Metabolomics analysis explores the rescue to neurobehavioral disorder induced by maternal PM 2.5 exposure in mice

Jian Cui, You Fu, Runze Lu, Yuan Bi, Li Zhang, Chengcheng Zhang, Michael Aschner, Xiaobo Li, Rui Chen

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Reproductive epidemiological studies have suggested associations between perinatal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) and adverse birth outcomes. To explore the effects of early prenatal exposure to PM 2.5 on subsequent generations, pregnant mice were exposed to PM 2.5 or filtered clean air in whole body dynamic exposure chambers for 14 consecutive days from gestation day (GD) 1.5 to GD15.5. Neurobehavioral tests showed that spontaneous locomotion and exploratory behaviors in the offspring were significantly enhanced in the open field test. Meanwhile, metabolomics analysis suggested activation of dopamine pathway while inhibition of glycine pathway in murine brains. Administration of the DRD4 antagonist, clozapine; or supplementation of glycine receptor agonist, taurine, to mice offspring attenuated the locomotor hyperactivities to levels indistinguishable from controls. These data provide strong evidence that maternal exposure to air pollution might increase the risk for neural disorders in the offspring during critical periods of brain development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-695
Number of pages9
JournalEcotoxicology and Environmental Safety
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Locomotor activity
  • Maternal exposure
  • Metabolomics
  • PM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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