Evaluation of bisphenol A exposure induced oxidative RNA damage by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry

Shangfu Li, Yibao Jin, Hongzhi Zhao, Yuyang Jiang, Zongwei Cai*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Highlighted evidence suggests the possible implication of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure on a variety of biological functions, such as DNA damage. Similar to DNA, exposed to BPA may also have potential risks to RNA damage due to its induction of reactive oxygen species. However, there are no related research reports about such health risks of BPA. Therefore, this work tried to investigate the BPA exposure induced oxidative RNA damage by detecting urinary nucleosides, the end-products of RNA metabolism. An ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-Orbitrap mass spectrometry method was applied to selectively and sensitively determine urinary nucleosides. As a result, 66 nucleosides were identified and the effects of BPA exposure on these nucleosides in rat urine samples were evaluated. The nucleosides showed different changing tendency along with different exposure dose of BPA. The strongest effect was observed in high does-exposure rats, indicating dose-response relationship between BPA-treatment and urinary nucleosides. Significant change of some nucleosides, including 8-oxoguanosine, was observed in the high-dose exposure group, suggesting obvious RNA damage to rats. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first study about the RNA damage induced by BPA exposure. The results provided a new perspective on the toxic effects of BPA exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-242
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bisphenol A
  • Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • Modified nucleosides
  • Parallel reaction monitoring
  • RNA damage
  • Toxicity


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