Effects of the brominated flame retardant TBCO on fecundity and profiles of transcripts of the HPGL-axis in Japanese medaka

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

10 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations

Author(s)

  • David M.V. Saunders
  • Michelle Podaima
  • Steve Wiseman
  • John P. Giesy

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-187
Journal / PublicationAquatic Toxicology
Volume160
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

Abstract

The novel brominated flame retardant, 1,2,5,6-tetrabromocyclooctane (TBCO) is an additive flame retardant which is marketed under the trade name Saytex BCL-48. TBCO has recently been investigated as a potential alternative to the major use brominated flame retardant, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), which could have major implications for significant increases in amounts of TBCO used. Yet there is a lack of information regarding potential toxicities of TBCO. Recently, results of in vitro experiments have demonstrated the potential of TBCO to modulate endocrine function through interaction with estrogen and androgen receptors and via alterations to the synthesis of 17-β-estradiol and testosterone. Further research is required to determine potential endocrine disrupting effects of TBCO in vivo. In this experiment a 21-day fecundity assay with Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) was conducted to examine endocrine disrupting effects of TBCO in vivo. Medaka were fed a diet containing either 607 or 58. μg TBCO/g food, wet mass (wm). Fecundity, measured as cumulative deposition of eggs and fertilization of eggs, as well as abundances of transcripts of 34 genes along the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal-liver (HPGL) axis were measured as indicators of holistic endocrine disruption and to determine mechanisms of effects, respectively. Cumulative fecundity was 18% lesser by medaka exposed to 58. μg TBCO/g, wm food. However, fecundity of medaka exposed to 607. μg TBCO/g, wm food was not significantly different from that of controls. Organ-specific and dose-dependent alterations to abundances of transcripts were observed in male and female medaka. A pattern of down-regulation of expression of genes involved in steroidogenesis, metabolism of cholesterol, and regulatory feedback mechanisms was observed in gonads from male and female medaka which had been exposed to the greater concentration of TBCO. However, these effects on expression of genes were not manifested in effects on fertilization of eggs or fecundity. In livers from male and female medaka exposed to the lesser concentration of TBCO greater expression of genes that respond to exposure to estrogens, including vitellogenin II, choriogenin H, and ERα, were observed. The results reported here confirm the endocrine disrupting potential of TBCO and elucidate potential mechanisms of effects which include specific patterns of alterations to abundances of transcripts of genes in the gonad and liver of medaka.

Research Area(s)

  • Endocrine disruption, Fish, Novel brominated flame retardants, Reproduction

Citation Format(s)

Effects of the brominated flame retardant TBCO on fecundity and profiles of transcripts of the HPGL-axis in Japanese medaka. / Saunders, David M.V.; Podaima, Michelle; Wiseman, Steve; Giesy, John P.

In: Aquatic Toxicology, Vol. 160, 01.03.2015, p. 180-187.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal