Consequences of perinatal bisphenol A exposure in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease influenced by genetic and environmental contributing factors. Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) such as bisphenol A (BPA) affect gene expression and hormone-regulated systems throughout the body. We investigated the effects of BPA on Theiler's-virus induced demyelination (TVID), a mouse model of MS. Perinatal BPA exposure, combined with viral infection, resulted in a decreased level of viral antibodies, accelerated the onset of TVID symptoms, increased inflammation in both the spinal cord and digestive tract, and amplified immune-related gene expression changes induced by viral infection. These results demonstrate the effect of BPA on the trajectory of TVID, and illustrate how multiple factors collectively influence autoimmune disease.
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Brinkmeyer-Langford, C., Rodrigues, A., Kochan, K. J., Haney, R., Rassu, F., Steelman, A. J., ... Welsh, C. J.