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posted on 11.09.2019, 04:28 by Xiao Han, Pengfei Zhang, Wei Shen, Yong Zhao, Hongfu Zhang

Air pollution is a global threat to human health especially spermatogenesis. Animal and epidemiological studies suggest that epigenetic factors can transmit the pathologies transgenerationally. Paternal epigenetic effects can greatly impact offspring health. In this study and together with our previous report, we found that H2S donor Na2S and/or NH3 donor NH4Cl diminished mouse fertility, decreased spermatozoa concentration and motility, and impaired spermatogenesis in three consequent generations (F0, F1, and F2). In the current study, we found that DNA methylation, histone methylation, and estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) were impaired by NH4Cl and/or Na2S in F0, F1, and F2 mouse testes. Moreover, NH4Cl and/or Na2S might act as environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals to decrease estrogen and testosterone in mouse blood. It has been reported that ERα signaling is intertwined together with DNA methylation and histone methylation, which plays very important roles in spermatogenesis. These data together indicate that the transgenerational disruption in spermatogenesis by NH4Cl and/or Na2S may be through ERα-related DNA methylation and histone methylation pathways. Therefore, we strongly recommend that greater attention should be paid to NH3 and/or H2S contamination to minimize their impact on human health especially spermatogenesis.

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