BPS accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system

UCLA research suggests common substitute for BPA is not safer

On the far right, a zebrafish embryo breaks free from a group of unhatched sibling eggs. Zebrafish Lab.


Actions of Bisphenol A and Bisphenol S on the Reproductive Neuroendocrine System During Early Development in Zebrafish, Endocrine Society , doi/10.1210/en.2015-1785, December 10, 2015.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a well-known environmental endocrine-disrupting chemical and bisphenol S (BPS) has been considered a “safer” alternative for BPA-free products.

The present study aims to evaluate the impact of BPA and BPS on the reproductive neuroendocrine system during zebrafish embryonic and larval development, and to explore potential mechanisms of action associated with estrogen receptor (ER), thyroid hormone receptor (THRs) and enzyme aromatase (AROM) pathways.

Environmentally relevant, low levels of BPA exposure during development led to advanced hatching time, increased numbers of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone 3 (GnRH3) neurons in both terminal nerve and hypothalamus, increased expression of reproduction-related genes (kiss1, kiss1r, gnrh3, lhβ, fshβ, and erα) and a marker for synaptic transmission (sv2). Low levels of BPS exposure led to similar effects: increased numbers of hypothalamic GnRH3 neurons and increased expression of kiss1, gnrh3, and erα. Antagonists of ER, THRs and AROM blocked many of the effects of BPA and BPS on reproduction-related gene expression, providing evidence that those three pathways mediate the actions of BPA and BPS on the reproductive neuroendocrine system.

‘BPA-free’ plastic accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system, University of California, 1-FEB-2016.

This study demonstrates that alternatives to BPA used in the manufacture of BPA-free products are not necessarily safer. Further, this is the first study to describe the impact of low-level BPA and BPS exposure on the Kiss/Kissr system during development. It is also the first report of multiple cellular pathways (ERα, THRs and AROM) mediating the effects of BPA and BPS during embryonic development in any species.

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