Abstract Title:

The possible effect of lactoferrin on the epigenetic characteristics of early mammalian embryos exposed to bisphenol A.

Abstract Source:

Birth Defects Res. 2022 Apr 22. Epub 2022 Apr 22. PMID: 35451577

Abstract Author(s):

Liubov A Postnikova, Eugene L Patkin

Article Affiliation:

Liubov A Postnikova


BACKGROUND: The main objective of this review was to state a hypothetical mechanism of the antitoxic effect of lactoferrin (Lf) on embryos exposed to bisphenol A (BPA). On this basis, it is possible to suggest Lf as a potential protective health component before conception upon toxic effects and viral infections.

METHODS: The narrative review was performed using systematic review methods to identify relevant literature. The resources required for this study were obtained by searching the electronic database PubMed (MEDLINE). Articles were searched using the keywords "BPA," "lactoferrin," "DNA-methylation," "epigenetic," "mammals," "human," and "mouse." The inclusion criteria were as follows: (a) primary or original research; (b) study of epigenetic modification; and (c) study focuses on early mammalian development.

RESULTS: Presented data demonstrate that Lf can modulate epigenetical characteristic, such as DNA methylation and reactive oxygen species (ROS), and, thereby, may serve as a potential readily available pharmaceutical product.

CONCLUSION: Suggested hypothesis is based on the important interrelated role of changes in epigenetic modifications and oxidative stress in early embryogenesis under the influence of BPA and virus infection as a cause of the development of pathologies in the adult organism.

Study Type : Review

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