Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    A dose-response study following in utero and lactational exposure to di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP):
    reproductive effects on adult female offspring rats (2007)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Grande, Simone W
    Andrade, Anderson J M
    Talsness, Chris E
    Grote, Konstanze
    Golombiewski, Andrea
    Sterner-Kock, Anja
    Chahoud, Ibrahim
    Toxicology; 229(1/2) — S. 114–122
    ISSN: 0300-483x
    Pubmed: 17098345
    Institut für Tierpathologie

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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is used in numerous consumer products, mainly imparting flexibility and durability to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) based plastics. It is a known reproductive and developmental toxicant in male rodents. However, data regarding effects of DEHP on female reproductive health are particularly sparse. We performed an extensive dose-response study following developmental exposure to DEHP and evaluated the effects on adult female reproductive function. Two wide ranges of doses, low and high, were tested. Female Wistar rats were treated daily with DEHP and peanut oil (vehicle control) by gavage from gestation day 6 to lactation day 21. The low doses were: 0.015, 0.045, 0.135, 0.405 and 1.215mgDEHP/kg/bw/day and the high doses were: 5, 15, 45, 135 and 405mg DEHP/kg/bw/day. At the doses tested, no effects on organ (liver, kidney, spleen, thymus, thyroid, ovary and uterus) or body weights were detected. Female offspring presented a normal pattern of estrous cyclicity with no hormonal alterations (serum estradiol and progesterone). A statistically significant increase in tertiary atretic follicles was observed at the highest dose (405mgDEHP/kg/day). Morphometric analysis indicated that uterus and vagina luminal epithelial cell height were unaffected by treatment. An increase in the number of ovarian atretic tertiary follicles was the only effect observed in adult female offspring exposed in utero and during lactation to DEHP.