The Journal of Toxicological Sciences
Online ISSN : 1880-3989
Print ISSN : 0388-1350
ISSN-L : 0388-1350
Original Article
Cadmium inhibits forskolin-induced differentiation of human placental BeWo cells
Shoko OgushiTsuyoshi NakanishiTomoki Kimura
キーワード: Cadmium, Placenta, PKA pathway
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2022 年 47 巻 8 号 p. 309-315


Cadmium (Cd) is an environmental pollutant. Blood Cd levels in pregnant women have been associated with premature births, infant birth size, placenta previa, and placenta accreta. There have been concerns on the reproductive developmental toxicity of Cd. The choriocarcinoma cell line BeWo, a cellular in vitro model for studying syncytial fusion, has been widely used to study the reproductive and developmental toxic effects of pollutants. Here, we examine the inhibitory effect of Cd against forskolin (FSK)-induced BeWo differentiation. Results showed that Cd exposure inhibited the FSK-induced expression of syncytiotrophoblast-related genes LGALS13, ERVFRD1, SDC1, and CGB3. Inhibition of LGALS13 expression was due to the inhibition of the PKA pathway, whereas the inhibition of the other three genes could be due to the inhibition of the other pathways. These findings could help clarify the reproductive and developmental toxicity of Cd.

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