Archives of Pharmacal Research

, Volume 41, Issue 8, pp 830–837 | Cite as

Genome-wide evidences of bisphenol a toxicity using Schizosaccharomyces pombe

  • Dong-Myung Kim
  • Jeonghoon Heo
  • Dong Woo Lee
  • Mayumi Tsuji
  • Mihi YangEmail author
Research Article


To clarify reliable toxic mechanisms of bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disrupting chemical, we approached an alternative animal and whole genome analyses with the yeast knockout library (YKO) of Schizosaccharomyces pombe. As results, the 50% growth inhibition concentrations (GI50) of BPA was approximately 600 μM and the YKO—three step screening revealed the top 10 target candidate genes including dbp2, utp18, srs1, tif224, use1, qcr1, etc. The screening results were confirmed in human embryonic stem cell (hES)-derived hepatic cells and HepG2 human liver cancer cells. We found BPA down-regulated UQCRC, the human orthlog of S. pombe- qcr1, as a part of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, in HepG2 cells and hESs during cell differentiation into hepatic cells. Therefore, BPA may induce mitochondrial dysfunction and disruption of differentiation by suppressing UQCRC1.


Bisphenol A Differentiation UQCRC1 Genome Mitochondria Yeast 



This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea Government (MSIP) (No. 2011-0030074).

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No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong-Myung Kim
    • 1
  • Jeonghoon Heo
    • 2
  • Dong Woo Lee
    • 3
  • Mayumi Tsuji
    • 4
  • Mihi Yang
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.GPScreen TeamBioneer CorporationDaejeonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biology and Immunology, College of MedicineKosin UniversityBusanRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of BioengineeringKonyang UniversityDaejeonRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Department of Environmental Health, School of MedicineUniversity of Occupational and Environmental HealthKitakyushuJapan
  5. 5.Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS), Research Center for Cell Fate Control, College of PharmacySookmyung Women’s UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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