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Differential effects of the persistent DDT metabolite methylsulfonyl-DDE in nonstimulated and LH-stimulated neonatal porcine Leydig cells
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2013 (English)In: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, ISSN 0041-008X, E-ISSN 1096-0333, Vol. 267, no 3, 247-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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3-Methylsulfonyl-DDE (MeSO2-DDE) is a potent adrenal toxicant formed from the persistent insecticide DDT. MeSO2-DDE is widely present in human plasma, milk and fat, and in tissues of marine mammals. In the present study, we investigated endocrine-disrupting properties of MeSO2-DDE in primary neonatal porcine Leydig cells. Unstimulated and LH-stimulated cells were exposed to MeSO2-DDE at concentrations ranging from 0.6 to 20 mu M for 48 h. Cell viability, hormone secretion and expression of steroidogenesis related genes were recorded. Secretion of testosterone and estradiol was increased in a concentration-dependent fashion in unstimulated Leydig cells, while in LH-stimulated cells, secretion of testosterone, estradiol and progesterone was decreased. The expression of important steroidogenic genes was down-regulated both in unstimulated and LH-stimulated cells. Notably, no significant impairment of cell viability occurred at any exposure except the highest concentration (20 mu M) in LH-stimulated cells. This indicated that the effects on hormone secretion and gene expression were not caused by cytotoxicity. We conclude that the adrenal toxicant MeSO2-DDE disrupts hormone secretion in a complex fashion in neonatal porcine Leydig cells. The different endocrine responses in unstimulated and LH-stimulated cells imply that the endocrine disruptive activity of MeSO2-DDE is determined by the physiological status of the Leydig cells.

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2013. Vol. 267, no 3, 247-255 p.
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3-Methylsulfonyl-DDE, DDT metabolite, Porcine, Leydig cell, Hormone, Endocrine disruption, Steroidogenesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197969DOI: 10.1016/j.taap.2012.12.022ISI: 000315748300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197969DiVA: diva2:615075
Available from: 2013-04-08 Created: 2013-04-08 Last updated: 2013-04-08Bibliographically approved

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