Metabolomic Changes in Rat Serum after Chronic Exposure to Glyphosate-Based Herbicide

Oluwatosin Daramola, Cristian D. Gutierrez Reyes, Jesús Chávez-Reyes, Bruno A. Marichal-Cancino, Judith Nwaiwu, Sherifdeen Onigbinde, Moyinoluwa Adeniyi, Joy Solomon, Md Mostofa Al Amin Bhuiyan, Yehia Mechref

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Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) have gained extensive popularity in recent decades. For many years, glyphosate has been regarded as harmless or minimally toxic to mammals due to the absence of its primary target, the shikimic acid pathway in humans. Nonetheless, mounting evidence suggests that glyphosate may cause adverse health effects in humans via other mechanisms. In this study, we described the metabolomic changes in the serum of experimental rats exposed to chronic GBH using the highly sensitive LC-MS/MS technique. We investigated the possible relationship between chronic exposure to GBH and neurological disorders. Our findings suggest that chronic exposure to GBH can alter spatial learning memory and the expression of some important metabolites that are linked to neurophysiological disorders in young rats, with the female rats showing higher susceptibility compared to the males. This indicates that female rats are more likely to show early symptoms of the disorder on exposure to chronic GBH compared to male rats. We observed that four important metabolites (paraxanthine, epinephrine, L-(+)-arginine, and D-arginine) showed significant changes and involvement in neurological changes as suggested by ingenuity pathway analysis. In conclusion, our results indicate that chronic exposure to GBH can increase the risk of developing neurological disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • LC-MS/MS
  • glyphosate exposure
  • metabolites
  • neurological disorders
  • rat serum


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