Recently, resin-based dental restorative materials have been targeted as potential sources of xenoestrogens, specifically bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol A dimethacrylate (BAD), which could contribute to overall estrogen load and result in deleterious side effects. The present study used high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) to analyze twenty-eight different commercially available dental resins for the presence of BPA and/or BAD. In addition, sublines of the MCF-7 human breast tumor cell line were cultured in the presence of eluates from eleven of the dental resins and assessed for proliferative responses using the sulforhodamine B assay. Only one resin, Delton II, had detectable levels of BPA or BAD that could be verified by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry. Likewise, eluates from Delton II were the only samples that elicited a significant proliferative response in two of the MCF-7 sublines tested. Therefore, we conclude that dental resins in general do not represent a significant source of BPA or BAD exposure.
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