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Faculty of 1000 highlights study of bisphenol A

BPA is found in many plastic bottles and food cans

By Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698, tara.lanier@auburn.edu

Faculty of 1000 (F1000) has cited a paper from a study on bisphenol A led by Benson Akingbemi as one of the best research articles available.  Akingbemi is an associate professor at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology.

The paper, “The industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) interferes with proliferative activity and development of steroidogenic capacity in rat Leydig cells”, appeared in the journal Biology of Reproduction and is part of work done by graduate student Manjunatha Nanjappa.  

Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food packaging products since the 1960s.  It is also a popular constituent of dental sealants.  After extensive scientific and public debate, the FDA ruled in July 2012 that, while BPA is not unsafe, baby bottles and children’s drinking cups could no longer contain BPA.

F1000 is a post-publication review group of thousands of experts worldwide who identify and evaluate the most important articles in biology and medical research publications.  The selection process identifies significant new research articles by the world’s leading scientists and clinicians. On average, 1500 new evaluations are published each month. The selection of Akingbemi’s work places it at the top 2% of all published articles in the biological and medical sciences.

F1000 previously cited a paper published in 2010 in the Biology of Reproduction that was based on a study of the toxicity of dietary soy beans by Akingbemi’s team.  Akingbemi’s research is focused on the effects of environmental toxicants on male reproductive tract development and function and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Benson Akingbemi