Human meiotic progression and recombination are affected by Bisphenol A exposure during in vitro human oocyte development

TitleHuman meiotic progression and recombination are affected by Bisphenol A exposure during in vitro human oocyte development
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBrieno-Enriquez, MA, Robles, P, Camats-Tarruella, N, Garcia-Cruz, R, Roig, I, Cabero, L, Martinez, F, Garcia Caldes, M
Date PublishedOCT
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsBPA, human fetal oocyte, meiosis, recombination

{BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A (BPA) is a `weak' endocrine disruptor. The effect of BPA on human reproduction is controversial but has been related to meiotic anomalies, recurrent miscarriages and abnormal karyotypes. METHODS: To evaluate the effects of BPA on survival, pairing-synapsis and meiotic recombination of human fetal oocytes, 21 510 oocytes from 12 cultured fetal ovaries were analyzed. Ovaries were cultured for 7, 14 or 21 days in control medium, dimethylsulfoxide-medium, BPA-medium and estradiol (E-2)-medium. Meiotic pairing-synapsis and recombination were studied by immunofluorescence against lateral element protein, central element protein of the synaptonemal complex and chromosome axis cohesin REC8. Mismatch repair protein, MLHI, was used as a crossover (CO) marker. Meiotic progression was analyzed following the number of surviving oocytes at different meiotic stages found in each culture time and condition, and the total number of MLHI foci found in oocytes from cultured ovaries. RESULTS: Oocyte survival in vitro decreased with the addition of BPA to the medium (1 mu M or greater). Oocyte degeneration was up to five times higher when BPA was added to culture medium. Moreover, oocytes exposed to BPA concentrations of 10 mu M or higher presented approximately two times more MLHI foci than unexposed cultured oocytes (P = 0.01). This was also observed in chromosome 21 from BPA-exposed oocytes, which had double the average number of MLHI foci found in control oocytes (P = 0.001). E-2 was used as a positive control of estrogen receptors activity, and E-2 addition to the medium had similar effects on meiotic progression of oocytes from cultured ovaries. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings show that BPA concentrations of 1 mu M or higher decrease the survival of human fetal oocytes in vitro, and concentrations of 10 mu M or higher increase MLHI foci number. MLHI is considered a CO marker, and thus an increase in MLHI foci could indicate an increase in COs in BPA-exposed oocytes. These data suggest that BPA can act as a toxic substance, which has particular implications for human females and the critical events of meiotic prophase, such as pairing-synapsis and recombination processes, as well as oocyte survival.}

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