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In vivo and in vitro bisphenol A exposure effects on adiposity

  • M. Desai (a1) (a2), M. G. Ferrini (a3), J. K. Jellyman (a1), G. Han (a1) and M. G. Ross (a1) (a2) (a4)...


In utero exposure to the ubiquitous plasticizer, bisphenol A (BPA) is associated with offspring obesity. As adipogenesis is a critical factor contributing to obesity, we determined the effects of in vivo maternal BPA and in vitro BPA exposure on newborn adipose tissue at the stem-cell level. For in vivo studies, female rats received BPA before and during pregnancy and lactation via drinking water, and offspring were studied for measures of adiposity signals. For in vitro BPA exposure, primary pre-adipocyte cell cultures from healthy newborns were utilized. We studied pre-adipocyte proliferative and differentiation effects of BPA and explored putative signal factors which partly explain adipose responses and underlying epigenetic mechanisms mediated by BPA. Maternal BPA-induced offspring adiposity, hypertrophic adipocytes and increased adipose tissue protein expression of pro-adipogenic and lipogenic factors. Consistent with in vivo data, in vitro BPA exposure induced a dose-dependent increase in pre-adipocyte proliferation and increased adipocyte lipid content. In vivo and in vitro BPA exposure promotes the proliferation and differentiation of adipocytes, contributing to an enhanced capacity for lipid storage. These findings reinforce the marked effects of BPA on adipogenesis and highlight the susceptibility of stem-cell populations during early life with long-term consequence on metabolic homeostasis.


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*Address for correspondence: M. Desai, Perinatal Research Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 1124 West Carson Street Box 446, Liu Research Bldg., Torrance, CA 90502, USA. E-mail:


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In vivo and in vitro bisphenol A exposure effects on adiposity

  • M. Desai (a1) (a2), M. G. Ferrini (a3), J. K. Jellyman (a1), G. Han (a1) and M. G. Ross (a1) (a2) (a4)...


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