Direct action of endocrine disruptors on human sperm
A plethora of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) – present in food, textiles, drugs, household, and personal-care products such as plastic bottles, plastic toys, soap, sunscreens, toothpaste and cosmetics – interfere with human sperm function in a way that may have a negative impact on fertilization.
The German – Danish recent research suggests that endocrine disruptors may contribute to widespread fertility problems in the Western world in a way that has not been recognized until now.
Sources and press releases:
- A novel import route for an N‐anchor mitochondrial outer membrane protein aided by the TIM23 complex,
EMBO Reports, embr.201338142, 29.04.2014
- Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function,
EMBO News, research-news-2014, 12 May 2014
- Chemicals in soap can cause male infertility, claim scientists,
The Independent, 9353159, 12 May 2014
- Sperms’ swimming and navigational skills disrupted by common chemicals, TheGuardian, science/2014/may/12, 12 May 2014
- Toothpaste, sunscreen chemicals ‘interfere with sperm function’, MedicalNewsToday, articles/276700, 12 May 2014