Tomáš Jambor, Jana Lukáčová, Eva Tvrdá, Zsolt Forgács, Norbert Lukáč
Biotechnology of Biotechnology
The toxic effect of various environmental contaminants such as heavy metals or industrial chemicals such as alkylphenolson male reproductive systemwasfound. 4-nonylphenol (4-NP), one of the environmental contaminants used in the manufacture of plastics and other products, is released largely into the environment. The majority of studies on NP have focused on their endocrine disrupting and potential adverse effects on reproductive system. The target of our in vitro study was to determine the potential impact of 4–nonylphenol as an endocrine disruptor on the hormonal secretion and viability of mice Leydig cells. Cells were cultured with addition of 0.04; 0.2; 1.0; 2.5; and 5.0 µg/mL of 4–nonylphenol for 44h and compared with the control. Cells destined for the determination of androstenedione production were cultured in the presence of cyclic AMP solution. Quantification of cAMP stimulated androstenedion production directly from aliquots of the medium was performed by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The viability of Leydig cells was detected by the metabolic activity (MTT) assay. The cAMP stimulated androstenedione production significantly (P<0.05) decreased at 2.5 and 5.0 µg/mL of 4-nonylphenol concentration. The viability of mice Leydig cells was decreased at the doses of 0.2; 1.0; 2.5 and 5.0 µg/mL of 4-nonylphenol, but this decrease was not significant. Further investigations are essential to clarify the mechanism of action of endocrine disruptor on male mice, as well as to establish the biological significance of the observed phenomena.