Perigestational low-dose BDE-47 exposure alters maternal serum metabolome and results in sex-specific weight gain in adult offspring.


Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, PR China; Key Laboratory of Environment and Health, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Environmental Protection, State Key Laboratory of Environmental Health (incubating), School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]


Emerging evidence suggests environmental contaminant exposures during critical windows of development may contribute to the increasing prevalence of obesity. It has been shown that early life polybrominated diphenyl ethers exposures have critical impacts on child weight trajectories, however, little is known about their maternal mechanisms responsible for offspring obesity development. In this study, we investigated the effects of perigestational low-dose 2, 2', 4, 4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) exposure on maternal metabolome, and its possible link to adult offspring bodyweight changes. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to daily doses of 0.1, or 1 mg/kg BDE-47 from 10 days prior to conception until offspring were weaned on postnatal day 21, and then a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry based metabolomics analysis was used to uncover the global metabolic response in dams. The pups continued to grow into adulthood for measurements of bodyweight. Perigestational BDE-47 exposure caused increased adult bodyweight in male but not in female offspring and dams. Metabolomics revealed significant changes in maternal serum metabolites that clearly distinguish BDE-47 from control rats. These differentially expressed metabolites were primarily implicated in amino acid, lipid, carbohydrate, and energy metabolisms, which was confirmed by pathway analysis. Importantly, most of these identified metabolites were decreased, a state similar to maternal malnutrition that can predispose adult male offspring to weight increase and adiposity in a postnatal environment with abundant calories. Collectively, our data suggest that perigestational exposure to low-dose BDE-47 produces altered maternal serum metabolome, which may be an additional contributing factor to weight gain in adult male offspring.


BDE-47,Bodyweight,Maternal mechanisms,Metabolomics,Sex-specific effects,

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