A mitogenic agent in corncob bedding and fresh corn products disrupts sexual behavior and estrous cyclicity in rats. The mitogenic activity resides in an isomeric mixture of linoleic acid derivatives with a tetrahydrofuran ring and two hydroxyl groups (THF-diols) that include 9, (12)-oxy-10, 13-dihydroxystearic acid and 10, (13)-oxy-9, 12-dihydroxystearic acid. Synthetic THF-diols stimulated breast cancer cell proliferation in vitro and disrupted the estrous cycle in female rats at oral doses of ∼0.30 mg/kg body weight/day. Exposure to THF-diols may disrupt endocrine function in experimental animals at doses ∼200 times lower than classical phytoestrogens, promote proliferation of breast or prostate cancer, and adversely affect human health.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 2002|