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DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.157973
Titel (primär) Glyphosate differentially affects the allergic immune response across generations in mice
Autor Buchenauer, L.; Junge, K.M.; Haange, S.-B. ORCID logo ; Simon, J.C.; von Bergen, M.; Hoh, A.-L.; Aust, G.; Zenclussen, A.C.; Stangl, G.I.; Polte, T.
Quelle Science of the Total Environment
Erscheinungsjahr 2022
Department IMMU; MOLSYB
Band/Volume 850
Seite von art. 157973
Sprache englisch
Topic T9 Healthy Planet

Exposure to environmental pollutants via food, particularly during the prenatal and early postnatal periods, has been linked to adverse effects on the immune system. Among these pollutants, the widely used pesticide glyphosate has been associated with endocrine disruption, autism, and cancer. Occupational high exposure to glyphosate has also been shown to influence immune function and exacerbate allergic asthma. However, there are no studies investigating the effect of a common low-dose glyphosate exposure on the allergic immune response – neither directly nor across generations. We therefore explored the impact of oral low-dose glyphosate exposure (0.5 and 50 mg/kg body weight/day) on airway inflammation in dams (F0) and the offspring (F1 and F2 generations) using a murine multi-generational asthma model.

While exposure to 50 mg/kg glyphosate induced a mild eosinophilic infiltration in the bronchoalveolar lavage and TH2 cytokine production in the dams, the F1 offspring developed a reduced immune response after maternal exposure to 0.5 mg/kg glyphosate. In particular, decreased lung inflammation, HDM-specific IgE levels, and asthma-relevant cytokine production were primarily observed in the female F1 offspring. However, not only the TH2 cytokines IL-13 and IL-5 but also the TH17 cytokine IL-17 and TH1 cytokine IFN-γ were reduced indicating a more general immunosuppressive function. Notably, the dampened immune response was no longer observed in the female F2 generation. Furthermore, female F1 offspring showed an increased abundance of bacteria in the gut, which have been associated with probiotic-mediated reduced allergic immune responses. Our results suggest a potential immunosuppressive effect of low-dose maternal glyphosate exposure in the F1 offspring that might be mediated by an altered microbiota composition. Further studies are needed to explore if this type of immune response modulation might also be associated with impairments in immune defense upon infectious diseases or even cancer pathology.

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Buchenauer, L., Junge, K.M., Haange, S.-B., Simon, J.C., von Bergen, M., Hoh, A.-L., Aust, G., Zenclussen, A.C., Stangl, G.I., Polte, T. (2022):
Glyphosate differentially affects the allergic immune response across generations in mice
Sci. Total Environ. 850 , art. 157973 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.157973