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Assessment of tris (1, 3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate toxicology in PC12 cells by using digital gene expression profiling

Li, Li, Jiang, Shuai, Li, Kang, Lin, Bencheng, Wang, Ziyu, Zhang, Zhiqing, Fang, Yanjun
Chemosphere 2017 v.183 pp. 353-360
Western blotting, absorption, apoptosis, cell viability, digestion, environmental health, flame retardants, gene expression, gene expression regulation, genes, microRNA, models, neoplasms, oxidative stress, phosphates, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, pollutants, quantitative polymerase chain reaction, risk, signal transduction, toxicity, toxicology, transcription (genetics)
Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP), one of the most universally used organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs), is an environmental pollutant. However, limited information is available regarding its toxicity and environmental health risk. In the present study, PC12 cells provided a useful model for the evaluation of the toxic effects of TDCIPP. Exposure to 7.5, 15, 30, or 60 μM TDCIPP for 72 h inhibited cell viability, and enhanced cellular apoptosis and oxidative stress. To further explore the underlying mechanisms, digital gene expression (DGE) technology was used to identify early transcriptional changes following TDCIPP exposure. Expression of the transcripts of 161 genes was significantly altered upon treatment with TDCIPP. Functional and pathway analysis of the transcriptional profile demonstrated that genes showing significant TDCIPP-associated changes in expression were involved in the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt) signaling pathway, extracellular matrix–receptor interactions, protein digestion and absorption, and microRNAs in cancer. Using quantitative real-time PCR, we validated the differential expression of selected genes. These results showed that the expression profiles of cells exposed to 60 μM TDCIPP were consistent with the DGE data. Furthermore, western blotting showed that treatment with TDCIPP reduced the Bcl-2/Bax ratio and attenuated PI3K/Akt/Myc signaling. Taken together, these data suggest that TDCIPP exposure can reduce cell viability and induce apoptosis in PC12 cells by inhibiting activation of the PI3K/Akt/Myc signaling pathway. These observations provide valuable preliminary information regarding the mechanisms of TDCIPP-induced toxicity in PC12 cells and indicate that further study of the toxicity of other environmental OPFRs is warranted.