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E-GEOD-59554 - Pesticide and Insect Repellent Mixture (Permethrin and DEET) Induces Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Disease and Sperm Epimutations

Released on 22 July 2014, last updated on 26 July 2014
Rattus norvegicus
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Environmental compounds are known to promote epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease. The current study was designed to determine if a “pesticide mixture” (pesticide permethrin and insect repellent N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, DEET) promotes epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease and associated DNA methylation epimutations in sperm. Gestating F0 generation female rats were exposed during fetal gonadal sex determination and the incidence of disease evaluated in F1 and F3 generations. There were significant increases in the incidence of total diseases in animals from pesticide lineage F1 and F3 generation animals. Pubertal abnormalities, testis disease, and ovarian disease (primordial follicle loss and polycystic ovarian disease) were increased in F3 generation animals. Analysis of the pesticide lineage F3 generation sperm epigenome identified 363 differential DNA methylation regions (DMR) termed epimutations. Observations demonstrate that a pesticide mixture (permethrin and DEET) can promote epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult onset disease and potential sperm epigenetic biomarkers for ancestral environmental exposures. Methylated sperm DNA was isolated from rats ancestrally exposed to pesticides (Pip). Three independent samples from the treatment group were obtained. Differential DNA methylation between treatment groups was determined using Nimblegen microarrays. Treated samples were paired with control samples and hybridized together on arrays (Pip1/Cip1, Pip2/Cip2, and Pip3/Cip3), resulting in three arrays for the treatment.
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methylation profiling by array 
Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna, Michael K Skinner, Mohan Manikkam, Rebecca Tracey
Investigation descriptionE-GEOD-59554.idf.txt
Sample and data relationshipE-GEOD-59554.sdrf.txt
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Array designA-GEOD-18610.adf.txt