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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002 Feb 15;291(1):76-8.

Serum bisphenol a concentrations showed gender differences, possibly linked to androgen levels.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8655, Japan.


To investigate human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a widely used endocrine disruptor, we measured serum BPA concentrations and analyzed the interrelation of BPA with sex-related hormones. BPA was detected in all human sera by a novel enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Serum BPA concentrations were significantly higher in normal men (1.49 +/- 0.11 ng/ml; P < 0.01) and in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (1.04 +/- 0.10 ng/ml; P < 0.05) compared with normal women (0.64 +/- 0.10 ng/ml). There were significant positive correlations between serum BPA and total testosterone (r = 0.595, P < 0.001) and free testosterone (r = 0.609, P < 0.001) concentrations in all subjects and likewise between serum BPA and total testosterone (r = 0.559, P < 0.01) and free testosterone (r = 0.598, P < 0.001) concentrations in all female subjects, but not between serum BPA and other sex-related hormone concentrations in any group. These findings showed that there are gender differences in serum BPA concentrations, possibly due to differences in the androgen-related metabolism of BPA.

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