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The widespread use of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been a source of concern because of their various effects on the endocrine system. These effects include metabolic disorders, complications in reproductive health, hormone-related cancers, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Of particular concern is bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic compound commonly found in consumer products such as water bottles, thermal receipt paper, and epoxy resins used in processed food packaging. Previous studies have shown that BPA can mimic estrogen through a variety of mechanisms and thus elicit an endocrine response. Some manufacturers have responded by removing BPA from their products; however, studies using a replacement compound bisphenol S have reported it to be just as, if not more, dangerous. The use of zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae as a model organism allows for the effects of bisphenol exposure to be rapidly quantified through a simple behavioral assay. In studies involving bisphenol exposure, the use of zebrafish has demonstrated reproductive, developmental, endocrine, and behavioral effects. The study of bisphenol F, yet another endocrine disruptor that has become a replacement for BPA in consumer products, is highly important to public safety.



This article was published in: BIOS, 91(1):21-30 (2020).

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