From Cohorts to Molecules: Adverse Impacts of Endocrine Disrupting Mixtures
Giuseppe Alessandro D’Agostino,
Raul Bardini Bressan,
Nadav Even Chorev,
Vesna Munic Kos,
Steven M Pollard,
Alejandro Lopez Tobon,
Posted 23 Oct 2017
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/206664
Posted 23 Oct 2017
Convergent evidence associates endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with major, increasingly-prevalent human disorders. Regulation requires elucidation of EDC triggered molecular events causally linked to adverse health outcomes, but two factors limit their identification. First, experiments frequently use individual chemicals, whereas real life entails simultaneous exposure to multiple EDCs. Second, population-based and experimental studies are seldom integrated. This drawback was exacerbated until recently by lack of physiopathologically meaningful human experimental systems that link epidemiological data with results from model organisms. We developed a novel approach, integrating epidemiological with experimental evidence. Starting from 1,874 mother-child pairs we identified mixtures of chemicals, measured during early pregnancy, associated with language delay or low-birth weight in offspring. These mixtures were then tested on multiple complementary in vitro and in vivo models. We demonstrate that each EDC mixture, at levels found in pregnant women, disrupts hormone-regulated and disease-relevant gene regulatory networks at both the cellular and organismal scale.
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