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Di-n-butyl phthalate induced autophagy of uroepithelial cells via inhibition of hedgehog signaling in newborn male hypospadias rats

Zhao, Sheng, Pan, Lei, Chen, Min, Zhu, Yi-Ping, Han, Bang-Min, Xia, Shu-Jie, Jiang, Jun-Tao
Toxicology 2019 v.428 pp. 152300
Western blotting, autophagy, dibutyl phthalate, epithelial cells, gene expression, genes, immunohistochemistry, in vitro studies, males, maternal exposure, neonates, progeny, rats, reactive oxygen species, staining, urethra
Maternal exposure to di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) induces hypospadias via regulation of autophagy in uroepithelial cells. Here, we use gene express analysis to explore the underlying molecular mechanisms. Pregnant rats received DBP orally at a dose of 750 mg/kg/day during gestational days 14–18. Gene expression analysis showed an increased expression of the hedgehog interacting protein (HhIP) gene. In DBP-induced hypospadiac male offspring, immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining and Western blot analysis confirmed increased expression of the HhIP protein and inhibited hedgehog signaling. in vitro experiments suggest the involvement of the reactive oxygen species (ROS)-HhIP-Gli1-autophagy axis in DBP-treated primary rat urethral epithelial cells. Taken together, our findings show that prenatal exposure to DBP induces abnormal hedgehog signaling and autophagy in uroepithelial cells that may play important roles in the development of hypospadias.