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Long-term adverse effects on reproductive function in male rats exposed prenatally to the glucocorticoid betamethasone

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Borges, Cibele dos S. ; Dias, Ana Flavia M. G. ; Silva, Patricia V. ; Rosa, Josiane Lima ; Guerra, Marina T. ; Silva, Raquel F. ; Kiguti, Luiz Ricardo A. ; Pupo, Andre S. ; Kempinas, Wilma De G.
Total Authors: 9
Document type: Journal article
Source: Toxicology; v. 376, n. SI, p. 15-22, FEB 1 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 10

Betamethasone is the drug of choice for antenatal treatment, promoting fetal lung maturation, decreasing the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome and neonatal mortality. Previous studies reported that prenatal treatment with this drug reduced testosterone levels, sperm quality and fertility in adult rats. We aimed to further evaluate the reproductive consequences of prenatal betamethasone exposure in male rats. Pregnant Wistar rats (n = 13/group) were separated into two groups: control (vehicle) and betamethasone- treated (0.1 mg/kg IM) and rats were injected on gestational days 12, 13, 18 and 19. Body weight, sexual behavior, reproductive organ weights, serum hormone levels, accessory glands contractility, sperm parameters, and fertility after in utero artificial insemination were evaluated. Our results showed that prenatal betamethasone exposure provoked a significant reduction in body weight at PND 01 and, at adulthood, decrease in FSH levels, sperm motility and production. Furthermore, seminal vesicle weight was decreased while testicular and ventral prostate weights were increased. Serum LH levels and the percentage of abnormal sperm were significantly increased. Although sexual behavior was not altered, a significant reduction in fertility in the adult rats exposed prenatally to betamethasone was noted. We concluded that prenatal betamethasone exposure leads to long-term reproductive impairment in male rats. These results may have important implications for humans, considering the use of this glucocorticoid in pregnant women. 0 (C) 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/26557-1 - Effects of in utero betamethasone exposure on sperm quality and fertility of the male rats.
Grantee:Ana Flávia Mota Gonçalves Dias
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 12/25350-1 - Effects of in utero betamethasone exposure on male rats reproductive parameters, with emphasis on sperm quality and fertility: a multigenerational approach
Grantee:Cibele dos Santos Borges
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate