of inhibited steroidogenesis by BPA. Background concentrations of BPA in control cell culture media ranged from 0.03 to 0.38 ng/ml. Significantly lesser concentrations of androstenedione, testosterone, cortisol, and cortisone were caused by exposure to 30-3000 ng BPA/ml. In contrast, sconcentrations of estrone (E1) and E2 were significantly greater in BPA-exposed H295R cells. Lesser production of androstenedione and testosterone by H295R cells exposed to BPA was the most sensitive endpoint (no observable effect concentrations < 30 ng BPA/ml). CYP17A knockdown in H295R cells resulted in less production of both 17α hydroxyprogesterone and androstenedione. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that in H295R cells, BPA selectively inhibits 17,20-lyase but not 17α-hydroxylase. The primary mechanism causing increased E2 in the medium was inhibition of E2 metabolism rather than greater aromatase (CYP19) activity. These results suggest thatBPAhas the potential to interfere with cellular steroidogenesis in humans through multiple molecular mechanisms. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Toxicology. All rights reserved.

Keywords

17, 20-lyase, Aromatase, Cellular uptake, CYP17A, CYP19, Endocrine disruption, Estradiol, Metabolism

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Toxicological Sciences

Volume

121

Issue

2

Start Page

320

End Page

327

Publisher

Oxford University Press

DOI

10.1093/toxsci/kfr061

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/kfr061

ISSN (print)

10966080

ISSN (electronic)

10960929

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