As bisphenol A (BPA) exerts oxidative/pro-apoptotic effects in several cell types, we explored whether the in vitro exposure to BPA could affect human sperm integrity through the induction of pro-oxidative/apoptotic mitochondrial dysfunction. The exposure of motile sperm suspensions to scalar BPA concentrations for 4Â h produced a decrease in the mitochondrial membrane potential, starting from 300Â Î¼M. It was associated with an increased mitochondrial generation of superoxide anion, caspase-9 and caspase-3 activation and motility decrement. Vitality decline was observed at BPAÂ â¥Â 400Â Î¼M. Twenty hours exposure to 300Â Î¼M BPA, but not to lower concentrations, produced a significant loss in sperm vitality associated with a complete sperm immobilization. Finally, 300Â Î¼M BPA also produced a significant DNA oxidative damage, as revealed by the formation of oxidized base adduct 8-hydroxy-2â²-deoxyguanosine. In conclusion, BPA affected human sperm integrity by inducing pro-oxidative/apoptotic mitochondrial dysfunction.
|Titolo:||In vitro exposure of human spermatozoa to bisphenol A induces pro-oxidative/apoptotic mitochondrial dysfunction|
|Autori interni:||FRANCAVILLA, Sandro|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|