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OBJECTIVE Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used extensively to manufacture plastics and epoxy resin liners for food and beverage cans. BPA, with properties similar to estrogen, has endocrine-disrupting effects. In the present study, we examined the effects of early prepubertal BPA exposure on the onset of puberty and reproductive parameters such as estrous(More)
Expression of claudin-11, which builds up blood-testis barrier (BTB), was increased in decreased spermatogenesis, including in hypospermatogenesis, spermatocytic and maturation arrest, and Sertoli cell only (SCO) testes. Increased claudin-11 immunoreactivity was observed at the inter-Sertoli tight junctions in maturation arrest and in the cytoplasm of(More)
The expression of claudin-1 and -11, tight junctions (TJs) proteins was examined in immature and adult pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) testes. Claudin-1 and -11 cDNA were highly similar to those of human, mice, and chicken. Claudin-1 mRNA and protein (21 kDa) levels in immature testes were higher than those of adult testis. In immature testes until 6 weeks(More)
Parabens have been shown to affect male rodent reproductive parameters, including testosterone levels and sperm production. In this study, we examined the effect of long-term exposure to butyl paraben (BP) on rat epididymal sperm DNA methylation. Adult male rats were exposed to BP (0, 10, 100 and 1000 mg kg(-1) per day) according to OECD TG407 for a(More)
Tight junctions (TJs) in inter-Sertoli junctional areas and epididymal epithelia build up the blood-testis barrier (BTB) and the blood-epididymal barrier (BEB), respectively. In this study, the expression of occludin, an integral member of the TJs, was examined in testis and different regions of epididymis of Lepus sinensis coreanus, an Korean wild rabbit(More)
The HER2 messenger RNA (mRNA) was the most abundant among the erb type-1 tyrosine kinase receptors mRNA in human testis and was statistically significantly decreased in impaired spermatogenesis. Testicular HER2 was tyrosine phosphorylated and strongly expressed in spermatogonia, early spermatocytes, elongating/elongated spermatids, Sertoli cells, Leydig(More)
To understand the role of Coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (CAR), a tight junction (TJ) protein, in peri-implantation embryos, developmental expression of CAR and its role in paracellular permeability were examined in mouse embryos. Splice variants for transmembrane CAR, Car1, Car2, and Car3 mRNA, were expressed from 2-cell, morula, and blastocyst(More)