Sample records for rats teratogenic potential

  1. Evaluation of the teratogenic potential of chemicals in the rat.

    Fritz, H; Giese, K


    On the basis of the results of a variety of teratogenicity studies in Sprague-Dawley-derived albino rats, carried out over several years in our laboratory, an appraisal of the principal experimental procedures is set forth. Various categories of chemicals were used for the evaluation of dosage-related teratogenic potency. Salicylate, prednisolone, cyclophosphamide, 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin), glycinonitrile, and dimethylformamide have proven to be teratogenic under certain of the experimental conditions used. Particular differences in the embryotropic effects of acetylsalicylic acid were caused by qualitative and quantitative changes of the vehicle. Fetal morphological abnormalities, classified either as 'malformations' or as 'anomalies', may occur independently of overt maternal toxicity and/or embryotoxicity. Further, they may be closely correlated with general inhibitory effects on growth. Drugs may affect developing tissues and organs selectively due to their pharmacological activity and/or specific organ toxicity. The limitation of maternal treatment to a very short period of gestation may disclose a specific susceptibility of developmental stages of the embryo or fetus. Finally, the importance of data collected from a historical control population to the interpretation of teratogenicity data is emphasised.

  2. Teratogenic Potential of Ethylene Thiourea (ETU), A Positive Control in Sprague-Dawley Rats.


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  3. Development of a streamlined rat whole embryo culture assay for classifying teratogenic potential of pharmaceutical compounds.

    Zhang, Cindy; Cao, June; Kenyon, James R; Panzica-Kelly, Julieta M; Gong, Lei; Augustine-Rauch, Karen


    This study describes a novel rat whole embryo culture (rWEC) teratogenicity assay that applies a simplified experimental design and statistical prediction model, resulting in reduced animal requirements and increased throughput with low prediction error rate for classifying teratogenic potential of compounds. A total of 70 compounds (38 teratogens and 32 nonteratogens) were evaluated, and the prediction model was generated from a dataset of 59 compounds. The rWEC assay requires only one test concentration (1μM) and three structural endpoints (group average morphological scores of spinal cord, heart, and number of somite pairs), which are used in a recursive partition model for classifying teratogenic liability. The model fitting concordance between the WEC assay and in vivo outcome was 83% with a standard deviation (SD) of 4.9%. The predictivity for future compounds was evaluated by using two statistical methods. Fivefold cross-validation estimated the predictivity of this model at 73% (SD 5.8%). A second estimation of predictivity was obtained from an independent test set of 11 compounds that were not used to build the prediction model and reached 82% (SD 11.6%). The overall estimate for prediction concordance is 74% (SD 5.2%). There is no statistically significant difference (p value > 0.50) in the predictivity between this model and the model supporting European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods WEC assay with predictivity of 80% (SD 10.6%). Overall, the streamlined WEC assay is estimated to reduce animal use and operational costs by more than 50%. It substantially improves results turnaround with no loss of predictivity.

  4. Investigation of the teratogenic potential of VLA-4 antagonist derivatives in rats.

    Sakurai, Ken; Matsuoka, Toshiki; Suzuki, Chiharu; Kinoshita, Junzo; Takayama, Gensuke; Shimomura, Kazuhiro


    Very late antigen-4 (VLA-4), which is concerned with cell-cell adhesion, plays important roles in development of the heart, and some VLA-4 antagonists cause cardiac anomalies. In this study, we evaluated the teratogenic potential of VLA-4 antagonist derivatives as screening, and investigated the conditions that induce cardiac anomalies. Seventeen compounds were orally administered to pregnant rats throughout the organogenesis period, and fetal examinations were performed. In addition, drug concentrations in the embryos were assayed. As a result, the incidence of ventricular septal defect (VSD) ranged from 0 to 100% depending on the compound. Plasma drug concentrations in the dams were related to increased incidence of VSD; however, these incidences were not increased when the concentration of the compound in the embryos at 24h after dosing was low. It is considered that continuous pharmacological activity in the embryo for more than 24h might disrupt closure of the ventricular septum.

  5. A review: trichloroethylene metabolites: potential cardiac teratogens.

    Johnson, P D; Dawson, B V; Goldberg, S J


    This review is a a series of the authors' studies designed to test the hypothesis that administration of trichloroethylene (TCE), dichloroethylene (DCE), their metabolites, and related compounds are responsible for fetal cardiac teratogenesis when given to pregnant rats during organogenesis. Identification of teratogenic compounds will allow more accurate assessment of environmental contaminants and public health risks. Epidemiologic studies and previous teratogenic studies using chick embryos and fetal rats have reported an increased number of congenital cardiac defects when exposed to TCE or DCE during fetal development. Metabolites of TCE and DCE studied in the drinking-water exposure study include trichloroacetic acid TCAA), monochloroacetic acid, trichloroethanol, carboxymethylcysteine, trichloroacetaldehyde, dichloroacetaldehyde, and dichlorovinyl cysteine. Varying doses of each were given in drinking water to pregnant rats during the period of fetal heart development. Rats receiving 2730 ppm TCAA in drinking water were the only metabolite group demonstrating a significant increase in the number of cardiac defects in fetuses on a per-litter basis (p = 0.0004 Wilcoxon test and p =0.0015 exact permutation test). Maternal and fetal variables showed no statistically significant differences between treated and untreated groups. When treated with TCAA the increased cardiac defects, as compared to controls, do not preclude the involvement of other metabolites as cardiac teratogens, but indicates TCAA as a specific cardiac teratogen. Further studies of drinking-water exposure and potential mechanisms of action on the developing heart are proceeding.

  6. The Role of Clomipramine in Potentiating the Teratogenic Effects of Caffeine in Pregnant Rats: A Histopathological Study

    Vahid Nikoui


    Full Text Available Since little is known about the teratogenic effects of clomipramine used concurrently with caffeine during the organogenesis period, the aim of this study was to test the teratogenic effects of a coadministration of caffeine and clomipramine on rat fetuses. We divided 42 pregnant rats into seven groups, randomly. The first group (control received 0.5 mL of normal saline. Clomipramine was injected at 40 mg/kg and 80 mg/kg to the second and third groups, respectively. The fourth and fifth groups received caffeine in doses of 60 mg/kg and 120 mg/kg, respectively. The sixth group received a combination of 40 mg/kg clomipramine and 60 mg/kg caffeine, and the seventh group was given clomipramine and caffeine at 80 mg/kg and 120 mg/kg, respectively. The fetuses were removed on the 17th day of pregnancy and studied in terms of microscopic and macroscopic morphological features. Fetuses of rats receiving high doses of caffeine or combinations of caffeine and clomipramine showed a significant rate of cleft palate development, open eyelids, mortality, torsion anomalies, shrinkage of skin, and subcutaneous haemorrhage (P≤0.001. This study concludes that caffeine in high doses or the simultaneous administration of caffeine and clomipramine leads to teratogenicity.

  7. A review: trichloroethylene metabolites: potential cardiac teratogens.

    Johnson, P. D.; Dawson, B V; Goldberg, S J


    This review is a a series of the authors' studies designed to test the hypothesis that administration of trichloroethylene (TCE), dichloroethylene (DCE), their metabolites, and related compounds are responsible for fetal cardiac teratogenesis when given to pregnant rats during organogenesis. Identification of teratogenic compounds will allow more accurate assessment of environmental contaminants and public health risks. Epidemiologic studies and previous teratogenic studies using chick embryo...

  8. Assessment of maternal toxicity, embryotoxicity and teratogenic potential of sodium chlorite in Sprague-Dawley rats.

    Couri, D; Miller, C H; Bull, R J; Delphia, J M; Ammar, E M


    Groups of up to 13 pregnant rats were individually caged. Body weight, food and water consumption were recorded at days 1, 8, 15 and 22 of gestation and the dams were treated on days 8-15 with sodium chlorite, 0.1%, 0.5% or 2% in drinking water or by injection of 10, 20, or 50 mg/kg IP or by gavaging with 200 mg/kg. To prevent ingestion of stillborn pups some dams were sacrificed at day 22. Other dams were allowed to deliver at term. Fetuses were weighed, measured and examined for soft tissue...

  9. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with neohesperidin dihydrochalcone in rats

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Kuilman-Wahls, M.E.M.; Bär, A.


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of neohesperidin dihydrochalcone (NHDC) was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI)WU BR rats. NHDC was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 1.25, 2.5 or 5 to groups of 28 mated female rats from day 0 to 21 of gestation. At Cesarean section 25, 22, 23, and 23 rats were found to

  10. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with neohesperidin dihydrochalcone in rats

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Kuilman-Wahls, M.E.M.; Bär, A.


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of neohesperidin dihydrochalcone (NHDC) was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI)WU BR rats. NHDC was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 1.25, 2.5 or 5 to groups of 28 mated female rats from day 0 to 21 of gestation. At Cesarean section 25, 22, 23, and 23 rats were found to

  11. Teratogenic Potential of Antiepileptic Drugs in the Zebrafish Model

    Sung Hak Lee


    Full Text Available The zebrafish model is an attractive candidate for screening of developmental toxicity during early drug development. Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs arouse concern for the risk of teratogenicity, but the data are limited. In this study, we evaluated the teratogenic potential of seven AEDs (carbamazepine (CBZ, ethosuximide (ETX, valproic acid (VPN, lamotrigine (LMT, lacosamide (LCM, levetiracetam (LVT, and topiramate (TPM in the zebrafish model. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to AEDs from initiation of gastrula (5.25 hours post-fertilization (hpf to termination of hatching (72 hpf which mimic the mammalian teratogenic experimental design. The lethality and teratogenic index (TI of AEDs were determined and the TI values of each drug were compared with the US FDA human pregnancy categories. Zebrafish model was useful screening model for teratogenic potential of antiepilepsy drugs and was in concordance with in vivo mammalian data and human clinical data.

  12. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with erythritol in rats

    Smits- Prooije, A.E. van; Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Bär, A.


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of erythritol, a low-calorie polyol sugar substitute, was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI) WU BR rats. Erythritol was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 2.5, 5, and 10% to groups of 32 female rats from Day 0 to 21 of gestation. The treatment was generally well tolerated

  13. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with α-cyclodextrin in rats

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Bär, A.


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI)WU BR rats. α-CD was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 1.5, 5, 10, or 20% to groups of 25 pregnant female rats from day 0 to 21 of gestation. An additional group received a diet with 20% lactose. The addition

  14. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with α-cyclodextrin in rats

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Bär, A.


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI)WU BR rats. α-CD was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 1.5, 5, 10, or 20% to groups of 25 pregnant female rats from day 0 to 21 of gestation. An additional group received a diet with 20% lactose. The

  15. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with erythritol in rats

    Smits- Prooije, A.E. van; Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Bär, A.


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of erythritol, a low-calorie polyol sugar substitute, was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI) WU BR rats. Erythritol was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 2.5, 5, and 10% to groups of 32 female rats from Day 0 to 21 of gestation. The treatment was generally well tolerated

  16. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with γ-cyclodextrin in rats

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Verhagen, F.J.J.; Bär, A.


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI)WU BR rats. γ-CD was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 1.5, 5, 10, and 20% to groups of 25 pregnant female rats from day 0 to 21 of gestation. A comparison group received a diet with 20% lactose. The addition

  17. [Teratogenicity study of sodium chlorite in rats by oral administration].

    Sakemi, K; Usami, M; Kurebayashi, H; Ohno, Y


    The teratogenicity of sodium chlorite (NaClO2) was assessed in Wistar rats (Crj: Wistar). Sodium chlorite dissolved in distilled water was given to pregnant Wistar rats by gavage once a day from day 6 through 15 of pregnancy at doses of 0, 25, 50 and 100 mg/kg/day. The pregnant rats were sacrificed on day 20 of pregnancy, and their fetuses were examined for malformations. Sodium chlorite caused decreased food consumption, anemia, sedation, hematuria, and death in the pregnant rats at 100 mg/kg, but no fetal effects, such as malformations or growth retardation, were observed even at 100 mg/kg. It was concluded that sodium chlorite has no teratogenicity in rats when administered orally. The no-observed-adverse-effect level was 50 mg/kg/day for pregnant rats and 100 mg/kg/day or more for rat fetuses.

  18. Medicinal plants with teratogenic potential: current considerations

    Kassiane Cristine da Silva Costa


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to present the implications of the use of herbs during pregnancy, pointing out those that should be avoided during this condition because of their abortifacient and/or teratogenic potential. We carried out searches in the databases ScienceDirect, Scielo and Google Scholar, adopting as criteria for inclusion: book chapters and/or complete articles (with abstract, available in English, Portuguese or Spanish, published from 1996 to in 2011. After a pre-selection of 83 articles, 49 bibliographies were used in the manufacturing end of the article, where 25 were from the Scielo database, 18 from ScienceDirect and 6 from Google Scholar. From the articles studied, we identified the four most commonly used plants as emmenagogue/abortifacient agents by patients of the Department of Prenatal SUS: senne, arruda, boldo and buchinha-do-norte or cabacinha. Thus, we conclude that people often adhere to the maxim "if it's natural, it does no harm" in their rational use of natural products, without the right guidance, believing that these products are safe to use. This usage is even more worrisome among the elderly, pregnant women and children. Regarding the safety of these products, some information and reliable data are scarce or contradictory.Este trabalho busca as implicações atuais sobre o uso de plantas medicinais durante a gravidez, alertando sobre aquelas que devem ser evitadas nesse período por serem potencialmente abortivas e/ou teratogênicas. Para tanto, foram realizadas buscas nas bases de dados Sciencedirect, Scielo e Google scholar, adotando-se como critérios de inclusão capítulos de livros e/ou artigos completos (com abstract e disponíveis, em português, inglês ou espanhol, publicados de 1996 a 2011. Após uma pré-seleção de 83 artigos, 49 bibliografias foram utilizadas na confecção final do artigo, sendo 25 provenientes da base de dados Scielo, 18 do Sciencedirect e 06 do Google scholar. A partir dos

  19. Teratogenicity studies of alkylaryl phosphate ester plasticizers in rats.

    Robinson, E C; Hammond, B G; Johannsen, F R; Levinskas, G J; Rodwell, D E


    Santicizer 141 plasticizer (2-ethylhexyldiphenyl phosphate) and Santicizer 148 plasticizer (isodecyldiphenyl phosphate) were tested for teratogenic activity in Charles River COBS CD rats. Groups of 25 mated females were given 0, 300, 1000, or 3000 mg/kg/day by gavage on Days 6 through 15 (Santicizer 141) or 6 through 19 (Santicizer 148) of gestation. Mean maternal body weight gains were slightly and severely reduced at the mid- and high-dose levels of Santicizer 141, respectively. Body weights were not affected by treatment with Santicizer 148. Most malformations found in groups treated with either plasticizer occurred as single incidences and have been observed in historical controls. Thus, no teratogenic response was observed in rats after treatment with either of these two alkylaryl phosphates during the period of organogenesis.

  20. Oral teratogenicity studies of methyl bromide in rats and rabbits.

    Kaneda, M; Hojo, H; Teramoto, S; Maita, K


    Teratogenicity studies of methyl bromide, a widely used fumigant, were conducted in rats and rabbits. Methyl bromide was dissolved in corn oil and administered orally to groups of 24 copulated female Crj:CD (SD) rats at dose levels of 0 (corn oil), 3, 10 or 30 mg/kg/day on days 6-15 of gestation and to groups of 18 artificially inseminated female Kbl:JW rabbits at 0, 1, 3 or 10 mg/kg/day on days 6-18 of gestation. Maternal rats and rabbits were euthanized on respective days 20 and 27 of gestation. Foetuses were examined for survival, growth and teratological alterations. Maternal toxicity was evident in the high-dose groups for both species. In these groups, maternal body weight gains and food consumption were significantly decreased during the dosing and post-dosing periods. Necropsy of maternal rats also revealed erosive lesions in the stomach and the surrounding organs. However, no treatment-related adverse effects were found in foetuses of the treated groups for both rat and rabbit studies. These results led to the conclusion that methyl bromide was not foetotoxic or teratogenic to rat and rabbit foetuses up to dose levels of 30 and 10 mg/kg/day, respectively, at which maternal toxicity was evident for both species.

  1. Teratogenic effects of Gentamicin on skeletal system of rat fetuses

    Marzban H


    Full Text Available Gentamicin was evaluated for developmental toxicity in pregnant Sprague-Dawley rat. Gentamicin was administered subcutaneously on days 6-15 gestation at dose of 100 mg/kg. On gestation day 21, all live fetuses were examined for external and skeletal malformations and variations. Increased resorptions and dead fetuses, and reduced fetal body weight were observed at dose of 100 mg/kg. Gentamicin caused severe skeletal anomalies, such as: wavy ribs, incomplete ossification of sternebrae, tail vertebra, metacarpus, metatarsus and calvaria. These results indicate the nature and extent of embryotoxicity and teratogenicity of gentamicin in Sprague-Dawley rats.

  2. Two generation reproduction and teratogenicity studies of feeding quinocetone fed to Wistar rats.

    Wang, Xu; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Yu-Lian; Ihsan, Awais; Dai, Meng-Hong; Huang, Ling-Li; Chen, Dong-Mei; Tao, Yan-Fei; Peng, Da-Peng; Liu, Zhen-Li; Yuan, Zong-Hui


    To investigate the reproductive toxicity and teratogenic potential of quinocetone, a growth promoting agent, Wistar rats were fed different diets containing 0, 50, 300 and 1800 mg/kg quinocetone or 300 mg/kg olaquindox. Groups of 15 males and 30 females (F(0)) were fed through a 10-week prebreed period as well as during mating, gestation, parturition and lactation. At weaning, 12 males and 24 females of F(1) generation weanlings per group were selected randomly as parents for F(2) generation. Selected F(1) weanlings were exposed to the same diet and treatment as their parents. At the highest quinocetone group, body weights in F(0) and F(1) rats, fetal body weight on day 21 after birth and number of viable fetuses in F(0) and F(1) generation significantly decreased. In teratogenicity study, groups of 12 males and 24 females were fed with the same diets through a 12-week prebreed period and matting periods. Pregnant rats were subjected to cesarean section on GD 20 for teratogenic examination. At the highest quinocetone group, body weights and feed efficiency, fetal body lengths, tail lengths, litter weights and number of viable fetuses significantly decreased. The NOAEL for reproduction/development of quinocetone for rats was estimated to be 300 mg/kg diet.

  3. Teratogenic effect of Californium-252 irradiation in rats

    Satow, Yukio; Lee, Juing-Yi; Hori, Hiroshi; Okuda, Hiroe; Tsuchimoto, Shigeo; Sawada, Shozo; Yokoro, Kenjiro (Hiroshima Univ. (Japan). Research Inst. for Nuclear Medicine and Biology)


    The teratogenicity of Californium-252 (Cf-252) irradiation which generates approximately 70% 2.3 MeV fast neutron and 30% gamma rays was evaluated. A single whole body exposure of Cf-252 at various doses was given to pregnant rats on day 8 or 9 of pregnancy, followed by microscopic autopsy of the fetuses at the terminal stage of pregnancy to search for external and internal malformations. For comparison, pregnant rats were irradiated with various doses of Cobalt-60 (Co-60) standard gamma rays at the same dose rate (1 rad/min.). The doses were 20-120 rad of Cf-252 and 80-220 rad of Co-60. Using frequency of radiation induced malformations observed on day 8 of pregnancy as an index, relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of 2.3-2.7 was obtained from the straight line obtained by modifying by the least squares method the frequency curves of malformed fetuses in total implants and in surviving fetuses. The types of malformations induced by Cf-252 and Co-60 irradiation were alike. Using fetal LD/sub 50/ as an index, 2.4 was obtained as RBE when irradiated on day 8 of pregnancy and 3.1 as that when irradiated on day 9. The results showed that Cf-252 had stronger a teratogenic effect than Co-60 gamma rays. (author).

  4. Short-chain carboxylic acids, a new class of teratogens: studies of potential biochemical mechanisms

    Coakley, M.E.; Rawlings, S.J.; Brown, N.A.


    Certain short-chain carboxylic acids (SCCA) appear to share a common teratogenic potential, although the structural requirements for activity remain obscure. By using a whole rat embryo culture model system, several biochemical processes have been examined, either as potential initial sites of teratogenic action or as early steps in the pathway to malformation. Valproate, methoxyacetate, and butyrate were the prototype SCCA examined. Measurement of (/sup 14/C)glucose utilization and lactate production confirmed that energy production by the early organogenesis embryo is predominantly from glycolysis. While the positive control agent, iodoacetate, caused a significant inhibition of lactate production, none of the SCCA affected this process or glucose utilization at teratogenic concentrations. Pinocytosis by the visceral yolk sac (VYS) was measured by the uptake of (/sup 125/I)polyvinylpyrrolidone. This process ultimately supplies the embryo with amino-acids and is essential for normal development. SCCA induce morphological abnormalities of the VYS in embryo culture. Pinocytosis was slightly reduced by valproate, but not the other SCCA. However, comparison with the action of an antiserum, for which inhibition of pinocytosis is the initial teratogenic insult, suggests that this is not the mechanism for valproate. Incorporation of (/sup 3/H)thymidine into embryo or yolk sac was not affected after 3 hr of SCCA exposure, but there was a marked effect of the positive control, hydroxyurea. This suggests that DNA synthesis is not directly influenced by SCCA. It can be concluded that SCCA do not exert their teratogenic effects by actions on glycolysis; maintenance of cellular acetyl CoA; pinocytosis or DNA synthesis. These observations contrast with preliminary results which suggest significant effects of SCCA on embryonic and yolk sac lipid metabolic pathways.

  5. Teratogenicity of cadmium-metallothionein in the rat

    Webb, M.; Holt, D.; Brown, N.; Hard, G.C.


    A single dose in the range 0.25-1.9 mg metallothionein-bound cadmium (MT-Cd)/kg body weight, when administered parenterally to the rat between day 8 and day 14 of gestation, is teratogenic. In vitro, the development of the isolated rat conceptus is unaffected by the addition of 1.5 MT-Cd to the culture medium whereas the same concentration of ionic Cd (as CdCl/sub 2/) is lethal. At short times after injection of 0.25 mg MT-Cd/kg body weight on gd 12, the maximal foetal and placental contents of Cd are low in comparison with those after a teratogenic dose of CdCl/sub 2/ and are of the same order as those in the embryo and placenta + yolk sac of the rat conceptus, cultured in the presence of the highest no-effect concentration of CdCl/sub 2/. From this evidence, it is concluded that the uptake by the conceptus in vivo of either CdMT, or of Cd liberated therefrom, is unlikely to contribute to the teratogenic response. In the pregnant, as in the non-pregnant rat, the kidney appears to be the only organ that is affected directly by the metalloprotein. All doses in the range 0.25-1.0 mg MT-Cd/kg body weight are nephrotoxic and result in prolonged anorexia in the pregnant animal. While some of the foetal deformities that occur in the CdMT-dosed animal seem to be direct consequences of the renal dysfunction, others apparently are secondary to the maternal anorexia. In rats that are injected i.p on gd 12 with 0.25 mg MT-Cd/kg renal uptake of Cd is slower, but the final concentration is higher than in animals that are given the same dose i.v. At this and the higher dose levels structural and/or functional damage to the kidneys also is greater in i.p.-, than in i.v.-dosed animals. The incidence of foetal malformations, however, is similar in the i.p. and i.v. groups and varies little over the dose range.

  6. Evaluation of the rat embryo culture system as a predictive test for human teratogens.

    Guest, I; Buttar, H S; Smith, S; Varma, D R


    Ingestion of the anticonvulsant drug valproic acid and of the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor captopril during pregnancy has been associated with abnormal fetal outcome in humans. In contrast, the use of the antiinflammatory drug ibuprofen and the antihistamine diphenhydramine has not been documented to be embryotoxic in humans. We evaluated the rat embryo culture system as a predictive model of teratogenesis, using these four drugs as test agents. Valproic acid, ibuprofen, and diphenhydramine were embryotoxic, inducing concentration-dependent decreases in growth and a significant increase in anomalies. Valproic acid caused an increase in neural tube defects, ibuprofen increased the incidence of abnormal maxillary processes, and diphenhydramine increased the number of embryos with distorted body morphology. These abnormalities were induced at concentrations of valproic acid and diphenhydramine that are used clinically, but ibuprofen only induced toxicity at concentrations greatly exceeding the therapeutic range. Captopril was not embryotoxic up to 5 mM, the highest concentration tested. These results suggest that the rat embryo culture system produces both false positive and false negative data on the teratogenic potential of drugs. Although such an in vitro assay may be suitable to determine the mechanism of teratogenesis, it is not a sensitive indicator of potential human teratogens on its own. These data support the view that in vitro systems can only supplement clinical and epidemiological observations in humans, possibly as a method to determine mechanisms of actions of teratogens.

  7. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with neohesperidin dihydrochalcone in rats.

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D H; Kuilman-Wahls, M E M; Bär, A


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of neohesperidin dihydrochalcone (NHDC) was examined in Wistar Crl:(WI)WU BR rats. NHDC was fed at dietary concentrations of 0, 1.25, 2.5 or 5 to groups of 28 mated female rats from day 0 to 21 of gestation. At Cesarean section 25, 22, 23, and 23 rats were found to be pregnant in the control, low-, mid-, and high-dose group, respectively. The NHDC treatment was well tolerated and all animals survived till the end of the study. Body weights (bw) and body weight gains did not differ between controls and NHDC treatment groups. The intake of NHDC was 0.8-0.9, 1.6-1.7, and 3.1-3.4 g/kg bw/day for the low-, mid-, and high-dose group, respectively. Except for cecal enlargement, there were no changes observed at necropsy which could be related to the NHDC treatment. All dams had viable fetuses. The fecundity and gestation index, the number of corpora lutea, implantation sites, live and dead fetuses, early and late resorptions, pre- and post-implantation losses, and sex-ratio were not affected by the treatment. There were no differences for the mean weight of the gravid and empty uterus, ovaries, and placenta between the NHDC treatment groups and the controls. Examination of the fetuses for external, visceral, and skeletal changes did not reveal any fetotoxic, embryotoxic or teratogenic effects of NHDC. In conclusion, no adverse effects were observed at NHDC levels of up to 5% of the diet, the highest dose level tested, at which the rats consumed about 3.3g/kg body weight/day. The observed cecal enlargement is a well-known physiological, adaptive response to the ingestion of high doses of a low-digestible substance and is generally accepted to lack toxicological relevance.

  8. [Safety evaluation of micronomicin. III. Teratogenicity studies in rats].

    Hara, T; Nishikawa, S; Miyazaki, H; Ohguro, Y


    Micronomicin (MCR) is a new aminoglycoside antibiotic produced by Micromonospora sagamiensis var. nonreducans which was isolated from soil collected at Sagamihara by Nara et al. The purified antibiotic showed a close similarity to gentamicin C complex in physical and chemical properties. The antibacterial activity of MCR is broad-spectrum and almost equal to that of gentamicin C complex. MCR exhibits particularly high activity against Pseudomonas, Proteus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia, etc. and high activity against some Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains resistant to gentamicin C1a. Teratogenicity studies of MCR in rats were carried out by intravenous injection for safety evaluation (Dose; 25, 50 mg/kg and 75 mg/kg). The results of studies are as follows. 1. Fetal malformation attributable to MCR was not observed at any dose. 2. Suppression of maternal weight gain was observed at the dose levels of 50 mg/kg and over. 3. There was no adverse effect on new borns at any dose.

  9. Embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of isomalt in rats and rabbits.

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D H; Koëter, H B; van Marwijk, M W


    The embryotoxicity/teratogenicity of the sugar replacer isomalt was studied in Wistar rats and New Zealand White rabbits. Groups of 22-23 female rats were given diets containing isomalt at concentrations of 2.5, 5 or 10%, from day 0 to day 21 of pregnancy. The possible adverse effects of restricted feeding were studied in an additional group (food intake less than 80% of the control values). Groups of 36-37 female rabbits were given diets containing isomalt at concentrations of 2.5, 5 or 10%, from day 0 to day 29 of pregnancy. The female rats and rabbits were killed on days 21 and 29 of pregnancy, respectively. In both species no maternal toxicity occurred and no effects on reproductive performance nor on embryonic or foetal development were seen in any of the groups fed isomalt. The feeding of restricted amounts of stock diet to pregnant rats resulted in decreased maternal weight gain and lower uterus weights. Furthermore, this group had an increased number of resorptions and small foetuses, decreased foetus and placental weights and retarded bone development.

  10. Evaluation of the teratogenic potential and reproductive toxicity of coal-derived naphtha.

    McKee, R H; Hinz, J P; Traul, K A


    Liquids which are derived from coal liquefaction processes and boil above approximately 250 degrees C have induced terata in rats. However, few studies have addressed the teratogenic potential of coal liquids which boil below 250 degrees C. The present studies evaluated the reproductive and teratogenic potential of EDS hydrotreated naphtha, a refined coal liquid boiling below 177 degrees C. These studies were conducted by inhalation exposures with Sprague-Dawley rats at target vapor concentrations of 0.2, 1.0, and 5.0 g/m3. The first study assessed teratogenesis. There was no evidence that inhalation exposures for 6 hr per day between Days 6 and 19 of gestation induced maternal toxicity, fetal toxicity, or malformation. In a second study, rats were exposed for 6 hr per day, 5 days per week for 13 weeks, and then mated to assess reproductive toxicity. There was little evidence that inhalation exposure to EDS hydrotreated naphtha adversely affected reproductive performance or fetal development in Sprague-Dawley rats. A low incidence of malformations was observed in treated groups, but these malformations were probably not treatment related.

  11. The teratogenic effects of imatinib mesylate on rat fetuses

    M.M. El Gendy


    Full Text Available Imatinib mesylate, a selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is the first line treatment against chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of imatinib mesylate on the pregnant rats and their fetuses. Pregnant rats were divided into three groups; the first group served as a control group. The second and third groups were orally administered imatinib at doses of 36 mg/kg body weight or 54 mg/kg b.wt. on gestation days (SDs 6 through 13 or SDs 13 through 19, respectively. All animals were sacrificed on the 20th day of gestation. Treatment with imatinib caused a reduction of maternal body weight gain, uterine and placental weights, increased rate of abortion and fetal resorptions. High dose of imatinib caused fetal congenital deformities represented in harelip, contraction of the fore limbs, and paralysis of the hind limbs, exencephaly, encephalocoele and distended abdominal wall, besides occurrence of wavy ribs and absence of other ribs in addition to skeletal growth retardation and lack of ossification of the most skeletal elements. The present work concluded that imatinib is teratogenic when given orally to pregnant rats at 54 mg/kg b.wt. and causes direct maternal or developmental toxicity.

  12. Short-chain carboxylic acids, a new class of teratogens: studies of potential biochemical mechanisms.

    Coakley, M E; Rawlings, S J; Brown, N A


    Certain short-chain carboxylic acids (SCCA) appear to share a common teratogenic potential, although the structural requirements for activity remain obscure. By using a whole rat embryo culture model system, several biochemical processes have been examined, either as potential initial sites of teratogenic action or as early steps in the pathway to malformation. Valproate, methoxyacetate, and butyrate were the prototype SCCA examined. Measurement of [14C]glucose utilization and lactate production confirmed that energy production by the early organogenesis embryo is predominantly from glycolysis. While the positive control agent, iodoacetate, caused a significant inhibition of lactate production, none of the SCCA affected this process or glucose utilization at teratogenic concentrations. Valproate did not influence embryonic acetyl CoA levels, in marked contrast to the reported response of adult liver, the other major target of valproate toxicity. Pinocytosis by the visceral yolk sac (VYS) was measured by the uptake of [125I]polyvinylpyrrolidone. This process ultimately supplies the embryo with amino-acids and is essential for normal development. SCCA induce morphological abnormalities of the VYS in embryo culture. Pinocytosis was slightly reduced by valporate, but not the other SCCA. However, comparison with the action of an antiserum, for which inhibition of pinocytosis is the initial teratogenic insult, suggests that this is not the mechanism for valproate. Incorporation of [3H]thymidine into embryo or yolk sac was not affected after 3 hr of SCCA exposure, but there was a marked effect of the positive control, hydroxyurea. This suggests that DNA synthesis is not directly influenced by SCCA.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3830097

  13. Two generation reproduction and teratogenicity studies of feeding cyadox in Wistar rats.

    Wang, Xu; Fang, Gui-Jie; Wang, Yu-Lian; Ihsan, Awais; Huang, Ling-Li; Zhou, Wen; Liu, Zhen-Li; Yuan, Zong-Hui


    To investigate the teratogenic potential and reproductive toxicity of cyadox, a growth promoting agent, Wistar rats (F(0)) were fed with diets containing cyadox (0, 50, 150 and 2500 mg/kg) or olaquindox (150 mg/kg), approximately equivalent to cyadox 5, 15, 250 or olaquindox 15 mg/kg b.w./day across two generations. Half of the pregnant rats (F(0), F(1b)) were subjected to caesarean section on gestational day 20 for teratogenic examination and the other half produced pups F(1a) and F(2a), respectively. At the 250 mg/kg b.w./day cyadox group, body weights of F(1b) pregnant rats and F(2a) on day 21 after birth decreased; fetal body lengths and tail lengths decreased; the number of fetal resorptions increased significantly; litter weights, number of viable fetuses decreased; number of embryo resorptions increased significantly; number of liveborn F(1a), F(1b) and F(2a) decreased. No macroscopic or microscopic change of any significance was found in the reproductive organs. Significant increases in the incidence of cervical ribs or lumbar ribs in F(2a) pups and significant increases of relative organ weight of testis and epididymis in F(1b) were observed at the 250 mg/kg b.w./day cyadox group. The NOAEL for reproduction/development of cyadox for rats was estimated to be 150 mg/kg diet, which was equivalent to approximately 15 mg/kg b.w./day.

  14. Teratogenic actions of thermally-stressed culinary oils in rats.

    Indart, Ana; Viana, Marta; Grootveld, Martin C; Silwood, Christopher J L; Sanchez-Vera, Isabel; Bonet, Bartolomé


    Lipid oxidation products (LOPs), generated in culinary oils during episodes of thermal stressing can give rise to cellular damage. The aims of this study were to determine whether orally-administered, LOP-containing thermally-stressed safflower oil exerts teratogenic actions in rats, and whether this effect could be prevented by co-administration of alpha-tocopherol (alpha-TOH). Safflower oil was heated for a period of 20 min according to standard frying practices and stored at -20 degrees C under N2. Four experimental groups of pregnant Wistar rats were employed; two received 0.30 ml of pre-heated oil (HO), one of which was also supplemented with 150 mg of alpha-TOH (HOE), and two served as controls, one treated with the non-heated oil (O) and the other without any treatment (C). The oil was administered daily by gavage from day 1 of pregnancy to day 11.5, when the animals were killed and the embryos examined. LOPs and alpha-TOH were determined both in the heated and non-heated oils. The percentage of embryo malformations and reabsorptions were determined in the above four experimental groups. Heating the oil substantially increased its concentration of LOPs and decreased its alpha-TOH content. The percentage of embryo malformations in the HO group was 21.73%, compared with 5.6 and 7% in the O and C groups, respectively. Supplementation of the pre-heated oil with alpha-TOH was found to decrease the percentage of malformations to 7%. The results obtained from these investigations indicate that LOPs detectable at millimolar levels in the heated cooking oils administered (e.g. saturated and alpha,beta-unsaturated aldehydes, and/or their conjugated hydroperoxydiene precursors) exert potent teratogenic actions in experimental animals which are at least partially circumventable by co-administration of the chain-breaking antioxidant alpha-TOH. Plausible mechanisms for these processes and their health relevance to humans regarding diet and methods of frying/cooking are

  15. Antiepileptic drugs: are women aware of interactions with oral contraceptives and potential teratogenicity?

    Pack, Alison M; Davis, Anne R; Kritzer, Jordana; Yoon, Ava; Camus, Adela


    Women with epilepsy (WWE)'s knowledge of the interaction between antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and oral contraceptives (OCs) and the potential teratogenicity of AEDs has received limited study. We conducted a cross-sectional questionnaire study (English or Spanish) among young WWE (18-44 years) to assess demographic characteristics, current AED use, and knowledge of AED interactions with OCs and teratogenicity. We used the Food and Drug Administration's classification system to categorize each AED's teratogenic potential. Participants (n=148) had a mean age of 32 years (SD 8); 32% spoke Spanish and described themselves as Hispanic. Among women prescribed a cytochrome p450-inducing AED, 65% were unaware of decreased OC efficacy. Forty percent of those prescribed Category D AEDs were unaware of potential teratogenic effects. WWE have limited knowledge of the potential interaction between AEDs and OCs and the teratogenic effects of AEDs. Educational efforts should highlight the reproductive health effects of AEDs in WWE.


    Abstract The purine analog 2-chloro-2'-deoxyadenosine (2-CdA, cladribine), an anti-leukemic and immunosuppressive agent, has been found to be teratogenic in the mouse and rabbit, causing ocular and limb defects. The current study examined the teratogenic potential of th...

  17. Evaluation of the Teratogenicity of Aqueous Extract of Labisia pumila var. alata in rats

    Mohd Fuad, Wan Ezumi; Sulaiman, Siti Amrah; Islam, Mohamad Nazrul; Abdul Wahab, Mohd Suhaimi; Sahil Jamalullail, Syed Mohsin


    A dose range study to assess the teratogenic potential of aqueous extract of Labisia pumila var. alata (Kacip Fatimah) was conducted in rodents. The extract at doses of 0 (control), 2, 20, 200, 400, 1000 mg/kg/day were respectively administered by gavaging to 6 groups of pregnant Sprague Dawley rats from day 6 through day 16 of pregnancy and sacrificed on day 21. No significant agent-related effects including changes in maternal body weight (MBW) nor weight gain were observed. The corrected maternal body weights (CMBW) were slightly higher in animals receiving low dose extracts (2 mg/kg/day) as compared to all groups of animals. However, body weight differences were not statistically significant. Gravid uterine weight, number of corpora lutea, number of implantation sites, percentage of foetal resorptions, number of life foetuses, foetal weight and foetal sex ratio showed no significant differences among all group animals. None of the foetuses from all dams showed evidence of external congenital malformations. These findings may suggest that aqueous extracts of Labisia pumila var. alata up to 1000 mg/kg/day statistically do not show any significant teratogenic effects in rats but do affect the maternal body weight and this is dose dependent. PMID:22605953

  18. Potentiating effects of caffeine on teratogenicity of alkylating agents in mice

    Fujii, T.; Nakatsuka, T.


    Teratogenic to subteratogenic doses of x-ray, mitomycin C, MNNG, thio-TEPA, cyclophosphamide, and chlorambucil were administered to pregnant ICR mice together with caffeine at doses of 12.5, 25, or 50 mg/kg on day 11 of gestation. Fetuses were examined for gross malformations on day 18 of gestation. The teratogenicity of mitomycin C was significantly potentiated by caffeine at a dose as low as 12.5 mg/kg. The teratogenicity of chlorambucil was also significantly potentiated by caffeine at 50 mg/kg, but similar potentiation was not observed for x-ray, MNNG, thio-TEPA, and cyclophosphamide.

  19. Induction of a heat shock response (HSP 72) in rat embryos exposed to selected chemical teratogens.

    Mirkes, P E; Doggett, B; Cornel, L


    A monoclonal antibody to the 72 kD heat shock protein (HSP 72), Western blot analysis and 2-D gel electrophoresis/autoradiography were used to determine whether selected chemical teratogens induced the synthesis and accumulation of HSP 72 in postimplantation rat embryos exposed in vitro. The chemical teratogens studied include N-Acetoxy-2-acetylaminofluorene (N-Ac-AAF), cadmium chloride (CAD), cyclophosphamide (CP), sodium arsenite (AS), and sodium salicylate (SAL). Exposures to test chemicals were selected that produced obvious embryotoxicity characterized by abnormal development and growth retardation. Of the five chemical teratogens studied, AS and SAL induced the synthesis and accumulation of HSP 72 in day 10 rat embryos. The kinetics of HSP 72 accumulation, however, differed between AS- and SAL-treated embryos. Maximal levels of HSP 72 were observed 24 hours after AS exposure and 10 hours after SAL exposure. N-Ac-AAF, CD, and CP induced obvious embryotoxicity; however, none of these chemical teratogens induced HSP 72 at any of the timepoints assayed. Although only a small sample of chemical teratogens was studied, our results suggest that the heat shock response, characterized by the synthesis and accumulation of HSP 72, is not a general biomarker for chemical teratogens.

  20. Exposure to the mixture of organophosphorus pesticides is embryotoxic and teratogenic on gestational rats during the sensitive period.

    Yu, Yan; Yang, Yuxuan; Zhao, Xiaodan; Liu, Xiaofei; Xue, Jianjun; Zhang, Jinghua; Yang, Aimin


    Mixture of organophosphorus pesticides (MOPs) has been used worldwide to increase food production. The MOPs are harmful, and the exposure to them is both agricultural and nonagricultural through contaminated food. The neurotoxicity of MOPs has received more consideration recently due to the increased cases of malformed fetuses suspected to be caused by the MOPs exposure during gestation; however, relevant studies in animal model are rare. In this study, we performed a comprehensive analysis and demonstrated potential perinatal embryotoxicity and teratogenicity of MOPs exposure. As results, we found that MOPs decreased in utero fetal growth and alter the ratio of organs to whole body weight of the pregnant rats. MOPs also had been shown to disturb the balance of sex hormones and affect the reproduction of rats. Furthermore, we found various significantly elevated deformities in MOPs exposed embryos, confirming the embryotoxic and teratogenic effects of maternal exposure to MOPs. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Environ Toxicol 32: 139-146, 2017.

  1. Detection of teratogens in human serum using rat embryo culture: cancer and epilepsy treatments. [Detecting teratogenicity of anticonvulsant and antineoplastic drugs

    Chatot, C. L.


    Growth (protein and DNA contents) of headfold stage rat embryos cultured for 48 hrs on human serum was enhanced by glucose supplementation. Embryo growth varied with the source of the serum. Sera from 3 of the 19 control subjects produced abnormal embryos. Sera from 5 subjects undergoing cancer chemotherapy and 6 subjects receiving anticonvulsants were either lethal or teratogenic to cultured rat embryos.

  2. 戊二醛致畸试验%Teratogenicity Testing of Glutaraldehyde in Rat

    许崇辉; 谢力; 潘芳; 温巧玲; 刘慧智; 李华燕; 李妙珍


    [目的]在完成戊二醛急性毒性、遗传毒性和亚慢性毒性试验的基础上,开展大鼠致畸试验,以研究戊二醛职业接触对育龄妇女妊娠的潜在影响。[方法]参考GB 15193.14-2003进行高、中、低3个剂量大鼠致畸实验。[结果]未发现戊二醛对大鼠有致畸毒性和母体毒性;而与阴性对照组比较,高剂量组的子宫重、黄体数、着床数活胎和胎仔总数均见显著性减少(P<0.05),且在低、中、高3个剂量组中存在剂量-效应关系。[结论]各剂量组未见有致畸性;在高剂量组水平可能有胚胎毒性。%After the study of acute toxicity, genetic toxicity and subchronic toxicity testing of glutaraldehyde, the teratogenicity testing of potential impact of glutaraldehyde on occupation contact women of childbearing age. 3 doses teratogenicity testing was completed in SD rats according to the GB 15193.14-2003. The glutaraldehyde teratogenic toxicity and maternal toxicity were not observed in rats, but compared with the negative control group, significant decreases were seen in high dose group, in the number of corpus luteum, uterus weight, number of implantation of live birth and fetal number(P<0.05). And there was a dose-effect relationship for low, middle, high dose groups respectively. The high dose group of glutaraldehyde was found of embryonic toxicity in SD rat.

  3. Teratogenicity and metabolism of water-soluble forms of vitamin A in the pregnant rat

    Gunning, D.B.; Barua, A.B.; Olson, J.A. (Iowa State Univ., Ames (United States))


    Retinoyl {beta}-glucuronide, unlike retinoic acid, has been shown to be non-teratogenic when administered orally, even in large doses, to pregnant rats. The degree to which water-solubility is associated with low teratogenicity is not known. Other water-soluble forms of vitamin A have now been synthesized in our laboratory and are being evaluated for teratogenicity. New water-soluble forms of vitamin A were administered orally to pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats in a single dose of 0.35 mmole/kg bw on day 8 of gestation. On day 19, the dams were sacrificed and the litters were examined. Control animals received either vehicle only or an equivalent dose of all-trans retinoic acid. Maternal and fetal tissues were taken and analyzed by HPLC for vitamin A metabolites. In another experiment, a large single oral dose of the radiolabelled water-soluble compound was administered on day 10. At either 30 minutes or 1 hour after the dose, dams were sacrificed and the embryos analyzed both for radioactivity and for specific metabolites. In contrast to retinoyl {beta}-glucuronide, retinoyl {beta}-glucose is highly teratogenic under identical conditions. Thus, water-solubility does not seem to be the determining factor in the teratogenicity of retinoic acid conjugates.

  4. The post-natal fate of supernumerary ribs in rat teratogenicity studies.

    Wickramaratne, G A


    A common occurrence in rat teratology studies, supernumerary ribs, have been considered to be indicative of teratogenicity by some authors but not to be so indicative by others. As a teratogenic event is, by definition a permanent change, a study to follow the fate of supernumerary ribs in the development of adulthood of the rat was undertaken. An established teratogen in the rat, aspirin, was used to increase the frequency of supernumerary ribs. Even though aspirin treatment of the dams doubled the initial frequency of supernumerary ribs the results show that over the first 60 days post-partum their frequency in both control and treated groups decline to essentially zero. This decline in frequency of supernumerary ribs is complemented by an increase in the proportion of foetuses with a fully developed transverse process on the first lumbar vertebra. The proposal that supernumerary ribs in the rat are a result of developmental delays in a labile region of the axial skeleton and not a manifestation of a teratogenic event is presented.

  5. Intravitelline injection of cultured rat embryos: An improved method for the identification of cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic teratogens.

    Cumberland, P F; Richold, M; Parsons, J F; Pratten, M K


    A preliminary study of a novel developmental toxicity screen has been carried out. The technique involves the direct injection into the vitelline circulation of the 11.5-day rat conceptus, by-passing the metabolically active visceral yolk sac. The evaluation was performed blind using four coded model compounds: sulphanilamide (non-cytotoxic, non-teratogen), retinoic acid (teratogen) and methotrexate and cyclophosphamide (both cytotoxic teratogens). Seven parameters of teratogenicity and cytotoxicity were measured (yolk sac diameter, crown-rump length, somite number, yolk sac protein, yolk sac DNA, embryo protein, embryo DNA) and morphological abnormalities were also noted. The results showed that this technique successfully identified the developmental toxins and, moreover, differentiated between teratogens and cytotoxic teratogens. Additionally, the results show that methotrexate and cyclophosphamide produced an effect without prior exogenous activation as is necessary in other in vitro tests.

  6. Counseling sexually active teenagers treated with potential human teratogens.

    Shilalukey, K; Kaufman, M; Bradley, S; Francombe, W H; Amankwah, K; Goldberg, E; Shear, N; Olivieri, N F; Koren, G


    Adolescents with hemoglobinopathies need daily chelation therapy with drugs which are known or suspected to be teratogenic. The prevention of fetal exposure to such drugs is therefore a major task for health professionals caring for these patients. We describe a pilot program aiming to prevent pregnancy among sexually active adolescents treated with iron chelators in Toronto. Most of them had normal response to GnRH, suggesting endocrinologic fertility, and unlike the literature concerning their healthy peers, all sexually active patients in this study reported use of at least one form of contraception.

  7. Comparison of the disposition of diethylstilbestrol and estradiol in the fetal rat. Correlation with teratogenic potency.

    Henry, E C; Miller, R K


    The dispositions of radiolabeled diethylstilbestrol (DES) and estradiol (E2) in the fetal rat were compared to determine whether kinetic differences accounted for their differences in teratogenic potency. 14C (from DES) was concentrated in fetal tissues relative to plasma, whereas 3H (from E2) was largely retained protein-bound in fetal plasma. Both compounds were rapidly metabolized in the fetus (and mother) to less or non-estrogenic products. Fetal levels of E2 declined faster than those of DES (E1 was the primary circulating estrogen within 1-3 hr of E2 injection) so that exposure to unchanged DES was of longer duration than to E2. The unchanged compounds were retained longer and at higher concentrations in the target genital tissue compared to other tissues. Although these differences were consistent with the potencies, the concentration of the unchanged estrogen in fetal genital tract was lower after a teratogenic dose of DES than after a threshold teratogenic dose of E2. However, the 3H in fetal plasma and genital tract cytosol at 1 hr after injection of [3H]E2 at 2 ng or 10 micrograms/fetus was found to be highly protein-bound. DES competed poorly for these binding sites. It is suggested that the concentration of E2 which is "free" in the cell (as DES is), rather than the total content, correlates with its teratogenicity. Thus, in the rat, rapid metabolism and extensive protein-binding, both extra- and intracellularly, reduce the teratogenicity of the natural estrogen compared to the synthetic estrogen.

  8. Human serum teratogenicity studies using in vitro cultures of rat embryos

    Klein, N.W.; Chatot, C.L.; Plenefisch, J.D.; Carey, S.W.


    Those conditions that constitute reproductive risks to man are being analyzed. Particular concern is with those conditions that cannot be or have not been identified by present methodologies. These conditions constitute the majority of factors causing fetal wastages and birth defects. The test system uses intact rat embryos that are cultured in vitro for 2 days. Findings to date suggest that this system may have a number of distinct advantages: (1) whole-embryo culture provides the test with the entire repertoire of processes involved in embryonic development; (2) whole-rat embryos can be cultured on high levels of blood serum; and (3) they can be cultured on serum from human subjects, which provides a direct and unique evaluation of the principal organism of concern. In regard to this last point, it is important to recognize that there is a large range of teratogenic responses and sensitivities to teratogens dependent upon both individual and species differences. (ERB)

  9. Developmentally regulated promoters from Dictyostelium discoideum as molecular markers for testing potential teratogens.

    Tillner, J; Winckler, T; Dingermann, T


    Already very early in the course of the development of new pharmaceutically relevant drugs toxicological tests are most important. In addition to acute and chronic toxicity the estimation of the teratogenic potential is rather crucial. We have recently shown that the eukaryotic microorganism Dictyostellium discoideum is a useful organism to test the cytotoxicity of chemical compounds. Since D. discoideum is competent of undergoing both vegetative growth and development, further investigations were aimed to establish a D. discoideum-based test system which could predict possible interference of drugs with developmental programs. We developed a method which allows to detect and to quantify effects of possible teratogens on D. discoideum development. This method is based on different transgenic D. discoideum strains, each carrying a bacterial lacZ gene under the control of a distinct developmentally regulated D. discoideum promoter. Here we describe the effects of the known teratogenic compound valproic acid (VPA) on this system.

  10. Postimplantation embryo culture for the assessment of the teratogenic potential and potency of compounds.

    Cicurel, L; Schmid, B P


    Whole rat embryos cultured during the early stages of organogenesis were subjected to a panel of selected chemicals. Of seventeen known in vivo teratogens, seventeen also induced specific malformations in embryos grown in culture. Of ten chemicals which were reported to be negative in in vivo rat teratogenicity studies, eight also did not provoke dysmorphogenic effects in vitro. Of five additionally tested retinoids, all induced multiple malformations. However, concentrations used to induce these effects varied considerably, isotretinoin inducing malformations at 10(-5) M and arotinoid at 10(-11) M. The results indicate qualitatively as well as quantitatively a high predictability of this in vitro system and suggest that the postimplantation embryo culture system may also be useful in the prospective testing of new drugs and environmental chemicals.

  11. Effect of Erythromycin on Albendazole-Induced Teratogenicity in Pregnant Rats

    Reza Ranjbar


    Full Text Available Background: Albendazole is utilized as an anthelmentic agent. One its side effect is teratogenicity. This effect apparently is related to its metabolites especially albendazole sulfoxid. The aim of present study was evaluation effect of erythromycin (as enzyme inhibitor in biotransformation on albendazole biotransformation and consequently fetal malformation. Materials and Methods: Four groups of female pregnant wistar rats (8 rats each group were used. First group received normal saline (as control group. A single oral dose 30 mg/kg of albendazole was administered to rats on day 10 of gestation in group 2. Rats in group 3 received albendazole similar group 2 and erythromycin at dose 60 mg/kg. Rats in group 4 received only erythromycin on day 10 of gestation. The rats were euthanatized on day 20 of gestation. The skeletal malformation of fetus was studied by stereomicroscope after staining by Alizarin red-Alcian blue.Results: The length and weight of fetuses were significantly decreased by albendazole but erythromycin did not prevent this effect. In group that received only erythromycin, the length and weight of fetuses was similar to control group. Erythromycin decreased albendazole effect on weight of placenta. There was an increase in resorption by erythromycin when co-administrated with albendazole. The incidence of skeletal malformations (mostly of the limbs, vertebrae and palate decreased significantly by erythromycin when co-administrated with albendazole.Conclusion: Thus, erythromycin may inhibit albendazole biotransformation and decrease teratogenicity of it metabolites; but this subject needs more detailed evaluation.

  12. Teratogenicity study of N-methylpyrrolidone after dermal application to Sprague-Dawley rats.

    Becci, P J; Knickerbocker, M J; Reagan, E L; Parent, R A; Burnette, L W


    Teratogenicity studies were performed in rats given N-methylpyrrolidone, a solvent used in chemical processing. Dosages of 75,237 and 750 mg of N-methylpyrrolidone/kg body weight/day were administered dermally to groups of 25 pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats on days 6 through 15 of gestation. Additionally, the study used a positive dermal control. Hexafluoroacetone, was chosen based on its dermal teratogenic activity. An oral positive control, aspirin, was included in order to add significance to the data generated in the experimental positive dermal control group. All animals were killed and subjected to uterine examination on day 20 of gestation. Maternal toxicity was indicated at 750 mg of N-methylpyrrolidone/kg by reduced body weight gain during gestation. Treatment with N-methylpyrrolidone resulted in dose-dependent brightly colored yellow urine and dry skin. Treatment at the high dosage level resulted in fewer live fetuses per dam, an increase in the percentage of resorption sites and skeletal abnormalities. These effects could be the result of maternal toxicity. There was no evidence of teratogenic effects nor effects on the dams at 75 and 237 mg/kg of body weight.

  13. Effects of Teratogenic Drugs on CYP1A1 Activity in Differentiating Rat Embryo Cells.

    Tayeboon, Gh S; Ostad, S N; Nasri, S; Nili-Ahmadabadi, A; Tavakoli, F; Sabzevari, O


    CYP1A1, a P450 isoenzyme, is involved in the phase I xenobiotic metabolism including teratogen drugs. In the present study, the ability of teratogens to elevate the embryonic expression of CYP1A1 was examined. Micromass cell cultures prepared from day 13 rat embryo limb buds (LB). LB cells were cultivated and exposed for 5 days to retinoic acid (RA), hydrocortisone (HC), caffeine (CA) and quinine (QN). CYP1A1 protein expression and activity were measured using immunofluorescence staining and ethoxyresorufin O-deethylation (EROD) assay, respectively. The EROD activity increased significantly following LB cells exposure to RA and HC (pteratogens have potency to increase CYP1A1 activity.

  14. Protective effect of quercetin on skeletal and neural tube teratogenicity induced by cyclophosphamide in rat fetuses

    Khaksary Mahabady, Mahmood; Gholami, Mohammad Reza; Najafzadeh Varzi, Hossein; Zendedel, Abolfazl; Doostizadeh, Mona


    Cyclophosphamide (CP) is a drug commonly used to treat neoplastic disease and some autoimmune diseases. It is also a well-known and well-studied teratogen causing a variety of birth defects in fetuses of pregnant women treated with the drug. There are many reports that show the adverse effects of CP can be decreased by use of antioxidant drugs. It appears that, quercetin has antioxidant effect. The aim of this study was prevention or decrease of teratogenicity of CP in fetuses of rats by quercetin. This study was performed on 35 pregnant rats divided into six groups. Control group was received normal saline (5 mL kg-1, intraperitoneally) and 2-6 groups received a single dose of CP (15 mg kg-1), a single dose of quercetin (75 or 200 mg kg-1), CP plus quercetin (75 or 200 mg kg-1) intraperitoneally at 9th day of gestation, respectively. Fetuses were collected at 20th day of gestation and after determination of weight and crown rump length were stained by alizarin red – alcian blue method and skeletal system were examined by stereomicroscope. The results showed that the cleft palate, exencephaly, spina bifida and omphalocele incidence were 55.56%, 27.77%, 33.34% and 11.11%, in fetuses of rat that received only CP, respectively. However, it decreased to 16.00%, 16.00%, 16.00% and 8.00% by quercetin (75 mg kg-1) and so to 12.90%, 12.90%, 6.45% and 3.28% by quercetin (200 mg kg-1), respectively. On the basis of results, quercetin significantly can decrease teratogenicity induced by CP. PMID:27482358

  15. Teratogenic effect of fission neutron and tritium water on rat embryo

    Satow, Yukio; Hori, Hiroshi; Lee, Juing-Yi


    A single whole body irradiation of Cf-252 was given at various doses in pregnant rats on Day 8 or 9 of pregnancy. Cobalt-60 gamma-ray irradiation was given at the same dose rate (one rad/min) to another group of pregnant rats as controls. When modified straight lines were obtained for the frequency of anomalous fetuses in the total implants and of survived embryos exposed to Cf-252 of 20-120 rad or to Co-60 of 80-220 rad on Day 8 of pregnancy, relative biological effects (RBE) ranged from 2.3 to 2.7. Malformation types were similar in the Cf-252 group and the Co-60 group. Using fetal LD/sub 50/ as an index, RBE was 2.4 in rats irradiated on Day 8 of pregnancy and 3.1 in rats irradiated on Day 9. Teratogenic effects of tritium water (HTO) on rat embryos were also examined, and the results were compared with those of tritium simulator (Cs-137 gamma-rays). Six groups of pregnant rats were injected intraperitoneally with HTO, containing 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 or 150 mCi HTO/300 g body weight, on Day 9. Malformations were seen in 100% of the survived embryos and 81.3% of the total implants in the group given 100 mCi (accumulated doses of 451 rad) of HTO. Accumulated tritium simulator doses of 680 rad induced malformations in 98.4% of survived embryos and in 71.7% of the total implants. Both kinds of radiation induced similar anomalies of the cardiovascular system in rat embryos. A comparison of HTO and tritium simulator showed the teratogenic effect of RBE to be greater than 1.8 and to reach approximately 2.6. (Namekawa, K).

  16. From teratogens to potential therapeutics: natural inhibitors of the Hedgehog signaling network come of age.

    Hovhannisyan, Amalya; Matz, Madlen; Gebhardt, Rolf


    Steroidal alkaloids from Veratrum californicum (Durand) are known to exert teratogenic effects (e.g., cyclopia, holoprosencephaly) by blocking the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, which plays a considerable role in embryonic development and organogenesis. Most surprisingly, recent studies demonstrate that this complex signaling network is active even in the healthy adult organism, where it seems to control important aspects of basic metabolism and interorgan homeostasis. Abnormal activation of Hh signaling, however, can lead to the development of different tumors, psoriasis, and other diseases. This review provides an overview of how the principle teratogenic and hazardous constituent of Veratrum californicum, cyclopamine, interferes with Hh signaling and can potentially serve as a beneficial therapeutic for different tumors and psoriasis.

  17. Teratogenic effects of trichloroacetonitrile in the Long-Evans rat

    Smith, M.K.; Randall, J.L.; Tocco, D.R.; York, R.G.; Stober, J.A.; Read, E.J.


    Trichloroacetonitrile (TCAN) is among a number of contaminants found in drinking water produced by reactions of chlorine with background organic material. Long-Evans rats were intubated with TCAN (0, 1, 7.5, 15, 35, 55 mg/kg) in a tricaprylin vehicle on gestation days 6-18. The highest dose tested (55 mg/kg) was lethal in 21% of the dams and produced 100% resorptions in two-thirds of the survivors. Only one maternal death was seen at the next-lower dose; however, fetal weight and viability were decreased in a dose-related manner. The percentage of embryolethality was 13.9% at the lowest dose and 78.4% at the high dose, with resorption of entire litters seen at 7.5 mg/kg and above. At all doses, cardiovascular (interventricular septal defect, levocardia, common carotid, and right-sided aortic arch and ductus arteriosus) and urogenital (hypoplastic, missing, misplaced and fused kidneys, and hypoplastic uterine horns) malformations were seen in the offspring. Frequency of these malformations was dose related, ranging from 8% to 35% at the 1.0- and 35-mg/kg doses, respectively. The incidence of total soft tissue malformations was statistically significant at 15 and 35 mg/kg. There were no significant treatment-related changes in the incidence of skeletal malformations. The no-effect dose was established by statistical analysis to be 1.0 mg/kg/day.

  18. Teratogenic effects on tritiated water and tritium simulator on rat embryos

    Lee, Juing-Yi; Satow, Yukio


    Five groups of pregnant rats were injected intraperitoneally with HTO containing 50, 75, 100, 125 and 150 mCi HTO/300 g b.w. on day 9 of gestation. To obtain accurate RBE values of HTO in rats, five groups of pregnant rats were exposed to Cs-137 ..gamma..-rays on days 9 - 18 of gestation at decreasing doses in accordance with body tritium concentration exponential decrease by tritium simulator. The rats were sacrificed on day 18 and the offspring were examined for external and visceral malformations (Sperm day = day 0). Teratogenicity and effects on fetal growth were dosage-dependent in both radiation groups. Thirteen (4.0 %) of the 327 survived embryos from control litters was grossly malformed. Malformations were seen at the highest incidence of 100 % of the survived embryos and 81.3 % of implanted ones in the group given 100 mCi (4.0 Gy) of HTO on day 9 of gestation. Growth retardation and generalized edema were observed in experimental embryos. By the tritium simulator accumulated doses of Cs-137 ..gamma..-rays irradiation at 6.8 Gy induced of 98.4 % malformation of survival embryos and 71.7 % of the implanted ones on day 9 of gestation. Both radiations (HTO and Cs-137 ..gamma..-rays) induced similar anomalies of the cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal system in rat embryos. These included VSD, hypoplasia of the pulmonary trunk, right aortic arch, riding aorta, coarctation of the aorta, aberrant right subclavian artery, hypoplasia or incomplete of the lungs as well as limb and tail malformation. Only a number of embryos given HTO exhibited persistent atrioventricular canal and malformation of the eye. In the present study, comparisons between HTO and tritium similator showed the teratogenic effect of RBE to be greater than 1.8 and to reach approximately 2.6. It is proposed that RBE of HTO increased to over 3 in the low dose range. (J.P.N.).

  19. Teratogenic evaluation of epichlorohydrin in the mouse and rat and glycidol in the mouse.

    Marks, T A; Gerling, F S; Staples, R E


    Pregnant outbred albino rats (CD) and mice (CD-1) were given epichlorohydrin by gastric intubation on d 6-15 of gestation. The rats were killed on d 21 (d 18 for mice) and the offspring checked for gross, visceral, and skeletal malformations. Epichlorohydrin caused a significant reduction in the weight gain of pregnant rats at 80 mg/kg.d as compared with the control group treated only with the vehicle. However, there was no evidence of teratogenicity in the rat fetuses even at a dose level (160 mg/kg.d) that caused the death of some of the treated dams. Epichlorohydrin also did not produce a statistically significant increase in the average percent of malformed mouse fetuses, even at 160 mg/kg.d, a dose that killed 3 of 32 treated dams. The 120 and 160 mg/kg.d levels did cause a significant (p less than 0.05) reduction in the average fetal weight as compared with controls. In addition, the 120 mg/kg.d dose produced the statistically significantly increase in the liver weight of the pregnant mouse. These observations indicate that the 120 and 160 mg/kg.d dose levels were toxic toward the dams and their unborn offspring. In a similar mouse study, glycidol showed no evidence of teratogenicity. There was a significant increase in the number of stunted fetuses at 200 mg/kg.d, but all of these were present in a single litter. Further, the same dose killed 5 of 30 dams.

  20. Teratogenicity, Mutagenicity, and Effects of Grade 2 Diesel Fuel on Reproduction in a Single Generation of Rats.


    CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE 18. Subject Terms (Continued) Fertility index Pregnant Teratogenesis Fetus Rats Viability index Gestation Single generation Lactation...indicated in the DF-2 smoke group but without significantly lower body weights. Nothing indicates that DF-2 smoke caused fetal growth retardation...8 2.2. Fetal Toxicity and Teratogenicity ...................... 10 2.2.2 Dominant Lethal Mutation

  1. Review of the role of potential teratogens in the origin of human nonsyndromic oral clefts.

    Wyszynski, D F; Beaty, T H


    Oral clefts are common birth defects affecting approximately 1 every 1,000 caucasian newborns. While many syndromes with cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P) or with cleft palate (CP) are recognized, the majority of oral clefts fall into the category of "nonsyndromic oral clefts" and the etiology of this group remains incompletely understood. Investigators agree that oral clefts are multifactorial in origin, with both genetic and environmental factors in their etiology. While animal models have identified several teratogens for oral clefts, their precise relevance for humans remains unclear. The goal of this work is to review literature on environmental exposures potentially associated with non-syndromic oral clefts.

  2. Evaluation of potential embryotoxicity and teratogenicity of 42 herbicides, insecticides, and petroleum contaminants to mallard eggs

    Hoffman, D.J.; Albers, P.H.


    Results are reported for the embryotoxicity of 42 environmental contaminants applied externally to mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) eggs including crude and refined petroleum, and commercial formulations of herbicides and insecticides. Many of the petroleum pollutants were embryotoxic and moderately teratogenic and had LD50s of 0.3 to 5 ?l per egg (~6?90 ?g/g egg). The most toxic was a commercial oil used for control of road dust followed by South Louisiana crude oil, Kuwait crude, no. 2 fuel oil, bunker C fuel oil, and industrial and automotive waste oil. Prudhoe Bay crude, unused crankcase oil, aviation kerosene, and aliphatic hydrocarbon mixtures were less toxic ( LD50s of 18 to over 75 ? l) and less teratogenic. The LD50s of herbicides and insecticides in aqueous emulsion were measured by egg immersion; the most toxic were paraquat and trifluralin (LD50s of about 1.5 Ibs/A; 1.7 kg/ha). Propanil, bromoxynil with MCPA, methyl diclofop, prometon, endrin, sulprofos, and parathion were toxic (LD50s of 7 to 40 Ibs/A; 7.8?44.8 kg/ha), whereas 2,4-D, glyphosate, atrazine, carbaryl, dalapon, dicamba, methomyl, and phosmet were only slightly toxic or not toxic (LD50s of 178 to over 500 Ibs/A; 199?560 kg/ha). Pesticides in nontoxic oil vehicle applied by microliter pipet were up to 18 times more toxic than when applied in water vehicle, which was probably due to better penetration of the pesticide past the eggshell and its membranes. Teratogenic effects and impaired embryonic growth are reported and results discussed in terms of potential hazard at field levels of application. A discussion is provided on the effects of pollutants on the eggs of other species of birds under laboratory and field conditions.

  3. Acute embryo toxicity and teratogenicity of three potential biofuels also used as flavor or solvent

    Bluhm, Kerstin; Seiler, Thomas-Benjamin [RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Environmental Research, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Anders, Nico [RWTH Aachen University, Aachener Verfahrenstechnik — Enzyme Process Technology, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Klankermayer, Jürgen [RWTH Aachen University, Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Schaeffer, Andreas [RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Environmental Research, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Chongqing University, College of Resources and Environmental Science, Chongqing 400715 (China); Nanjing University, State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing 210093 (China); Hollert, Henner, E-mail: [RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Environmental Research, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Chongqing University, College of Resources and Environmental Science, Chongqing 400715 (China); Nanjing University, State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing 210093 (China); Tongji University, College of Environmental Science and Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, Shanghai 200092 (China)


    The demand for biofuels increases due to concerns regarding greenhouse gas emissions and depletion of fossil oil reserves. Many substances identified as potential biofuels are solvents or already used as flavors or fragrances. Although humans and the environment may be readily exposed little is known regarding their (eco)toxicological effects. In this study, the three potential biofuels ethyl levulinate (EL), 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF) and 2-methylfuran (2-MF) were investigated for their acute embryo toxicity and teratogenicity using the fish embryo toxicity (FET) test to identify unknown hazard potentials and to allow focusing further research on substances with low toxic potentials. In addition, two fossil fuels (diesel and gasoline) and an established biofuel (rapeseed oil methyl ester) were investigated as references. The FET test is widely accepted and used in (eco)toxicology. It was performed using the zebrafish Danio rerio, a model organism useful for the prediction of human teratogenicity. Testing revealed a higher acute toxicity for EL (LC{sub 50}: 83 mg/L) compared to 2-MTHF (LC{sub 50}: 2980 mg/L), 2-MF (LC{sub 50}: 405 mg/L) and water accommodated fractions of the reference fuels including gasoline (LC{sub 50}: 244 mg DOC/L). In addition, EL caused a statistically significant effect on head development resulting in elevated head lengths in zebrafish embryos. Results for EL reduce its likelihood of use as a biofuel since other substances with a lower toxic potential are available. The FET test applied at an early stage of development might be a useful tool to avoid further time and money requiring steps regarding research on unfavorable biofuels. - Highlights: • The demand for biofuels increases but their (eco)toxicological effects are unknown. • Acute fish embryo toxicity and teratogenicity of potential biofuels were evaluated. • Ethyl levulinate induced a higher acute toxicity compared to WAFs of gasoline. • Ethyl levulinate caused

  4. Marked increase in the teratogenicity of the combined administration of the industrial solvent 2-methoxyethanol and radiofrequency radiation in rats

    Nelson, B.K.; Conover, D.L.; Brightwell, W.S.; Shaw, P.B.; Werren, D.; Edwards, R.M.; Lary, J.M. (Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Science, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH (United States))


    Limited published animal research reports synergistic teratogenic effects following combined hyperthermia (induced by elevated ambient temperature) and administration of chemical teratogens. Radiofrequency (RF) radiation is widely used in occupational environments. Since RF radiation also elevates the body temperature of, and is teratogenic to, exposed animals, concurrent RF radiation and chemical agent administration may enhance teratogenicity. The present exploratory study, consisting of preliminary dose-finding studies and the primary study, was designed to investigate whether concurrent exposure of rats to RF radiation and the industrial solvent 2-methoxyethanol (2ME) can enhance the developmental toxicity of either agent acting alone. Preliminary dose-finding studies using small numbers of rats investigated the ability of various RF radiation conditions and doses of 2ME to produce external malformations (primarily of the paws) when administered on gestation day 13. Based on these preliminary studies, RF radiation exposure (sufficient to elevate rectal temperature to 42.0 degrees C (4 degrees C above normal for rats) for 30 min) and 2ME administration (150 mg/kg) were selected for the primary study. In the primary study, groups of 18 to 27 pregnant rats were administered RF radiation exposure and distilled water gavage, 2ME gavage and sham RF exposure, RF radiation exposure and 2ME gavage concurrently, or sham RF exposure and distilled water gavage. Pregnant rats were sacrificed on gestation day 20, and the offspring were examined for external malformations. Combined exposures enhanced the adverse effects produced by either experimental agent alone (no malformations were detected in the double sham group).


    ZHOUHui-Jun; FANGRui-Ying; YANGBao-Zhu; ZHANGYuan-Pei


    DL-111-IT, a new pregnancy-terminating agent, was synthesized in our laboratory. Its subcutaneous ED50 for termination of early pregnancy was found to be 0.29±0.08 mg/ kg/d × 5d or 11.5± 1.3 rag/kg in single dose. The present paper deals with the delayed emhryotoxic and teratogenic effects ofDL-111-IT on fetuses of the next litter in rats.

  6. Toxicity and teratogenicity studies with the hypolipidemic drug RMI 14,514 in rats.

    Gibson, J P; Larson, E J; Yarrington, J T; Hook, R H; Kariya, T; Blohm, T R


    The hypolipidemic drug RMI 14,514 (5-tetradecyloxy-2-furoic acid) has an oral LD50 of over 5000 mg/kg in rats. In a chronic toxicity study (6 months drug diet) doses of 30, 100, or 300 mg/kg/day produced no obvious signs of toxicity or abnormal clinical pathology parameters, other than prominent growth retardation at 300 mg/kg, which was somewhat alleviated when the dose was reduced to 200 mg/kg after 6 weeks. Hepatic change in the form of mild lipid accumulation was noted histopathologically after 6 months of treatment at 100 or 300 mg/kg/day, but was not present at 3 months or after 4 weeks off drug. The administration of RMI 14,514 in the diet to pregnant rats at 30, 100, or 150 mg/kg/day on Days 7 thru 21 of pregnancy (day 1 = day sperm detected) did not induce any teratogenic effects. When rats were exposed to the drug from implantation thru sexual maturity (126 days of age) at the same dosage, it produced no adverse developmental or behavioral effects, except for slight reduction in weight gain from birth to sexual maturity at 150 mg/kg/day. The drug caused reductions in plasma cholesterol and total fatty acids, but no distinct changes in various tissue lipids, except in the erythrocyte where fatty acids and phospholipids were reduced. These differences did not affect membrane integrity of the erythrocyte as far as osmotic or mechanical fragility tests could determine. The drug, which bears a structural resemblance to long-chain fatty acids, was incorporated into tissue lipids in detectable amounts, but tended to disappear from tissues at a rate similar to that of expected lipid turnover after treatment was stopped.

  7. Teratogenic effect of cisplatin in rats and the protective role of sodium selenate.

    Hassan, Mohammed S; Morgan, Ashraf M; Mekawy, Mohey M; Zaki, Amr R; Ghazi, Zeinab M


    Eighty pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were used in this study. They were allotted to four equal groups. The first group served as a control without any treatment while the other groups were given cisplatin, sodium selenate, and cisplatin+sodium selenate, respectively. Cisplatin was injected intraperitoneally in a dose of 5mg/kgb wt. on the 12th day of gestation while sodium selenate was administered orally in a dose of 0.5mg/kgb wt throughout gestation. Animals were sacrificed on the 20th day of gestation for fetal examination. Cisplatin produced significant elevation in the percentages of late resorption sites and dead foetuses compared with the control group. The mean foetal and placental weights were significantly reduced. Dwarf foetuses and subcutaneous (s/c) haemorrhage were also recorded in cisplatin-treated group. Visceral abnormalities were revealed in the form of dilated nares, anophthalmia and/or microphthalmia, dilated brain ventricles, hypertrophy of the heart, hypoplasia of the lung, hepatomegaly and dilated renal pelvis. Skeletal examination showed wide open fontanel, incomplete ossification of parietal and interparietal bones, incomplete ossification of sternum, reduction in the number or even complete absence of phalanges, sacral and/or caudal vertebrae. Histopathological examination of placentas in cisplatin-treated group revealed severe pathological alterations. Administration of sodium selenate significantly alleviated the afore-mentioned adverse effects of cisplatin on the fetuses and their placentas so we conclude that sodium selenate as an antioxidant has an effective protective role in cisplatin teratogenic effects.

  8. The teratogenic effects of Lorazepam on the organogenesis of the rat fetus

    Pasbakhsh P


    Full Text Available Lorazepam has in increasingly being used in our country in recent years. Pharmacologically, lorazepam belongs to the benzodiazepines known for their wide neurotropic properties. There have been several studies on the side effects of the drug as stress disorders, tumors, preconvulsive activities in case of epileptic attacks, overdose, and behavioral problems, but little is known regarding the teratogenicity of the drug and its effects on the craniofascial development. In this study, a group of adult wistar rats of definite average of age and weight were selected and exposed to 2 mg/kg/day to 20 mg/kg day of lorazepam after conception (during the organogenesis in the days 9 to 18 in case and control groups. The fetuses were first studied macroscopically regarding gross anomalies, and then histologically and histochemically to exactly inspect the defects of tissue organogenesis. According to the results obtained, there was significant difference in the weight and length of the cases compared to the control group. Several anomalies of the eyes and ears (Coloboma of the eyelids with protruded globes and absence of the auricle and external auditory meatus, anomalies of the skull (Acrocephaly, and large rhombencephalon were found. The craniofascial organs such as the nasal epithelium, tongue, salivary glands and the palates were also affected. According to the final analysis, there is a significant difference between the case and control groups. It was also found that taking the drug in the second half of pregnancy could affect the migration of the neural crest cells (being very sensitive and change the mesenchymal structure of the neural crests. It also promotes the synthesis of proteins like growth hormone and growth factors. The fast, uncontrolled growth, defects the normal maturing process of the tissues during organogenesis, which ends in irreversible malformations.

  9. Teratogenicity Test of Pyraoxystrobin TC on Rat%唑菌酯原药大鼠致畸毒性试验

    韦春晟; 廖雪; 鲍清


    [Aims] The potential embryonal toxicity and teratogenic effects ofpyraoxystrobin TC on Sprague Dawley rat were determined.[Methods] The three groups of rats were orally administered and gavage with pyraoxystrobin at 5,15 and 45 mg/kg b.w.continuously for 14 days from 6 th to 19 th day after gestation.In addition,the rats of negative control were orally administered with sodium carboxymethyl cellulose solution at 0.5%(w/v) were performed as the same time.[Results] Compared to the rats of negative conmol,when the rats were orally administered with pyraoxystrobin at 15 and 45 mg/kg b.w.,the the weight gain of the pregnant rats was signifycantly lower.In addition,weight gain of the fetus was signifycantlylower (P<0.001).[Conclusions] When the rats were orally administered with pyraoxystrobin at 15 mg/kgb.w,the weight gain of the pregnant rats was affected.When the dose was 5 mg/kg,the growth rate of the fetus was affected,however,there was no teratogenic effect on rats.%[目的]测定唑菌酯原药对大鼠致畸方面的影响.[方法]应用Sprague Dawley(SD)大鼠为试验动物,设计5、15、45 mg/kg b.w.3个剂量组和1个阴性对照组来测定唑菌酯原药对动物致畸的影响.[结果]大鼠经口灌胃给予唑菌酯原药15、45 mg/kg b.w.两个剂量组动物和对照组动物相比,出现显著性的体质量增长缓慢;各剂量组胎鼠体质量也出现增长缓慢.[结论]经口灌胃给药15 mg/kg b.w.时,对孕鼠体质量增长有影响;给药5mg/kg时,对胎仔的生长速度有影响;但并无致畸作用.

  10. Study of teratogenicity of Sacha Inchi Oil in rats%印加果油对大鼠的致畸性研究

    黄超培; 傅伟忠; 赵鹏; 李彬; 张洁宏; 彭亮


      Abstrat] Objective To determine the potentially teratogenic effects of Sacha Inchi Oil on rats. Methods Sixty pregnant rats were divided randomly into 5 groups, including 3 groups of Sacha Inchi Oil with doses of 9 000, 4 500, and 2 250 mg/kg respectively, 1 negative control (distilled water) and 1 positive control (300 mg/kg aspirin).There were 12 pregnant rats in each group. The test substance were given to rats orally for 10 days from the 7th to the 16th day after gestation. On the 20th day the rats were sacrificed to examine the facies, viscera, bones and physical growth of fetuses. Results The body weight of parental rats, litter weight, live rate, fetus body weight and fetus length in all dose groups were not significantly different from negative control group (P >0.05), and no abnormality of organ or body was observed in the fetuses of all dose groups. Conclusion Sacha Inchi Oil had no female parent toxicity,embryo toxicity and teratogenicity in rats.%  目的检测印加果油的致畸性.方法将60只妊娠 SD 种大鼠随机分为印加果油9000,4500,2250 mg/kg 3个剂量组,1个阴性对照(玉米胚芽油)和1个阳性对照组(阿斯匹林300 mg/kg),每组12只,于妊娠第7~16d每天灌胃给受试物1次,于妊娠第20d解剖孕鼠,检查胎鼠外观、内脏和骨骼及身体发育等指标.结果印加果油各剂量组的孕鼠体重、窝重、胎鼠体重、身长、尾长、活胎率、吸收胎率及死胎率与阴性对照组比较,差异均无统计学意义(P >0.05),未见胎鼠外观、内脏和骨骼发育异常及畸形.结论印加果油在受试剂量下,对大鼠无母体毒性、胚胎毒性和致畸性.

  11. Teratogenic effects of Mimosa tenuiflora in a rat model and possible role of N-methyl and N,N-dimethyltryptamine

    Mimosa tenuiflora is a shrub/tree found in northeastern Brazil sometimes eaten by livestock and believed to be responsible for malformations observed in many animals from that region. The teratogenic compounds in M. tenuif lora are not known. This study used pregnant rats fed M. tenuif lora and comp...

  12. Human teratogens: update 2010.

    Holmes, Lewis B


    A wide variety of human teratogens have been identified. The characteristics of human teratogens can be used in the assessment of apparent "new" teratogens, when postulated. Information is available through online databases, such as TERIS and Reprotox, telephone-based counseling resources (e.g., Organization of Teratogen Information Systems [OTIS] and European Network Teratology Information Services [ENTIS]), reference books, annual meetings of the Teratology Society, and published articles. There are significant deficiencies in the information available: (1) lack of knowledge about the molecular and cellular basis for most teratogenic effects; (2) the inability to genetically identify more susceptible women before pregnancy; (3) little information is available on dermal and airborne exposures during pregnancy; and (4) most clinicians receive little, if any, training in the identification of or counseling for exposure to potential teratogens. There are many current dilemmas in counseling about exposures in pregnancy, including: (1) Is exposure to specific drugs, such as selected serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and the inhibitors of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, teratogenic in the first trimester of pregnancy? (2) Are the increased risks of birth defects associated with assisted reproductive technology due, in part, to epigenetic effects? (3) What are the "safe" levels of exposure to the plasticizers phthalates during pregnancy? (4) How do we convince busy physicians, nurses, and pharmacists not to use the drug categories A, B, C, D, and X in counseling and to use more accurate sources? There is a need for a national advisory center for pregnancy registries to provide guidance when new registries are being developed.

  13. Studies on the Mutagenicity and Teratogenicity of Kuianchun and Its Potential Carcinogenicity Prediction

    LIANG Jian-ping; ZHANG Li; CAO Sui-zhong; ZHOU Li-xia; ZHOU Xue-hui; LIU Zong-ping; WEI Chun-mei; MIAO Xiao-lin; WEI Zeng-quan


    Kuianchun is a newly synthesized antibacterial and growth-promoting drug. This paper selected a battery of three short-term tests, including Ames test, micronucleus test and sperm abnormality test, to detect the mutagenicity of Kuianchun. The carcinogenicity prediction and battery selection method (CPBS method) was used to determine the probability of carcinogenicity of Kuianchun based upon the results of shortterm tests mentioned above. In addition, traditional teratogenic test was selected to study teratogenicity of Kuianchun. In Ames test, Kuianchun showed mutagenic for Salmonella typhimurium strains TA98 and TA100 in the absence and presence of microsomal metabolic activation system (S9-mix). However, the mutagenicity was reduced by the addition of S9-mix. In micronucleus test, Kuianchun was administered intra-peritoneally to male mouse 30 hours and 6 hours before they were killed respectively. The result indicated that there was no significant difference on the number of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes (PCEs) in the mouse bone marrow induced by Kuianchun compared with the negative contrast (50% DMSO) (P > 0.05). In sperm abnormality test, Kuianchun was administered through a gastric incubation to male mouse as a suspension in 2% Tween-80. The dosage levels were 450, 750, 1000 and 1500mg/kg per day for 5 days. The result indicated that the percentage of abnormal sperms induced by Kuianchun was not significant compared with the negative contrast (P>0.05). In traditional teratogenic test, Kuianchun was given orally to pregnant mouse at 1/30,1/20 and 1/15 LDs0 during 6 - 15days of pregnancy period (the LD50 = 9000mg/kg). No toxicity was found either on mother and embryo in mouse, and teratogenic effects were also not observed at all tested dosages. The probability of carcinogenicity of Kuianchun is 23.8 % (θ = 0.238). The result demonstrated that Kuianchun is a non-carcinogen.

  14. 红丝线草对大鼠的致畸性研究%Teratogenicity of peristrophe roxburghiana in rats

    黄超培; 傅伟忠; 王彦武; 何励; 张洁宏; 彭亮


    OBJECTIVE:To determine the teratogenic effects of peristrophe roxburghiana (Schult.) brem in rats. METHODS:Pregnant rats were divided into 5 groups,each with 12 rats. Three groups were treated orally with th thexract from peristrophe roxburghiana for 10 days from 6 to 15 day of pregnancy with doses of 10.0,5.0,2.5 g/kg. The other two groups were fed orally with deionized water as negative control and aspirin with 0.3 g/kg as positive control. At th20 day,the rats were sacrificed to allow physical examination of the fetuses. RESULTS:In all treated groups the body weight of parental rats, litter weight, live rate, fetus body weight and fetus length were not significantly different from negative control group (P>0.05),and no abnormality of organ or external was found in the fetuses. CONCLUSION:In these experimental conditions,peristrophe roxburghiana had no appearance maternal toxicity,embryo toxicity nor teratogenicity in rats.%目的:检测红丝线草的致畸性。方法:红丝线草提取液设10.0、5.0、2.5 g/kg 3个剂量组,同时以去离子水作阴性对照,阿司匹林(0.3 g/kg)作阳性对照。每组12只SD孕鼠,受孕6 d开始按10 mL/kg给孕鼠灌胃受试溶液,每天1次,至受孕15 d,共灌胃10次。于妊娠20 d解剖孕鼠,检查胎鼠的身体、外观、内脏及骨骼发育等指标。结果:红丝线草各剂量组的孕鼠体质量、窝质量、胎鼠体质量、身长、尾长、活胎率、吸收胎率及死胎率与阴性对照组比较差异均无统计学意义(P均>0.05),未见胎鼠外观、内脏和骨骼发育异常及畸形。结论:在本实验条件下,红丝线草对大鼠无母体毒性、胚胎毒性和致畸性。

  15. Stereoselective anticonvulsant and pharmacokinetic analysis of valnoctamide, a CNS-active derivative of valproic acid with low teratogenic potential.

    Shekh-Ahmad, Tawfeeq; Hen, Naama; Yagen, Boris; McDonough, John H; Finnell, Richard H; Wlodarczyk, Bogdan J; Bialer, Meir


    Valnoctamide (VCD), a central nervous system (CNS)-active chiral constitutional isomer of valpromide, the corresponding amide of valproic acid (VPA), is currently undergoing phase IIb clinical trials in acute mania. VCD exhibits stereoselective pharmacokinetics (PK) in animals and humans. The current study comparatively evaluated the pharmacodynamics (PD; anticonvulsant activity and teratogenicity) and PK of the four individual stereoisomers of VCD. The anticonvulsant activity of VCD individual stereoisomers was evaluated in several rodent anticonvulsant models including maximal electroshock, 6 Hz psychomotor, subcutaneous metrazol, and the pilocarpine-induced and soman-induced status epilepticus (SE). The PK-PD (anticonvulsant activity) relationship of VCD stereoisomers was evaluated following intraperitoneal administration (70 mg/kg) to rats. Induction of neural tube defects (NTDs) by VCD stereoisomers was evaluated in a mouse strain that was highly susceptible to teratogen-induced NTDs. VCD had a stereoselective PK, with (2S,3S)-VCD exhibiting the lowest clearance, and consequently a twice-higher plasma exposure than all other stereoisomers. Nervertheless, there was less stereoselectivity in VCD anticonvulsant activity and each stereoisomer had similar median effective dose (ED)50 values in most models. VCD stereoisomers (258 or 389 mg/kg) did not cause NTDs. These doses are 3-12 times higher than VCD anticonvulsant ED50 values. VCD displayed stereoselective PK that did not lead to significant stereoselective activity in various anticonvulsant rodent models. If VCD exerted its broad-spectrum anticonvulsant activity using a single mechanism of action (MOA), it is likely that it would exhibit a stereoselective PD. The fact that there was no significant difference between racemic VCD and its individual stereoisomers suggests that VCD's anticonvulsant activity is due to multiple MOAs. Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2013 International League Against Epilepsy.

  16. Teratogenic effects of Mimosa tenuiflora in a rat model and possible role of N-methyl- and N,N-dimethyltryptamine.

    Gardner, Dale; Riet-Correa, Franklin; Lemos, Danilo; Welch, Kevin; Pfister, James; Panter, Kip


    Mimosa tenuiflora is a shrub/tree found in northeastern Brazil sometimes eaten by livestock and believed to be responsible for malformations observed in many animals from that region. The teratogenic compounds in M. tenuiflora are not known. This study used pregnant rats fed M. tenuiflora and components therefrom for bioassay and fractionation of possible teratogenic compounds. Rat pups were examined for cranial-facial defects and skeletal malformations. Experimental diets included M. tenuiflora leaf and seed material, extracts of leaf and seed, alkaloid extracts of leaf and seed, and N-methyltryptamine and N,N-dimethyltryptamine. Pups from mothers who received M. tenuiflora plant material, methanol extracts, alkaloid extracts, and purified N-methyltryptamines had a higher incidence of soft tissue cleft palate and skeletal malformations. Results are summarized as to the frequency of observed cleft palate and other noted malformations for each diet versus control.

  17. Studies on Mutagenicity and Teratogenicity of Sarafloxacin

    SHEN Jian-zhong; SHEN Chuan; XIAO Xi-long; LI Jun-suo; LIU Jin-feng; ZHANG Su-xia; ZHOU Zong-can; FU Juan-ling


    Wistar rats and closed Kunming strain mice were selected to study the genetic toxicity of sarafloxacin. The results indicated that sarafloxacin had no significant toxic effect of an excreted mutagen in S. typhimurium strains, and did not induce significantly higher percentages of polyehromatic erythrocytes with micronuclei (MNPCE) in mice. No significant mutagenic activity was observed in dominant lethal assay.At 5 and 50mg/kg b.w. , sarafloxacin did not produce significant effects on the reproductive parameters of litters and fetal growth, and did not induce the teratogenic effects on fetuses. Sarafloxacin induced some toxic effects on body length and skeletal growth in fetuses of 500mg/kg b.w., but had no significant dose - response relationship among the administered dosages of sarafloxacin. The results of the genetic toxicology above indicated that no evidence showing sarafloxacin was mutagenic and potentially teratogenic for animals.

  18. Fertility, developmental toxicity and teratogenicity in albino rats treated with methanol sub-fraction of Carica papaya seeds

    S Shrivastava


    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the status of fertility, developmental stages during gestation and teratological changes, if any, following oral administration of methanol sub-fraction (MSF of the benzene chromatographic fraction of the chloroform extract of the seeds of Carica papaya in rats. Materials and Methods: The MSF was administered at the doses of 50 mg contraceptive dose (CD, 100 mg (2x CD, 250 mg (5x CD and 500 mg (10x CD/kg body wt/day along with vehicle-treated control using 10 male and 20 female Wistar rats in each group. Necropsies were performed one day before the expected parturition. Status of gravid/non-gravid uterus, the number of corpora lutea in the ovary, implantation status, fetal wellbeing, fetal resorption, fetal body weight, external, visceral and skeletal malformations were recorded. Results: Pregnancies were recorded in vehicle-treated control animals and in the animals treated with 50 mg/kg body wt/day. The animals treated with 2x CD, 5x CD and 10x CD did not get pregnant. The fetuses and the status of the ovary, uterus and implantation, fetal body weight, soft tissues and skeletal structures were recorded normal. Data were comparable to those of control. Conclusion: The results suggest that the test substance had no developmental toxicity and teratogenicity which could affect pregnancy, implantation and gestation.

  19. Environmental teratogens.

    Brent, R. L.; Beckman, D. A.


    By far the largest category of malformations, 65% falls into the group of those with an unknown cause(s). Purely genetic causes of malformations (autosomal and cytogenetic), estimated to produce 20 to 25% of all human malformations, comprise the largest group of congenital malformations with known etiology. Although environmental causes of human malformations account for 10% or fewer of malformations, most of these environmentally induced malformations are related to maternal disease states. Fewer than 1% of all human malformations are related to drug exposure, chemicals, or radiation, but studies of environmentally induced malformations are important because they may teach us how to predict and test for teratogenicity, understand the mechanisms of teratogenesis from all etiologies, and provide a means by which human malformations can be prevented. PMID:2194610

  20. Environmental teratogens

    Brent, R.L.; Beckman, D.A. (Thomas Jefferson Univ., Philadelphia, PA (USA))


    By far the largest category of malformations, 65% falls into the group of those with an unknown cause(s). Purely genetic causes of malformations (autosomal and cytogenetic), estimated to produce 20 to 25% of all human malformations, comprise the largest group of congenital malformations with known etiology. Although environmental causes of human malformations account for 10% or fewer of malformations, most of these environmentally induced malformations are related to maternal disease states. Fewer than 1% of all human malformations are related to drug exposure, chemicals, or radiation, but studies of environmentally induced malformations are important because they may teach us how to predict and test for teratogenicity, understand the mechanisms of teratogenesis from all etiologies, and provide a means by which human malformations can be prevented.298 references.

  1. In vitro screening assay for teratogens using growth inhibition of human embryonic cells.

    Pratt, R M; Willis, W D


    We have tested 35 teratogenic and 20 nonteratogenic chemicals or drugs in a short-term, in vitro assay that identifies teratogens by their ability to inhibit growth of an established line of human embryonic palatal mesenchymal cells. Only those chemicals that exhibited a dose-dependent inhibition of growth at concentrations less than 1 mM were classified as inhibitory. An Aroclor-induced rat liver S-9 system was effective in metabolizing cyclophosphamide to its teratogenic form in culture. We suggest that this assay, along with the complementary tumor cell-attachment assay of Braun et al. [Braun, A. G., Emerson, D. J. & Nichinson, B. B. (1979) Nature (London) 282, 507-509] may be useful as a short-term in vitro battery for assessment of the teratogenic potential in environmental agents and to prioritize those chemicals which merit further testing in vivo. Images PMID:3862095

  2. In vitro screening assay for teratogens using growth inhibition of human embryonic cells

    Pratt, R.M.; Willis, W.D.


    The authors have tested 35 teratogenic and 20 nonteratogenic chemicals or drugs in a short-term, in vitro assay that identifies teratogens by their ability to inhibit growth of an established line of human embryonic palatal mesenchymal cells. Only those chemicals that exhibited a dose-dependent inhibition of growth at concentrations less than 1 mM were classified as inhibitory. An Aroclor-induced rat liver S-9 system was effective in metabolizing cyclophosphamide to its teratogenic form in culture. The authors suggest that this assay, along with the complementary tumor cell-attachment assay of Braun may be useful as a short-term in vitro battery for assessment of the teratogenic potential in environmental agents and to prioritize those chemicals which merit further testing in vivo.

  3. Teratogenicity and embryotoxicity study of carmine of cochineal in the rat.

    Grant, D; Gaunt, I F; Carpanini, F M


    Groups of 30 mated female rats were given daily doses of 0, 200, 500 or 1000 mg carmine/kg body weight by oral intubation throughout pregnancy. A group of 17 similar animals was given a solution of chlorides to provide an intake of sodium, potassium and ammonium equal to that resulting from the highest dose level of carmine. There were no effects of carmine treatment on body weights, pregnancy rates, pre-implantation losses, the average numbers of live young, litter weights or foetal weights. The group given the highest dose of carmine and the cation control had increased numbers of implantations and post-implantation losses. The latter was considered to be due to an inability to maintain the increased numbers of implantations rather than to an embryotoxic effect. The foetuses showed no malformations and those from the carmine-treated rats tended to have a slightly more advanced degree of ossification of certain skeletal elements than foetuses of the control animals. On the basis of the results obtained it is considered that there were no untoward effects on embryo development in rats given oral doses of up to 1000 mg carmine/kg body weight/day throughout pregnancy.

  4. Effect of arsenic on p53 mutation and occurrence of teratogenic salamanders: their potential as ecological indicators for arsenic contamination.

    Chang, Jin-Soo; Gu, Man Bock; Kim, Kyoung-Woong


    The p53 mutation in salamanders can be used as an indicator of arsenic contamination. The influence of arsenic exposure was studied on mutation of tumor suppressor gene in salamanders collected from several As-contaminated mine areas in Korea. Salamander eggs and larvae were exposed to arsenic in a toxicity test, and teratogenic salamanders found in heavy metal- and As-contaminated water from As-Bi mines were evaluated using PCR-SSCP to determine if they would be useful as an ecological indicator species. Changes in amino acids were shown to have occurred as a result of an arsenic-accumulating event that occurred after the DNA damage. In addition, both of the Hynobius leechii exposed groups were primarily affected by forms of skin damage, changes in the lateral tail/dorsal flexure and/or abnormality teratogenesis. Single-base sense mutation in codons 346 (AAG: Lys to ATG: Met), 224 (TTT: Phe to TTA: Leu), 211 (ATG: Met to AAG: Lys), 244 (TTT: Phe to TTTG: insertion), 245 (Glu GAG to Gln CAG) and 249 (TGT Cys to TGA stop) of the p53 gene were simultaneously found in mutated salamanders. Based on the results of our data illustrating the effect of arsenic exposure on the p53 mutation of salamanders in arsenic-contaminated mine areas, these mutated salamanders can be used as potential ecological indicators in the arsenic-contaminated ecosystems.

  5. Teratogenicity studies on halogenated benzenes (pentachloro-, pentachloronitro- and hexabromo-) in rats.

    Khera, K S; Villeneuve, D C


    The fungicide, pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB), and fire retardants, pentachloro- (QCB) and hexabromobenzene (HBB) were administered orally to rats at 0, 50, 100 or 200 mg/kg on day 6-15 of gestation. The highest doses were associated with loss of maternal body weight gain but the loss was not statistically significant. At term, all dams were killed and foetuses removed to determine effects on prenatal survival and morphological development. All doses of QCB increased the foetal incidence of extra ribs in a dose-related manner while the 200 mg/kg dose also reduced the mean foetal weight and increased the incidence of sternal defects. PCNB and HBB had no effect at all doses.

  6. Study on Teratogenicity of Acrylonitrile in Rats by Subcutaneous Injection%皮下注射丙烯腈对大鼠致畸作用研究

    崔金山; 杨衍凯; 付守林; 张玉敏; 段志文; 李海山; 王瀛; 张岸舸


    目的评价丙烯腈对雌性大鼠有无致畸作用。方法于雌性大鼠妊娠第7~16天皮下注射丙烯腈(AN)15,25,35 mg·kg-1,常规方法检测AN的胚胎毒性和致畸作用。结果 25 mg·kg-1组死胎率、吸收胎率升高,胎鼠平均体重、体长、尾长减小,与阴性对照组比较差异有显著性(P<0.05);35 mg·kg-1组除窝平均活胎数减少,差异有显著性( P<0.05),其余各指标与阴性对照组比较差异有非常显著性(P <0.01);25,35 mg·kg-1组畸胎率、母体畸胎率、活胎畸形率升高,与对照组相比差异有显著性和/或非常显著性(P<0.05或P <0.01),且有明确的剂量效应或剂量反应关系。本实验皮下注射AN染毒的致畸最低剂量为 15 mg·kg-1,致畸指数为6.3,以骨骼畸形为主,外观畸形主要为无尾、短尾等。结论丙烯腈皮下注射染毒有明显的胚胎毒性,致畸剂量小于经口染毒阈剂量,是一种弱致畸物。%Objective The teratogenicity of acrylonitrile(AN)on fe male rats was evaluated.Methods 15,25 and 35 mg/kg AN were administ ered by subcutaneous injection to rats on the time 7~16 d of gestation.Embryoto x icity and teratogenicity of AN were examined by a traditional teratogenic method .Results At the dosage of 25 mg/kg,AN could induce higher incidence of fetal resorption and death,and decrease the average fetal body weight and le ngth with significant difference(P<0.05)when compared with neg ative controls.At the dosage of 35 mg/kg,AN could decrease average vital fet us p er litter with significant difference(P<0.05),and induce chang es of other indexes with highly significant difference(P<0.0 1).At the dosage of 25 and 35 mg/kg,AN could induce higher teras rate,maternal t eras rate and malformation rate of vital fetus with significant and/or highly s ignificant difference(P<0.05 or P<0.01),resp ectively.There existed a dose-effect or dose-response relationship between abo ve

  7. Teratogenicity of Glufosinate-ammonium TC in Rat(SD)%草铵膦原药对大鼠致畸试验

    由宇润; 王智琴; 张炫; 吕耀中; 王捷


    [Aims]Glufosinate-ammonium 95%TC was submitted to the teratogenic toxicology laboratory for evaluation of poumaally tmatogenic toxicity in Sprague Dawley(SD)rats.The purpose of the teratogenic toxicology toxicity studywas to determine general toxic effects on pregnant rats.The embryo toxicity on embryonic rats and teratogenicity. [Methods]The study was conducted to pregnant Sprague Dawley(SD)rats with 30,70,150 ms/kg b.w. And a negative conuol group,acording to the Teratogenicity Test.[Results]Mild general toxic effects on pregant rats,the disappearance of second breastbone on tetuses,and no temtogenicity on fetuses were found at 70 mg/kg b.w. Dose level.Severe general toxic effects on pregant mrs,embryo toxicity On embryonic rats,the disappearance of second breastbone on tetuses,and ribs anamorphosis on individual fetus were found at 150 mg/kg b.w.dose level.[Conclusions]The test showed that mild general toxic effects,the disappearance of second breastbone on tetuses,and no teratogenicity on fetuses were found at 70 mg/kg b.W. Dose level and severe general toxic effects,embryo toxicity on embryonic rats,disappearance of second breastbone and ribs anamorphosis on individual fetus Were found at 150 ms/kg b.w.dose level.%[目的]检测95%草铵膦原药对妊娠大鼠是否有母体毒性,胚胎毒性以及致畸毒性.[方法]应用SpragueDawley(SD)大鼠为实验动物,设计30、70、150 mg/kg b.w.三个剂量组和1个阴性对照组进行了草铵膦原药的“致畸试验”.[结果]经口灌胃95%草铵膦原药70 mg/kg b.w.引起妊娠母鼠轻微母体毒性反应和胎鼠体质量增长缓慢,部分胎鼠出现第2胸骨缺失.95%草铵膦原药150 mg/kg b.w.引起妊娠母鼠严重的母体毒性反应、母体平均增重和胎鼠平均身长、尾长和体质量增长缓慢,部分胎鼠出现角尾和弯尾或第2胸骨缺失或肋骨缺失或短.[结论]经口灌胃95%草铵膦原药70 mg/kg b.w.可引起轻微母体毒性反应、胎鼠毒性

  8. Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME) and propylene glycol monomethyl ether (PGME): inhalation fertility and teratogenicity studies in rats, mice and rabbits

    Hanley, T.R. Jr.; Young, J.T.; John, J.A.; Rao, K.S.


    A combined dominant lethal-fertility study was conducted in which male and female Sprague-Dawley (CD) rats were exposed to 0, 30, 100, or 300 ppm of ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME) vapor for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week for 13 weeks and then mated to untreated counterparts. Among males, fertility was completely suppressed after exposure to 300 ppm. A partial restoration of reproductive function was evident following 13 weeks of recovery. No treatment-related reproductive effects were observed among males exposed subchronically to 100 ppm, or among females exposed to 300 ppm or below of EGME. Studies to assess the effects of inhaled EGME on embryonal and fetal development were also conducted in Fischer 344 rats. CF-1 mice, and New Zealand White rabbits. Rats and rabbits were exposed to concentrations of 0, 3, 10, or 50 ppm for 6 hr/day on days 6-15 or 6-18 of gestation, respectively. Exposure of rabbits to 50 ppm resulted in significant teratologic effects, an increased resorption rate, and decreased fetal body weight. Slight fetotoxicity in the form of skeletal variations were observed among rats exposed to 50 ppm. Separate groups of pregnant rats and rabbits were exposed to 0, 500, 1500, or 3000 ppm of propylene glycol monomethyl ether (PGME) during organogenesis. Mild CNS depression was observed among rats and rabbits exposed to 3000 ppm of PGME. Fetal examination revealed no embryotoxic or teratogenic effects among either species. Thus, it was concluded that PGME was not teratogenic at exposure levels up to 3000 ppm.

  9. Obstetric toxicology: teratogens.

    Levine, Michael; O'Connor, Ayrn D


    The emergency physician frequently encounters women who seek care because of pregnancy- and nonpregnancy-related complaints. Many medications are safe for use during pregnancy, including several that are listed as potential teratogens based on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pregnancy classification; but it is important that the emergency physician know and recognize which drugs can be given in pregnancy and which drugs are absolutely contraindicated. Expert resources should be identified and used because the FDA's classification of drugs based on pregnancy risk does not represent the most up-to-date or accurate assessment of a drug's safety.

  10. Viruses as teratogens.

    Oberst, R D


    The ability of certain viruses to affect prenatal development in domestic animals is well documented. However, differentiating a viral-induced malformation from those caused by genetic or other environmental causes is a diagnostic dilemma. Understanding how viruses interact with their embryo-fetal hosts and the potential consequences on prenatal development requires refining and dispelling some old concepts and injecting new insights into this diagnostic challenge. This article discusses several viral teratogens affecting domestic animals: Akabane, bluetongue, Cache Valley, Japanese B encephalitis, bovine viral diarrhea, Border disease, Chuzan, epizootic hemorrhagic disease, hog cholera, Rift Valley fever, and Wesselsbron disease viruses.

  11. Increases in discontinuous rib cartilage and fused carpal bone in rat fetuses exposed to the teratogens, busulfan, acetazolamide, vitamin A, and ketoconazole.

    Dodo, T; Uchida, K; Hirose, T; Fukuta, T; Kojima, C; Shiraishi, I; Kato, E; Horiba, T; Mineshima, H; Okuda, Y; Maeda, M; Katsutani, N; Hirano, K; Aoki, T


    Skeletal changes induced by treatment of pregnant rats with four potent teratogens, busulfan, acetazolamide, vitamin A palmitate, and ketoconazole, were evaluated using Alizarin Red S and Alcian Blue double-staining to investigate the relationship between drug-induced skeletal malformations and cartilaginous changes in the fetuses. Pregnant rats (N = 8/group) were treated once or twice between gestation days (GDs) 10 to 13 with busulfan at doses of 3, 10, or 30 mg/kg; acetazolamide at 200, 400, or 800 mg/kg; vitamin A palmitate at 100,000, 300,000, or 1,000,000 IU/kg; or ketoconazole at doses of 10, 30, or 100 mg/kg. Uterine evaluations and fetal external and skeletal examinations were conducted on GD 20. Marked skeletal abnormalities in ribs and hand/forelimb bones such as absent/ short/bent ribs, fused rib cartilage, absent/fused forepaw phalanx, and misshapen carpal bones were induced at the mid- and high-doses of busulfan and acetazolamide and at the high-dose of vitamin A palmitate and ketoconazole. Increased incidences of discontinuous rib cartilage (DRC) and fused carpal bone (FCB) were observed from the low- or mid-dose in the busulfan and acetazolamide groups, and incidences of FCB were increased from the mid-dose in the vitamin A palmitate and ketoconazole groups. Therefore, DRC and FCB were detected at lower doses than those at which ribs and hand/forelimb malformations were observed in the four potent teratogens.

  12. Teratogens as anti-cancer drugs.

    Blagosklonny, Mikhail V


    Most anticancer drugs are teratogens, merely because they target vital cellular functions. Conversely, some plants produce agents that intentionally target embryonic signaling pathways, precisely to cause birth defects if pregnant animals eat such plants. Cyclopamine, a teratogen produced by a flowering plant, inhibits the Hh/Gli pathway, causing developmental defects such as cyclopia (one eye in the middle of the face). In theory, selective teratogens may suppress cancer cells that reactivate embryonic pathways, while sparing most normal cells. I discuss the potential (and limits) of teratogens in cancer therapy, linking diverse topics from morning sickness of pregnancy, embryonic pathways and poisonous plants to the mechanism of action of anticancer teratogens and their combinations with less selective cytotoxic agents.

  13. The relative teratogenic index and teratogenic potency: proposed components of developmental toxicity risk assessment.

    Fabro, S; Shull, G; Brown, N A


    Teratogenicity tests should provide answers to three questions: (1) Can the agent induce developmental defects? ("teratogenic potential"); (2) What are the effective doses? ("teratogenic potency"); and (3) Are effective doses below adult toxic doses? ("teratogenic hazard"). The answers to (2) and (3) should be quantitative in nature, but there are no accepted parameters to express these properties. In this paper we propose parameters for the description of teratogenic potency and hazard in quantitative terms. Derivation and calculation of the parameters are illustrated by the analysis of adult lethality and teratogenicity data of eight structurally related anhydrides and imides, following testing in the CD-1 mouse. Teratogenicity was evaluated following treatment on Days 8-10 of gestation, using an average of four dose groups per compound and at least 10 dams per group. Adult lethality was estimated following a similar 3-day dosage schedule with an average of 6 dose groups per compound and at least 8 animals per group. Dose-response relationships of teratogenicity were fitted to a probit model from which tD50 (median effective dose), and other effective doses were computed. It is proposed that tD05, as a minimum teratogenic dose, best represents teratogenic potency. In this study, potency ranged from 0.17 mmol/kg/day for phenytoin to 5.2 mmol/kg/day for ethosuximide. In order to measure teratogenic hazard a ratio between adult toxic (lethality was chosen as the most appropriate measure) and teratogenic responses was made. Since the dose-response slopes of lethality and teratogenicity were different, a simple ratio between median effective doses could not be used. It is shown that a ratio of LD01 to tD05 provides a "Relative Teratogenic Index" (RTI) which reflects the teratogenic hazard of a test agent. The following RTI values (LD01/tD05) were computed in this study: phthalic anhydride, 0.9; phensuximide, 1.0; succinic anhydride, 1.0; ethosuximide, 1.2; phenytoin

  14. Study on the teratogenicity of chlorfenapyr in rats%虫螨腈原药致畸毒性实验研究

    殷霄; 陈晓燕; 刘莉莉; 曾丽海; 谢植伟; 黄建勋; 黄振烈


    Objective To study the teratogenicity and embryotoxicity of chlorfenapyr in rats by oral administration during the period of embryonic organ formation .Methods Totally 200 female and 200 male specific pathogen free healthy mature and nulliparous SD rats were selected .A male and a female rat in 1∶1 ratio were selected as the mating pairs for mating in one cage.The pregnant rats were randomly divided into 3 dose groups, a negative-and a positive-control group.On the gestation of day 6-15, rats in low-, median-and high-dose groups were given chlorfenapyr by gavage daily at the doses of 12.2, 61.2 and 306.2 mg/kg body weight (bw).N, N-methylena-bis (2-amino-1,3,4-thiadiazole) was used for the positive control and the vehicle (3% starch paste) was used for the negative control .Pregnant rats were euthanized and executed on day 20 of gestation.Indexes of the weight , length, visceral and skeletal changes of the fetuses were examined . Results After the administration of chlorfenapyr in the sensitive teratogenic period , the net weight gain of the rats in me-dian-and high-dose groups were lower than those of the negative control group [53.79 (39.81,60.65) vs 67.09 (47.27, 73.92) g, 42.34 (31.04, 53.46) vs 67.09 (47.27,73.92) g, P<0.05, P<0.01].The live birth rate in the high-dose group was lower than that in the negative control group (87.78% vs 92.75%, P<0.05).The stillbirth rate in the high-dose group was higher than that in the negative control group (4.18%vs 1.30%, P<0.05).Maternal toxicity, em-bryo toxicity and teratogenicity in fetal rats could be found in the positive group .Maternal toxicity and embryo toxicity occurred in high-dose group , however , teratogenicities in bones and internal organs could not be found in the fetal rats . Maternal toxicity , embryo toxicity and teratogenicity of fetal rats could not be found in low dose group .Conclusion At the dose of 306.2 mg/kg bw, maternal toxicity and embryotoxicity were observed , while teratogenicities of

  15. Potentiation of the teratogenic effects induced by coadministration of retinoic acid or phytanic acid/phytol with synthetic retinoid receptor ligands.

    Elmazar, M M A; Nau, H


    Previous studies in our laboratory identified retinoid-induced defects that are mediated by RAR-RXR heterodimerization using interaction of synthetic ligands selective for the retinoid receptors RAR and RXR in mice (Elmazar et al. 1997, Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 146:21-28; Elmazar et al. 2001, Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 170:2-9; Nau and Elmazar 1999, Handbook of experimental pharmacology, vol 139, Retinoids, Springer-Verlag, pp 465-487). The present study was designed to investigate whether these RAR-RXR heterodimer-mediated defects can be also induced by interactions of natural and synthetic ligands for retinoid receptors. A non-teratogenic dose of the natural RXR agonist phytanic acid (100 mg/kg orally) or its precursor phytol (500 mg/kg orally) was coadministered with a synthetic RARalpha-agonist (Am580; 5 mg/kg orally) to NMRI mice on day 8.25 of gestation (GD8.25). Furthermore, a non-teratogenic dose of the synthetic RXR agonist LGD1069 (20 mg/kg orally) was also coadministered with the natural RAR agonist, all- trans-retinoic acid (atRA, 20 mg/kg orally) or its precursor retinol (ROH, 50 mg/kg orally) to NMRI mice on GD8.25. The teratogenic outcome was scored in day-18 fetuses. The incidence of Am580-induced resorptions, spina bifida aperta, micrognathia, anotia, kidney hypoplasia, dilated bladder, undescended testis, atresia ani, short and absent tail, fused ribs and fetal weight retardation were potentiated by coadministration of phytanic acid or its precursor phytol. Am580-induced exencephaly and cleft palate, which were not potentiated by coadministration with the synthetic RXR agonists, were also not potentiated by coadministration with either phytanic acid or its precursor phytol. LGD1069 potentiated atRA- and ROH-induced resorption, exencephaly, spina bifida, aperta, ear anotia and microtia, macroglossia, kidney hypoplasia, undescended testis, atresia ani, tail defects and fetal weight retardation, but not cleft palate. These results suggest that synergistic

  16. Teratogenic Effects of Crude Ethanolic Root Bark and Leaf Extracts of Rauwolfia vomitoria (Apocynaceae on the Femur of Albino Wistar Rat Fetuses

    Mokutima A. Eluwa


    Full Text Available Introduction. Rauwolfia vomitoria is a plant used as a sedative and in the treatment of psychotic tendency. This study was on the teratogenic effects of its root bark and leaf extracts on Wistar rat’s fetal femurs. Materials and Methods. Twenty-five female rats weighing between 180 and 200 g were divided into 5 groups, of 5 rats each. Group A was the control, while Groups B, C, D, and E were the experimental. The female rats were mated with mature male rats to allow for pregnancy. Groups B and C animals received orally 150 mg/kg each of the root bark and leaf extracts of Rauwolfia vomitoria, respectively, while Groups D and E animals received 250 mg/kg bodyweight each of the root bark and leaf extracts of Rauwolfia vomitoria, respectively, from day 7 to day 11 of gestation. On day 20 of gestation, the rats were sacrificed, the fetuses were examined, and their femurs were dissected out and preserved, decalcified, and routinely processed using the Haematoxylin and Eosin staining method. Results. Histological observations of the fetal femur bones showed numerous osteoblast and osteoclast, hypertrophy, and hyperplasia of bone cells compared with the control. Conclusion. Ethanolic root bark and leaf extracts of Rauwolfia vomitoria may lead to advanced skeletal development.

  17. Effects of exposing rat embryos in utero to physical or chemical teratogens are expressed later as enhanced induction of heat-shock proteins when embryonic hearts are cultured in vitro

    Higo, H.; Higo, K.; Lee, J.Y.; Hori, H.; Satow, Y.


    In order to get more insight into the effects of teratogens on developing embryos, we investigated the protein synthesis patterns of the target organs isolated from teratogen-treated embryos. Rat embryos were either irradiated in utero with either 252Cf fission neutrons or 60Co gamma rays on day 8 of gestation or treated in utero with a bis(dichloroacetyl)diamine (a chemical teratogen) on days 9 and 10. Hearts were removed from the embryos on day 12 and were incubated in vitro at 37 degrees C in the presence of (35S)methionine for up to 8 hr. The newly synthesized labeled proteins were then analyzed qualitatively by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Enhanced and prolonged induction of a family of heat-shock (stress) proteins with a molecular weight of about 70,000 (SP70s) was observed as compared with those of controls. Among the teratogen-treated hearts, those with gross malformations already detectable at this early stage showed especially higher inductions of SP70s than did the others. The abnormal expression of SP70s observed in the present study appears to be a reflection of persisting cellular (tissue) damage inflicted by the teratogens, and the extent of the induction may be indicative of the degree and/or type of the damage. Such persisting defects in surviving cells, manifested by abnormal induction of SP70s in the present study, might be related to malformation of embryonic hearts.

  18. Teratogenic Effects of Pregabalin in Mice

    Leila Etemad


    Pregabalin may have potential teratogenic effects even in lower doses, however with less intensity than other AEDs. Therefore, it is suggested that great caution should be taken when prescribing it in pregnancy and further investigation for possible mechaninsms.

  19. Study on reproductive toxicity and teratogenicity in rats of Cistanche deserticola%肉苁蓉对大鼠生殖毒性及致畸的研究

    林健; 林蔚; 钟礼云; 黄佳宁; 陈秀锦; 陈冠敏


    目的 了解肉苁蓉是否具有生殖毒性或引起胎儿致畸.方法 将SD孕鼠随机分为4组,分别为阴性对照组(蒸馏水)和肉苁蓉0.83 g/(kg· BW)、1.66∥(kg·BW)和3.33g/ (kg·BW)3个剂量组,在受孕第7~16天连续10d给大鼠灌胃,第20天解剖取出胎鼠,观察肉苁蓉对母体及胎鼠的影响.结果 孕鼠及仔鼠各项指标与阴性对照组比较,未见明显差异.结论 肉苁蓉对孕鼠及胎鼠均未见毒性表现.%Objective To investigate whether there is reproductiveis reproductive or teratogenic toxicity of Herba cistanches.Methods SD pregnant rats were randomly divided into 4 groups:negative control group (distilled water),Herba cistanches 0.83 g/ (kg · BW) dose group,1.66 g/ (kg · BW) dose group and 3.33 g/ (kg · BW) dose group.At 7th to 16th of pregnancy,rats were given different experimental doses by gavage for 10 days continuously.At 20th day,fetal rats were taken out by dissecting the maternal rats to observe the effect of Herba cistanches on maternal and fetal rats.Results Comparing the fetal rats and pregnant rats of Herba cistanches groups with the negative control group,the difference was not obvious.Conclusion There is no sign of toxicity of Herba cistanches to maternal and fetal rats.


    郑定仙; 黄业宇; 林卫华; 冯丁山; 吴爱琴; 张晓昕; 王湛


    [目的]了解海南树仔菜对大鼠胚胎毒性及致畸性.[方法]将孕鼠随机分成4组(阴性对照组、树仔菜干粉低、中、高剂量组).每组12只.于受孕的d 7~16,各组分别灌胃给予树仔菜干粉0,250,500,1 000 mg/kg,于受孕的d 0、7、12、16、20称体重.d 20断头处死孕鼠,检查胎鼠的死亡情况、外观、体重、体长、尾长.1/2胎鼠制作内脏标本,其余制作骨骼标本.[结果]各剂量组孕鼠体重、胚胎形成与发育、各项畸形指标与阴性对照组比较,差异无统计学意义(P > 0.05).[结论]海南树仔菜无母体毒性、胚胎毒性及致畸性.%[Objective]To observe the embryotoxicity and teratogenicity of Sauropus androgynus planted in Hainan in rats.[Methods]The pregnant rats were randomly divided into four groups of twelve rats each (negative conthol group, low, moderate and high dose group of Sauropus androgynus power).Sauropus androgynus power was orally administered to the pregnant rats from the 7th to 16th days of gestation at doses of 0, 250, 500, 1000 mg/kg.The maternal body weight was recorded at days 0, 7, 12, 16 and 20 of gestation.The pregnant rats were sacrificed, the death, external, body weight, body length and tail length of the fetal rats were examined at the 20th day of gestation.Half the fetuses were prepared in Bouins for visceral examination and the remaining for skeletal.[Results]All of the indications in each dose group were not significantly different compared with negative control group (P > 0.05).[Conclusion]No the maternal toxic, embryotoxicity and teratogenicity of the sauropus androgynus were observed.

  1. Study on teratogenicity of Sodium Pentachlorophenol to rats%五氯酚钠原药对大鼠致畸性的试验研究

    刘春霞; 喻超; 王成; 刘瑶; 唐晓荞; 孙凡中


    目的 实验旨在通过经口染毒大鼠,检测妊娠动物接触五氯酚钠原药后引起致畸的可能性和致畸危害程度.方法 依据《GB 15670-1995农药登记毒理学试验方法》,选用的大鼠按雄、雌2∶1比例同笼交配,次日清晨阴道涂片检查雌鼠,发现精子即确定为受孕第0d.设计3个剂量组、1个阴性对照组和1个阳性对照组,高剂量为26.10 mg/kg,中剂量为5.22 mg/kg,低剂量为1.04 mg/kg,阳性对照为维生素A.在雌鼠受孕第6~15 d灌胃给予受试物,连续共10d,在妊娠第20d,腹腔注射麻醉后剖腹检查胎鼠是否畸形;将每窝胎鼠的1/2置于Bouins液中固定,检查内脏是否有畸形;另1/2胎鼠剥皮去内脏和脂肪,经染色,透明后检查骨骼是否有畸形.结果 高剂量组:大鼠孕期体重增重值降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);大鼠吸收胎率升高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);胎鼠的体长和体重值降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);胎鼠骨骼及内脏畸形例数明显增多,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).中剂量组:胎鼠骨骼及内脏畸形例数明显增多,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).低剂量组:未观察到明显的孕鼠、胎鼠毒性,未发现致畸作用.结论 五氯酚钠原药大鼠致畸试验未观察到有害作用剂量(NOAEL)为1.04 mg/kg,最小致畸剂量为5.22mg/kg;致畸指数为50,根据致畸指数初步评价该受试物具有致畸危害.%Objective According to " GB15670-1995 Pesticide Registration Toxicology Experiment Methods " , oral delivery of Sodium Pentachlorophenol was performed to study its teratogenicity to rats. Methods Choosing male and female rats in 2' 1 ratio for mating in one cage, the next morning, when sperm was found in vaginal smears, the first day of pregnancy was defined. During the first 6-15 days of fetation, test substance was given orally for 10 continuous days, and on the 20th day of gestation, intra-peritoneal injection of anesthetics was given; fetal

  2. Automated in vitro screening of teratogens.

    Walmod, Peter S; Berezin, Anton; Gallagher, Helen C; Gravemann, Ute; Lepekhin, Eugene A; Belman, Vadym; Bacon, Christopher L; Nau, Heinz; Regan, Ciaran M; Berezin, Vladimir; Bock, Elisabeth


    We present a new in vitro assay for screening of potential teratogens, based on staining of cultured mouse fibroblastoid L929 cells for the determination of number of live and dead cells and of cell morphology, employing automatic video recording, followed by detection of the stained specimen and calculation of endpoint values by the use of a computerized microscope workstation. Ten different parameters were combined empirically into a single index describing general alterations in cell morphology, and, subsequently, measurements of alterations in morphology and proliferation were combined to produce a single empirical index aimed at predicting teratogenic potency. The assay was employed in two different laboratories on 10 coded compounds; 7 compounds that have demonstrated in vivo teratogenic potentials: valproic acid (VPA), pentyl-4-yn-VPA, retinoic acid (RA), 13-cis-RA, AM580, thalidomide, and alpha-EM12 and 3 compounds for which no teratogenic potential has been demonstrated: isobutyl-4-yn-VPA, phytanic acid, and beta-EM12. Within each of the three groups of compounds the nonteratogens generally caused smaller alterations in cell morphology than the teratogens, although the effects of thalidomide and related compounds generally were minor or insignificant. The data support the hypothesis that cell morphology and proliferation in combination with other endpoints may be employed for in vitro screenings of potential teratogens, although studies of additional compounds are needed in order to establish the general validity of the procedure.

  3. Ocular teratogens: old acquaintances and new dangers.

    Tandon, A; Mulvihill, A


    Recent research into animal studies has contributed significantly to understanding the pathophysiology of some well-known teratogens, such as alcohol. Techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) and retinal synaptogenesis studies, have helped determine the specific areas in the developing brain and ocular structures, which are targeted by various teratogens. In this article, we also highlight a few newer agents, such as benzodiazepines, with potential for ocular malformation and morbidity in the developing foetus.

  4. Teratogenic effect of Euratorium adenophorum spreng extract in rats%紫茎泽兰醇提取物对大鼠致畸作用

    李厚勇; 王蕊; 张振铃; 徐明; 王蓉; 修海迪


    目的 探讨紫茎泽兰醇提取物对大鼠致畸作用.方法 按照《农药登记毒理学试验方法》,将孕鼠随机分为5组,紫茎泽兰高、中、低剂量组(分别于孕第6~16d经口灌胃给予1 000、500、200 mg/kg紫茎泽兰醇提取物),阴性对照组(蒸馏水),阳性对照组(阿司匹林300 mg/kg).于妊娠第20d处死孕鼠,观察孕鼠生殖情况和胎鼠生长发育、骨骼内脏畸形情况.结果 紫茎泽兰中、高剂量组吸收胎率分别为15.08%和7.62%,与阴性对照组比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),其它各剂量紫茎泽兰组孕鼠进食、活动、体重增长、死胎率均未见明显影响;与阴性对照组比较,胎鼠体重、身长、尾长无明显差异(P>0.05);胎鼠外观、骨骼、内脏检查均未发现明显畸形.结论 紫茎泽兰醇提取物具有一定胚胎毒性,无明显致畸作用.%Objective To study the teratogenicity of Euratorium adenophorwn spreng extract in rats. Methods According to toxicological test methods of pesticides for registration,the pregnant rats were divided into 5 groups;three Euratorium adenophorwn spreng extract dosage groups(1000,500,200 mg/kg) .negative control group and positive control group(300 mg/kg aspirin). Euratorium adenophorum spreng extract and aspirin were given orally from 6th to 16th day of gestation. The pregnant rats were sacrificed on the 20th day of gestation. Embryonic and fetal developmental parameters were surveyed. The appearance, viscera and skeleton of the fetuses were examined. Results Absorbed fetus rate in moderate and high dose groups was 7. 62% and 15. 08% .showing obvious increases compared with negative control group. There was no difference in the rate of fetal mortality and weight gain in all treated and negative control group. The weight, body length and tail length showed no significant difference between the treated groups and negative control group. Euratorium adenophorum spreng extract didn' t induce obvious




    The effects of the transplacental transfusion of heterologous rabbit-anti-rat antiserum (RAR antiserum) and subsequent immunological interaction on the development of 9-10 days old rat embryos (stages 8-10 somites) were studied using an in vitro whole rat embryo culture. Transplacental transfusion w

  6. Mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, and teratogenicity of acrylonitrile.

    Léonard, A; Gerber, G B; Stecca, C; Rueff, J; Borba, H; Farmer, P B; Sram, R J; Czeizel, A E; Kalina, I


    Acrylonitrile (AN) is an important intermediary for the synthesis of a variety of organic products, such as artificial fibres, household articles and resins. Although acute effects are the primary concern for an exposure to AN, potential genotoxic, carcinogenic and teratogenic risks of AN have to be taken seriously in view of the large number of workers employed in such industries and the world-wide population using products containing and possibly liberating AN. An understanding of the effect of acrylonitrile must be based on a characterization of its metabolism as well as of the resulting products and their genotoxic properties. Tests for mutagenicity in bacteria have in general been positive, those in plants and on unscheduled DNA synthesis doubtful, and those on chromosome aberrations in vivo negative. Wherever positive results had been obtained, metabolic activation of AN appeared to be a prerequisite. The extent to which such mutagenic effects are significant in man depends, however, also on the conditions of exposure. It appears from the limited data that the ultimate mutagenic factor(s), such as 2-cyanoethylene oxide, may have little opportunity to act under conditions where people are exposed because it is formed only in small amounts and is rapidly degraded. The carcinogenic action of AN has been evaluated by various agencies and ranged from 'reasonably be anticipated to be a human carcinogen' to 'cannot be excluded', the most recent evaluation being 'possibly carcinogenic to humans'. Animal data that confirm the carcinogenic potential of AN have certain limitations with respect to the choice of species, type of tumors and length of follow up. Epidemiological studies which sometimes, but not always, yielded positive results, encounter the usual difficulties of confounding factors in chemical industries. Exposure of workers to AN should continue to be carefully monitored, but AN would not have to be considered a cancer risk to the population provided

  7. Study on teratogenicity of Nikean in Wistar rats%放射增敏剂尼可胺对Wistar大鼠致畸作用的研究

    刘晓秋; 周则卫; 沈秀; 吴红英; 王德芝; 王芹


    Objective To investigate the teratogenicity of Nikean in Wistar rats.Methods Pregnant rats were divided into 4 groups,three Nikean dosage groups (300,200,100 mg/kg) and one negative control group.Nikean or normal saline was given via caudal vein injection for 10 days from the 10 th day of gestation.Pregnant rats were killed at the 20th day of gestation,and parers and their fetuses were examined.Results Compared to the control group,there was no difference in weight of pregnant rats in three Nikean dosage groups.No abnormality was observed in skeleton and internal organs of fetuses in three Nikean dosage groups.There were significant differences between three Nikean dosage groups and control group in fetal weight,trunk length and tail length in female and male rats.Conclusion NiKeAn at the dose of 300,200,100 mg/kg showed a certain fetotoxicity but had no apparent teratogenesis in rats.%目的 探讨放射增敏剂尼可胺对Wistar大鼠的致畸毒性.方法 将Wistar受孕大鼠随机分为尼可胺高、中、低3个剂量(300、200、100 mg/kg)的给药组以及空白对照组(0.9%氯化钠注射液).大鼠于孕期第10天按1.0 ml/100g体质量连续尾静脉注射给药10d.受孕20 d处死孕鼠,检查母体妊娠与胚胎畸形情况.结果 尼可胺各剂量组孕鼠的体质量与空白对照组比较,差异无统计学意义;尼可胺各剂量组均未观察到胎鼠明显的脏器及骨骼的畸形;尼可胺各剂量组雌性和雄性胎鼠活胎体质量、尾长及体长均较空白对照组明显减少和降低.结论 尼可胺在受试剂量下存在一定的胎儿毒性,但无明显的致畸作用.

  8. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity studies of poly (DL-lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres incorporated tetanus toxoid in Wistar rats.

    Chandrasekaran, R; Giri, D K; Chaudhury, M R


    Tetanus Toxoid loaded biodegradable microspheres (MTT) (poly (DL-Lactide-co-Glycolide) were administered intramuscularly to pregnant Wistar rats from Days 6 to 15 of gestation, at 1, 5 and 10-times the human equivalent dose of TT. Developmental defects in relation to soft tissues and skeleton, weight and sex of live pups and early fetal deaths from treated and control rats were analysed. The findings in treatment groups were comparable to those in the controls. These observations show that MTT was safe for pregnant rats and developing pups.

  9. The Inhibitory Effect of Camellia sinensis Extract on Decreasing Inductive Teratogenicity of Low Frequency Electromagnetic Field in Liver and Spleen of Balb/C Rat Embryo

    Javad Baharara


    Full Text Available Background: Many studies have an emphasis on Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS formation by electromagnetic field. Camellia sinensis is enriched with antioxidants and the antioxidants can neutralize the effects of ROS. In this study, the effect of Camellia sinensis extract on decreasing the inductive teratogenicity of the electromagnetic field (frequency 50Hz and intensity 50G in liver and spleen of Balb/C embryonic rat is examined. Materials and Methods: Twenty-four heads of pregnant female rat (Balb/C were divided into four groups: control group, experimental test group (off-device, empirical group1 (electromagnetic field 50 Gauss, empirical group2 (treated using Camellia sinensis extract + electromagnetic field 50 Gauss, in this empirical-experimental study. Then, liver and spleen tissue cross sections of 19-day embryos were prepared for histological assessments after weight and Crown-Rump length were measured. Resulting quantitative data was analyzed using ANOVA statistical tests and Tukey test with the significance level (p<0.05.Results: In examination of tissue sections, mean lymphocyte number of spleen in empirical group 1 showed a significant difference (p=0.001 comparing to the experimental control group, whereas mean lymphocyte number of spleen in empirical group 1 showed a significant difference (p=0.001 comparing to empirical group 2. Mean number of liver hepatocytes empirical samples 2 showed a significant decrease (p=0.004 comparing to the experimental control group, and mean number of liver hepatocytes empirical samples 2 showed a significant decrease (p=0.042 comparing to empirical samples 1. Conclusion: Consumption of Camellia sinensis could compensate for the inductive impairments in many cells electromagnetic fields, but it is not recommended in pregnancy period cause of changing the number of some cells.

  10. Use of cultured rat embryos to evaluate the teratogenic activity of serum: cadmium and cyclophosphamide. [Serum-based culture media for growing rat embryos is used to determine the teratogenicity of cadmium and cyclophosphamide

    Klein, N. W.; Vogler, M. A.; Chatot, C. L.; Pierro, L. J.


    Head fold stage rat embryos were cultured for 48 hrs in vitro on serum taken at various intervals from rats that had been injected ip with either cadmium or cyclophosphamide. Their response was compared to that of embryos cultured for the same period on control serum to which these substances were added directly. One and 4 hr sera from cadmium injected rats (2.13 mg Cd/sup + +//kg) were lethal. Eight hr serum allowed survival but embryos were exencephalic and contained reduced amounts of protein and DNA. The response to direct cadmium was characteristically different and was related to dosage and the extent to which zero-time embryos had progressed through the head fold stage. At 1.6, Cd/sup + +/-susceptible embryos were hemorrhagic but not exencephalic. One hr serum from rats given cyclophosphamide (180 mg/kg) was lethal. On 4 hr serum, embryos survived but were exencephalic and contained less protein and DNA than controls. Embryos were resistant to direct cyclophosphamide up to 800 per ml of medium. At this concentration, embryos appeared morphologically normal but contained reduced amounts of protein.

  11. Retinoids as teratogens.

    Soprano, D R; Soprano, K J


    Vitamin A is a necessary nutrient in the diet. However, excessive doses of retinoids by pregnant women result in teratogenesis. In this chapter, we initially discuss the occurrence and characteristics of fetal malformations associated with maternal ingestion of natural and synthetic retinoids in both experimental animals and humans. We then turn to an examination of the pharmacology of teratogenic retinoids, focusing on structure-function relationships and pharmacokinetics. Finally, we review the current literature on the molecular mechanism of action of teratogenic doses of retinoids and the role of the retinoic acid receptors and other target genes in this process.

  12. Teratogenic evaluation of oxacillin

    Czeizel, Andrew E.; Rockenbauer, Magda; Sørensen, Henrik Toft


    Teratogenic studies of oxacillin in humans have not been published. The population-based data-set of the Hungarian Case-Control Surveillance of Congenital Abnormalities, 1980-1996 contains 22,865 foetuses or newborns with congenital abnormalities and 38,151 matched control newborns without congen...

  13. Teratogenic Potential of 4-Nitrophenyl Methyl Phenyl Phosphinate (MPP) in Rats.


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  14. Piperidine alkaloids: human and food animal teratogens.

    Green, Benedict T; Lee, Stephen T; Panter, Kip E; Brown, David R


    Piperidine alkaloids are acutely toxic to adult livestock species and produce musculoskeletal deformities in neonatal animals. These teratogenic effects include multiple congenital contracture (MCC) deformities and cleft palate in cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. Poisonous plants containing teratogenic piperidine alkaloids include poison hemlock (Conium maculatum), lupine (Lupinus spp.), and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) [including wild tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca)]. There is abundant epidemiological evidence in humans that link maternal tobacco use with a high incidence of oral clefting in newborns; this association may be partly attributable to the presence of piperidine alkaloids in tobacco products. In this review, we summarize the evidence for piperidine alkaloids that act as teratogens in livestock, piperidine alkaloid structure-activity relationships and their potential implications for human health.

  15. RARalpha-mediated teratogenicity in mice is potentiated by an RXR agonist and reduced by an RAR antagonist: dissection of retinoid receptor-induced pathways.

    Elmazar, M M; Rühl, R; Reichert, U; Shroot, B; Nau, H


    To dissect the complex pattern of retinoid-induced developmental defects, an RXR-selective agonist (AGN191701, an arylpropenyl-thiophene-carboxylic acid derivative) was coadministered with an RARalpha-selective agonist (Am580, an arylcarboxamidobenzoic acid derivative) to NMRI mice on Day 8.25 of gestation. AGN191701 was neither fetotoxic nor teratogenic at the doses used, but potentiated Am580-induced resorptions, spina bifida aperta, micrognathia, kidney hypoplasia, dilated bladder, undescended testis, atresia ani, tail malformations, fused ribs, and fetal weight retardation. These effects were generally reduced by coadministration of an RAR-selective antagonist (CD2366, an adamantyl-methoxyphenyl-heptatrienoic acid derivative). The incidence of other defects induced by an RARalpha-selective agonist such as exencephaly or cleft palate was neither greatly affected by the RXR-selective agonist nor by the antagonist. These results suggest that some malformations such as the posterior neural tube defect spina bifida as well as urogenital defects may be mediated via liganded RARalpha-RXR heterodimerization, while other defects such as the anterior neural tube defect exencephaly as well as cleft palate are induced by different mechanisms.

  16. Study on teratogenicity of 3-nitro-1, 2, 4-triazol-5-ketone in rats%3-硝基-1,2,4-三唑-5-酮对大鼠致畸性的研究

    王玉玲; 杜文霞; 孙苑菡; 王星文; 常志强; 陈渝


    Objective To explore the teratogenicity of 3-nirto-l, 2, 4-triazol-5-ketone (NTO), a new energetic material used in weapons industry. Methods Teratogenicity in rats was determined by teratogenesis test in rats according to the "Toxic Chemicals Identification Technical Specifications". Results The results showed that the body weight gain in pregnant rats exposed to 2 500 mg/kg NTO was decreased significantly, corpus luteum formation and embryo implantation number were decreased significantly in rats exposed to 156-2 500 mg/kg NTO compared with the controls; appearance deformity of fetal might find in rats exposed to 2 500 mg/kg NTO, while the bone and viscera deformities even might see in rats exposed to 156-2 500 mg/kg NTO. Conclusion It is suggested that NTO showed some teratogenicity in rats in the dose range of 156-2 500 mg/kg.%目的 对新型含能材料3-硝基-1,2,4-三唑-5-酮(NTO)的致畸性进行研究,为进一步研究NTO对人体健康影响和制订职业接触限值提供依据.方法 根据《化学品毒性鉴定技术规范》,采用大鼠致畸试验进行研究.结果 NTO染毒2500 mg/kg剂量组孕鼠体重增重幅度降低;156 ~2500 mg/kg剂量组黄体形成及胚胎植入数降低;2500mg/kg剂量组胎鼠外观畸形;156 ~2500 mg/kg剂量范围内引起胎鼠骨骼和内脏畸形.结论 NTO在156~2500 mg/kg剂量范围内对大鼠具有胚胎毒性和致畸性.

  17. Retinoic acid isomers up-regulate ATP binding cassette A1 and G1 and cholesterol efflux in rat astrocytes: implications for their therapeutic and teratogenic effects.

    Chen, Jing; Costa, Lucio G; Guizzetti, Marina


    Recent studies suggest that retinoids may be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, although exposure to an excess of retinoids during gestation causes teratogenesis. Cholesterol is essential for brain development, but high levels of cholesterol have been associated with Alzheimer's disease. We hypothesized that retinoic acid may affect cholesterol homeostasis in rat astrocytes, which regulate cholesterol distribution in the brain, through the up-regulation of cholesterol transporters ATP binding cassette (Abc)a1 and Abcg1. Tretinoin, 13-cis retinoic acid (13-cis-RA), 9-cis-RA, and the selective retinoid X receptor (RXR) agonist methoprene significantly increased cholesterol efflux induced by cholesterol acceptors and protein levels of Abca1 by 2.3- (± 0.25), 3.6- (± 0.42), 4.1- (± 0.5), and 1.75- (± 0.43) fold, respectively, and Abcg1 by 2.1- (± 0.26), 2.2- (± 0.33), 2.5- (± 0.23), and 2.2- (± 0.21) fold, respectively. 13-cis-RA and 9-cis-RA also significantly increased mRNA levels of Abca1 (maximal induction 7.3 ± 0.42 and 2.7 ± 0.17, respectively) and Abcg1 (maximal induction 2.0 ± 0.18 and 1.8 ± 0.09, respectively), and the levels of membrane-bound Abca1 (2.5 ± 0.3 and 2.5 ± 0.40-fold increase, respectively), whereas they significantly decreased intracellular cholesterol content without affecting cholesterol synthesis. The effect of 9-cis-RA on cholesterol homeostasis in astrocytes can be ascribed to the activation of RXR, whereas the effects of 13-cis-RA and tretinoin were independent of either RXRs or retinoic acid receptors. These findings suggest that retinoids affect cholesterol homeostasis in astrocytes and that this effect may be involved in both their therapeutic and teratogenic actions.

  18. Medical databases in studies of drug teratogenicity: methodological issues.

    Ehrenstein, Vera; Sørensen, Henrik T; Bakketeig, Leiv S; Pedersen, Lars


    More than half of all pregnant women take prescription medications, raising concerns about fetal safety. Medical databases routinely collecting data from large populations are potentially valuable resources for cohort studies addressing teratogenicity of drugs. These include electronic medical records, administrative databases, population health registries, and teratogenicity information services. Medical databases allow estimation of prevalences of birth defects with enhanced precision, but systematic error remains a potentially serious problem. In this review, we first provide a brief description of types of North American and European medical databases suitable for studying teratogenicity of drugs and then discuss manifestation of systematic errors in teratogenicity studies based on such databases. Selection bias stems primarily from the inability to ascertain all reproductive outcomes. Information bias (misclassification) may be caused by paucity of recorded clinical details or incomplete documentation of medication use. Confounding, particularly confounding by indication, can rarely be ruled out. Bias that either masks teratogenicity or creates false appearance thereof, may have adverse consequences for the health of the child and the mother. Biases should be quantified and their potential impact on the study results should be assessed. Both theory and software are available for such estimation. Provided that methodological problems are understood and effectively handled, computerized medical databases are a valuable source of data for studies of teratogenicity of drugs.

  19. Teratogenicity of Antiepileptic Drugs

    Güveli, Betül Tekin; Rosti, Rasim Özgür; Güzeltaş, Alper; Tuna, Elif Bahar; Ataklı, Dilek; Sencer, Serra; Yekeler, Ensar; Kayserili, Hülya; Dirican, Ahmet; Bebek, Nerses; Baykan, Betül; Gökyiğit, Ayşen; Gürses, Candan


    Objective Antiepileptic drugs (AED) have chronic teratogenic effects, the most common of which are congenital heart disease, cleft lip/palate, urogenital and neural tube defects. The aim of our study is to examine teratogenic effects of AED and the correlation between these malformations and AED in single or multiple pregnancies. Methods This is a retrospective study of malformations in children born to mothers currently followed up by our outpatient clinics who used or discontinued AED during their pregnancy. Their children were then investigated using echocardiography, urinary ultrasound, cranial magnetic resonance image, and examined by geneticists and pediatric dentists. Results One hundred and seventeen children were included in the study. Ninety one of these children were exposed to AED during pregnancy. The most commonly used AED were valproic acid and carbamazepine in monotherapy. The percentage of major anomaly was 6.8% in all children. Dysmorphic features and dental anomalies were observed more in children exposed especially to valproic acid. There were 26 mothers with two and four mothers with three pregnancies from the same fathers. No correlation was found between the distribution of malformations in recurring pregnancies and AED usage. Conclusion Our study has the highest number of dysmorphism examined in literature, found in all the children exposed to valproic acid, which may account for the higher rate of facial dysmorphism and dental anomalies. On lower doses of valproic acid, major malformations are not seen, although the risk increases with polytherapy. Our data also indicate possible effects of genetic and environmental factors on malformations. PMID:28138106

  20. Value of the small cohort study including a physical examination for minor structural defects in identifying new human teratogens.

    Chambers, Christina D


    Most known human teratogens are associated with a unique or characteristic pattern of major and minor malformations and this pattern helps to establish the causal link between the teratogenic exposure and the outcome. Although traditional case-control and cohort study designs can help identify potential teratogens, there is an important role for small cohort studies that include a dysmorphological examination of exposed and unexposed infants for minor structural defects. In combination with other study design approaches, the small cohort study with a specialized physical examination fulfills a necessary function in screening for new potential teratogens and can help to better delineate the spectrum and magnitude of risk for known teratogens.

  1. DNA oxidation as a potential molecular mechanism mediating drug-induced birth defects: phenytoin and structurally related teratogens initiate the formation of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine in vitro and in vivo in murine maternal hepatic and embryonic tissues.

    Liu, L; Wells, P G


    M), reflected their murine teratogenic potency. Given the relatively low activities of cytochromes P450, compared to PHS and LPOs, in human and rodent embryonic tissues, these data support the potential teratological importance of peroxidase-catalysed bioactivation of xenobiotics with structural similarities to phenytoin. These studies provide the first evidence that peroxidase-catalysed embryonic DNA oxidation may constitute a critical molecular mechanism mediating the teratogenicity of phenytoin and related drugs and environmental chemicals, and suggest the potential teratological importance of additional embryonic processes, such as DNA repair and tumor suppressor genes, as determinants of susceptibility.

  2. Benzoquinolinediones: activity as insect teratogens

    Walton, B.T.; Ho, C.H.; Ma, C.Y.; O' Neill, E.G.; Kao, G.L.


    Morphological abnormalities including extra compound eyes, extra heads, and distally duplicated legs were generated in cricket embryos by treating eggs with single doses of either benz(g)isoquinoline-5,10-dione or benzo(h)quinoline-5,6-dione. Slight structural modifications of the molecules resulted in a loss of teratogenic activity, although embryotoxicity occurred. These potent insect teratogens can be used for analysis of developmental events during embryogenesis. 13 references, 4 figures, 1 table.

  3. Teratologic evaluation of p-dichlorobenzene in the rat

    Giavini, E.; Broccia, M.L.; Prati, M.; Vismara, C.


    p-Dichlorobenzene (p-DCB) is a significant environmental chemical largely used as a moth repellent, space deodorant and fungicide. Long term rodents studies did not demonstrate carcinogenic potential after inhalation exposure levels up to 500 ppm. Teratogenic study in rats exposed to atmospheric concentrations of 75,200 or 500 ppm did not reveal embryotoxic, fetotoxic or teratogenic effects; furthermore p-DCB was not teratogenic or fetotoxic in rabbits are exposure levels up to 800 ppm by inhalation. The purpose of this study was to assess the teratogenic potential of p-DCB by a different route from that of inhalation, allowing higher levels of exposition. Pregnant rats were exposed p-DCB by gavage.

  4. Genetic toxicities of human teratogens.

    Bishop, J B; Witt, K L; Sloane, R A


    methods are developed for assessing processes associated with teratogenesis, especially those with a genetic or an epigenetic basis, additional environmental factors may be identified. These are especially important because they are potentially preventable. This paper examines the relationships between chemicals identified as human teratogens (agents that cause birth defects) and their mutagenic activity as evaluated in one or more of the established short-term bioassays currently used to measure such damage. Those agents lacking mutagenic activity but with published evidence that they may otherwise alter the expressions or regulate interactions of the genetic material, i.e. exhibit epigenetic activity, have likewise been identified. The information used in making these comparisons comes from the published literature as well as from unpublished data of the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP).

  5. The teratogenicity of cocaine.

    Fantel, A G; Macphail, B J


    Pregnancy rats and mice received high doses of cocaine hydrochloride by intraperitoneal injection. Despite treatment periods which included most of organogenesis, no increase in congenital abnormalities was observed. Rats showed significant reductions in maternal and fetal weights as well as increased resorption frequencies. Fetal edema was also found. Mice showed only decreased fetal weights with no increase in malformations.

  6. Teratogene effekter av antiepileptika

    Bernt A. Engelsen


    Full Text Available  SAMMENDRAGCa. 1 av 200 gravide har epilepsi. Gravide med epilepsi har økt risiko for visse obstetriske komplikasjonerog for å føde barn med medfødte misdannelser. Risikoen for misdannelser synes koblet til bruk avantiepileptika under svangerskapet, og ikke til selve epilepsien. Alle typer misdannelser er økt, men leppeganespalteog nevralrørsdefekter utgjør særlig viktige misdannelser. Årsakene til misdannelsene er multifaktorielle.Bruk av antiepileptika i monoterapi kan sies å gi en individuell risiko for større misdannelser påca. 4-6%. Karbamazepin og natriumvalproat gir hhv. 0,5-1% og 2-3% risiko for nevralrørsdefekt. Samletrisiko for større og mindre anomalier inkludert dysmorfe ansiktstrekk synes ikke å overstige 10%. ENGLISH SUMMARYEngelsen BA. Teratogenic effects of antiepileptic drugs. Nor J Epidemiol 1997; 7 (1: 23-28.Approximately 1 in 200 pregnant women have epilepsy, and 1 in 250 births are to children of mothers whouse antiepleptic drugs (AED. Pregnant women with epilepsy have increased risk for certain obstetricalcomplications, and for giving birth to children with congenital malformations. The increased risk forcongenital malformations seems connected to the use of AED, not to the epileptic syndromes. The etiologyof congenital malformations are multifactorial. Use of AED in monotherapy is associated with anindividual risk of giving birth to a child with a major malformation of 4-6%. The specific risk of spinabifida is 0,5 to 1% for carbamazepine and 2-3% for sodium valproate.

  7. Teratogenicity of 3, 4 two furazan-based oxidation furazan in rats%3,4二呋咱基氧化呋咱对大鼠致畸性研究

    王玉玲; 杜文霞; 孙苑菡; 谢锋; 邢亚飞; 秦宇; 李江平


    Objective To study the teratogenicity of new high-energy compounds,3,4 two furazanbased oxidation furazan (DNTF) and the impacity on human health,occupational exposure limits were provided for the following research.Methods Pregnant SD rats were randomly divided into five groups by Standard teratogenicity test,including three dose groups (5.0,15.8,50.0 mg/kg),the negative control (vegetable oil),and the positive control group (CP 10.0 mg/kg).Each 10 to 15 rats were in one group.Gavage was consecuted for ratsduringpregnancy 7~12 d and then sacrifice after 20d.Results There were no significantly difference between the three dose groups and negative controls in the pregnancy rate,the weight of pregnant rats,fetal weight,fetal growth,fetal malformation rate and internal organs,Conclusion There were no maternal toxicity,embryo toxicity and teratogenicity for rats when DNTF in the range 5.0~50.0 mg/kg.%目的 对新型高能量化合物3,4二呋咱基氧化呋咱(DNTF)的致畸性进行研究,为研究DNTF对人体健康影响和制订职业接触限值提供依据.方法 采用大鼠标准致畸试验,将受孕SD大鼠随机分为3个染毒组(剂量分别为5.0、15.8、50.0 mg/kg)、阴性对照组(植物油)和阳性对照组(环磷酰胺10.0 mg/kg),每组10~15只,对孕鼠于孕期7~12d每天灌胃染毒1次,共6d,妊娠第20天处死,检查孕鼠妊娠与胎鼠畸形情况.结果 与阴性对照组比较,3个染毒组的孕鼠体重、胎重、胎鼠生长发育、胎鼠畸形率、胎鼠骨骼和内脏畸形率的差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 DNTF在5.0~50.0 mg/kg 染毒剂量范围内对大鼠无明显的母体毒性、胚胎毒性和致畸性.

  8. Teratogenic effects of lamotrigine on rat fetal brain: a morphometric study Efeitos teratogênicos da lamotrigina em cérebro de fetos de ratos: estudos morfométrico

    Nely Silvia Aragão de Marchi


    Full Text Available A study of the teratogenic activity of an antiepileptic drug - lamotrigine - was carried out in the brain of fetuses of rats who had received the drug. The dosage levels studied corresponded to four times the median effective dose (ED50 in rats. The drug was administered during the organogenesis period. Rats were sacrificed one day prior to term and fetuses were macroscopically examined, weighted and cephalic segments sectioned (Wilson technique, for histological study by stereological analysis, using Merz's grid for drawing and point counts. Cortex, subcortex, ependyma and lateral ventricles were analyzed. The same methodology was applied to the control group; data were compared with by the non-parametric Mann-Whitney statistical analysis test. Results showed that fetuses of the experimental group had reduced body weight at birth, increased volume and diameter of the cerebral structure, increased density of the subcortical layer, and ventricle dilatation .Possible mechanisms of this teratogenicity were discussed.Foi realizado estudo da atividade teratogênica de uma droga antiepiléptica - lamotrigina - em cérebro de fetos de ratas que receberam a droga. Estudamos dose que corresponde a 4 vezes a dose efetiva mediana (ED50 em ratos. A droga foi administrada durante o período de organogênese, as ratas foram sacrificadas 1 dia antes do termo e os fetos foram examinados macroscópicamente, pesados e foram realizados cortes no segmento cefálico (técnica de Wilson e feito preparo histológico para análise estereológica (utilizado grade de Merz para desenho e contagem dos pontos. Foram analisados: córtex, subcórtex, epêndima e ventrículos laterais. A mesma metodologia foi aplicada ao grupo controle e os dados foram submetidos a análise estatística por teste não paramétrico de Mann-Whitney. Os resultados mostraram nos fetos do grupo tratado: redução do peso ao nascimento, aumento do diâmetro e volume da estrutura cerebral, aumento da

  9. Teratogenicity studies of a new potent tetanus vaccine in rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

    Sethi, N; Srivastava, R K; Singh, R K


    Glaxo Laboratories, Bombay, have prepared a potent tetanus vaccine of 250 Lf as a substitute of the previous 5 Lf tetanus vaccine. The safety evaluation of the vaccine has been reported, but the teratogenic potential was not studied. In the experiment reported herein we have studied the teratogenic action of the vaccine in the progeny of rabbits. No congenital anomalies were observed.

  10. A method for human teratogen detection by geometrically confined cell differentiation and migration.

    Xing, Jiangwa; Toh, Yi-Chin; Xu, Shuoyu; Yu, Hanry


    Unintended exposure to teratogenic compounds can lead to various birth defects; however current animal-based testing is limited by time, cost and high inter-species variability. Here, we developed a human-relevant in vitro model, which recapitulated two cellular events characteristic of embryogenesis, to identify potentially teratogenic compounds. We spatially directed mesoendoderm differentiation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition and the ensuing cell migration in micropatterned human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) colonies to collectively form an annular mesoendoderm pattern. Teratogens could disrupt the two cellular processes to alter the morphology of the mesoendoderm pattern. Image processing and statistical algorithms were developed to quantify and classify the compounds' teratogenic potential. We not only could measure dose-dependent effects but also correctly classify species-specific drug (Thalidomide) and false negative drug (D-penicillamine) in the conventional mouse embryonic stem cell test. This model offers a scalable screening platform to mitigate the risks of teratogen exposures in human.

  11. Teratogenic mechanisms of medical drugs

    van Gelder, Marleen M. H. J.; van Rooij, Iris A. L. M.; Miller, Richard K.; Zielhuis, Gerhard A.; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje T. W.; Roeleveld, Nel


    Although prescription drug use is common during pregnancy, the human teratogenic risks are undetermined for more than 90% of drug treatments approved in the USA during the past decades. A particular birth defect may have its origins through multiple mechanisms and possible exposures, including medic

  12. Teratogenic mechanisms of medical drugs.

    Gelder, M.M.H.J. van; Rooij, I.A.L.M. van; Miller, R.K.; Zielhuis, G.A.; Jong-van den Berg, L.T. de; Roeleveld, N.


    BACKGROUND Although prescription drug use is common during pregnancy, the human teratogenic risks are undetermined for more than 90% of drug treatments approved in the USA during the past decades. A particular birth defect may have its origins through multiple mechanisms and possible exposures,

  13. Teratogenic mechanisms of medical drugs

    van Gelder, Marleen M. H. J.; van Rooij, Iris A. L. M.; Miller, Richard K.; Zielhuis, Gerhard A.; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje T. W.; Roeleveld, Nel


    Although prescription drug use is common during pregnancy, the human teratogenic risks are undetermined for more than 90% of drug treatments approved in the USA during the past decades. A particular birth defect may have its origins through multiple mechanisms and possible exposures, including

  14. [Teratogenic effect of potato glycoalkaloids].

    Wang, X G


    Potato glycoalkaloids were extracted from potato sprout and then analyzed to determine their purity by using TLC and HPLC methods and compare with pure alpha-Solanine and alpha-Chaconine of Sigma. The result indicated that the purity of potato glycoalkaloids is 78. 31%, which contains 73.64% alpha-Solanine and 4.67% alpha-Chaconine. The LD50 of mice was 44.721 +/- 5.860 4 mg/kg. In order to determine the toxicity and teratogenicity of potato glycoalkaloids, the effect of potato glycoalkaloids on Kunming pregnant mice were studied. The results showed that: (1) potato glycoalkaloids have teratogenic effects on embryos of mice. It could induce neural tube defects (NTDs), and may be an important teratogen of NTDs. (2) potato glycoalkaloids have embryo toxicity. It could cause the death of embryos and result in absorbed and dead fetuses. (3) potato glycoalkaloids could evidently affect the development of embryos and lead to intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). An interesting phenomena which just like the clinical manifestation of miscarriage in human being was noticed. If potato glycoalkaloids were given to the pregnant mice on the 5th or 6th day of gestation intraabdominally, vaginal bleeding and abortion would occur, and this has not been reported yet. The animal model of NTDs in this experiments supported our hypothesis that sprouted potato could be a teratogen of NTDs.

  15. Medical databases in studies of drug teratogenicity: methodological issues

    Vera Ehrenstein


    Full Text Available Vera Ehrenstein1, Henrik T Sørensen1, Leiv S Bakketeig1,2, Lars Pedersen11Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; 2Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, NorwayAbstract: More than half of all pregnant women take prescription medications, raising concerns about fetal safety. Medical databases routinely collecting data from large populations are potentially valuable resources for cohort studies addressing teratogenicity of drugs. These include electronic medical records, administrative databases, population health registries, and teratogenicity information services. Medical databases allow estimation of prevalences of birth defects with enhanced precision, but systematic error remains a potentially serious problem. In this review, we first provide a brief description of types of North American and European medical databases suitable for studying teratogenicity of drugs and then discuss manifestation of systematic errors in teratogenicity studies based on such databases. Selection bias stems primarily from the inability to ascertain all reproductive outcomes. Information bias (misclassification may be caused by paucity of recorded clinical details or incomplete documentation of medication use. Confounding, particularly confounding by indication, can rarely be ruled out. Bias that either masks teratogenicity or creates false appearance thereof, may have adverse consequences for the health of the child and the mother. Biases should be quantified and their potential impact on the study results should be assessed. Both theory and software are available for such estimation. Provided that methodological problems are understood and effectively handled, computerized medical databases are a valuable source of data for studies of teratogenicity of drugs.Keywords: databases, birth defects, epidemiologic methods, pharmacoepidemiology

  16. Postextrasystolic potentiation in the isolated rat heart

    Meijler, F.L.; Boogaard, F. van de; Tweel, H. van der; Durrer, D.


    “Postextrasystolic potentiation" of isotonic contractions of the intact isolated rat heart was studied. It was found that the Frank-Starling mechanism does not participate in the increase of the contraction following a premature beat and a compensatory pause. A linear relationship could be demonstra

  17. Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME) and propylene glycol monomethyl ether (PGME): inhalation fertility and teratogenicity studies in rats, mice and rabbits.

    Hanley, T R; Young, J T; John, J A; Rao, K S


    A combined dominant lethal-fertility study was conducted in which male and female Sprague-Dawley (CD) rats were exposed to 0, 30, 100 or 300 ppm of ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME) vapor for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week for 13 weeks and then mated to untreated counterparts. Among males, fertility was completely suppressed after exposure to 300 ppm. A partial restoration of reproductive function was evident following 13 weeks of recovery. No treatment-related reproductive effects were observed among males exposed subchronically to 100 ppm, or among females exposed to 300 ppm or below of EGME. Studies to assess the effects of inhaled EGME on embryonal and fetal development were also conducted in Fischer 344 rats, CF-1 mice, and New Zealand White rabbits. Rats and rabbits were exposed to concentrations of 0, 3, 10 or 50 ppm for 6 hr/day on days 6-15 or 6-18 of gestation, respectively. Exposure of rabbits to 50 ppm resulted in significant teratologic effects, an increased resorption rate, and decreased fetal body weight. Slight fetotoxicity in the form of skeletal variations were observed among rats exposed to 50 ppm. Exposure of pregnant mice to 0, 10, or 50 ppm for 6 hr/day on days 6-15 of gestation resulted in slight fetotoxicity at 50 ppm. No significant treatment-related effects were observed at 10 ppm of EGME or below in any of the species tested. Separate groups of pregnant rats and rabbits were exposed to 0, 500, 1500 or 3000 ppm of propylene glycol monomethyl ether (PGME) during organogenesis.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  18. 2,4-二硝基苯甲醚对大鼠的胚胎毒性及致畸作用%Study of embryo toxicity and the teratogenicity of 2,4-dinitroanisole in rats

    高俊宏; 张盼红; 刘志永; 王鸿; 岳红; 卢青; 董军


    Objective To detect the embryo toxicity and the teratogenicity of DNAN in rats and provide basic data to occupational protection.Methods 120 adult female SD rats and 60 male rats are mating for 1 ∶ 1,and the pregnant rats were randomly divided into five groups by the pregnant time.The negative control group are gavaged with 4% starch,and the three experiment groups are gavaged with DNAN suspension with the dose of 5 mg/kg,15 mg/kg and 45 mg/kg respectively,while the positive control give aspirin of 280 mg/kg.All rats of the five groups are administrated gavage from gestation day 5 (GD5) to GD19 continuously.The rats are dislocated in GD20,and the toxicity of embryo and toetus are detected.Results The net weight growth in all three dose group are less than that of negative group,while the dead foetus in high dose group is more than negative group.Moreover,the body weight,body lenghth,tail lenghth and the anal genital distance of foetus rats in high dose group are all less than that of negative group.The foetus external malformations of three dose groups appear no significant compared with negative group.However,the prevalences of skeleton malformation in high dose group and the internal organs malformation in the median and high dose group appear significant higher than that of negative group.There are significantly maternal reproductive toxicity,embryo toxicity and toetus toxicity in positive group.Conclusion DNAN can induced maternal reproductive toxicity,embryo toxicity and the teratogenicity to rats.%目的 探讨2,4-二硝基苯甲醚(DNAN)对大鼠的胚胎毒性和致畸作用,为制定职业防护措施提供参考.方法 将性成熟的SPF级SD大鼠雌性120只,雄性60只,按1:1比例合笼交配,将雌鼠按受孕时间随机分为5组.3个剂量组孕鼠分别给予5、15、45 mg/kg的DNAN混悬液,阴性对照组给予4%淀粉溶液,阳性对照组给予280 mg/kg乙酰水杨酸,于妊娠第5~19天用经口灌胃方式染毒,每天1次,实验

  19. Developmental effects of magnetic field (50 Hz) in combination with ionizing radiation and chemical teratogens.

    Pafková, H; Jerábek, J; Tejnorová, I; Bednár, V


    The influence of a 50 Hz magnetic field (MF) on avian and mammalian embryogenesis, the MF level and vector, as well as the effect of exposure to MF (50 Hz, 10 mT) in combination with X-rays has been recently reported [2,3]. No significant alterations of chick or rat embryogenesis were found after repeated exposures to 50 Hz MF at 10 mT or 6 microT or with different vectors. However, X-ray chick embryotoxicity was significantly affected by repeated exposures of developing organisms to MF. A strong dependence of effect on the type of interaction was revealed. A decrease of X-ray induced teratogenicity was observed when MF preceded X-ray exposure (indirect interaction), while MF exposure applied immediately after X-ray radiation (direct interaction) non-significantly potentiated adverse developmental effects of ionizing radiation. This study deals with the effects of MF in combination with insulin or tetracycline. Exposure of chick embryos to MF influenced the sensitivity of embryonic morphogenetic systems to the subsequently administered chemical teratogens, insulin and/or tetracycline. A protective effect of MF was detected similarly as in the case of indirect interaction with ionizing radiation.

  20. Development of an in vitro assay for teratogens. Progress report, 1 July 1983-31 August 1985

    Braun, A.G.


    An in vitro teratogen assay system was applied to samples of fossil fuel combustion products. Potential teratogenicity was measured by the ability of a test compound to inhibit the attachment of tumor cells to lectin coated plastic surfaces. 13 refs., 3 tabs. (DT)

  1. Development of an in vitro assay for teratogens: Final report, 1 July 1983 to 31 August 1986

    Braun, A.G.


    The objectives of the work were to apply an in vitro teratogen assay system to samples of fossil fuel combustion products and to extend the assay system by incorporating metabolic activation. Potential teratogenicity was measured by the ability of a test compound to inhibit the attachment of tumor cells to lectin coated plastic surfaces.

  2. Propylthiouracil is teratogenic in murine embryos.

    Valeria C Benavides

    teratogenic potential.

  3. Post-implantation embryo culture: validation with selected compounds for teratogenicity testing.

    Cicurel, L; Schmid, B P


    1. Some chemical compounds selected by experts for the validation of in vitro teratogenicity testing were investigated in whole rat embryos cultured during the early stages of organogenesis. All sixteen known in vivo teratogens tested also induced specific malformations in embryos grown in culture. 2. Of the nine compounds which were negative in in vivo rat teratogenicity studies, none provoked dysmorphogenic effects in cultured embryos. Abnormal development of the embryos was only observed with these compounds at concentrations also high enough to affect significantly overall growth and/or differentiation. 3. The results showed a high predictability of this system for the compounds tested and suggest that the post-implantation embryo culture system may also be useful in the prospective testing of new drugs and environmental chemicals.

  4. Effects of gestational exposure to 1.95-GHz W-CDMA signals for IMT-2000 cellular phones: Lack of embryotoxicity and teratogenicity in rats.

    Ogawa, Kumiko; Nabae, Kyoko; Wang, Jianqing; Wake, Kanako; Watanabe, So-ichi; Kawabe, Mayumi; Fujiwara, Osamu; Takahashi, Satoru; Ichihara, Toshio; Tamano, Seiko; Shirai, Tomoyuki


    The present study was designed to evaluate whether gestational exposure to an EMF targeting the head region, similar to that from cellular phones, might affect embryogenesis in rats. A 1.95-GHz wide-band code division multiple access (W-CDMA) signal, which is one applied for the International Mobile Telecommunication 2000 (IMT-2000) system and used for the freedom of mobile multimedia access (FOMA), was employed for exposure to the heads of four groups of pregnant CD(SD) IGS rats (20 per group) for gestational days 7-17. The exposure was performed for 90 min/day in the morning. The spatial average specific absorption rate (SAR) for individual brains was designed to be 0.67 and 2.0 W/kg with peak brain SARs of 3.1 and 7.0 W/kg for low (group 3) and high (group 4) exposures, respectively, and a whole-body average SAR less than 0.4 W/kg so as not to cause thermal effects due to temperature elevation. Control and sham exposure groups were also included. At gestational day 20, all dams were killed and fetuses were taken out by cesarean section. There were no differences in maternal body weight gain. No adverse effects of EMF exposure were observed on any reproductive and embryotoxic parameters such as number of live (243-271 fetuses), dead or resorbed embryos, placental weights, sex ratios, weights or external, visceral or skeletal abnormalities of live fetuses. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  5. 大鼠致畸试验中阳性对照环磷酰胺的给药方法研究%Cyclophosphamide as a positive control in teratogenicity test of rats

    杨润芳; 郭海东; 夏祺悦; 刘强强; 徐策; 卓衍蔷; 李宏霞


      OBJECTIVE:Two procedures were chosen to study cyclophosphamide (CP) as a positive control in teratogenicity test of rats. One procedure was dosing CP 4.8 mg/kg from gestation day 6 (GD6) to GD15 continuously (group A). The other procedure was single dosing of CP 12 mg/kg on gestation day 12 (GD12) (group B). METHODS:The successfully mated SD rats were divided into three groups randomly,namely group A (dosing CP 4.8 mg/kg from GD6 to GD15 continuously),group B (single dosing CP 12 mg/kg on GD12) and group C (the saline negative control group). The general condition of the treated rats was observed and the body weight was recorded every three days. Pregnant rats were euthanized by CO on GD20 for autopsy and reproductive organs were weighed. Fetal appearance,internal organs and2 skeletal malformations were checked and recorded. RESULTS:General conditions in group A and B were normal when compared with group C . Weights of uterus with placentas,placentas and uterus in group B were statistically lower than group C (P<0.05). Fetal appearance in group A showed no significant difference when compared with group C,while in group B there were obvious deformities,including meningocele,microcephaly,brain exposed,club-foot,etc. Fetal internal organs examination in group A showed only the lateral cerebral ventricle enlarged or congested. However in group B internal organs malformations were found including the third and lateral cerebral ventricles enlarged or congested,and abnormal cardiac atrium or cardiac ventricle. Fetal skeletal examination showed little malformation in group A,with no significant difference when compared with group C. In group B,skeletal deformities incidence was higher in most bones than group C,mainly in the head and thorax,such as basisphenoid abnormalities,abnormal number of ribs,etc. CONCLUSION:In this experiment,dosing CP 12 mg/kg on GD12 induced more severe and more types of fetal malformation than dosing CP 4.8 mg/kg from GD6 to GD15

  6. In vitro tests for teratogens: desirable endpoints, test batteries and current status of the micromass teratogen test.

    Flint, O P


    Information from in vitro tests can be usefully used as a component of the risk/hazard assessment process. In vivo studies will be required to confirm the in vitro data. If the in vitro test system is designed around endpoints that reflect changes following in vivo toxic insult then it may be possible to modify the in vitro system to account for some of the discrepancies observed between in vivo and in vitro outcomes. When the discrepancy can be accounted for by low bioavailability in vivo, pharmacokinetic studies may be required to determine the relevance of the in vitro toxic concentrations. Reproductive hazard, especially teratogenicity, has been the subject of intensive in vitro test development. The observation of teratogenicity may affect the development of new products more significantly than any other type or category of reproductive toxicity. The micromass test, involving culture of differentiating rat embryo limb and midbrain cells exposed to test agents, may be useful as part of a battery of in vitro tests for teratogens. The most recent protocol for the micromass test is described, followed by a summary of validation and mechanistic studies confirming its usefulness. The test is robust in its transfer to new laboratories. Interlaboratory variability is small.

  7. Medical databases in studies of drug teratogenicity: methodological issues

    Ehrenstein, Vera


    Vera Ehrenstein1, Henrik T Sørensen1, Leiv S Bakketeig1,2, Lars Pedersen11Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; 2Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, NorwayAbstract: More than half of all pregnant women take prescription medications, raising concerns about fetal safety. Medical databases routinely collecting data from large populations are potentially valuable resources for cohort studies addressing teratogenicity of drugs. These i...

  8. Predictive teratology: teratogenic risk-hazard identification partnered in the discovery process.

    Augustine-Rauch, K A


    Unexpected teratogenicity is ranked as one of the most prevalent causes for toxicity-related attrition of drug candidates. Without proactive assessment, the liability tends to be identified relatively late in drug development, following significant investment in compound and engagement in pre clinical and clinical studies. When unexpected teratogenicity occurs in pre-clinical development, three principle questions arise: Can clinical trials that include women of child bearing populations be initiated? Will all compounds in this pharmacological class produce the same liability? Could this effect be related to the chemical structure resulting in undesirable off-target adverse effects? The first question is typically addressed at the time of the unexpected finding and involves considering the nature of the teratogenicity, whether or not maternal toxicity could have had a role in onset, human exposure margins and therapeutic indication. The latter two questions can be addressed proactively, earlier in the discovery process as drug target profiling and lead compound optimization is taking place. Such proactive approaches include thorough assessment of the literature for identification of potential liabilities and follow-up work that can be conducted on the level of target expression and functional characterization using molecular biology and developmental model systems. Developmental model systems can also be applied in the form of in vitro teratogenicity screens, and show potential for effective hazard identification or issue resolution on the level of characterizing teratogenic mechanism. This review discusses approaches that can be applied for proactive assessment of compounds for teratogenic liability.

  9. Retinoid-like activity and teratogenic effects of cyanobacterial exudates.

    Jonas, Adam; Buranova, Veronika; Scholz, Stefan; Fetter, Eva; Novakova, Katerina; Kohoutek, Jiri; Hilscherova, Klara


    Retinoic acids and their derivatives have been recently identified by chemical analyses in cyanobacteria and algae. Given the essential role of retinoids for vertebrate development this has raised concerns about a potential risk for vertebrates exposed to retinoids during cyanobacterial blooms. Our study focuses on extracellular compounds produced by phytoplankton cells (exudates). In order to address the capacity for the production of retinoids or compounds with retinoid-like activity we compared the exudates of ten cyanobacteria and algae using in vitro reporter gene assay. Exudates of three cyanobacterial species showed retinoid-like activity in the range of 269-2,265 ng retinoid equivalents (REQ)/L, while there was no detectable activity in exudates of the investigated algal species. The exudates of one green alga (Desmodesmus quadricaudus) and the two cyanobacterial species with greatest REQ levels, Microcystis aeruginosa and Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii, were selected for testing of the potential relation of retinoid-like activity to developmental toxicity in zebrafish embryos. The exudates of both cyanobacteria were indeed provoking diverse teratogenic effects (e.g. tail, spine and mouth deformation) and interference with growth in zebrafish embryos, while such effects were not observed for the alga. Fish embryos were also exposed to all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) in a range equivalent to the REQ concentrations detected in exudates by in vitro bioassays. Both the phenotypes and effective concentrations of exudates corresponded to ATRA equivalents, supporting the hypothesis that the teratogenic effects of cyanobacterial exudates are likely to be associated with retinoid-like activity. The study documents that some cyanobacteria are able to produce and release retinoid-like compounds into the environment at concentrations equivalent to those causing teratogenicity in zebrafish. Hence, the characterization of retinoid-like and teratogenic potency should be

  10. Human teratogens and evidence-based teratogen risk counseling: the Motherisk approach.

    Nava-Ocampo, Alejandro A; Koren, Gideon


    There are only a limited number of drugs proven to be human teratogens including thalidomide, isotretinoin, coumarin derivates, valproic acid, and folate antagonists. In some cases, the combination of 2 drugs may increase the teratogenic risk. The risk of birth defects may also vary with the time at which the drug is administered during pregnancy and the dose. There are some examples of drugs in which the dose has proven to be a major determinant of their teratogenicity in humans. There is more safety information for older than for newer drugs. Proactive teratogen risk counseling should include a critical appraisal of all available data including the consequences of the untreated maternal condition.

  11. Teratogenic effects of thalidomide: molecular mechanisms.

    Ito, Takumi; Ando, Hideki; Handa, Hiroshi


    Fifty years ago, prescription of the sedative thalidomide caused a worldwide epidemic of multiple birth defects. The drug is now used in the treatment of leprosy and multiple myeloma. However, its use is limited due to its potent teratogenic activity. The mechanism by which thalidomide causes limb malformations and other developmental defects is a long-standing question. Multiple hypotheses exist to explain the molecular mechanism of thalidomide action. Among them, theories involving oxidative stress and anti-angiogenesis have been widely supported. Nevertheless, until recently, the direct target of thalidomide remained elusive. We identified a thalidomide-binding protein, cereblon (CRBN), as a primary target for thalidomide teratogenicity. Our data suggest that thalidomide initiates its teratogenic effects by binding to CRBN and inhibiting its ubiquitin ligase activity. In this review, we summarize the biology of thalidomide, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of its teratogenic effects. In addition, we discuss the questions still to be addressed.

  12. Human teratogens update 2011: can we ensure safety during pregnancy?

    Rasmussen, Sonja A


    Anniversaries of the identification of three human teratogens (i.e., rubella virus in 1941, thalidomide in 1961, and diethylstilbestrol in 1971) occurred in 2011. These experiences highlight the critical role that scientists with an interest in teratology play in the identification of teratogenic exposures as the basis for developing strategies for prevention of those exposures and the adverse outcomes associated with them. However, an equally important responsibility for teratologists is to evaluate whether medications and vaccines are safe for use during pregnancy so informed decisions about disease treatment and prevention during pregnancy can be made. Several recent studies have examined the safety of medications during pregnancy, including antiviral medications used to treat herpes simplex and zoster, proton pump inhibitors used to treat gastroesophageal reflux, and newer-generation antiepileptic medications used to treat seizures and other conditions. Despite the large numbers of pregnant women included in these studies and the relatively reassuring results, the question of whether these medications are teratogens remains. In addition, certain vaccines are recommended during pregnancy to prevent infections in mothers and infants, but clinical trials to test these vaccines typically exclude pregnant women; thus, evaluation of their safety depends on observational studies. For pregnant women to receive optimal care, we need to define the data needed to determine whether a medication or vaccine is "safe" for use during pregnancy. In the absence of adequate, well-controlled data, it will often be necessary to weigh the benefits of medications or vaccines with potential risks to the embryo or fetus.

  13. Teratogenic potency of valproate analogues evaluated by quantitative estimation of cellular morphology in vitro.

    Berezin, V; Kawa, A; Bojic, U; Foley, A; Nau, H; Regan, C; Edvardsen, K; Bock, E


    To develop a simple prescreening system for teratogenicity testing, a novel in vitro assay was established using computer assisted microscopy allowing automatic delineation of contours of stained cells and thereby quantitative determination of cellular morphology. The effects of valproic acid (VPA) and analogues with high as well as low teratogenic activities-(as previously determined in vivo)-were used as probes for study of the discrimination power of the in vitro model. VPA, a teratogenic analogue (+/-)-4-en-VPA, and a non-teratogenic analogue (E)-2-en-VPA, as well as the purified (S)- and (R)-enantiomers of 4-yn-VPA (teratogenic and non-teratogenic, respectively), were tested for their effects on cellular morphology of cloned mouse fibroblastoid L-cell lines, neuroblastoma N2a cells, and rat glioma BT4Cn cells, and were found to induce varying increases in cellular area: Furthermore, it was demonstrated that under the chosen conditions the increase in area correlated statistically significantly with the teratogenic potency of the employed compounds. Setting the cellular area of mouse L-cells to 100% under control conditions, the most pronounced effect was observed for (S)-4-yn-VPA (211%, P = < 0.001) followed by VPA (186%, P < 0.001), 4-en-VPA (169%, P < 0.001) and non-teratogenic 2-en-VPA (137%, P < 0.005) and (R)-4-yn-VPA (105%). This effect was independent of the choice of substrata, since it was observed on L-cells grown on plastic, fibronectin, laminin and Matrigel. However, when VPA-treated cells were exposed to an arginyl-glycyl-aspartate (RGD)-containing peptide to test whether VPA treatment was able to modulate RGD-dependent integrin interactions with components of the extracellular matrix, hardly any effect could be observed, whereas control cells readily detached from the substratum, indicating a changed substrate adhesion of the VPA-treated cells. The data thus indicate that measurement of cellular area may serve as a simple in vitro test in the

  14. Potential neoplastic effects of parathion-methyl on rat liver



    The mutagenic and carcinogenic effects of parathion-methyl were examined by bacterial reverse assay and a long term experiment with Wistar rats. The potential mutagenic effect of parathion-methyl in Salmonella typhimurium TA100 bacterial cells was observed without rat liver S9 metabolic activation. Parathion-methyl was further investigated for pathological changes in rat pancreas and liver. The long-term rat experiments showed that parathion-methyl exposure for 3 months can cause pathological changes in rat pancreases acinar cells and pancreatic hepatocytes. Atypical acinar cell focuses (AACF) were determined in the liver and pancreas of the rats. The results from short-term Ames test and long-term rat experiments suggest that parathion-methyl would be potential carcinogenic.

  15. Embryo toxicity and teratogenicity of formaldehyde.

    Thrasher, J D; Kilburn, K H


    C-14 formaldehyde crosses the placenta and enters fetal tissues. The incorporated radioactivity is higher in fetal organs (i.e., brain and liver) than in maternal tissues. The incorporation mechanism has not been studied fully, but formaldehyde enters the single-carbon cycle and is incorporated as a methyl group into nucleic acids and proteins. Also, formaldehyde reacts chemically with organic compounds (e.g., deoxyribonucleic acid, nucleosides, nucleotides, proteins, amino acids) by addition and condensation reactions, thus forming adducts and deoxyribonucleic acid-protein crosslinks. The following questions must be addressed: What adducts (e.g., N-methyl amino acids) are formed in the blood following formaldehyde inhalation? What role do N-methyl-amino adducts play in alkylation of nuclear and mitochondrial deoxyribonucleic acid, as well as mitochondrial peroxidation? The fact that the free formaldehyde pool in blood is not affected following exposure to the chemical does not mean that formaldehyde is not involved in altering cell and deoxyribonucleic acid characteristics beyond the nasal cavity. The teratogenic effect of formaldehyde in the English literature has been sought, beginning on the 6th day of pregnancy (i.e., rodents) (Saillenfait AM, et al. Food Chem Toxicol 1989, pp 545-48; Martin WJ. Reprod Toxicol 1990, pp 237-39; Ulsamer AG, et al. Hazard Assessment of Chemicals; Academic Press, 1984, pp 337-400; and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Toxicological Profile of Formaldehyde; ATSDR, 1999 [references 1-4, respectively, herein]). The exposure regimen is critical and may account for the differences in outcomes. Pregnant rats were exposed (a) prior to mating, (b) during mating, (c) or during the entire gestation period. These regimens (a) increased embryo mortality; (b) increased fetal anomalies (i.e., cryptochordism and aberrant ossification centers); (c) decreased concentrations of ascorbic acid; and (d) caused abnormalities in enzymes of

  16. Teratogenicity of depleted uranium aerosols: A review from an epidemiological perspective

    Panikkar Bindu


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Depleted uranium is being used increasingly often as a component of munitions in military conflicts. Military personnel, civilians and the DU munitions producers are being exposed to the DU aerosols that are generated. Methods We reviewed toxicological data on both natural and depleted uranium. We included peer reviewed studies and gray literature on birth malformations due to natural and depleted uranium. Our approach was to assess the "weight of evidence" with respect to teratogenicity of depleted uranium. Results Animal studies firmly support the possibility that DU is a teratogen. While the detailed pathways by which environmental DU can be internalized and reach reproductive cells are not yet fully elucidated, again, the evidence supports plausibility. To date, human epidemiological data include case examples, disease registry records, a case-control study and prospective longitudinal studies. Discussion The two most significant challenges to establishing a causal pathway between (human parental DU exposure and the birth of offspring with defects are: i distinguishing the role of DU from that of exposure to other potential teratogens; ii documentation on the individual level of extent of parental DU exposure. Studies that use biomarkers, none yet reported, can help address the latter challenge. Thoughtful triangulation of the results of multiple studies (epidemiological and other of DU teratogenicity contributes to disentangling the roles of various potentially teratogenic parental exposures. This paper is just such an endeavor. Conclusion In aggregate the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU.

  17. Shared mechanism of teratogenicity of anti-angiogenic drugs identified in the chicken embryo model

    Beedie, Shaunna L.; Mahony, Chris; Walker, Heather M.; Chau, Cindy H.; Figg, William D.; Vargesson, Neil


    Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, is essential for tumor growth, stabilization and progression. Angiogenesis inhibitors are now widely used in the clinic; however, there are relatively few published studies on the mechanism of their presumed teratogenic effects. To address this issue, we screened a variety of angiogenesis inhibitors in developing zebrafish and chicken embryo models to assess for developmental defects and potential teratogenic effects. We confirmed previous reports that sunitinib, sorafenib and TNP-470 are teratogenic and demonstrate that axitinib, pazopanib, vandetanib, and everolimus are also teratogens in these models. A dose response study identified the drugs inhibit HUVEC cell proliferation in vitro, and also target the developing blood vessels of embryos in vivo. This provides further evidence for the potential risk of fetal toxicity when using these drugs in a clinical setting, and emphasizes the importance of the development and maintenance of the vasculature in the embryo. We conclude that angiogenesis inhibitors, regardless of the molecular target, are teratogenic when exposed to chicken embryos. PMID:27443489

  18. TNF-alpha expression in embryos exposed to a teratogen.

    Ivnitsky, I; Torchinsky, A; Gorivodsky, M; Zemliak, I; Orenstein, H; Savion, S; Shepshelovich, J; Carp, H; Fein, A; Toder, V


    The role of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha produced by embryonic cells in normal and abnormal development is poorly understood. To assess to what extent TNF-alpha may be involved in the process of induced dysmorphogenesis, the expression of TNF-alpha and TNF-alpha receptor (TNFRI) mRNA as well as TNF-alpha protein was evaluated in embryos responding to a cyclophosphamide (CP)-induced teratogenic insult. The effect of maternal immunostimulation increasing the embryo's tolerance to CP on TNF-alpha expression was also investigated. ICR female mice were treated intraperitoneally with 40 mg/kg CP on day 12 of pregnancy. The immunostimulator, xenogeneic rat splenocytes, was injected intrauterine 21 days before mating. Embryos were collected on days 13, 14, or 15 of pregnancy. TNF-alpha mRNA, TNFRI mRNA, and TNF-alpha protein expression were evaluated by in situ hybridization and immunostaining techniques in control, teratogen-treated, and immuno-stimulated teratogen-treated embryos. CP-treated embryos showed severe external brain and craniofacial anomalies already visible on day 14 of pregnancy. TNF-alpha mRNA transcripts were detected in cells of the brain and the head of 13-day embryos, which preceded the occurrence of CP-induced external craniofacial anomalies. On day 15 of pregnancy, when severe craniofacial anomalies increased, a significant increase in the intensity of TNF-alpha, TNFR1 mRNA transcripts, and TNF-alpha protein expression were observed in cells of the malformed regions of the head and the brain. In other nonmalformed organs of CP-treated embryos such as the liver (not macroscopically different from controls), neither TNF-alpha nor TNFR1 transcripts were detected. Immunostimulation substantially diminished the severity of CP-induced brain and craniofacial anomalies, decreased the resorption rate, and was associated with decreased intensity of TNF-alpha mRNA transcripts detected on day 15 of pregnancy in the head and the brain of CP-treated embryos

  19. [Thalidomide teratogenicity and its direct target identification].

    Ito, Takumi; Ando, Hideki; Handa, Hiroshi


    Half a century ago, thalidomide was developed as a sedative drug and was wildly used over 40 countries. However the drug has serious birth defects such as amelia and phocomelia. Now thalidomide is regarded as a clinically effective drug and used for the treatment of multiple myeloma under strict controls. The direct target of thalidomide had been a long-standing question. We identified cereblon as a primary direct target protein for thalidomide teratogenicity using new affinity bead technology in 2010. In this review, we introduce an overview of thalidomide teratogenicity, a story about how we identified cereblon, and recent advances in cereblon studies.

  20. Human teratogens and genetic phenocopies. Understanding pathogenesis through human genes mutation.

    Cassina, Matteo; Cagnoli, Giulia A; Zuccarello, Daniela; Di Gianantonio, Elena; Clementi, Maurizio


    Exposure to teratogenic drugs during pregnancy is associated with a wide range of embryo-fetal anomalies and sometimes results in recurrent and recognizable patterns of malformations; however, the comprehension of the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of drug-induced birth defects is difficult, since teratogenesis is a multifactorial process which is always the result of a complex interaction between several environmental factors and the genetic background of both the mother and the fetus. Animal models have been extensively used to assess the teratogenic potential of pharmacological agents and to study their teratogenic mechanisms; however, a still open issue concerns how the information gained through animal models can be translated to humans. Instead, significant information can be obtained by the identification and analysis of human genetic syndromes characterized by clinical features overlapping with those observed in drug-induced embryopathies. Until now, genetic phenocopies have been reported for the embryopathies/fetopathies associated with prenatal exposure to warfarin, leflunomide, mycophenolate mofetil, fluconazole, thalidomide and ACE inhibitors. In most cases, genetic phenocopies are caused by mutations in genes encoding for the main targets of teratogens or for proteins belonging to the same molecular pathways. The aim of this paper is to review the proposed teratogenic mechanisms of these drugs, by the analysis of human monogenic disorders and their molecular pathogenesis.

  1. Discriminative power of an assay for automated in vitro screening of teratogens.

    Walmod, Peter S; Gravemann, Ute; Nau, Heinz; Berezin, Vladimir; Bock, Elisabeth


    Screening for potential teratogenicity of 20 test compounds was performed using a computerised microscope workstation for determination of cytotoxicity, proliferation and morphology of fibroblastoid murine L929-cells. The test compounds, which were divided into four classes according to teratogenicity were: 5-bromo-2(')-deoxyuridine, 6-aminonicotinamide, acrylamide, boric acid, D-(+)-camphor, dimethadione, dimethyl phthalate, diphenhydramine, hydroxyurea, isobutyl-ethyl-valproic acid, lithium chloride, methyl mercury chloride, methotrexate, methoxyacetic acid, penicillin G, all-trans-retinoic acid, pentyl-4-yn-valproic acid, saccharin, salicylic acid and valproic acid. All compounds, with the exception of dimethadione inhibited proliferation in a linear dose-dependent manner, and there were statistically significant compound class-dependent differences between the IC(50)-values for the compounds (pteratogens being the most potent. Furthermore, the average efficacies (maximum relative change) for 10 parameters describing cell morphology exhibited statistically significant compound class-dependent differences (pteratogenic potency of the compounds. However, the moderate teratogens dimethadione and lithium chloride only had minor effects on the morphology and proliferation of the cells whereas the non-teratogen diphenhydramine had effects on both proliferation and morphology comparable to the strong teratogens.

  2. Teratogenic Mechanisms Associated with Prenatal Medication Exposure

    van Gelder, Marleen M. H. J.; van Rooijl, Iris A. L. M.; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje T. W.; Roeleveld, Nel


    Birth defects may originate through multiple mechanisms and may be caused by a variety of possible exposures, including medications in early pregnancy. In this review, we describe six principal teratogenic mechanisms suspected to be associated with medication use: folate antagonism, neural crest cel

  3. Teratogenic Mechanisms Associated with Prenatal Medication Exposure

    van Gelder, Marleen M. H. J.; van Rooijl, Iris A. L. M.; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje T. W.; Roeleveld, Nel


    Birth defects may originate through multiple mechanisms and may be caused by a variety of possible exposures, including medications in early pregnancy. In this review, we describe six principal teratogenic mechanisms suspected to be associated with medication use: folate antagonism, neural crest cel

  4. Teratogenic factors affect transcription factor expression.

    Kojima, Takuya; Asano, Shinya; Takahashi, Naoki


    Chemical compounds are produced every day, many with adverse effects on human health, and hence it is vital to predict the risks to humans simply, rapidly, and accurately. Teratogens have a serious impact on fetal development. This has been studied mainly by phenotypic analysis of experimental animals. However, since phenotypes can vary within different species, we established a new evaluation system based on our recent finding that teratogens influence Hox gene expression in mice. Similarly to the Hox gene expression changes, the expression patterns of several transcription factors involved in development, including the Dlx, Irx, Sall, and T-box families, were altered after 6 h of exposure to retinoic acid (RA) or 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). The expression changes in Dlx4, Dlx6, Irx5, Sall2, Sall3, Sall4, Tbx10, and Tbx22 were linked to teratogen-induced phenotypes, and our results indicate that expression changes in developmental transcription factors can help to predict teratogenic risk.

  5. Teratogenic effects of noise in mice

    Murata, M.; Takigawa, H.


    This study was undertaken to assess the hazardous effects of noise on embryonic development. The experiment was composed of two parts; one was the observation of the effect due to noise alone, and the other was the observation of the combined effect of noise and known teratogens. ICR mice were exposed to a wide octave-band noise at 100 dB(C) for 6 hours a day in three ways: the first group was exposed to a continuous noise only on day 7 of pregnancy (group "N"), the second was exposed to an intermittent noise (15 min ON/15 min OFF) only on day 7 of pregnancy (group "IN"), and the third was exposed daily to a continuous noise during days 7-12 of pregnancy (group "RN"). Cadmium sulfate or trypan blue was applied as a teratogen, and was administered intraperitoneously on day 7 of pregnancy. On day 18 of pregnancy, mice were sacrificed and the developmental status and external malformations of their fetuses were examined. Each type of noise exposure did not significantly induce embryolethality and fetal growth retardation. However, teratogenicity was observed in groups "N" and "IN". Combined effects of teratogen and noise did not show clear-cut interactions.

  6. An evaluation of the chick cardiomyocyte micromass system for identification of teratogens in a blind trial.

    Hurst, Helen; Clothier, Richard H; Pratten, Margaret


    The chick micromass culture system has advantages over the validated rat system - ready availability and non-culling of the donor parent - but needs to give comparable results. This study confirmed comparability and the ability to extend the system to cover cardiac effects. It was also compared with the validated embryonic stem cell cardiomyocyte model. A teratogen and paired non-teratogen with known in vivo effects were used. Differential effects were measured via changes in cell protein content, cell viability (resazurin reduction and neutral red uptake), and cell contractility. Results showed that teratogens [L-ethionine, 5-fluorouracil and sulphisoxazole] could be distinguished from non-teratogens [DL-methionine, 6-methyluracil and sulphanilamide respectively]. Dichloroacetone and dichloropropanol affected embryonic stem cells but not the micromass; dichloropropanol had a greater effect than dichloroacetone. This approach revealed differential effects on contractility independent of effects on activity/viability, whilst the total cell protein remained unchanged. We suggest that pre-validation of this system should be examined.

  7. Perception of teratogenic and foetotoxic risk by health professionals: a survey in Midi-Pyrenees area.

    Damase-Michel C


    Full Text Available Counselling or prescribing drugs during pregnancy requires health professionals to assess risk/benefit ratio for women and their baby. A misperception of the risk may lead to inappropriate decisions for pregnancy outcomes. The aim of the present study was to assess teratogenic and/or foetotoxic risk perception of common medications by general practitioners (GPs and community pharmacists (CPs from the Midi-Pyrenees area.Methods: 103 GPs and 104 CPs were interviewed. For 21 given drugs, a visual-analogue scale was used to evaluate the risk to give birth to a malformed infant if the mother had taken the drug during first trimester of pregnancy. For 9 drugs, health professionals had to say if they thought there was a potential foetotoxic and/or neonatal risk when drugs were administered during late pregnancy.Results: 97% and 91% of GPs and CPs respectively thought that isotretinoin and thalidomide are teratogenic and more than 80% thought that amoxicillin and acetaminophen are safe in early pregnancy. However, 19% of the GPs and 33% of CPs answered there were no teratogenic risk for valproate. Around 11% of both GPs and CPs said that warfarin was safe during pregnancy. For 22% of GPs and for 13% and 27% of CPs respectively, ibuprofen and enalapril were safe on late pregnancy. For each drug, mean value of perceived teratogenic risk by health professionals was higher than values that can be found in scientific references. Concerning isotretinoin, thalidomide and metoclopramide, perceived teratogenic risk was higher for CPs.Conclusion: These data show that the potential teratogenic and foetotoxic risk of several commonly used drugs is unknown by health professionals. Conversely, GPs and CPs who think that a risk exists, overestimate it. This misperception can lead to inappropriate decisions for pregnancy outcomes.

  8. Developmental Toxicity Potential of Nitroguanidine in Rats


    profile for nitroguanidine, related intermediates/by- products of its manufacture, and its environmental degradation products . The rat developmental toxicity...The vehicle for nitroguanidine was a 1% solution of carboxymethylcellulose sodium salt, high viscosity (Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, MO...Nitroguanidine is not soluble in water at the dose levels tested. Carboxymethylcellulose holds nitroguanidine in a homogeneous suspension and is not

  9. Ethylenethiourea: a review of teratogenicity and distribution studies and an assessment of reproduction risk.

    Khera, K S


    Ethylenethiourea (ETU) is a specific neuroteratogen that induces communicating hydrocephalus ex vacuo at oral doses far lower than those that cause any observable toxic sign or 50% death (LD50) in the rat dam. The teratogenic activity appears to be related to ETU itself and not to its metabolites. It is dependent upon the presence of an imidazolidine ring with a specific molecular location of sulfur atom. It is unlikely that ETU-induced alterations in thyroid function or thyroxine levels in the maternal rat are involved in teratogenic activity. The initial target following maternal dosing with ETU is the primitive neuroblast that undergoes necrosis, but the subsequent changes leading to the development of hydrocephalus are not clear. Teratogenicity studies in hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and rats revealed that ETU either required extremely high doses to produce malformations or was ineffective. The results of various distribution studies are summarized. Further, investigations dealing with exposure to ETU in the general population and in exposed workers in the rubber industry as well as those involved in the manufacture and spraying of fungicides are discussed briefly with reference to reducing the exposure levels.

  10. Teratogenic mechanisms associated with prenatal medication exposure.

    van Gelder, Marleen M H J; van Rooij, Iris A L M; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje T W; Roeleveld, Nel


    Birth defects may originate through multiple mechanisms and may be caused by a variety of possible exposures, including medications in early pregnancy. In this review, we describe six principal teratogenic mechanisms suspected to be associated with medication use: folate antagonism, neural crest cell disruption, endocrine disruption, oxidative stress, vascular disruption, and specific receptor- or enzyme-mediated teratogenesis. Knowledge about these mechanisms, for some of which evidence is mainly derived from animal models, may not only be relevant for etiologic and post-marketing research, but may also have implications for prescribing behavior for women of reproductive age. Since combinations of seemingly unrelated medications may have effects through similar teratogenic mechanisms, the risk of birth defects may be strongly increased in multi-therapy.

  11. Rubella Virus Replication and Links to Teratogenicity

    Lee, Jia-Yee; Bowden, D. Scott


    Rubella virus (RV) is the causative agent of the disease known more popularly as German measles. Rubella is predominantly a childhood disease and is endemic throughout the world. Natural infections of rubella occur only in humans and are generally mild. Complications of rubella infection, most commonly polyarthralgia in adult women, do exist; occasionally more serious sequelae occur. However, the primary public health concern of RV infection is its teratogenicity. RV infection of women during...

  12. Antinauseants in Pregnancy: Teratogens or Not?

    Biringer, Anne


    Nausea and/or vomiting affect 50% of all pregnant women. For most women, this is a self-limited problem which responds well to conservative management. However, there are some situations where the risk to the mother and fetus posed by the illness are greater than the possible risks of teratogenicity of antinauseant drugs. Antihistamines have had the widest testing, and to date, there has been no evidence linking doxylamine, dimenhydrinate or promethazine to congenital malformations. Since no ...

  13. Catching a conserved mechanism of ethanol teratogenicity

    Lovely, Charles Ben; Eberhart, Johann Karl


    Due to its profound impact on human development, ethanol teratogenicity is a field of intense study. The complexity of variables that influence the outcomes of embryonic or prenatal ethanol exposure compels the use of animal models in which these variables can be isolated. Numerous model systems have been used in these studies. The zebrafish is a powerful model system, which has seen a recent increase in usage for ethanol studies. Those using zebrafish for alcohol studies often face two quest...

  14. Developmental toxicity of indium: embryotoxicity and teratogenicity in experimental animals.

    Nakajima, Mikio; Usami, Makoto; Nakazawa, Ken; Arishima, Kazuyoshi; Yamamoto, Masako


    Indium, a precious metal classified in group 13 (IIIB) in the periodic table, has been used increasingly in the semiconductor industry. Because indium is a rare metal, technology for indium recycling from transparent conducting films for liquid crystal displays is desired, and its safety evaluation is becoming increasingly necessary. The developmental toxicity of indium in experimental animals was summarized. The intravenous or oral administration of indium to pregnant animals causes growth inhibition and the death of embryos in hamsters, rats, and mice. The intravenous administration of indium to pregnant animals causes embryonic or fetal malformation, mainly involving digit and tail deformities, in hamsters and rats. The oral administration of indium also induces fetal malformation in rats and rabbits, but requires higher doses. No teratogenicity has been observed in mice. Caudal hypoplasia, probably due to excessive cell loss by increased apoptosis in the tailbud, in the early postimplantation stage was considered to account for indium-induced tail malformation as a possible pathogenetic mechanism. Findings from in vitro experiments indicated that the embryotoxicity of indium could have direct effects on the conceptuses. Toxicokinetic studies showed that the embryonic exposure concentration was more critical than the exposure time regarding the embryotoxicity of indium. It is considered from these findings that the risk of the developmental toxicity of indium in humans is low, unless an accidentally high level of exposure or unknown toxic interaction occurs because of possible human exposure routes and levels (i.e. oral, very low-level exposure).

  15. Teratogenic efects of injected methylmercury on avian embryos

    Heinz, Gary H.; Hoffman, David J.; Klimstra, Jon D.; Stebbins, Katherine R.; Kondrad, Shannon L.; Erwin, Carol A.


    Controlled laboratory studies with game farm mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and chickens (Gallus gallus) have demonstrated that methylmercury can cause teratogenic effects in birds, but studies with wild species of birds are lacking. To address this need, doses of methylmercury chloride were injected into the eggs of 25 species of birds, and the dead embryos and hatched chicks were examined for external deformities. When data for controls were summed across all 25 species tested and across all types of deformities, 24 individuals out of a total of 1,533 (a rate of 1.57%) exhibited at least one deformity. In contrast, when data for all of the mercury treatments and all 25 species were summed, 188 deformed individuals out of a total of 2,292 (8.20%) were found. Some deformities, such as lordosis and scoliosis (twisting of the spine), misshapen heads, shortening or twisting of the neck, and deformities of the wings, were seldom observed in controls but occurred in much greater frequency in Hg-treated individuals. Only 0.59% of individual control dead embryos and hatchlings exhibited multiple deformities versus 3.18% for Hg-dosed dead embryos and hatchlings. Methylmercury seems to have a widespread teratogenic potential across many species of birds.

  16. Actions of piperidine alkaloid teratogens at fetal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

    Green, Benedict T; Lee, Stephen T; Panter, Kip E; Welch, Kevin D; Cook, Daniel; Pfister, James A; Kem, William R


    Teratogenic alkaloids are found in many species of plants including Conium maculatum L., Nicotiana glauca, Nicotiana tabaccum, and multiple Lupinus spp. Fetal musculoskeletal defects produced by alkaloids from these plants include arthrogyropisis, scoliosis, torticollis, kyposis, lordosis, and cleft palate. A pharmacodynamic comparison of the alkaloids ammodendrine, anabasine, anabaseine, anagyrine, and coniine in SH-SY5Y cells and TE-671 cells was made. These alkaloids and their enantiomers were more effective in depolarizing TE-671 cells which express the human fetal-muscle type nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) relative to SH-SY5Y cells which predominately express autonomic nAChRs. The rank order of potency in TE-671 cells was: anabaseine>(+)-anabasine>(-)-anabasine > (+/-)-anabasine>anagyrine>(-)-coniine > (+/-)-coniine>(+)-coniine>(+/-)-ammodendrine>(+)-ammodendrine. The rank order potency in SH-SY5Y cells was: anabaseine>(+)-anabasine>(-)-coniine>(+)-coniine>(+)-ammodendrine>anagyrine>(-)-anabasine>(+/-)-coniine>(+/-)-anabasine>(-)-ammodendrine. The actions of these alkaloids at nAChRs in both cell lines could be distinguished by their maximum effects in depolarizing cell membrane potential. The teratogenic action of these compounds may be related to their ability to activate and subsequently desensitize nAChRs.

  17. [The embryotoxic and teratogenic action of some brands of epoxy resins].

    Iavorovskiĭ, A P; Paustovskiĭ, Iu A


    The studies made permit stating that such epoxy resins as DE-500 with dose levels of 1/10 and 1/50 DL50, DE-1000 with 1/10, 1/50, 1/100, 1/250 DL50, UP-650, UP-650T with 1/10 DL50 administered into the stomach of pregnant females of nondescript albino rats from the 1st to the 19th day of pregnancy (DL50 being 5338 +/- 1134, 6644 +/- 1114, 9180 +/- 1154, 7717 +/- 586, 6980 +/- 621 mg/kg for the resins DE-500, DE-1000, DE-2000, UP-650, UP-650T respectively) have embryotoxic as well as teratogenic effects. The embryotoxic effect of the above epoxy resins depends on the dose administered and their chemical structure. These same embryotoxic and teratogenic effects a need to be taken into consideration in scientific substantiation/revision of hygienic regulations for polyoxipropilene diepoxides and alicyclic epoxy resins.

  18. Teratogenic effect of formaldehyde in rabbits

    A. A. Al–Saraj


    Full Text Available Thirty three pregnant rabbits were exposed to vapour of 10% formaldehyde (12 ppm throughout the gestation period to know its effect on newborns. The results showed no abortion or foetal mortality but there were some anomalies (23.8% among the newborns rabbits which includes: meromelia (6.8%, encephalocele (6.1%, Oligodactyly (4.1%, Umbilical hernia (3.4% and Short tail (3.4%; besides that small for date and decrease in the body weight of the newborns were also noticed. These findings suggest that formaldehyde is a teratogenic agent.

  19. Teratogenia da vitamina A Vitamin A teratogenicity

    Maria Helena de Castro Chagas


    Full Text Available A vitamina A é essencial à preservação e ao funcionamento normal dos tecidos, assim como, ao crescimento e desenvolvimento. No humano há evidência indireta que a vitamina A em excesso, durante as primeiras semanas de gestação é teratogênica. Do contrário, não há dúvidas sobre os efeitos deletérios, de uma alimentação carente neste micronutriente e sobre a disponibilidade do conhecimento técnico para evitá-los. A preocupação com o fato de que a vitamina A conduziria a teratogenia em humanos, tem retardado a implementação de programas de combate a carência de vitamina A, atingindo principalmente os programas de enriquecimento de alimentos. A literatura é controvertida e dispõe de poucas informações sobre as doses para suplementação de gestantes. Como o retinol circulante materno é controlado homeostaticamente após o consumo de alimentos fonte de vitamina A, espera-se a mesma resposta metabólica após o consumo de alimentos fortificados, indicando que não há risco de teratogenia. Consequentemente, parece altamente improvável que o consumo de alimentos enriquecidos ou de suplementos de vitamina A pré-formada, nas doses unitárias habituais, tenha efeito teratogênico no homem.The vitamin A is essential to the preservation and the normal functioning of tissues, as well as, to the growth and development. In the human being it has indirect evidence that the vitamin A in excess, during the first weeks of gestation is teratogenic. Of the opposite, it does not have doubts on the deleterious effect, of a devoid feeding in this micronutrient and on the availability of the knowledge technician to prevent them. The concern with the fact of that the vitamin A would lead it the teratogenicity in human beings, has delayed the implementation of combat programs the vitamin A lack, mainly reaching the programs of food enrichment. Literature is controverted and makes use of few information on the doses for supplementation of

  20. Antinauseants in Pregnancy: Teratogens or Not?

    Biringer, Anne


    Nausea and/or vomiting affect 50% of all pregnant women. For most women, this is a self-limited problem which responds well to conservative management. However, there are some situations where the risk to the mother and fetus posed by the illness are greater than the possible risks of teratogenicity of antinauseant drugs. Antihistamines have had the widest testing, and to date, there has been no evidence linking doxylamine, dimenhydrinate or promethazine to congenital malformations. Since no available drugs have official approval for use in nausea and vomiting of pregnancy the physician is left alone to make this difficult decision. PMID:21279128

  1. Neurological teratogenic effects of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy

    Nie, Qingmei; Su, Baohua; Wei, Jianping


    Epilepsy is one of the few neurologic disorders that requires a constant treatment during pregnancy. Epilepsy affects 0.3–0.8% of pregnant women. Prescription of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) to pregnant women with epilepsy requires monitoring and maintaining a balance between limiting seizures and decreasing fetal exposure to the potential teratogenic effects. AEDs are also commonly used for psychiatric disorders, pain disorders, and migraines. The types of malformations that can result in fetuses exposed to AEDs include minor anomalies, major congenital malformations, intrauterine growth retardation, cognitive dysfunction, low IQ, microcephaly, and infant mortality. In the present review, we analyzed and summarized the current understanding of neurological development in fetuses that are exposed to various AEDs administered to pregnant epileptic women. PMID:27698740

  2. Teratogen update: lead and pregnancy.

    Bellinger, David C


    This review focuses on the impacts of lead exposure on reproductive health and outcomes. High levels of paternal lead exposure (>40 microg/dl or >25 microg/dl for a period of years) appear to reduce fertility and to increase the risks of spontaneous abortion and reduced fetal growth (preterm delivery, low birth weight). Maternal blood lead levels of approximately 10 microg/dl have been linked to increased risks of pregnancy hypertension, spontaneous abortion, and reduced offspring neurobehavioral development. Somewhat higher maternal lead levels have been linked to reduced fetal growth. Some studies suggest a link between increased parental lead exposure and congenital malformations, although considerable uncertainty remains regarding the specific malformations and the dose-response relationships. Common methodological weaknesses of studies include potential exposure misclassifications due to the frequent unavailability of exposure biomarker measurements at biologically appropriate times and uncertainty regarding the best exposure biomarker(s) for the various outcomes. A special concern with regard to the pregnant woman is the possibility that a fetus might be exposed to lead mobilized from bone stores as a result of pregnancy-related metabolic changes, making fetal lead exposure the result of exposure to exogenous lead during pregnancy and exposure to endogenous lead accumulated by the woman prior to pregnancy. By reducing bone resorption, increased calcium intake during the second half of pregnancy might reduce the mobilization of lead from bone compartments, even at low blood lead levels. Subgroups of women who incurred substantial exposures to lead prior to pregnancy should be considered to be at increased risk.

  3. Evaluating the Teratogenicity of Ritodrine and Nifedipine using a Frog Embryo Teratogenesis assay (FETAX).

    Boğa Pekmezekmek, Ayper; Binokay, Uğur Seçil; Seçilmiş, Mehmet Ata; Kumcu, Eda; Şimşek, Erhan; Akillioğlu, Kübra; Sertdemir, Yaşar; Özaykan, Besim


    The Frog Embryo Teratogenesis Assay-Xenopus (FETAX) was used to assess the teratogenic potential of two tocolytics. Embryos of the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, were exposed to ritodrine or nifedipine. Exposure media were changed and monitored at 24-hour intervals. The 96-hour LC50 (Lethal concentration), the 96-hour EC50 (Malformation), and the No Observable Adverse Effect Concentrations (NOAEC) and the Lowest Observable Adverse Effect Concentration (LOAEC) for mortality, malformation and length were determined for each drug. Nifedipine was determined to be the more toxic and teratogenic than ritodrine, with a LC50 of 0.606 µg/L, an EC50 of 0.006 µg/L, and a teratogenicity Index (TI) value (LC50/EC50) of 101. On the other hand, the LC50 of ritodrine was 28.571 mg/L. In addition; the LC50, EC50 and TI values for nifedipine in the 5 mg/L ritodrine + nifedipine combination group were determined as 1.050 µg/L, 0.868 µg/L and 1.5 respectively. For ritodrine, the NOAEC and LOAEC values were determined as 2 mg/L and 4 mg/L, respectively. For the nifedipine and the ritodrine + nifedipine groups; while the LOAEC values of these groups were 0.0001 µg/L and 0.1 µg/L, respectively. NOAEC value couldn't be determined. Our results demonstrated that nifedipine administration was associated with higher levels of teratogenic and toxic effects. However, the ritodrine + nifedipine combination form reduced the toxic and teratogenic effects of nifedipine on Xenopus embryos. Further studies should be conducted in order to investigate the optimal combination concentrations of these substances for the treatment of preterm labor.

  4. [Teratology and epidemiology in the study of environmental teratogens].

    Cayré, R; Sánchez-Gómez, C; Moreno-Rodríguez, R A; de la Cruz, M V


    The processes of cellular migration, cellular differentiation and cellular multiplication are studied, since these are the basic developmental processes upon which teratogenic agents act resulting in congenital malformations. We also carefully analyze the interactions between teratogen-embryo in order to establish adequate parameters for analysis of environmental teratogens, as well as experimental teratogenesis and epidemiology. Information on the pathogenesis of congenital malformations obtained from experimental teratology in an adequate biological model, can be extrapolated to the human. The etiology of congenital malformations resulting from environmental teratogens can only be elucidated through epidemiology, since there is species specificity. Such a study must fulfill the following prerequisites: diagnosis of the congenital malformation, ruling out genetic factors in the family tree and determination of the exact time of exposure to the possible teratogen during the pregnancy.

  5. Teratogenic effects of silymarin on mouse fetuses

    Gholami, Mahbobe; Moallem, Seyed Adel; Afshar, Mohammad; Amoueian, Sakineh; Etemad, Leila; Karimi, Gholamreza


    Objective: Silybum marianum has been used for centuries in herbal medicine for treatment of liver diseases. Currently, there is no data available on the possible effects of silymarin on fetal development. This study aimed to investigate the teratogenic effect of silymarin on BALB/c mice fetuses. Materials and Methods: A total of 40 pregnant mice were divided into 4 groups of 10 mice each. Three groups received silymarin at three different doses of 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg/day during gestational days (GDs). The control group received normal saline and tween (solvent). Dams were sacrificed on GD 18 and all fetuses were examined for gross malformations, size and body weight. Malformed fetuses were double stained with alizarin red and alcian blue. Results: Silymarin administration at all doses resulted in reduction of the mean fetal body weights. The abnormalities included limb, vertebral column and craniofacial malformations. Craniofacial malformations were the most common abnormalities, but they were not observed in a dose-dependent manner. The percentage of fetal resorption significantly increased (up to 15%) in all treatment groups. Conclusion: Based on our results, silymarin, especially at high doses can lead to fetal resorption, intrauterine growth retardation and limb, vertebral column and craniofacial abnormalities. More precise studies should be conducted about the teratogenic effects of herbal medicine investigating the underlying mechanisms. Thus, caution should be taken when administering S. marianum to pregnant woman. PMID:27761424

  6. In vitro embryotoxicity and teratogenicity studies.

    Peters, P W; Piersma, A H


    During the past decade many publications have appeared describing test methods for in vitro toxicological research and emphasizing their desirability, appropriations and necessity. One reason for this might be the pressure imposed on regulatory, industrial and academic communities by society to reduce the number of animals used in research and testing strategies. In addition, sophisticated analytical techniques have been developed that allow the measurement of small quantities of biologically important material. Moreover, the present knowledge gained in the area of tissue culture and in vitro embryo culture allows the application of these techniques for more routine studies on the one hand, and studies on mechanisms of action of teratogens in model systems of isolated developmental processes on the other hand. With respect to reproductive toxicity, embryotoxicity and teratogenicity there are now diverse systems available ranging in organizational complexity from bacteria, insects, invertebrates, lower vertebrates, avian embryos and mammalian cells, tissues and organs to whole rodent embryos. This presentation serves only as an introduction to the complex issues raised by the many methods available. The concomitant application of both in vivo and in vitro methodologies will improve the quality of teratological research, and therefore will contribute to a critical evaluation of developmental hazards.

  7. Common increase of GATA-3 level in PC-12 cells by three teratogens causing autism spectrum disorders.

    Rout, Ujjwal K; Clausen, Pete


    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disease of neuro-developmental origin of uncertain etiology. The current understanding is that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of ASD. Exposure to valproate, thalidomide and alcohol during gestation are amongst the environmental triggers that are associated with the development of ASD. These teratogens may disturb the ontogeny of the brain by altering the expression pattern of genes that regulate the normal development of the brain. In this study, a neuron-like PC-12 cell model was used to examine the effects of these compounds on the binding potential of 50 different transcription factors to understand the molecular mechanism/s that may be involved in the teratogenesis caused by these agents. Cells in culture were treated with low or high concentrations of teratogens within a range that are reported in the blood of individuals. A pronounced increase in GATA transcription factor binding was observed for all three teratogens. Furthermore, Western blot analysis showed that GATA-3 level in the nuclear fractions was enhanced by each of the three teratogens. Results suggest that altered gene expression pattern due to heightened GATA-3 activities in the fetral brains following exposure to these teratogens may contribute to the development of ASD.

  8. An evaluation of a novel chick cardiomyocyte micromass culture assay with two teratogens/embryotoxins associated with heart defects.

    Hurst, Helena S; Clothier, Richard H; Pratten, Margaret


    This study was aimed at determining whether the chick cardiomyocyte micromass (MM) system could be employed to predict the teratogenicity/embryotoxicity of exogenous chemicals. Two documented teratogens/embryotoxins, sodium valproate (the sodium salt of valproic acid; VPA) and all-trans retinoic acid (tRA), were used in the initial phase of the study. White Leghorn 5-day-old embryo hearts were dissociated to produce a cardiomyocyte suspension in Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium. Cultures were incubated at 37 degrees C in 5% CO(2) in air, and observations were made every 24 hours over 5 days, for the detection of beating. Culture viability was assessed by using the resazurin reduction assay for determining culture activity and the kenacid blue assay for determining cell number. It was found that tRA significantly reduced cell activity and beating, whilst not affecting total cell number. VPA up to 500 microM induced no cytotoxicity in the MM cardiomyocyte cultures, whilst all the VPA concentrations tested reduced beating. The results demonstrate the potential of the chick cardiomyocyte MM culture assay to identify teratogens/embryotoxins that alter functionality, which may result in a teratogenic outcome, whilst not causing cytotoxicity (direct embryotoxicity). This could form part of a screen for developmental toxicity related to cardiac function, whilst limb cultures and brain cultures based on the same system could be relevant to teratogenic effects on those tissues.

  9. A Developmental Toxicology Assay Platform for Screening Teratogenic Liability of Pharmaceutical Compounds.

    Augustine-Rauch, Karen; Zhang, Cindy X; Panzica-Kelly, Julieta M


    Increasing need for proactive safety optimization of pharmaceutical compounds has led to generation and/or refinement of in vitro developmental toxicology assays. Our laboratory has developed three in vitro developmental toxicology assays to assess teratogenic liability of pharmaceutical compounds. These assays included a mouse molecular embryonic stem cell assay (MESCA), a dechorionated zebrafish embryo culture (ZEC) assay, and a streamlined rat whole embryo culture (rWEC) assay. Individually, the assays presented good (73-82%) predictivity. However, it remains to be determined whether combining or tiering the assays could enhance performance. Seventy-three compounds representing a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical targets and chemistry were evaluated across the assays to generate testing strategies that optimized performance. The MESCA and ZEC assays were found to have two limitations: compound solubility and frequent misclassification of compounds with H1 receptor or GABAnergic activity. The streamlined rWEC assay was found to be a cost-effective stand-alone assay for supporting poorly soluble compounds and/or ones with H1 or GABAnergic activity. For all other compounds, a tiering strategy using the MESCA and ZEC assays additionally optimized throughput, cost, and minimized animal use. The tiered strategy resulted in improved performance achieving 88% overall predictivity and was comparable with 89% overall predictivity achieved with frequency analysis (final teratogenic classification made from most frequent teratogenic classification from each individual assay). Furthermore there were 21 compounds in the test set characterized as definitive or suspect human teratogens and the multiassay approach achieved 95 and 91% correct classification using the tiered or frequency screening approach, respectively.

  10. Teratogen-induced apoptotic cell death: does the apoptotic machinery act as a protector of embryos exposed to teratogens?

    Torchinsky, Arkady; Fein, Amos; Toder, Vladimir


    Considerable evidence has been collected demonstrating that many teratogens induce apoptotic cell death in embryonic structures that turn out to be malformed in fetuses and newborns. Apoptosis is a genetically regulated process that is realized by the activation of death and pro-survival signaling cascades, and the interplay between these cascades determines whether the cell exposed to apoptotic stimuli dies or survives. Therefore, there is intense interest in understanding how the apoptotic machinery functions in embryos exposed to teratogens. However, the interpretation of the results obtained remains problematic. The main problem is that excessive embryonic cell death, regardless of its nature, if uncompensated for, ultimately leads to maldevelopment or embryonic death. Therefore, we can easily interpret results when the intensity of teratogen-induced cell death and the severity or incidence of teratogen-induced anomalies directly correlate with each other. However, when teratogen-induced cell death is not followed by the formation of anomalies, a usual explanation is that teratogen-induced apoptotic cell death contributes to the renewal of teratogen-targeted cell populations by promoting the removal of injured cells. It is clear that such an explanation leaves vague the role of the anti-apoptotic signaling mechanism (and, hence, the apoptotic machinery as a whole) with respect to protecting the embryo against teratogenic stress. In this review, we summarize the data from studies addressing the function of the apoptotic machinery in embryos exposed to teratogens, and then we discuss approaches to interpreting the results of these studies. We hypothesize that activation of a proapoptotic signaling in teratogen-targeted cell populations is a necessary condition for an anti-apoptotic signaling that counteracts the process of maldevelopment to be activated. If such a scenario is true, we need to modify our approaches to choosing molecular targets for studies

  11. What Every Chemist Should Know About Teratogens--Chemicals that Cause Birth Defects.

    Beyler, Roger E.; Meyers, Vera Kolb


    Teratogens are agents which act during pregnancy producing physical/functional defects in the embryo, fetus, or offspring. Discusses teratogenic hazards in the workplace and academic environment, classes of teratogenic compounds, precautions for interpreting Teratogen List from Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS), and how…

  12. Zika virus: A new human teratogen? Implications for women of reproductive age.

    Schuler-Faccini, L; Sanseverino, Mtv; Vianna, Fsl; da Silva, A A; Larrandaburu, M; Marcolongo-Pereira, C; Abeche, A M


    In 2015 an unprecedented increase of reports of newborns with microcephaly in Brazil made news headlines around the world. A possible etiological association with prenatal maternal infection by Zika virus (ZIKV) was suggested based on temporal and geographic distribution of ZIKV infection and the subsequent increase in the reports of microcephaly cases. Here we discuss ZIKV as a new human teratogen, with comments on potential treatment options.

  13. Mutagenicity, carcinogenicity and teratogenicity of beryllium.

    Léonard, A; Lauwerys, R


    The carcinogenicity of a number of beryllium compounds has been confirmed in experiments on laboratory animals and this metal has to be treated as a possible carcinogenic threat to man. These carcinogenic properties are associated with mutagenic activity as shown by the results of short-term tests performed in vitro with beryllium chloride and beryllium sulfate. These soluble beryllium compounds can produce some infidelity of in vitro synthesis, forward gene mutations in microorganisms and in mammalian cells. They are also able to induce cell transformation. In addition to the positive results obtained in several short-term assays beryllium compounds have been found to bind to nucleoproteins, to inhibit certain enzymes needed for DNA synthesis, to bind nucleic acids to cell membranes and to inhibit microtubule polymerization. The teratogenicity of beryllium salts is relatively unknown and needs additional investigation.

  14. Cyanobacteria blooms produce teratogenic retinoic acids.

    Wu, Xiaoqin; Jiang, Jieqiong; Wan, Yi; Giesy, John P; Hu, Jianying


    Deformed amphibians have been observed in eutrophic habitats, and some clues point to the retinoic acids (RAs) or RA mimics. However, RAs are generally thought of as vertebrate-specific hormones, and there was no evidence that RAs exist in cyanobacteria or algae blooms. By analyzing RAs and their analogs 4-oxo-RAs in natural cyanobacteria blooms and cultures of cyanobacteria and algae, we showed that cyanobacteria blooms could produce RAs, which were powerful animal teratogens. Intracellular RAs and 4-oxo-RAs with concentrations between 0.4 and 4.2 × 10(2) ng/L were detected in all bloom materials, and extracellular concentrations measured in water from Taihu Lake, China, were as great as 2.0 × 10 ng/L, which might pose a risk to wildlife through chronic exposure. Further examination of 39 cyanobacteria and algae species revealed that 32 species could produce RAs and 4-oxo-RAs (1.6-1.4 × 10(3) ng/g dry weight), and the dominant cyanobacteria species in Taihu Lake, Microcystis flos-aquae and Microcystis aeruginosa, produced high amounts of RAs and 4-oxo-RAs with concentrations of 1.4 × 10(3) and 3.7 × 10(2) ng/g dry weight, respectively. Most genera of cyanobacteria that could produce RAs and 4-oxo-RAs, such as Microcystis, Anabaena, and Aphanizomenon, often occur dominantly in blooms. Production of RAs and 4-oxo-RAs by cyanobacteria was associated with species, origin location, and growth stage. These results represent a conclusive demonstration of endogenous production of RAs in freshwater cyanobacteria blooms. The observation of teratogenic RAs in cyanobacteria is evolutionarily and ecologically significant because RAs are vertebrate-specific hormones, and cyanobacteria form extensive and highly visible blooms in many aquatic ecosystems.

  15. Melatonin potentiates the anticonvulsant action of phenobarbital in neonatal rats.

    Forcelli, Patrick A; Soper, Colin; Duckles, Anne; Gale, Karen; Kondratyev, Alexei


    Phenobarbital is the most commonly utilized drug for neonatal seizures. However, questions regarding safety and efficacy of this drug make it particularly compelling to identify adjunct therapies that could boost therapeutic benefit. One potential adjunct therapy is melatonin. Melatonin is used clinically in neonatal and pediatric populations, and moreover, it exerts anticonvulsant actions in adult rats. However, it has not been previously evaluated for anticonvulsant effects in neonatal rats. Here, we tested the hypothesis that melatonin would exert anticonvulsant effects, either alone, or in combination with phenobarbital. Postnatal day (P)7 rats were treated with phenobarbital (0-40mg/kg) and/or melatonin (0-80mg/kg) prior to chemoconvulsant challenge with pentylenetetrazole (100mg/kg). We found that melatonin significantly potentiated the anticonvulsant efficacy of phenobarbital, but did not exert anticonvulsant effects on its own. These data provide additional evidence for the further examination of melatonin as an adjunct therapy in neonatal/pediatric epilepsy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Can we ensure the safe use of known human teratogens?: The iPLEDGE test case.

    Honein, Margaret A; Lindstrom, Jill A; Kweder, Sandra L


    Minimising the public health burden of isotretinoin-induced teratogenicity has been a challenge for 24 years, the duration of availability of isotretinoin in the US for the treatment of severe, recalcitrant nodular acne. Although the teratogenicity of this drug is well known and risk-management programmes had been implemented, preventable fetal exposures continued to occur, largely as a result of the lack of sufficient controls within the programmes themselves. The manufacturers of isotretinoin implemented a new risk-management programme, iPLEDGE, in March 2006. iPLEDGE is a comprehensive distribution system that includes mandatory registration of patients, healthcare providers, pharmacies, and wholesalers. It allows real-time linkage of pregnancy-test results for verification prior to the dispensing of isotretinoin. Although the challenges of implementing a closed distribution system for a very widely used medication have been extensive, the potential public health benefits from preventing fetal exposure to isotretinoin are substantial.

  17. Identification of a primary target of thalidomide teratogenicity.

    Ito, Takumi; Ando, Hideki; Suzuki, Takayuki; Ogura, Toshihiko; Hotta, Kentaro; Imamura, Yoshimasa; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Handa, Hiroshi


    Half a century ago, thalidomide was widely prescribed to pregnant women as a sedative but was found to be teratogenic, causing multiple birth defects. Today, thalidomide is still used in the treatment of leprosy and multiple myeloma, although how it causes limb malformation and other developmental defects is unknown. Here, we identified cereblon (CRBN) as a thalidomide-binding protein. CRBN forms an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex with damaged DNA binding protein 1 (DDB1) and Cul4A that is important for limb outgrowth and expression of the fibroblast growth factor Fgf8 in zebrafish and chicks. Thalidomide initiates its teratogenic effects by binding to CRBN and inhibiting the associated ubiquitin ligase activity. This study reveals a basis for thalidomide teratogenicity and may contribute to the development of new thalidomide derivatives without teratogenic activity.

  18. Human Teratogens Update 2011: Can We Ensure Safety during Pregnancy?

    Rasmussen, Sonja A.


    Anniversaries of the identification of three human teratogens (i.e., rubella virus in 1941, thalidomide in 1961, and diethylstilbestrol in 1971) occurred in 2011. These experiences highlight the critical role that scientists with an interest in teratology play in the identification of teratogenic exposures as the basis for developing strategies for prevention of those exposures and the adverse outcomes associated with them. However, an equally important responsibility for teratologists is to ...

  19. A Review of the Teratogenic Factors Effect on Embryo

    Manzarbanoo Shojaei fard


    Full Text Available Background & Objectives: Teratology is a branch of embryology science that studies causes, mechanisms and abnormal pattern development. Embryo growth traumatic factors during pregnancy are called teratogens that some teratogens pass the placental barrier and cause adverse effect during development stages and malformation, however a drug may improve general health of the mother, but it might be poisonous for embryo and cause diverse malformation. Since study of embryo health and risk factor in this stage is important, the aim of this review article was the investigation of some types of teratosgens (such as radiation, infectious agents, heat disorders, maternal conditions and particularly the effect of teratogenic drugs on embryo including some legal drugs (such as acetaminophen, thalidomide, acyclovir, sedatives and anticonvulsants and illegal drugs (such as nicotine, alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. Conclusion: In general, teratogens depending on the type and duration of exposure in pregnancyperiod, adversely affect embryo and cause various disorders. A better understanding of these teratogens can contribute to prevent these defects, since many other drugs with similar effects and lower teratogenicity can be used to improve mothers’ health.

  20. Potential testicular toxicity of sodium nitrate in adult rats.

    Aly, Hamdy A A; Mansour, Ahmed M; Abo-Salem, Osama M; Abd-Ellah, Hala F; Abdel-Naim, Ashraf B


    Nitrate is a common contaminant in groundwater aquifers. Current study aimed at evaluating the potential testicular toxicity of sodium nitrate in rats. Sodium nitrate was given orally to rats at doses of 50, 100 or 200 mg/kg/day for 60 consecutive days. Sperm count and motility, daily sperm production and testis weight were significantly decreased specially at high doses. Testicular activity of lactate dehydrogenase-X, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, and acid phosphatase were inhibited in a dose-related manner. Lipid peroxides and hydrogen peroxide production were significantly increased in all treated animals. This was accompanied by inhibition of testicular activities of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. Fifty mg/kg of sodium nitrate did not significantly alter catalase or glutathione reductase activity. Glutathione was significantly decreased by sodium nitrate in a dose-related manner. The decrease in sperm count and motility and daily sperm production was confirmed by histopathological studies which indicated chromatolysis, pyknosis and necrosis in spermatocytes. In conclusion, subchronic exposure of rats to sodium nitrate results in testicular toxicity as evidenced by decreased sperm count and motility, daily sperm production and testis weight, inhibited activity of enzyme markers of spermatogenesis and induction of histopathological changes. These effects are attributed, at least partly, to testicular oxidative stress.

  1. 1,1-二氨基-2,2-二硝基乙烯对大鼠致畸的研究%Study of teratogenicity of 2,2-dinitroethene-1,1-diamine in sprague dawley rats

    刘志永; 张盼红; 王鸿; 高俊宏; 卢青; 岳红; 夏洁芳


    Objective To detect the toxicity and teratogenicity of 2,2-dinitroethene-1,1-diamine(FOX-7) in rats.Methods 125 adult SD rats were randomly divided into five groups,which are negative control (0 mg/kg),positive control (280 mg/kg aspirin),and three dose groups (5,15,and 45 mg/kg).They were administrated by gavage once a day from the 5th days to 19th days after pregnancy.The weight changes and toxicity of pregnant rats are recorded within the study,and the skeleton and internal organs malformations are detected by the recommended methods.Results After 5 or 6 days being poisoned,the pregnant rats appear significantly toxicity symptoms,such as exciting,irritability,and so on.The net weight raise in high dose group is less than the negative group,while the numbers of dead foetus in median and high dose groups are both more than that of negative group.Comparing with the negative group,the body weight and body lenghth of foetus rats in median and high dose groups,and the tail lenghth in high dose group are lower significantly.There are no external malformations in negative group and three dose groups.However,the foetus of high dose group appear significant skeleton and internal organs malformation prevalences that are significant more than negative group,including lateral cerebral ventricles enlarged,which accounts for 9.17%,occipital bone lost,which accounts for 2.59%.Conclusion FOX-7 can induced maternal reproductive toxicity,foetus toxicity and teratogenicity hazards to rats.%目的 评价1,1-二氨基-2,2-二硝基乙烯(2,2-dinitroethene-1,1-diamine,FOX-7)引起孕鼠的母体毒性及诱发胎鼠畸形的可能性.方法 将125只成年SD大鼠按交配时间随机分为阴性对照组、低剂量组、中剂量组、高剂量组以及阳性对照组,3个染毒剂量组分别给予5 mg/kg、15 mg/kg和45 mg/kgFOX混悬液,阴性对照组和阳性对照组分别给予淀粉溶液和280 mg/kg的阿斯匹林.于受孕后第5~19天对实验动物

  2. Readiness potential and movement initiation in the rat.

    Seki, Tomomi; Gemba, Hisae; Matsuzaki, Ryuichi; Nakao, Kazuko


    Cortical field potentials were recorded by electrodes implanted chronically on the surface and at a 2.0 mm depth in various cortical areas in the left hemisphere in the rat during self-paced movements of the right forelimb. A surface-negative (s-N), depth-positive (d-P) cortical field potential appeared about 1.0 s (range: 0.5-1.5 s) before movement onset in the rostral (RFA) and caudal (CFA) forelimb areas of the motor cortex, and the somatosensory cortex, but not in the occipital cortex. Bipolar recording of electromyographic activities induced by the electrical stimulation of various cortical loci was also performed by pairs of steel electrodes inserted in the face, trunk, forelimb and hindlimb muscles on both sides. The stimulation of the forelimb motor cortex activated the face and/or forelimb muscles, while that of the somatosensory cortex generally activated several body part muscles including the forelimb muscle. Stronger stimulus intensity was requested to elicit the activities of most of the ipsilateral muscles to the cortex stimulated than the contralateral ones. The minimum intensity for inducing the forelimb muscle activity was lowest in the CFA among cortical areas producing the activity. The stimulation of cortical loci in which the s-N, d-P potential was recorded could induce muscle activities in the forelimb contralateral to the stimulation. It is suggested that the s-N, d-P potential is the readiness potential for activating muscles to initiate movement in the rat forelimb.

  3. 重组人B淋巴细胞刺激因子受体-抗体融合蛋白(RCT-18)对大鼠的致畸作用%Teratogenicity and developmental toxicity of recombinant B lymphocyte stimulating factor receptorantibody fusion protein (RCT-18) in rats

    张立将; 宣尧仙; 由振强; 宋翼升; 陈颖; 陈浩; 张丽丽; 黄敏; 王文祥; 房健民


    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the teratogenicity and developmental toxicity of recombinant B lymphocyte stimulating factor antagonist-antibody fusion protein (RCT-18) in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. METHODS: Mated female rats were randomly segregated into four groups, including three RCT-18 groups (11, 37 and 129 mg/kg) and one negative control group (sodium chloride injection), with more than 25 rats in each group. RCT-18 was administered via subcutaneous injection to timed pregnant rats on gestation days (GD) 6-15 every two days. Clinical signs, body weights, and feed consumption were monitored during the whole gestation. Caesarean section and autopsy were performed on GD20. Uterine content were evaluated for number of implantations, resorptions, live and dead fetuses. The number of corpora lutea in each ovary was also recorded. Live fetuses were examined for gender, body weights, body lengths, tail lengths, and gross external, visceral and skeletal changes. RESULTS: There were no significant differences in maternal and embryo-fetal parameters. CONCLUSION: No maternal toxicity and embryo-fetal toxicities were found when RCT-18 was administered to SD rats during GD 6-15.%目的:观察重组人B淋巴细胞刺激因子受体-抗体融合蛋白(RCT-18)对大鼠胚胎及胎仔的发育毒性和致畸作用.方法:采用雌性SD大鼠,交配成功后随机分为4组,即RCT-18高(129 mg/kg)、中(37 mg/kg)、低(11 mg/kg)剂量组及阴性对照(0.9%NaCl注射液)组,每组≥25只,于妊娠第6~15天连续5次(隔天1次)经皮下注射给药.实验过程中观察动物的一般反应、体质量、摄食量变化,于妊娠第20天解剖孕鼠,对着床、吸收胎、死胎、活胎、黄体进行计数,对胎仔的体质量、身长、尾长,以及外观形态、内脏和骨骼发育等指标进行评价.结果:孕鼠、胚胎形成、胎仔生长发育、外观形态、内脏和骨骼发育等各项指标均无明显异常,与阴性对照组

  4. Radioprotective potential of histamine on rat small intestine and uterus

    E. Carabajal


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to improve knowledge about histamine radioprotective potential investigating its effect on reducing ionising radiation-induced injury and genotoxic damage on the rat small intestine and uterus. Forty 10-week-old male and 40 female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 4 groups. Histamine and histamine-5Gy groups received a daily subcutaneous histamine injection (0.1 mg/kg starting 24 h before irradiation. Histamine-5Gy and untreated-5Gy groups were irradiated with a dose of whole-body Cesium-137 irradiation. Three days after irradiation animals were sacrificed and tissues were removed, fixed, and stained with haematoxylin and eosin, and histological characteristics were evaluated. Proliferation, apoptosis and oxidative DNA markers were studied by immunohistochemistry, while micronucleus assay was performed to evaluate chromosomal damage. Histamine treatment reduced radiation-induced mucosal atrophy, oedema and vascular damage produced by ionising radiation, increasing the number of crypts per circumference (239±12 vs 160±10; P<0.01. This effect was associated with a reduction of radiation-induced intestinal crypts apoptosis. Additionally, histamine decreased the frequency of micronuclei formation and also significantly attenuated 8-OHdG immunoreactivity, a marker of DNA oxidative damage. Furthermore, radiation induced flattening of the endometrial surface, depletion of deep glands and reduced mitosis, effects that were completely blocked by histamine treatment. The expression of a proliferation marker in uterine luminal and glandular cells was markedly stimulated in histamine treated and irradiated rats. The obtained evidences indicate that histamine is a potential candidate as a safe radioprotective agent that might increase the therapeutic index of radiotherapy for intra-abdominal and pelvic cancers. However, its efficacy needs to be carefully investigated in prospective clinical trials.

  5. [Current evaluation of teratogenic and fetotoxic effects of psychotropic drugs].

    Watanabe, Omi


    Psychiatric disorders are equally common among pregnant and non-pregnant women, and many of these conditions are treated with psychotropic medications. The use of psychotropic medicines during pregnancy, especially antidepressants, became increasingly prevalent in the early 2000's, although many physicians prefer not to prescribe drugs for pregnant women due to concerns about teratogenicity. Current data on the risks of in utero exposure to psychotropic medications are limited, leaving women and physicians to make difficult decisions regarding the initiation or maintenance of treatment during pregnancy without a complete knowledge of the risks. Of all the psychotropics, antidepressant use in pregnancy has been relatively well studied. However, available studies have not yet adequately controlled for other factors that may influence birth outcomes, including maternal illness or problematic health-related behaviors such as smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy. This review focuses on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy, the antidepressants most commonly used to treat depression. In the evaluation of medication during pregnancy, teratogenicity and fetotoxicity must be considered. Most studies on the use of SSRIs during the first trimester of pregnancy have not shown an increase in the overall risk of major malformations, although several studies have suggested that SSRIs may be associated with a small increased risk of cardiovascular malformations, mainly involving ventricular and atrial septal defects. In addition to structural malformations, drugs were also observed to induce other adverse effects. Since SSRIs readily cross the placenta, concern has been raised about the short- or long-term effects of prenatal exposure to SSRIs on the developing offspring. Epidemiological studies have documented that 10-30% of neonates exposed to SSRIs near term had poor neonatal adaptation syndrome (PNAS). Some studies reported that

  6. Case-control studies for identifying novel teratogens.

    Werler, Martha M; Louik, Carol; Mitchell, Allen A


    The case-control study design offers an operationally efficient approach to measuring an association between an exposure and an outcome, especially when the outcome is rare, as is true for specific birth defects. For example, instead of following 50,000 pregnant women to have sufficient statistical power to identify a doubling in risk of oral clefts associated with a common exposure (e.g., cigarette smoking), 75 cases and 3 controls per case could be studied with equal statistical power. Examples of case sources include hospital or clinical series, or birth defect registries. For validity, control subjects should represent the population base of the cases, which can be difficult to identify for non-population-based case groups. Case-control studies typically rely on retrospective exposure measurement, which presents a major challenge and sets up the possibility of recall bias. Approaches are discussed to keep sources of bias to a minimum, including recall, non-differential information, and selection biases. Case-control studies can play an important role in this process for both hypothesis-generation and hypothesis-testing of potential teratogens. Examples of case-control studies and their contributions to the field are presented. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  7. Enantioselective synthesis and teratogenicity of propylisopropyl acetamide, a CNS-active chiral amide analogue of valproic acid.

    Spiegelstein, O; Bialer, M; Radatz, M; Nau, H; Yagen, B


    Propylisopropyl acetamide (PID), an amide analogue of the major antiepileptic drug valproic acid (VPA), possesses favorable anticonvulsant and CNS properties. PID contains one chiral carbon atom and therefore exists in two enantiomeric forms. The purpose of this work was to synthesize the two PID enantiomers and evaluate their enantiospecific teratogenicity. Enantioselective synthesis of PID enantiomers was achieved by coupling valeroyl chloride with optically pure (4S)- and (4R)-benzyl-2-oxazolidinone chiral auxiliaries. The two oxazolidinone enolates were alkylated with isopropyl triflate, hydrolyzed, and amidated to yield (2R)- and (2S)-PID. These two PID enantiomers were obtained with excellent enantiomeric purity, exceeding 99.4%. Unlike VPA, both (2R)- and (2S)-PID failed to exert teratogenic effects in NMRI mice following a single 3 mmol/kg subcutaneous injection. From this study we can conclude that individual PID enantiomers do not demonstrate stereoselective teratogenicity in NMRI mice. Due to its better anticonvulsant activity than VPA and lack of teratogenicity, PID (in a stereospecific or racemic form) has the potential to become a new antiepileptic and CNS drug.

  8. The Hydra regeneration assay reveals ecological risks in running waters: a new proposal to detect environmental teratogenic threats.

    Traversetti, Lorenzo; Del Grosso, Floriano; Malafoglia, Valentina; Colasanti, Marco; Ceschin, Simona; Larsen, Stefano; Scalici, Massimiliano


    The regenerative ability of Hydra vulgaris was tested as potential biomarker for the development of a new eco-toxicological index. The test is based on the regeneration rate and the aberration frequency of the columna (body and adhesive foot) after separation from head and tentacles by a bistoury. Particularly, 45 columnae were submerged in the rearing solution (that is Hydra medium) to have control, and 285 in potential contaminated waters to have treatments, collected from 19 sites along 10 rivers in central Italy. ANCOVA and chi-square tests were used to compare values from each site to a laboratory control. Subsequently the values on regeneration rate and aberration frequency were inserted in a double entry matrix, where the match of the two entries in the matrix provides the score of the proposed Teratogenic Risk Index (TRI). Each score corresponded to one of the 5 teratogenic risk classes, to which a risk level was associated: from 1 (no risk) to 5 (very high risk). On the whole, 32% of the studied sites were classified as no teratogenic risk while the remaining showed a variable risk level from low to very high. This study proposed for the first time an early warning system to detect the presence of teratogens in running waters, providing a rapid and cost-effective evaluation method. Therefore, TRI may contribute to initiate adequate measures to manage riverine habitats, and to monitor the running water teratogenic status. Specifically, this index may provide the opportunity to identify the disturbance sources and then to drive the decisions, together with competent authorities, on the catchment and landscape management and on the possible use of waters for urban, agricultural, and industrial activities, since they may show significant effects on the human health.

  9. Design and Comparative Evaluation of the Anticonvulsant Profile, Carbonic-Anhydrate Inhibition and Teratogenicity of Novel Carbamate Derivatives of Branched Aliphatic Carboxylic Acids with 4-Aminobenzensulfonamide.

    Bibi, David; Mawasi, Hafiz; Nocentini, Alessio; Supuran, Claudiu T; Wlodarczyk, Bogdan; Finnell, Richard H; Bialer, Meir


    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, with between 34 and 76 per 100,000 people developing epilepsy annually. Epilepsy therapy for the past 100(+) years is based on the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Despite the availability of more than twenty old and new AEDs, approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are not seizure-free with the existing medications. In addition, the clinical use of the existing AEDs is restricted by their side-effects, including the teratogenicity associated with valproic acid that restricts its use in women of child-bearing age. Thus, there is an unmet clinical need to develop new, effective AEDs. In the present study, a novel class of carbamates incorporating phenethyl or branched aliphatic chains with 6-9 carbons in their side-chain, and 4-benzenesulfonamide-carbamate moieties were synthesized and evaluated for their anticonvulsant activity, teratogenicity and carbonic anhydrase (CA) inhibition. Three of the ten newly synthesized carbamates showed anticonvulsant activity in the maximal-electroshock (MES) and 6 Hz tests in rodents. In mice, 3-methyl-2-propylpentyl(4-sulfamoylphenyl)carbamate(1), 3-methyl-pentan-2-yl-(4-sulfamoylphenyl)carbamate (9) and 3-methylpentyl, (4-sulfamoylphenyl)carbamate (10) had ED50 values of 136, 31 and 14 mg/kg (MES) and 74, 53, and 80 mg/kg (6 Hz), respectively. Compound (10) had rat-MES-ED50 = 13 mg/kg and ED50 of 59 mg/kg at the mouse-corneal-kindling test. These potent carbamates (1,9,10) induced neural tube defects only at doses markedly exceeding their anticonvuslnat-ED50 values. None of these compounds were potent inhibitors of CA IV, but inhibited CA isoforms I, II and VII. The anticonvulsant properties of these compounds and particularly compound 10 make them potential candidates for further evaluation and development as new AEDs.

  10. Wound healing potential of Tephrosia purpurea (Linn.) Pers. in rats.

    Lodhi, Santram; Pawar, Rajesh Singh; Jain, Alok Pal; Singhai, A K


    Tephrosia purpurea is a well-known herb for its hepatoprotective, anticancer, antiulcer, antibacterial and in healing bleeding piles, etc. The present study was aimed for wound healing potential of ethanolic extract of Tephrosia purpurea (aerial part) in the form of simple ointment using three types of wound models in rats as incision wound, excision wound and dead space wound. The results were comparable to standard drug Fluticasone propionate ointment, in terms of wound contraction, tensile strength, histopathological and biochemical parameters such as hydroxyproline content, protein level, etc. Histopathological study showed significant (P<0.05) increase in fibroblast cells, collagen fibres and blood vessels formation. All parameters were observed significant (P<0.05) in comparison to control group.

  11. Genetic susceptibility to teratogens: state of the art.

    Cassina, Matteo; Salviati, Leonardo; Di Gianantonio, Elena; Clementi, Maurizio


    There is evidence that the susceptibility to the teratogenic effect of drugs within human populations varies extremely from one individual to another, even after identical exposures. One of the factors that may explain these interindividual differences is the genetic makeup in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the respective drugs. In fact, both maternal and embryonic/fetal genotypes can affect placental transport, absorption, metabolism, distribution and receptor binding of an agent, influencing its teratogenicity. We have reviewed the literature and commented on the reported correlations between genetic factors and drug-induced birth defects. There is still a clear lack of knowledge regarding this issue and the available data are often conflicting. However, the identification of specific polymorphisms associated with predisposition to teratogenesis may allow in the future the development of personalized non-teratogenic therapies for pregnant women.


    L.M. Taloubi*, H. Rhouda , A. Belahcen , N. Smires , A. Thimou and Alaoui A. Mdaghri


    Full Text Available Some plants are toxic to living beings including humans, and are widely used all over the world in the treatment of various types of body ailments in traditional medicine, especially in the developing countries, due to theirs economic, social and cultural conditions. These plants are routinely taken for the nourishment of the pregnant women. This may cause the toxicity to the developing foetus, known as teratogenicity effect, and the plants are qualified as teratogens. Fenugreek is one of these plants, which has a wide range of medical applications, and wide use by ladies during pregnancy for different reasons. This Paper aims to present an overview of some existing studies and status of the teratogenic effect of fenugreek, to benefit from their results and conclusions

  13. Temporal evolution of risk estimates for presumed human teratogens.

    Koebert, M K; Haun, J M; Pauli, R M


    We present preliminary data assessing a previously untried method of deriving estimates of risk from case reports on presumed human teratogens. We postulated that we could take advantage of biases inherent to case reports in order to generate one or more families of temporal curves that could be used to estimate the "true" risk of teratogenic exposure. Using this method (which we refer to as the "case-cumulative method") we found that two agents (parvovirus B19 and isotretinoin) demonstrated a logarithmic decrease in the estimated risk over time, as intuitively expected, while trimethadione and the coumarin derivatives showed a more complex pattern over time. Analysis of estimated risks quoted by reviews and large studies for these four agents showed large variability from estimate to estimate and no discernible temporal pattern. With further analysis of other agents, the case-cumulative method might eventually prove to be useful in teratogen counseling.

  14. Preconception health counseling for women exposed to teratogens: the role of the nurse.

    Postlethwaite, Debbie


    Women with unintended pregnancies who are exposed to teratogens constitute the highest risk group for fetal harm. Teratogen exposures come from substances, medications, chronic and acute diseases, and environmental factors. Nurses play a critical role in reducing unintended pregnancy and promoting preconception health. A greater understanding of the role of teratogens and strategies to improve history taking and help women prevent unintended pregnancy will improve nurses' ability to reduce teratogen exposure in women at risk.

  15. Defense mechanisms against radiation induced teratogenic damage in mice

    Kato, F.; Ootsuyama, A.; Nomoto, S.; Norimura, T. [Univ. of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, (Japan)


    Experimental studies with mice have established that fetuses at midgestational stage are highly susceptible to malformation at high, but not low, doses of radiation. When DNA damage is produced by a small amount of radiation, it is efficiently eliminated by DNA repair. However, DNA repair is not perfect. There must be defense mechanisms other than DNA repair. In order to elucidate the essential role of p53 gene in apoptotic tissue repair, we compared the incidence of radiation-induced malformations and deaths (deaths after day 10) in wild-type p53 (+/+) mice and null p53 (-/-) mice. For p53 (+/+) mice, an X-ray dose of 2 Gy given at a high dose-rate (450 mGy/min) to fetuses at 9.5 days of gestation was highly lethal and considerably teratogenic whereas it was only slightly lethal but highly teratogenic for p53 (-/-) fetuses. This reciprocal relationship of radiosensitivity to malformations and deaths supports the notion that fetal tissues have a p53 -dependent idguardianln of the tissue that aborts cells bearing radiation-induced teratogenic DNA damage. When an equal dose of 2 Gy given at a 400-fold lower dose-rate (1.2 mGy/min), this dose became not teratogenic for p53 (+/+) fetuses exhibiting p53 -dependent apoptosis, whereas this dose remained teratogenic for p53 (-/-) fetuses unable to carry out apoptosis. Furthermore, when the dose was divided into two equal dose fractions (1+1 Gy) at high dose rate, separated by 24 hours, the incidences of malformations were equal with control level for p53 (+/+), but higher for p53 (-/-) mice. Hence, complete elimination of teratogenic damage from irradiated tissues requires a concerted cooperation of two mechanisms; proficient DNA repair and p53-dependent apoptotic tissue repair.

  16. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity of environmental contaminants to bird eggs

    Hoffman, D.J.


    First awareness that direct topical application of xenobiotics to bird eggs could be harmful to avian development dates back to the turn of the century. The most widely documented evidence of embryotoxicity following direct exposure comes from petroleum contaminant studies, conducted with at least 10 different avian species. Many petroleum crude oils, refined oils, and waste oils are embryotoxic and moderately teratogenic to different species; LD50s are often less than 5 iL of oil per egg. Toxicity is generally dependent upon the PAH concentration and composition (presence of higher weight PAHs). Five of seven industrial effluents caused significant reduction of embryonic growth in mallards following brief immersion of the eggs. Of the insecticides, organophosphates have been the most widely studied with respect to potential for direct embryotoxicity and teratogenicity following spraying or immersion of eggs. Phenoxy herbicides including 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T have been the most widely studied class of herbicides with respect to potential embryotoxicity of spray application. However, more recent evaluations have indicated that this is not the most toxic class of herbicides. Paraquat was found to be highly toxic in at least three species. Herbicides with LC50s that occurred at ten times the field level of application or less for mallard embryos included bromoxynil with MCPA, methyldiclofop, paraquat, prometon, propanil, and trifluralin. Of different gaseous and particulate air pollutants, ozone and particulates rich in PAH content appeared to be potentially embryotoxic, based on laboratory studies. Environmental contaminants in all classes reviewed have been shown to cause physiological and biochemical disturbances in embryos or hatchlings indicative of contaminant exposure, organ damage, or delayed development. Residue studies have shown the presence of DDT, 2,4-D, 2,4,5-T, decamethrin, petroleum hydrocarbons, and methylmercury after direct exposure of eggs. Ability of

  17. MLM型结构脂质的安全性评价——致畸试验%Safety Evaluation of MLM's Structured Lipid-Teratogenicity Test

    郭咪咪; 王瑛瑶; 栾霞


    Objective:To study toxicological safety of MLM (M:medium chain fatty acid;L:long chain fatty acid) structured lipid through the teratogenicity test.Methods:Teratogenicity test of rat were carried out to evaluate this structured lipid safety when the 100 times,the 150 times and the 200 times the daily recommended dose of it in people were fed respectively.Results:The weight increment of pregnant rats,the early embryonic development,the growth and development of fetal rats,the development of the fetal rats' bones and internal organs were no significant effects due to each dose group of MLM structured lipid.Conclusion:there were no teratogenic effect to the rats from the MLM structured lipid in that dose range according to teratogenicity test in relevant standards.%目的:通过研究MLM(中碳链-长碳链-中碳链)型结构脂质的致畸性,了解其毒理学安全性.方法:分别以人体每日推荐量的10,150,200倍的MLM型结构脂质制备饲料并喂养孕鼠,通过对大鼠的致畸试验对其安全性评价.结果:MLM型结构脂质各剂量组对孕鼠体重的增长,胚胎早期发育及胎鼠的生长发育,骨骼和内脏发育均无明显影响.结论:根据相关标准中致畸试验结果判定,在试验剂量范围MLM型结构脂质对大鼠无致畸作用.

  18. Reviewing the evidence for mycophenolate mofetil as a new teratogen: case report and review of the literature.

    Anderka, Marlene T; Lin, Angela E; Abuelo, Dianne N; Mitchell, Allen A; Rasmussen, Sonja A


    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) (CellCept) is an immunosuppressant drug that is teratogenic in rats and rabbits. Reports of malformations in 13 offspring of women exposed to MMF in pregnancy raise concern that MMF is also a human teratogen. We report an additional child with malformations following prenatal exposure to MMF and review the other 13 reports. We identified a Cambodian male born at 31 weeks' gestation to a mother who had been treated for lupus nephritis with MMF from before conception to 12 weeks' gestational age. He had bilateral moderate-to-severe microtia, external auditory canal atresia, bilateral conductive hearing loss, mild microcephaly, and apparently normal development. Among the 14 MMF-exposed offspring now reported, the underlying maternal conditions were kidney transplantation (7), lupus nephritis (4), liver transplantation (1), heart transplantation (1), and recurrent erythema multiforme (1). All were exposed in early pregnancy. The most distinctive malformation was moderate-to-severe microtia or anotia (12), with external auditory canal atresia in 9. Other common craniofacial malformations and minor anomalies included orofacial clefts (7), hypertelorism (3), coloboma (3), and micrognathia (3). Six had cardiovascular malformations, of which three were either conotruncal or aortic arch defects. MMF dose, reported in 12 patients, was <1 g/day in 4 and 1 g or more/day in 8; no correlation between dose and phenotype severity was apparent. While case reports have limited value in identifying human teratogens, the unusual distribution of malformations among the 14 reported exposed offspring identifies a phenotype suggesting that MMF is likely a human teratogen.

  19. Potentiation of the hypotensive effect of adrenomedullin in pregnant rats.

    Makino, I; Shibata, K; Makino, Y; Kangawa, K; Kawarabayashi, T


    The hypotensive effect of adrenomedullin, a potent vasodilator peptide, was examined in conscious pregnant (6, 13 and 20 days of pregnancy) and non-pregnant rats. The intravenous administration of adrenomedullin (0.01-3.0 nmol/kg) produced a dose-dependent depressor response in pregnant and non-pregnant rats. At low doses (0.01-0.1 nmol/kg), the maximum decrease in blood pressure was significantly higher in pregnant rats (20 days pregnant) than in non-pregnant rats. At high doses, no significant difference was observed between the two groups. Furthermore, the administration of adrenomedullin did not significantly affect the basal mean blood pressure (MBP) at any dose when compared to the non-pregnant group at 6 and 13 days of pregnancy. In the ovariectomized rats, the depressor responses in 17beta-estradiol-treated, progesterone-treated and 17beta-estradiol+progesterone-treated rats were not significantly different from that in the control rats, suggesting that the augmented effect on the depressor response to adrenomedullin in pregnant rats may not be due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. The adrenomedullin receptor mRNA level of the descending thoracic aorta was significantly higher in the late-pregnancy rats (20 days of pregnancy). However, the levels did not show any difference between the early-pregnant rats (6 and 13 days of pregnancy) and the non-pregnant rats. These findings suggested that the changes in the depressor response to adrenomedullin which occur at term in pregnant rats may be mediated by changes of adrenomedullin receptor gene expression rather than by sex hormones.

  20. A Study of the Teratogenicity of Butylated Hydroxyanisole on Rabbits

    Hansen, Ernst; Meyer, Otto A.


    A teratogenicity study on butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) was carried out in SPF New Zealand White rabbits. BHA was given by gavage from day 7–18 of the gestation period in doses of 0, 50, 200 and 400 mg/kg body wt./day. The fetuses were removed on day 28. No effect related to the treatment with BHA...

  1. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with α-cyclodextrin in rabbits

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Smits-Van Prooije, A.E.; Bär, A.


    In a standard embryotoxicity/teratogenicity study, α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) was administered to groups of sixteen, artificially inseminated New Zealand White rabbits at dietary concentrations of 0, 5, 10, or 20%. An additional group received a diet containing 20% lactose. Treatment started on day 0 of

  2. Teratogens inducing congenital abdominal wall defects in animal models.

    Van Dorp, Dennis R; Malleis, John M; Sullivan, Brian P; Klein, Michael D


    Congenital abdominal wall defects are common anomalies which include gastroschisis, omphalocele and umbilical cord hernia. Recent reports indicate that gastroschisis is increasing in prevalence, whereas omphalocele has remained steady, suggesting that environmental factors may play a part in their pathogenesis. The aim of this study is to review animal teratogen studies resulting in abdominal wall defects to investigate their possible causes. Each report was examined not only for the teratogens causing the defects, but also to carefully identify the defect occurring and its correlation with the known clinical anomalies. We found many discrepancies between the nomenclature used by animal teratology investigators and that used by clinicians. We were able to confirm the induction of gastroschisis by 22 teratogens, omphalocele by 9 teratogens and umbilical cord hernia by 8. There is no doubt that environmental factors may be responsible, at least in part, for all three of the clinical abdominal wall defects. Future studies should take care to appreciate the differences between these anomalies and describe them in detail, so that accurate and meaningful conclusions can be obtained.

  3. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with α-cyclodextrin in rabbits

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Smits-Van Prooije, A.E.; Bär, A.


    In a standard embryotoxicity/teratogenicity study, α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) was administered to groups of sixteen, artificially inseminated New Zealand White rabbits at dietary concentrations of 0, 5, 10, or 20%. An additional group received a diet containing 20% lactose. Treatment started on day 0 of

  4. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with y-cyclodextrin in rabbits

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Smits-van Prooije, A.E.; Bär, A.


    In a standard embryotoxicity/teratogenicity study, γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) was administered to groups of 16, artificially inseminated New Zealand White rabbits at dietary concentrations of 0, 5, 10, or 20%. A comparison group received a diet containing 20% lactose. Treatment started on day 0 of

  5. Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with y-cyclodextrin in rabbits

    Waalkens-Berendsen, D.H.; Smits-van Prooije, A.E.; Bär, A.


    In a standard embryotoxicity/teratogenicity study, γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) was administered to groups of 16, artificially inseminated New Zealand White rabbits at dietary concentrations of 0, 5, 10, or 20%. A comparison group received a diet containing 20% lactose. Treatment started on day 0 of gestat

  6. Neurobehavioral teratogenicity of sarin in an avian model

    Yanai, Joseph; Pinkas, Adi; Seidler, Frederic J.; Ryde, Ian T.; Van der Zee, Eddy A.; Slotkin, Theodore A.


    Nerve gas organophosphates like satin are likely to be used in urban terrorism, leading to widespread exposures of pregnant women and young children. Here, we established a model for sarin neurobehavioral teratogenicity in the developing chick so as to explore the consequences of apparently subtoxic

  7. Chemicals which cause birth defects--teratogens: a special concern of research chemists

    Meyers, V.K.


    Women who are research chemists suffer an unusually high risk of being exposed to teratogenic chemicals (chemicals which cause birth defects) for the principal reason that they spend a good share of their lives in the laboratory in contact with wide variety of chemicals including new chemicals which may be unsuspected teratogens. Women research chemists therefore need to be able (a) to recognize known teratogens and (b) to predict teratogenicity of a compound that has not been tested. This article discusses these two points with an emphasis on the following topics: how to obtain information on teratogenicity of chemicals; how to interpret teratogenicity data from the literature; and how to make an educated guess about the teratogenicity of chemical compounds.

  8. Potential effects of xanthone on inflammation status in atherosclerotic rats

    Dwi Laksono Adiputro


    Method: A total of 32 Wistar rats were divided into four groups (n=8, including control, hypercholesterolemic diet groups, hypercholesterolemic diet + xanthone at dose 35; 70; and 140 mg/kg body weight (mg/kgBW. Control group received standard diet for 60 days. Hypercholesterolemic diet group received standard diet plus yellow egg, sheep oil, cholic acid, and pig oil for 60 days per oral. Analysis of nuclear factor-kappa beta p65/p50 distribution and tumor necrosis factor-alpha level, was done using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay technique. Analysis of nitric oxide level was done by colorimetric technique using spectrophotometer. Results: Hypercholesterolemic diet significantly increased nuclear factor-kappa beta p65/p50 distribution, tumor necrosis factor-alpha level, and nitric oxide level compared with the control group (p<0.05. Xanthone decreased nuclear factor-kappa beta p65/p50 distribution in line with the distribution at standard diet at doses 70 and 140 mg/kg body weight. Xanthone significantly decreased tumor necrosis factor-alpha level compared with atherosclerotic diet group at all doses, although it did not reach the level at standard diet. Xanthone decreased nitric oxide level, reaching the level at standard diet in all doses. Conclusion: Xanthone has antiinflammatory potentials by inhibiting distribution of nuclear factor-kappa beta p65/p50, decreasing tumor necrosis factor-alpha and nitric oxide level. [J Intercult Ethnopharmacol 2013; 2(1.000: 53-56

  9. Assessing the neurotoxic potential of methyl ethyl ketoxime in rats.

    Schulze, G E; Derelanko, M J


    The potential of methyl ethyl ketoxime (MEKO) to produce neurotoxicity following acute and subchronic exposure was studied in rats. A Functional Observational Battery, assessment of motor activity, and neuropathology evaluations were conducted in the context of acute and subchronic toxicity studies. Three independent studies are reported: a pilot time-effect study designed to determine the time course and time to peak effect following a single high dose of MEKO, a single-dose neurotoxicity study, and a subchronic (13-week) repeated-dose neurotoxicity study in rats. An acrylamide-positive control group was included in the acute and subchronic studies for comparison with MEKO. Following an acute oral exposure of MEKO at a dose level of 900 mg/kg, locomotor activity was decreased compared to control with maximum decreases occurring between 30 and 60 min following oral administration. In the acute study, transient treatment-related changes in ease of cage removal, ease of handling, and in posture and gait were observed 1 hr after dosing with 900 mg/kg MEKO, as were significant depressions in motor activity. Following a single 300 mg/kg dose, transient MEKO-related changes in gait and aerial righting reflex were noted 1 hr after dosing. All effects were reversible within 24 hr of dosing. The single 100 mg/kg dose of MEKO was without observable effects. No acrylamide-related behavioral effects were noted following a single 50 mg/kg dose. In the subchronic study, transient treatment-related changes in ease of cage removal, ease of handling, and in posture, gait, and aerial righting were observed at the 400 mg/kg/day dose level when assessments were conducted immediately after dose administration. No consistent behavioral effects were observed prior to daily dose administration even after 13 weeks of exposure, indicating a lack of cumulative behavioral effect. No consistent behavioral changes were noted at doses of 125 mg/kg/day and below. Significant dose

  10. Two-generation reproduction and teratology studies of feeding aditoprim in Wistar rats.

    Wang, Xu; Tan, Ziqiang; Cheng, Guyue; Awais, Ihsan; Huang, Lingli; Chen, Dongmei; Pan, Yuanhu; Liu, Zhenli; Yuan, Zonghui


    Aditoprim, a new bacteriostatic agent that belongs to diaminopyrimidines, has a broad antimicrobial spectrum, good antibacterial activity and excellent pharmacokinetics. To evaluate the reproductive toxicity and teratogenic potential of aditoprim, different concentrations of aditoprim were administered to Wistar rats by feeding diets containing 0, 20, 100 and 1000 mg kg(-1) , respectively. Each group consisting of 18 males and 25 females (F0 ) was treated with different concentrations of aditoprim through a 13-week period before mating and during mating, gestation, parturition and lactation. At weaning, 20 males and 25 females of the F1 generation weanlings per group were selected randomly as parents for the F2 generation. Selected F1 weanlings were exposed to the same diet and treatment as their parents. At 1000 mg kg(-1) dose group, body weights in F0 and F1 rats, fetal body weight on day 21 (0, 4 and 21) after birth and number of viable fetuses in the F0 and F1 generation significantly decreased. Teratogenicity study was performed in combination with the F1 generation of a two-generation reproduction study. F1 parents of the reproduction study were mated after weaning of the F2a pups. Pregnant female rats were subjected to cesarean section on gestational day 20 for teratogenic examination. At 1000 mg kg(-1) group, body weights, fetal body lengths, tail lengths, litter weights and number of viable fetuses were significantly decreased. No obvious external, skeletal or visceral malformations in fetuses were noted in any groups in the teratogenic test. The no-observed-adverse-effect level for reproduction/development toxicity of aditoprim was 100 mg kg(-1) diet (about 7.89-9.25 mg kg(-1) body weight day(-1) ).

  11. Pharmacological profiling of Argemone mexicana for its aphrodisiac potentials in male Wistar rats

    Asuntha G


    Conclusion: The EEAM has elevated sexual dysfunctions in male rats. These potentials may be related to protopine alkaloids and flavanols by means of physiological stimulus for penile vasculature. Thus, results support the use of EEAM in enhancing sexual behavior in sluggish male rats.

  12. Evaluation of the toxicity and teratogenity of six commercial textile dyes using the frog embryo teratogenesis assay-Xenopus.

    Birhanli, Ayse; Ozmen, Murat


    Potential developmental toxicities of six different textile dyes were evaluated using the frog embryo teratogenesis assay-Xenopus (FETAX). Xenopus laevis embryos were exposed to astrazon red FBL, astrazon blue FGRL, remazol red RR, remazol turquoise blue G-A, cibacron red FN-3G, and cibacron blue FN-R from stage 8 to 11 for a 96-h exposure period in static renewal test conditions. A minimum of 17 concentration-response tests were performed with tested dyes, excluding a control group for each dye. Median lethal concentration (LC50), malformation (EC50), non observed adverse effect concentration (NOAEC), and lowest observed adverse effect concentration (LOAEC) were calculated. Also, teratogenic index (TI), minimum concentration to inhibit growth (MCIG), and MCIG/LC50 values were determined for each of the tested dyes. Characteristic abnormalities induced by a given test material were determined by the relationship between concentration and dye in the study. Results from these studies suggested that each tested dye is teratogenic for X. laevis embryos. The lowest LC50 was determined for astrazon red exposure corresponding to a value of 4.73 mg/L. The LC50 value was similar for this dye and astrazon blue; the highest TI was calculated for astrazon blue exposure. Tests with X. laevis indicated that each of the tested compounds possessed teratogenic potential with varying degrees of potency: astrazon blue FGRL > remazol turquoise blue G-A > astrazon red FBL > cibacron blue FN-R > cibacron red FN-3G > remazol red RR. Different types of malformations occurred in the embryos, depending on concentration and dye. From these results, we can suggest that astrazon blue is the most toxic compound, but that the others are also highly toxic and teratogenic substances for X. laevis embryos. Results of the study confirmed that the FETAX assay can be useful in an integrated biological hazard assesment for the preliminary screening of textile dye stuff.

  13. Giant synaptic potentials in immature rat CA3 hippocampal neurones.

    Ben-Ari, Y; Cherubini, E; Corradetti, R; Gaiarsa, J L


    1. Intracellular recordings were made from rat CA3 hippocampal neurones in vitro during the first eighteen days of postnatal life. The cells had resting membrane potentials more negative than -51 mV, action potentials greater than 55 mV and membrane input resistances of 117 +/- 12 M omega. An unusual characteristic of these cells was the presence of spontaneous giant depolarizing potentials (GDPs) which were observed during the first eight postnatal (P) days in over 85% of neurones. They were less frequent between P9 and P12 (48%) and disappeared after P12. 2. The GDPs were synchronously generated by a population of neurones; they reversed polarity at -27 mV when recorded with KCl-containing electrodes and at -51 mV with potassium acetate- or potassium methylsulphate-filled electrodes. 3. The GDPs were blocked by bath application of bicuculline (10 microM) or picrotoxin (100-200 microM). Exogenously applied gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA; 0.2-1 mM) induced at resting membrane potential a bicuculline-sensitive membrane depolarization which reversed polarity at -25 and -51 mV when recorded with KCl- or potassium methylsulphate-filled electrodes respectively. 4. The GDPs were reduced in frequency or blocked by the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists DL-2-amino-7-phosphonoheptanoate (AP-7; 50 microM), D(-)2-amino-5-phosphonovalerate (AP-5, 10-50 microM) and (+-)3-(2-carboxypiperazin-4-yl)-propyl-1-phosphonic acid (CPP, 10-50 microM) or NMDA channel blockers phencyclidine (2 microM) and ketamine (20 microM). 5. Stimulation of the hilus during the first week of life evoked a GDP followed by a hyperpolarization. The GDPs were generated by a population of synchronized neurones and reversed polarity at -27 mV with KCl-filled electrodes and at -52 mV with potassium acetate- or potassium methylsulphate-containing electrodes. 6. Bath application of bicuculline (1-10 microM) or picrotoxin (100-200 microM) reversibly blocked the evoked GDPs in the majority of cells

  14. Expert advice in case of exposure to mutagens or teratogens

    Steuber, E.D.


    To answer the question of any induced hazards in progeny by an exogeneous factor it is necessary to differentiate between mutagenic and teratogenic action. Mutations can be caused by ionizing radiations and chemicals, e.g. cytostatic drugs. After exposure to mutagenic agents a conception should be prevented for a time of 3 months to avoid a fertilization of a germ cell that has been effected during a very sensible phase. In case of conception during mutagenic exposure it is possible to detect chromosome aberrations by prenatal diagnosis after amniocentesis. The spectrum of possible teratogens is extensive and less specific than that of mutagenic agents. Factors established as embryotoxic in man are for instance radiation, several drugs and some virus infections. They have been known to cause malformations in the fetus, if these events take place during a certain critical period of organogenesis.

  15. Preclinical toxicity and teratogenicity studies with the narcotic antagonist analgesic drug TR5379M.

    Porter, M C; Hartnagel, R E; Clemens, G R; Kowalski, R L; Bare, J J; Halliwell, W E; Kitchen, D N


    The narcotic antagonist TR5379M had po LD50 values of 365 and 750 mg/kg and iv LD50 values of 35.0 and 22.3 mg/kg in the mouse and rat, respectively. Subchronic (one month) po administration to rats at 40, 120, or 400 mg/kg/day and to cynomolgus monkeys at 20, 45, or 100 mg/kg/day showed the compound to be well tolerated at doses of 40 and 45 mg/kg, respectively. Deaths during the subchronic studies included one monkey following a single dose of 100 mg/kg and six rats following repeated doses of 400 mg/kg. Signs of toxicosis in rats included clonic convulsions (high-dose animals only) and mild dose-related salivation and hyperactivity. Signs of toxicosis in monkeys were limited to sporadic emesis and transiently decreased food consumption at all three dose levels. Emesis was not observed at doses of 20 or 45 mg/kg after the first week. Slightly increased weights (not significant at 40 mg/kg) for thyroid and adrenal glands occurred in male rats. Gross, microscopic, and clinical pathologic examinations revealed no treatment-related adverse effects at any dose level for either species. Administration of TR5379M to pregnant rats (20, 70, or 250 mg/kg/day on Days 6-15 of gestation) caused no teratogenicity or embryotoxicity and did not adversely affect any of the reproductive parameters examined. Dams given TR5379M at doses of 70 and 250 mg/kg salivated and had reduced weight gain. It was concluded from these studies that TR5379M has an adequate margin of safety to begin clinical investigations.

  16. Overview of bioassays for mutagens, carcinogens, and teratogens

    Dumont, J.N.


    Bioassays to determine the risk of health hazards of man-made chemical substances are reviewed. The standard approach to testing a substance is the tier system, consisting of three levels of testing that are increasingly complex, lengthy, and costly. The paper describes the biological basis of bioassays, identifies various assays for mutagens, carcinogens and teratogens, and explains the problems involved in extrapolating test data to human risk estimates. Future improvements in assay techniques are discussed. (CR)

  17. The contribution of environmental teratogens to embryonic and fetal loss.

    Brent, R L; Beckman, D A


    Environmental causes of human malformations account for approximately 10% of malformations, and less than 1% of all human malformations are related to prescription drug exposure, chemicals, or radiation. Malformations caused by drugs and other therapeutic agents are important, however, because these exposures are preventable. As we better understand the mechanisms of teratogenesis from all etiologies, we may learn how best to predict and test for teratogenicity and apply this knowledge to the prevention of human birth defects. Spontaneous abortions account for a much higher percentage of reproductive failure than do congenital malformations, but a very high proportion of aborted fetuses are malformed or defective. Therefore, the consequences of abortion are much different than the consequences of having a survival malformed infant, from both the medical and psychologic perspectives. We are less certain about the contribution of environmental, physical, and chemical agents to the incidence of spontaneous abortion. Although we realize that spontaneous abortions are a significant medical and emotional burden to a family, a surviving malformed infant can be greater burden to that family. We do not have an accurate picture of the contribution of environmental agents to the incidence of spontaneous abortion. At the present time, it would appear that only a very small proportion of abortions can be attributed to exposure to environmental toxicants during pregnancy (Tables 1 and 2). Conversely, it is the scientific and medical community's responsibility to prevent the introduction and use of agents that cause unwanted embryonic and fetal loss. Because the teratogenic and abortigenic effects of environmental agents differ, one cannot conclude that an agent is an abortifacient because it is teratogenic, nor can one conclude that an agent is not an abortifacient because it is not teratogenic (Table 2).

  18. The normal cardiogenesis and after some teratogens treatment.

    Kozlov V.O.; Shatorna V.F.; Mashtalir M.A.


    The analysis and comparison of the our experimental results and the data of other researchers about the stages of normal and abnormal cardiogenesis under the influence of hypotermia, hypoxia, ethanol, retinoic acid were made. The common retardation of embryonic development is the most often case after teratogens factor treatment as well as the delay in interventricular and intaratrial septa development, not complete closure of interventricular foramen, abnormal development of the heart wall a...

  19. Neurobehavioral teratogenicity of perfluorinated alkyls in an avian model

    Pinkas, Adi; Slotkin, Theodore A.; Brick-Turin, Yael; Van der Zee, Eddy A.; Yanai, Joseph


    Perfluorinated alkyls are widely-used agents that accumulate in ecosystems and organisms because of their slow rate of degradation. There is increasing concern that these agents may be developmental neurotoxicants and the present study was designed to develop an avian model for the neurobehavioral teratogenicity of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Fertilized chicken eggs were injected with 5 or 10 mg/kg of either compound on incubation day 0. On the day of h...

  20. Invasion Dynamics of Teratogenic Infections in Light of Rubella Control: Implications for Zika Virus

    Metcalf, C. Jessica E.; Barrett, Alan


    Introduction: The greatest burden for a subset of pathogens is associated with infection during pregnancy. Evidence for teratogenic effects of Zika Virus have highlighted the importance of understanding the epidemiology of such pathogens. Rubella is perhaps the most classic example, and there is much to be learned from the long history of modelling associated with this virus. Methods: We extended an existing framework for modeling age-specific dynamics of rubella to illustrate how the body of knowledge of rubella dynamics informs the dynamics of teratogenic infections more broadly, and particularly the impact of control on such infections in different transmission settings. Results: During invasion, the burden in women of childbearing age is expected to peak, but then fall to low levels before eventually levelling out. Importantly, as illustrated by rubella dynamics, there is potential for a paradoxical effect, where inadequate control efforts can increase the burden. Conclusions: Drawing on the existing body of work on rubella dynamics highlights key knowledge gaps for understanding the risks associated with Zika Virus. The magnitude and impacts of sterilizing immunity, plus antigenic maps measuring cross-protection with other flaviviruses, and the magnitude of transmission, as well as likely impact of control efforts on transmission are likely to be key variables for robust inference into the outcome of management efforts for Zika Virus. PMID:27617170

  1. Methodological approaches to evaluate teratogenic risk using birth defect registries: advantages and disadvantages.

    Poletta, Fernando A; López Camelo, Jorge S; Gili, Juan A; Leoncini, Emmanuele; Castilla, Eduardo E; Mastroiacovo, Pierpaolo


    Different approaches have been used in case-control studies to estimate maternal exposure to medications and the risk of birth defects. However, the performance of these approaches and how they affect the odds ratio (OR) estimates have not been evaluated using birth-defect surveillance programmes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the scope and limitations of three case-control approaches to assess the teratogenic risk of birth defects in mothers exposed to antiepileptic medications, insulin, or acetaminophen. We studied 110,814 non-malformed newborns and 58,514 live newborns with birth defects registered by the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Anomalies (ECLAMC) between 1967 and 2008. Four controls were randomly selected for each case in the same hospital and period, and three different control groups were used: non-malformed newborns (HEALTHY), malformed newborns (SICK), and a subgroup of SICK, only-exposed cases (OECA). Associations were evaluated using OR and Pearson's chi-square (Pcontrols. SICK and OECA odds ratios cannot be considered a direct estimate of the true population OR except under certain conditions. However, the SICK and OECA designs could provide practical information to generate hypotheses about potential teratogens.

  2. Investigation of possible teratogenic effects in the offspring of mice exposed to methylphenidate during pregnancy.

    Costa, Gabriel de Araújo; Galvão, Talita Cristina; Bacchi, André Demambre; Moreira, Estefânia Gastaldello; Salles, Maria José Sparça


    Methylphenidate (MPH) is a central nervous system stimulant drug that increases concentration and energy level. The safety of MPH use during pregnancy is not well established. Considering the high rate of unplanned pregnancy among young women, potential for accidental exposure to MPH in early pregnancy is high. This study aimed to investigate if MPH administered during pregnancy would induce maternotoxicity, teratogenicity in mice, or both. Pregnant Swiss mice were treated with MPH (5 mg/kg, subcutaneously) or 0.9% saline (control group) from the 5th to the 17th day of pregnancy. In the MPH-treated group, a significant increase in the total number of resorptions with a consequent increase in post-implantation loss and a decrease in fetal viability were detected (all P < 0.05). A total of 91.43% of resorptions were classified as early resorptions. The group treated with MPH presented significant external (polydactyly P < 0.01), skeletal (incomplete ossification of the skull P < 0.01) and visceral (dilated ventricles P < 0.05) malformations. Behavioural effects (motor activity, memory of habituation and anxiety) were not observed in both male and female offspring evaluated at postnatal days 22, 35 and 75. The results suggest that MPH is an embryotoxic and teratogenic drug.

  3. Effects of Multivitamins and Known Teratogens on Chick Cardiomyocytes Micromass Culture Assay

    Samreen Memon


    Full Text Available   Objective(s: This study aimed to find out whether the chick cardiomyocyte micromass (MM system could be employed to predict the teratogenecity of common environmental factors. Different multivitamins and over the counter drugs were used in this study.   Materials and Methods: White Leghorn 5-day-old embryo hearts were dissected and trypsinized to produce a cardiomyocyte cell suspension in Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium. The cultures were incubated at 370C in 5% CO2 in air, and observations were made at 24, 48 and 144 hr, for the detection of cell beating. Cellular viability was assessed using the resazurin assay and cell protein content was assessed by the kenacid blue assay. It was observed that while not affecting total cell number folic acid, vitamin C, sodium fluoride and ginseng did not significantly reduced cell activity and beating. However cadmium chloride significantly reduced the beating, cell viability and cell protein content in micromass cultures. Results: The results demonstrate the potential of the chick cardiomyocyte MM culture assay to identify teratogens/embryotoxins that alter morphology and function, which may result in either teratogenic outcome or cytotoxicity. Conclusion: This could form part of a screen for developmental toxicity related to cardiac function

  4. Evaluation of the excopula ejaculatory potentials of Bersama engleriana in spinal male rats

    Pierre Watcho; Miguel Carro-Juarez


    tive ejaculation in spinal male rat is mediated through dopaminergic and oxytocinergic pathways. This prolonged ejaculatory latency caused by B. Engleriana could support its potential use in patients with rapid ejaculation.


    This manuscript characterizes the receptor pathways involved in pattern-evoked potential generation in rats" NMDA and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors appear to be involved in the generation of the steady-state pattern evoked response in vivo." The pattern evok...

  6. Potential urinary aging markers of 20-month-old rats

    Xundou Li


    Full Text Available Urine is a very good source for biomarker discovery because it accumulates changes in the body. However, a major challenge in urinary biomarker discovery is the fact that the urinary proteome is influenced by various elements. To circumvent these problems, simpler systems, such as animal models, can be used to establish associations between physiological or pathological conditions and alterations in the urinary proteome. In this study, the urinary proteomes of young (two months old and old rats (20 months old; nine in each group were analyzed using LC-MS/MS and quantified using the Progenesis LC-MS software. A total of 371 proteins were identified, 194 of which were shared between the young and old rats. Based on criteria of a fold change ≥2, P < 0.05 and identification in each rat of the high-abundance group, 33 proteins were found to be changed (15 increased and 18 decreased in old rats. By adding a more stringent standard (protein spectral counts from every rat in the higher group greater than those in the lower group, eight proteins showed consistent changes in all rats of the groups; two of these proteins are also altered in the urinary proteome of aging humans. However, no shared proteins between our results and the previous aging plasma proteome were identified. Twenty of the 33 (60% altered proteins have been reported to be disease biomarkers, suggesting that aging may share similar urinary changes with some diseases. The 33 proteins corresponded to 28 human orthologs which, according to the Human Protein Atlas, are strongly expressed in the kidney, intestine, cerebellum and lung. Therefore, the urinary proteome may reflect aging conditions in these organs.

  7. Stage-specific effects of teratogens on sea urchin embryogenesis.

    Graillet, C; Pagano, G; Girard, J P


    The effect of direct (chlorambucil and allopurinol) and indirect (cyclophosphamide) teratogens on the fertilization and early development of sea urchin embryos has been investigated. Fertilization was affected by none of the drugs tested. Continuous exposure of embryos to chlorambucil (10(-6) to 3 x 10(-4) M) starting after fertilization delayed the first cleavage and hatching. Developmental defects in chlorambucil-treated embryos consisted mainly of blastula and gastrula-arrested embryos and in a limited number (25%) of plutei with malformed gut or skeleton. Post-hatching exposure to chlorambucil led to malformed plutei only. Early (pre-hatching) exposure to allopurinol (10(-6) to 10(-3) M) did not affect cleavage but induced developmental defects in a ratio comparable to chlorambucil. Post-hatching exposure to allopurinol failed to affect the embryogenesis. The indirect teratogen cyclophosphamide (10(-6) to 3 x 10(-5) M) had no effect on the early embryogenesis. Results were discussed in view of using sea urchin embryos to detect and analyze the early mechanisms of teratogenic action.

  8. Potentiation of carbon tetrachloride hepatotoxicity by pentosan polysulfate in rats

    Zim M.C.A.


    Full Text Available Few data are available in the literature regarding the effect of pentosan polysulfate (PPS on normal and fibrotic rat livers. In addition, the combination of PPS and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 has not been studied so far. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of PPS on rat livers treated or not with CCl4 for the induction of liver fibrosis. The study consisted of four stages: 1 hepatic fibrosis induction with CCl4 (N = 36 rats; 2 evaluation of the effect of PPS on CCl4-induced hepatic fibrosis (N = 36 rats; 3 evaluation of the effect of higher doses of PPS in combination with CCl4 (N = 50 rats; 4 evaluation of the presence of an enzymatic inductor effect by PPS (N = 18 rats using the sodium pentobarbital test which indirectly evaluates hepatic microsomal enzyme activity in vivo. Adult (60 to 70 days male Wistar rats weighing 180 to 220 g were used. All animals receiving 0.5 ml 8% CCl4 (N = 36 developed hepatic fibrosis, and after 8 weeks they also developed cirrhosis. No delay or prevention of hepatic fibrosis was observed with the administration of 5 mg/kg PPS (N = 8 and 1 mg/kg PPS (N = 8 1 h after the administration of CCl4, but the increased hepatotoxicity resulting from the combination of the two substances caused massive hepatic necrosis in most rats (N = 45. PPS (40 mg/kg alone caused hepatic congestion only after 8 weeks, but massive hepatic necrosis was again observed in association with 0.5 ml CCl4 after 1 to 4 weeks of treatment. Unexpectedly, sleeping time increased with time of PPS administration (1, 2, or 3 weeks. This suggests that PPS does not function as an activator of the hepatic microsomal enzymatic system. Further studies are necessary in order to clarify the unexpected increase in hepatotoxicity caused by the combination of CCl4 and high doses of PPS, which results in massive hepatic necrosis.

  9. Potentiation of carbon tetrachloride hepatotoxicity by pentosan polysulfate in rats.

    Zim, M C A; Silveira, T R; Schwartsmann, G; Cerski, T; Motta, A


    Few data are available in the literature regarding the effect of pentosan polysulfate (PPS) on normal and fibrotic rat livers. In addition, the combination of PPS and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) has not been studied so far. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of PPS on rat livers treated or not with CCl4 for the induction of liver fibrosis. The study consisted of four stages: 1) hepatic fibrosis induction with CCl4 (N = 36 rats); 2) evaluation of the effect of PPS on CCl4-induced hepatic fibrosis (N = 36 rats); 3) evaluation of the effect of higher doses of PPS in combination with CCl4 (N = 50 rats); 4) evaluation of the presence of an enzymatic inductor effect by PPS (N = 18 rats) using the sodium pentobarbital test which indirectly evaluates hepatic microsomal enzyme activity in vivo. Adult (60 to 70 days) male Wistar rats weighing 180 to 220 g were used. All animals receiving 0.5 ml 8% CCl4 (N = 36) developed hepatic fibrosis, and after 8 weeks they also developed cirrhosis. No delay or prevention of hepatic fibrosis was observed with the administration of 5 mg/kg PPS (N = 8) and 1 mg/kg PPS (N = 8) 1 h after the administration of CCl4, but the increased hepatotoxicity resulting from the combination of the two substances caused massive hepatic necrosis in most rats (N = 45). PPS (40 mg/kg) alone caused hepatic congestion only after 8 weeks, but massive hepatic necrosis was again observed in association with 0.5 ml CCl4 after 1 to 4 weeks of treatment. Unexpectedly, sleeping time increased with time of PPS administration (1, 2, or 3 weeks). This suggests that PPS does not function as an activator of the hepatic microsomal enzymatic system. Further studies are necessary in order to clarify the unexpected increase in hepatotoxicity caused by the combination of CCl4 and high doses of PPS, which results in massive hepatic necrosis.

  10. Histamine Potentiates Cyclosomatostatin-Induced Catalepsy in Old Rats



    Full Text Available Background The decreased level of somatostatin and increased level of histamine are detected in the Parkinsonian brain. In old Wistar rats, the brain somatostatin deficiency can initiate catalepsy that suggests the pathogenic significance of this abnormality in Parkinson’s disease (PD. The ability of histamine to affect the somatostatin deficiency action is not studied. Objectives The current study aimed to examine if histamine alters the cataleptogenic activity of the brain somatostatin deficiency in Wistar rats. Materials and Methods The animals used in the study were 100 - 110 and 736 - 767 days old. Catalepsy was evaluated by the bar test. The inhibition of the brain somatostatin activity was simulated by I.C.V. administration of cyclosomatostatin (cycloSOM, a somatostatin receptor antagonist. Results CycloSOM (0.2, 1.0, and 5.0 µg and histamine (1.0 and 10.0 µg alone were ineffective in both young and old animals. In combination, however, cycloSOM and histamine initiated cataleptic response in old rats. Effect of the combination was inhibited by H1 and H2 but not H3 antagonists. Conclusions CycloSOM and histamine synergistically exert catalepsy in old rats. In light of these data, the combination of the decreased brain level of somatostatin and increased brain level of histamine may be of pathogenic relevance for extrapyramidal signs in PD.

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  12. 水蛭素冻干粉对大鼠的致畸性研究%Teratogenicity of lyophilized hirudin powder in rats 

    黄超培; 何为涛; 赵鹏; 李彬; 王彦武; 傅伟忠; 何励; 苏爱荣


    OBJECTIVE: To determine the potentially teratogenic effects of lyophilized hirudin powder in rats. METHODS: Sixty pregnant rats were divided randomly into 5 groups, 3 groups treated with lyophilized hirudin powder (contain 3 mg which was equivalent to 50 AT-U natural hirudin per gram) with doses of 312.5,1 250,5 000 mg/kg, one negative control(distilled water) and a positive control(300 mg/kg aspirin), 12 pregnant rats in each group. The drugs were given orally for 10 days from 6th to 15tb day after gestation. At 20th day the rats were sacrificed to examine the appearance,viscera, bones and physical growth of the fetuses. RESULTS: The body weight of pregnant rats, litter weight, live birth rate, fetal body weight and length in all treated groups were not significantly different from negative control group (P>0. 05),and no abnormality of organ or appearance was observed in the fetuses of treated groups. CONCLUSION: Lyophilized hirudin powder had no maternal toxicity, embryo toxicity and teratogenicity in rats at doses tested.%目的:检测水蛭素冻干粉的致畸性.方法:将60只妊娠大鼠随机分为水蛭素冻干粉(每克含3mg、相当于50抗凝血酶单位的天然水蛭素)312.5、1 250、5 000 mg/kg 3个剂量组,同时设蒸馏水阴性对照和阿司匹林(300 mg/kg)阳性对照组,共5组,每组12只.各组孕鼠于妊娠第6~15天灌胃给予受试物,每天1次,连续灌胃10d,于妊娠第20天解剖孕鼠,检查胎鼠外观、内脏和骨骼及生长发育等指标.结果:水蛭素冻干粉各剂量组的孕鼠体质量、窝质量、胎鼠体质量、身长、尾长、活胎率、吸收胎率及死胎率与阴性对照组比较,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05),未见胎鼠外观、内脏和骨骼发育异常及畸形.结论:水蛭素冻干粉在本实验条件下,对大鼠无母体毒性、胚胎毒性和致畸性.

  13. Teratogenicity and mutagenicity of barley green%麦绿素的致畸和致突变作用

    李学敏; 李建国; 李淑琴; 边林秀


    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the teratogenic and mutagenic effects of barley green by traditional teratogenicity test and micronucleus test. METHODS:Acute toxicity test:the method of maximum tolerated dose (15 g/kg) was used;micronucleus test:five groups (1.25,2.5,5.0 g/kg barley green dose groups,positive and negative groups) were divided. Marrow smear of the femur bone was stained after two treatments 24 h apart,and the rate of micronucleus was calculated. Teratogenicity test:five groups (1.25,2.5,5.0 g/kg barley green dose groups,positive th th and negative groups) were also divided. Rats were treated on the 7 day of pregnancy for10 days. On the 20 day of pregnancy,the appearance,growth and development of fetal rats were checked. In addition,the skeletal and visceral teratogenic changes were also assessed. RESULTS:Acute toxicity test:the level of oral barley green MTD was greater than 15 g/kg. Micronucleus test:bone marrow cell micronucleus rate in each dose group was not different compared with the negative control group (P>0.05),but significantly different compared with the positive control group (P0.05),but significantly different compared with the positive control group (P0.05),而阳性对照组微核率与阴性对照组及各剂量组比较差异均有统计学意义(均0.05),胎鼠的畸形率亦无统计学意义(P>0.05),而阳性对照组胎鼠内脏、骨骼畸形率与阴性对照组及各剂量组比较差异均有统计学意义(P均<0.01)。结论:麦绿素对大鼠无致畸作用,对小鼠无致突变作用。P

  14. Reproductive toxicity study with a novel deoxyguanosine analogue (Metacavir) in pregnant SD rats.

    Luo, Qihui; Chen, Zhengli; Cheng, Anchun; Wang, Mingshu; Fang, Jing; Peng, Xi; Tang, Li


    Our preliminary studies demonstrated that Metacavir has potential to become a new anti-HBV agent. The main targets of the toxic effects of Metacavir, in rhesus monkeys, were gastrointestinal tracts, liver, blood, and kidneys, which were not related to mitochondrial effects. In this study, the maternal toxicity, embryo-fetal developmental toxicity and teratogenicity were studied in pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats after intragastric administration of Metacavir (200, 100, 50, 0 mg/kg body weight) during the first 6-15 days of pregnancy. Slower weight gain was observed in 5 out of 21 rats subjected to a 200 mg/kg dose, as well as 2 out of 20 subjected to a 100 mg/kg dose. Compared with the solvent control group, the calibration weight gain in the 200 mg/kg and 100 mg/kg dosage groups respectively, during first 6-20 pregnant days were significantly different (P changes were observed. The present research indicated that at a dose of 200 mg/(kg·d) (i.e., 40 times the effective dose in rats), Metacavir shows some maternal toxicity to SD rats. The embryotoxicity in the 200 mg/kg group encompass decreased fetal body weight, and higher fetal mortality rates, compared with the control group. However, the litter incidence showed no statistical difference. All the treated rats displayed normal bone development, no teratogenicity and without adverse effects on fetal development, thus indicating that below a dose of 200 mg/(kg·d) there is no teratogenic side effects.

  15. Ameliorative Potentials of Ginger (Z. officinale Roscoe) on Relative Organ Weights in Streptozotocin induced Diabetic Rats.

    Eleazu, C O; Iroaganachi, M; Okafor, P N; Ijeh, I I; Eleazu, K C


    The ameliorating potentials of ginger incorporated feed (10%) on the relative organ weights of Streptozotocin (STZ) induced diabetic rats was investigated. The experiment lasted for three weeks. Results show that administration of 10% ginger feed to the diabetic rats of group 3, resulted in a 29.81% decrease in their resulting hyperglycemia with a corresponding amelioration of elevated urinary protein, sugars, specific gravity as well as renal growth. In addition, administration of the ginger incorporated feeds to the diabetic rats of group 3, resulted in 9.88% increase in body weight with a corresponding 60.24% increase in growth compared with the non-diabetic rats administered standard rat pellets that had 6.21% increase in weight with a corresponding 60.14% increase in growth unlike the diabetic control rats that recorded 28.62% decrease in body weight with a corresponding 239.9% decrease in growth rates. Analysis of the chemical composition of the flour of the ginger incorporated feed indicated that it contained moderate amounts of moisture, crude fibre, alkaloids, saponins, tannins, Fe and Zn but considerable amounts of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, ash, flavonoids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and energy value. There was no significant difference (P>0.05) in the liver and relative liver weights of the diabetic control rats and the diabetic -ginger treated rats. In addition, there were no significant differences in the kidney weights of the non-diabetic, diabetic control and diabetic treated rats (P>0.05) while there were significant differences in the relative kidney weights of the non-diabetic rats and the diabetic rats treated with ginger feeds (Pginger in the dietary management of diabetes mellitus could be a breakthrough in the search for novel plants that could prevent the development of diabetic glomerular hypertrophy.

  16. Phytochemical investigation and nephroprotective potential of Sida cordata in rat.

    Shah, Naseer Ali; Khan, Muhammad Rashid; Nigussie, Dereje


    Plants are an efficient source of natural antioxidant against free radicals causing kidney damages. Sida cordata ethyl acetate fraction has been reported for strong in vitro antioxidant potency, previously. In the present study, our objective was to evaluate its in vivo antioxidant potency against CCl4 induced nephrotoxicity and investigates the bioactive phytochemicals by HPLC-DAD analysis. Phytochemical analysis was performed by HPLC-DAD methodology. For in vivo study, 42 male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with alternatively managed doses for 60 days. Group I animals were remained untreated. Group II animals were treated with vehicle (1 mL of olive oil) by intragastric route on alternate days. Group III was treated with 30% CCl4 (1 mL/kg b.w.) i.p. Group IV was treated with 30% CCl4 (1 mL/kg b.w.) i.p and silymarin intragastric. Group V and VI rats were treated with 30% CCl4 and SCEE (150 and 300 mg/kg b.w., respectively) intragastric. Group VII animals were treated with SCEE (300 mg/kg b.w.) intragastrically. Blood parameters, Serum proteins and urine profile were investigated. Activities of tissue enzyme i.e. catalase, peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione-S-transferase, glutathione reductase, GSH and γ-GT were evaluated. Histopathological observations, total protein contents, lipid peroxidation, DNA damage and relative weight were also analyzed. Gallic acid, catechin and caffeic acid were identified in SCEE fraction by HPLC-DAD. Decrease in the count of red blood cells, neutrophils, eosinophils and concentration of hemoglobin whereas increase in lymphocyte count and estimation of sedimentation rate (ESR) with 1 mL CCl4 (30% in Olive oil) administration (30 doses in 60 days) was restored dose dependently with co-treatment of SCEE (150 and 300 mg/kg b.w.). Treatment of rats with CCl4 markedly (P < 0.01) increased the count of urinary red blood cells and leucocytes, concentration of urea, creatinine and urobilinogen and specific gravity

  17. Visualization of potential acupuncture points in rat and nude mouse and DiI tracing method

    Byung-Cheon Lee; Ki-Hoon Uhm; Kyoung-Hee Bae; Dae-In Kang; Kwang-Sup Soh


    Objectives: To find the potential acupuncture points by using Trypan blue staining on the skin of rat and Nude mouse. Methods: 0.4% Trypan blue was applied to the skin of rat or Nude mouse previously treated by surfactant. Washing by warm saline was followed after enough application of trypan blue and surfactant. Frequency of Trypan blue application should be varied to the experimental animals' condition for visualizing significant spots. Results: Blue spots appeared roughly in symmetry...

  18. MHC-associated immunopotentiation affects the embryo response to teratogens.

    Torchinsky, A; Fein, A; Carp, H J; Toder, V


    The present study was performed to evaluate whether the effect of environmental teratogens can be modified by maternal immunostimulation. Two chemicals, cyclophosphamide (CP) and 2,3-quinoxalinedimetanol,1,4-dioxide (QD) were used as the reference teratogens (RT). The response to these RT was investigated in two animal models: (i) primigravid C57Bl/6 mice who underwent intrauterine immunization with allogeneic paternal (CBA/J), third-party (BALB/c) or syngeneic male splenocytes 21 days before mating; (ii) C57Bl/6 and CBA/J mice who were treated with RT during the second pregnancy only, after a different mating combination (syngeneic or allogeneic) in the first and the second pregnancy. Different doses of CP and QD were injected on days 12 and 9 of pregnancy, respectively. On day 19 of pregnancy implantation sites, resorptions, live and dead fetuses were recorded and live fetuses were examined for external and internal malformations with methods routinely used in teratological study. It was shown that intrauterine immunopotentiation with allogeneic paternal splenocytes clearly enhances the tolerance of F1 embryos to RT. Thus, in CP-treated females the resorption rate and the proportion of malformed fetuses were significantly reduced. It was followed by an almost two-fold increase in fetal weight. The protective effect of such immunization in QD-treated females was manifested as a dramatic decrease of the proportion of malformed fetuses and the resorption rate. Syngeneic splenocytes could not significantly influence an embryo's sensitivity to RT. The response to RT was also significantly weaker in the second pregnancy of female mice mated twice allogeneically than that observed in allogeneically mated primigravid mice. These results show that the embryo's response to environmental teratogens may be influenced by fetomaternal immune interactions.

  19. Potential of capsaicin-loaded transfersomes in arthritic rats.

    Sarwa, Khomendra Kumar; Mazumder, Bhaskar; Rudrapal, Mithun; Verma, Vinod Kumar


    In the present study, the biopotential of capsaicin (an active principle of capsicum) as a topical antiarthritic agent was studied in arthritic rats. Transfersomal vesicular system was employed for the topical administration of capsaicin in experimental rats. The characterization of prepared capsaicin-loaded transfersomes reveals their nano size (94 nm) with negative surface charge (-14.5 mV) and sufficient structural flexibility, which resulted in 60.34% entrapment efficacy, penetration across the biomembrane (220 µm) and 76.76% of drug release from vesicular system in 24 h in their intact form as evident from confocal laser scanning micrographic study. Results of transfersomal nanoformulation (capsaicin loaded, test) were compared with that of conventional gel formulation available in the market (Thermagel, standard), with an aim to assess the antiarthritic efficacy of our prepared capsaicin-loaded transfersomal formulation. In vivo antiarthritic activity study shows that our formulation possesses superior inhibitory activity than the marketed Thermagel formulation at the same dosage level, which could probably be due to the lesser permeability of Thermagel across the dermal barriers compared to our specially designed transfersomal delivery system. Moreover, the better tolerance of prepared vesicular formulation in biological system further enlightens the suitability of the transfersomal vesicle to be used as a novel carrier system for the topical administration of such highly irritant substance.

  20. Compound action potential of sensory tail nerves in the rat.

    Leandri, Massimo; Saturno, Moreno; Cilli, Michele; Bisaglia, Michela; Lunardi, Gianluigi


    Assessment of the conduction velocity of motor fibers of the rat tail nerves has been used by some authors in the past, but very little is known about the sensory fibers. In 10 adult rats, weighing between 320 and 380 g, responses from the nerves and muscles of the tail have been recorded after stimulation at its root and tip. It was found that stimulation of the tip involved mainly sensory fibers, of which two main groups could be identified. One faster group, conducting within the range of 38-27 m/s, and one slower group with range 14-7 m/s. The bipolar recording configuration was found to be optimal for sensory recording. Stimulation of the tail root evoked a motor response, which was preceded by a very small neurographic activity, due to the fastest sensory fibers conducting antidromically. The conduction velocity of motor fibers was calculated to be approximately 19 m/s. Distance traveled by the volley can be assessed with excellent precision on the tail nerves; hence the calculated conduction velocities are highly reliable and reproducible. We propose that the tail nerves may be a useful tool for evaluation of conduction velocity of Abeta and Adelta afferents. As the technique is just minimally invasive, the test can be repeated a number of times in animals under chronic experimental conditions.

  1. Effect of propionyl-L-carnitine on oscillatory potentials in electroretinogram in streptozotocin-diabetic rats.

    Hotta, N; Koh, N; Sakakibara, F; Nakamura, J; Hamada, Y; Hara, T; Fukasawa, H; Kakuta, H; Sakamoto, N


    The effect of propionyl-L-carnitine, an analogue of L-carnitine, and insulin on the oscillatory potentials of the electroretinogram was determined in rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes. Propionyl-L-carnitine was administered at a daily dose of 0.5 g/kg by gavage for 4 weeks, while other rats were treated with subcutaneous injections of insulin (8-10 U/day). Both treatments shortened the peak latencies of the oscillatory potentials in the electroretinogram, which were significantly prolonged in untreated diabetic rats (O1, O2 and O3, and sigma (O1 + O2 + O3)) (P carnitine level in diabetic rats was prevented by both treatments. Insulin produced a significant reduction of retinal glucose, sorbitol and fructose levels in diabetic rats, while propionyl-L-carnitine failed to do so. However, both treatments markedly reduced serum lipids levels in the diabetic rats. These findings provide information on the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy as well as suggesting the potential therapeutic value of propionyl-L-carnitine for retinopathy.


    H. Marzbnn


    Full Text Available Disodium glycyrrhetinic acid hemiphthalaic (GAP was evaluated for developmental toxicity in pregnant NMRI mice. GAP was administered intrapcritoneally on days S, 9, 10, of gestation at doses of 0, 25, 50 and 75 mg/kg/dav. On gestation day of IS, after operational delivery, the fetuses were examined for soft tissue, external and skeletal defects."nIncreased absorptions, dead fetuses, and reduce fetal body weight per litter were observed at doses of 50 and 75 mg/kg/day. In addition by using different doses of GAP at different critical gestation times, developmental delay was observed as reduction in ossification centers and vertebral number in caudal region. It seems that GAP at doses of (50 and 75 mg/kg/day has a cmbiyotoxic and teratogenic potential in mice.

  3. Metronidazole Appears Not to Be a Human Teratogen: Review of Literature

    Barbara J. Struthers


    Full Text Available Metronidazole is used to treat trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, and other diseases. As is the case with many drugs, physicians often hesitate to use it during pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester. A review of the nearly four decades' worth of published literature on metronidazole use in pregnant women indicates that it is not teratogenic, regardless of the trimester in which it is used. On the other hand, a number of published studies indicate that bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis are associated with preterm birth and low birth weight. Treatment of these conditions with metronidazole during pregnancy may decrease the incidence of preterm birth and low birth weight, thus potentially decreasing the complications that can result from prematurity.

  4. Antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potential of Abelmoschus esculentus (L. Moench. in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats

    V Sabitha


    Full Text Available Objectives : The present investigation was aimed to study the antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potential of Abelmoschus esculentus peel and seed powder (AEPP and AESP in streptozotocin (STZ-induced diabetic rats. Materials and Methods : Acute toxicity of AEPP and AESP was studied in rats at 2000 mg/kg dose and diabetes was induced in rats by administration of STZ (60 mg/kg, i.p.. After 14 days of blood glucose stabilization, diabetic rats received AEPP, AESP, and glibenclamide up to 28 days. The blood samples were collected on day 28 to estimate the hemoglobin (Hb, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c, serum glutamate-pyruvate transferase (SGPT, total protein (TP, and lipid profile levels. Results : In acute toxicity study, AESP and AESP did not show any toxicity or death up to a dose of 2000 mg/kg. Therefore, to assess the antidiabetic action, one by fifth and one by tenth dose of both powders were selected. Administration of AEPP and AESP at 100 and 200 mg/kg dose in diabetic rats showed significant (P < 0.001 reduction in blood glucose level and increase in body weight than diabetic control rats. A significant (P < 0.001 increased level of Hb, TP, and decreased level of HbA1c, SGPT were observed after the treatment of both doses of AEPP and AESP. Also, elevated lipid profile levels returned to near normal in diabetic rats after the administration of AEPP and AESP, 100 and 200 mg/kg dose, compared to diabetic control rats. Conclusion : The present study results, first time, support the antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potential of A. esculentus peel and seed powder in diabetic rats.

  5. Drugs associated with teratogenic mechanisms. Part II : a literature review of the evidence on human risks

    van Gelder, Marleen M. H. J.; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje T. W.; Roeleveld, Nel


    What is the current state of knowledge on the human risks of drugs suspected to be associated with teratogenic mechanisms? Evidence for the presence or absence of human risks of birth defects is scarce or non-existent for the majority of drugs associated with teratogenic mechanisms. Medical drugs su

  6. A standardized human embryoid body platform for the detection and analysis of teratogens.

    Flamier, Anthony; Singh, Supriya; Rasmussen, Theodore P


    Teratogens are compounds that can induce birth defects upon exposure of the developing fetus. To date, most teratogen studies utilize pregnant rodents to determine compound teratogenicity in vivo. However, this is a low throughput approach that cannot easily meet the need for comprehensive high-volume teratogen assessment, a goal of the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, rodent and human development differ substantially, and therefore the use of assays using relevant human cells has utility. For these reasons, interest has recently focused on the use of human embryonic stem cells for teratogen assessment. Here we present a highly standardized and quantitative system for the detection and analysis of teratogens that utilizes well-characterized and purified highly pluripotent stem cells. We have devised strategies to mass-produce thousands of uniformly sized spheroids of human ESCs (hESCs) that can be caused to undergo synchronous differentiation to yield embryoid bodies (EBs) in the presence and absence of suspected teratogens. The system uses all human cells and rigorously controlled and standardized EB culture conditions. Furthermore, the approach has been made quantitative by using high-content imaging approaches. Our system offers distinct advantages over earlier EB systems that rely heavily on the use on mouse ESCs and EB aggregates of stochastic sizes. Together, our results show that thousands of suspected teratogens could be assessed using human EB-based approaches.

  7. Carpal and tarsal bone development is highly sensitive to three antiproliferative teratogens in mice.

    Rahman, M E; Ishikawa, H; Watanabe, Y; Endo, A


    When pregnant mice were given small doses of teratogens (cytosine arabinoside, mitomycin C, or busulfan) that did not induce anomalies of any other organs, a high incidence of carpal and tarsal bone anomalies still occurred. The carpal and tarsal bones may be used as a sensitive target for teratogenicity testing.

  8. Potential chemoprevention of diethylnitrosamine-induced hepatocarcinogenesis in rats: myrrh (Commiphora molmol) vs. turmeric (Curcuma longa).

    El-Shahat, Mohamed; El-Abd, Sabah; Alkafafy, Mohamed; El-Khatib, Gamal


    The aim of the present study was to assess the potential chemopreventive effects of myrrh (Commiphora molmol) vs. turmeric (Curcuma longa) in hepatocarcinogenic rats induced by a single intraperitoneal injection of diethylnitrosamine (DENA) (200 mg/kg body weight). Ninety male Wistar rats used in this study were randomly divided into six equal groups (n=15). Group 1 rats served as negative controls; group 2 received a single i.p. injection of DENA and served as positive controls. Rats in both groups were fed on basal diet. Group 3 rats were fed a diet containing 5% turmeric, whereas group 4 rats were fed a diet containing 2% myrrh. Rats in groups 5 and 6 received a single i.p. injection of DENA and were fed diets containing 5% turmeric and 2% myrrh, respectively. The study demonstrated that DENA caused a significant increase in serum indices of liver enzymes and also severe histological and immunohistochemical changes in hepatic tissues. These included disorganized hepatic parenchyma, appearance of pseudoacinar and trabecular arrays of hepatocytes and alterations in CD10-immunoreactivity. Dietary supplementation of turmeric relatively improved the biochemical parameters to values approximating those of the negative controls and delayed the initiation of carcinogenesis. In contrast, myrrh did not improve the biochemical parameters or delay the hepatocarcinogenesis. Both turmeric and myrrh induced significant biochemical and histological changes in non-treated rats. In conclusion, DENA significantly changes the biological enzymatic activities in serum and the integrity of hepatic tissues. Phytochemicals with potential hepatoprotective effects must be applied cautiously owing to their potential hepatotoxicity.

  9. Teratogen screening using transcriptome profiling of differentiating human embryonic stem cells.

    Mayshar, Yoav; Yanuka, Ofra; Benvenisty, Nissim


    Teratogens are substances that may cause defects in normal embryonic development while not necessarily being toxic in adults. Identification of possible teratogenic compounds has been historically beset by the species-specific nature of the teratogen response. To examine teratogenic effects on early human development we performed non-biased expression profiling of differentiating human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells treated with several drugs--ethanol, lithium, retinoic acid (RA), caffeine and thalidomide, which is known to be highly species specific. Our results point to the potency of specific teratogens and their affected tissues and pathways. Specifically, we could show that ethanol caused dramatic increase in endodermal differentiation, RA caused misregulation of neural development and thalidomide affected both these processes. We thus propose this method as a valuable addition to currently available animal screening approaches.

  10. Anti-Arrhythmic Potential of Coriandrum sativum Seeds in Salt Induced Arrhythmic Rats

    Nida Rehman1, Nazish Jahan1*, Khalil-ul-Rahman2, Khalid Mahmood Khan2 and Fatiqa Zafar1


    Full Text Available In the present research, the anti-arrhythmic potential of Coriandrum sativum (seeds was evaluated in BaCl2 induced tachycardia and KCl induced bradycardia in rats. Heart rate and electrocardiogram (ECG was recorded during the experimental period. The BaCl2 increased the heart rate from 111/min to 157/min while KCL decreased the heart rate from 112/min to 60/min in the rats of positive control groups. ECG patterns also confirmed the tachy- and brady-arrhythmia in the rats of both positive control groups. The changes in biochemical cardiac biomarkers (CK-MB, LDH, AST, and ALT were also the studied parameters. The level of cardiac biomarkers was significantly elevated in the serum of positive control rats as compared to their respective absolute controls. In case of both curative and preventive mode of treatment the elevated levels of enzymes, cardiac biomarkers were significantly reduced. Electrocardiogram (ECG pattern revealed that the studied plant possesses a very good anti-arrhythmic potential in case of curative mode of treatment. The antiarrhythmic potential through preventive mode of treatment was also encouraging, but comparatively less than the curative mode of treatment. Anti-tachycardial potential of C. sativum was comparable with standard drug while, recovery in bradycardia was relatively slow than standard drug. Gross pathology and ECG pattern of base line group confirmed the innoxious nature of C. sativum seeds. Treatment of rats with Coriandrum sativum (100 mgkg-1 BW normalized the heart rate and attenuated the cardiac arrhythmia.

  11. A high-throughput screen for teratogens using human pluripotent stem cells.

    Kameoka, Sei; Babiarz, Joshua; Kolaja, Kyle; Chiao, Eric


    There is need in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries for high-throughput human cell-based assays for identifying hazardous chemicals, thereby reducing the overall reliance on animal studies for predicting the risk of toxic responses in humans. Despite instances of human-specific teratogens such as thalidomide, the use of human cell-teratogenicity assays has just started to be explored. Herein, a human pluripotent stem cell test (hPST) for identifying teratogens is described, benchmarking the in vitro findings to traditional preclinical toxicology teratogenicity studies and when available to teratogenic outcomes in humans. The hPST method employs a 3-day monolayer directed differentiation of human embryonic stem cells. The teratogenic risk of a compound is gauged by measuring the reduction in nuclear translocation of the transcription factor SOX17 in mesendodermal cells. Decreased nuclear SOX17 in the hPST model was strongly correlated with in vivo teratogenicity. Specifically, 71 drug-like compounds with known in vivo effects, including thalidomide, were examined in the hPST. A threshold of 5 μM demonstrated 94% accuracy (97% sensitivity and 92% specificity). Furthermore, 15 environmental toxicants with physicochemical properties distinct from small molecule pharmaceutical agents were examined and a similarly strong concordance with teratogenicity outcomes from in vivo studies was observed. Finally, to assess the suitability of the hPST for high-throughput screens, a small library of 300 kinase inhibitors was tested, demonstrating the hPST platform's utility for interrogating teratogenic mechanisms and drug safety prediction. Thus, the hPST assay is a robust predictor of teratogenicity and appears to be an improvement over existing in vitro models.

  12. Arrhenius thermodynamics and birth defects: chemical teratogen synergy. Untested, testable, and projected relevance.

    Miller, Morton W; Church, Charles C


    This article addresses the issue of hyperthermia-induced birth defects with an accompanying additional teratogen, be it a chemical or a physical agent (i.e., a simultaneous "combinational" exposure to two teratogens, one of which is hyperthermia). Hyperthermia per se is a recognized human and animal teratogen. An excellent example of such combinational exposures is an epileptic woman who becomes pregnant while taking valproic acid (VPA) to control seizures. VPA is a recognized chemical teratogen, and fever (hyperthermia) is not an uncommon event during pregnancy. While VPA also may occasionally induce fever as a side effect, we are concerned here with fevers arising from other, unrelated causes. There is a small but internally consistent literature on these combinational-teratogen exposures involving hyperthermia plus a chemical teratogen; in each instance, the effect level has been observed to be synergistically elevated above levels induced by the separate teratogenic components. The data were empirical. The observed synergy is, however, consistent with Arrhenius thermodynamics, a well-known chemical rate equation. The need for information about combinational teratogen exposures is acute; fever is a common occurrence during pregnancy; and there are many instances whereby there is also the simultaneous presence of some other teratogen(s). Given that the rate of autism spectrum disorders in the United States was recently presented as 1 in 88 births, it seems reasonable to suspect that such combinational regimens are much more prevalent than previously thought. Our hypothesis is that synergistic birth defect levels from combinational regimens are consistent with Arrhenius thermodynamics. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Teratogenic effects of sulfur mustard on mice fetuses.

    Sanjarmoosavi, Nasrin; Sanjarmoosavi, Naser; Shahsavan, Marziyeh; Hassanzadeh-Nazarabadi, Mohammad


    Sulfur Mustard (SM) has been used as a chemical warfare agent, in the World War I and more recently during Iraq-Iran war in early 1980s'. Its biological poisoning effect could be local or systemic and its effect depends on environmental conditions, exposed organs, and the extent and duration of exposure. It is considered as a strong alkylating agent with known mutagenic, carcinogenic effects; although a few studies have been performed on its teratogenicity so far. Mice were administered with SM intraperitoneally with a dose of 0.75 and 1.5 mg/kg in different periods of their gestation (gestational age of 11, 13 and 14 weeks). Control mice groups were included. Between 5 and 9 mice were used in each group. Dams underwent cesarean section on day 19 of their gestation. External examination was performed on the animals investigating craniofacial and septal defects and limb malformations such as adactyly and syndactyly. All data were analyzed by Chi-Square test and Fisher's exact test. The P- value less than 0.05 was considered significant. Craniofacial and septal defects as well as the limb malformations were the most common types of birth defects, displaying an extremely complex biomedical problem. This study confirms a significant correlation between SM exposure and its teratogenic effect. We postulated that the malformations could be caused by an uncontrolled migration of neural crest cells, causing developmental disorders. In addition to environmental factors, modifying genes could play an important role in the pathogenesis of the defects.

  14. Hazard and risk assessment of teratogenic chemicals under REACH.

    Prutner, Wiebke


    In 2007, a new European chemicals legislation was implemented: Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, also known as "REACH." It obliges companies to take the main responsibility for the valid information on the safe use of the chemicals they manufacture and/or place on the European market. So they must, for example, register their chemicals at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and submit extensive substance-related registration dossiers containing information on the substances' intrinsic hazardous properties and documentation of their risk assessment. REACH regulates the registration and evaluation process as well as the authorization and restriction procedure. In addition, classification, labeling, and packaging of chemicals apply in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 ("CLP Regulation"). It implements almost completely the provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS) into European legislation and will fully replace the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (1999/45/EC) by 2015. According to both the old and the new classification system, teratogenic chemicals are classified as developmental toxicants, with developmental toxicity falling within the hazard class of reproductive toxicity. REACH as well as the CLP Regulation provide several procedures in which reproductive toxicants take a special position because their harmful effects are considered particularly serious. Teratogenic substances are not explicitly named by these legal texts but, as they constitute as developmental toxicants a hazard differentiation of reproductive toxicity, they are implicitly always included by the provisions.

  15. The potential role of IGF-I receptor mRNA in rats with diabetic retinopathy

    匡洪宇; 邹伟; 刘丹; 史榕荇; 程丽华; 殷慧清; 刘晓民


    Objective To evaluate the potential role of insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor mRNA(IGF-IR mRNA) in the onset and development of retinopathy in diabetic rats.Methods A diabetic model was duplicated in Wistar rats. The early changes in the retina were examined using light and transmission electron microscopy. Expression of IGF-IR mRNA was analyzed using in situ hybridization.Results Weak expression of IGF-IR mRNA(5%) was found in retinas of normal rats, but was significantly increased (15% and 18%) in the retinas of diabetic rats after 3 and 6 months of diabetes (P<0.01). In situ hybridization and morphological study demonstrated that there was a positive correlation between IGF-IR mRNA expression and retinal changes at various stages.Conclusion Increased IGF-IR mRNA might play an important role in the onset and development of diabetic retinopathy.

  16. Methodological approaches to evaluate teratogenic risk using birth defect registries: advantages and disadvantages.

    Fernando A Poletta

    designs could provide practical information to generate hypotheses about potential teratogens.

  17. Methodological Approaches to Evaluate Teratogenic Risk Using Birth Defect Registries: Advantages and Disadvantages

    Poletta, Fernando A.; López Camelo, Jorge S.; Gili, Juan A.; Leoncini, Emmanuele; Castilla, Eduardo E.; Mastroiacovo, Pierpaolo


    provide practical information to generate hypotheses about potential teratogens. PMID:23056376

  18. Hepatoprotective potential of ethanolic extract of Aquilaria agallocha leaves against paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats.

    Alam, Janey; Mujahid, Md; Badruddeen; Jahan, Yasmeen; Bagga, Paramdeep; Rahman, Md Azizur


    Many traditional systems of medicines employ herbal drugs for the hepatoprotection. Aim of the study was designed to evaluate the hepatoprotective potential of 'ethanolic extract of Aquilaria agallocha ( Chen Xiang) leaves' (AAE) against paracetamol (PCM) induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats. Group I animals were treated with 1% CMC for 8 days. Group II, III, IV and V animals were first treated with '1% CMC' 1 ml/kg/day, AAE 200 mg/kg/day, AAE 400 mg/kg/day and silymarin 100 mg/kg/day respectively for 7 days and then, orally administered with PCM 3 g/kg b. wt. on 8th day in a single dose. 24 h after the last dosing by PCM, the blood was obtained through the retro-orbital plexus under light anesthesia and the animals were sacrificed. Hepatoprotective potential was assessed by various biochemical parameters such as ALT, AST, ALP, LDH, bilirubin, cholesterol, TP and ALB. Group IV rats showed significant (p rats. Hepatoprotective potential of AAE 400 mg/kg/day was comparable to that of standard drug silymarin 100 mg/kg/day. Results of the study were well supported by the histopathological observations. This study confirms that AAE possesses hepatoprotective potential comparable to that of standard drug silymarin as it exhibited comparable protective potential against PCM induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats.

  19. Hepatoprotective Potential of Some Local Medicinal Plants against 2-Acetylaminoflourene-Induced Damage in Rat

    Adetutu, Adewale; Olorunnisola, Olubukola S.


    The in vivo micronucleus assay was used to examine the anticlastogenic effects of crude extracts of Bridelia ferruginea, Vernonia amygdalina, Tridax procumbens, Ocimum gratissimum, and Lawsonia inermis in Wistar albino rats. Extracts of doses of 100 mg/kg body weight were given to rats in five groups for seven consecutive days followed by a single dose of 2-AAF (0.5 mmol/kg body weight). The rats were sacrificed after 24 hours and their bone marrow smears were prepared on glass slides stained with Giemsa. The micronucleated polychromatic erythrocyte cells (mPCEs) were thereafter recorded. The hepatoprotective effects of the plant extracts against 2-AAF-induced liver toxicity in rats were evaluated by monitoring the levels of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), and histopathological analysis. The results of the 2-AAF-induced liver toxicity experiments showed that rats treated with the plant extracts (100 mg/kg) showed a significant decrease in mPCEs as compared with the positive control. The rats treated with the plant extracts did not show any significant change in the concentration of ALP and GGT in comparison with the negative control group whereas the 2-AAF group showed a significant increase (P extracts also showed protective effects against histopathological alterations. This study suggests that the leaf extracts have hepatoprotective potential, thereby justifying their ethnopharmacological uses. PMID:24163694

  20. In vivo evaluation and comparison of developmental toxicity and teratogenicity of perfluoroalkyl compounds using Xenopus embryos.

    Kim, Miran; Son, Jungeun; Park, Mi Seon; Ji, Yurim; Chae, Soomin; Jun, Changduk; Bae, Jong-Sup; Kwon, Taek Kyu; Choo, Yun-Sik; Yoon, Hosung; Yoon, Duhak; Ryoo, Jaewoong; Kim, Sang-Hyun; Park, Mae-Ja; Lee, Hyun-Shik


    Perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) are environmental toxicants that persistently accumulate in human blood. Their widespread detection and accumulation in the environment raise concerns about whether these chemicals might be developmental toxicants and teratogens in ecosystem. We evaluated and compared the toxicity of PFCs of containing various numbers of carbon atoms (C8-11 carbons) on vertebrate embryogenesis. We assessed the developmental toxicity and teratogenicity of various PFCs. The toxic effects on Xenopus embryos were evaluated using different methods. We measured teratogenic indices (TIs), and investigated the mechanisms underlying developmental toxicity and teratogenicity by measuring the expression of organ-specific biomarkers such as xPTB (liver), Nkx2.5 (heart), and Cyl18 (intestine). All PFCs that we tested were found to be developmental toxicants and teratogens. Their toxic effects were strengthened with increasing length of the fluorinated carbon chain. Furthermore, we produced evidence showing that perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and perfluoroundecanoic acid (PFuDA) are more potent developmental toxicants and teratogens in an animal model compared to the other PFCs we evaluated [perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)]. In particular, severe defects resulting from PFDA and PFuDA exposure were observed in the liver and heart, respectively, using whole mount in situ hybridization, real-time PCR, pathologic analysis of the heart, and dissection of the liver. Our studies suggest that most PFCs are developmental toxicants and teratogens, however, compounds that have higher numbers of carbons (i.e., PFDA and PFuDA) exert more potent effects.

  1. Retracted: Effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on mineralization potential of rat dental pulp stem cells

    Yang, X.; Walboomers, X.F.; Bian, Z.; Jansen, J.A.; Fan, M.


    The following article from the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 'Effects of Pro-inflammatory Cytokines on Mineralization Potential of Rat Dental Pulp Stem Cells' by Yang X, Walboomers XF, Bian Z, Jansen JA, Fan M, published online on 11 July 2011 in Wiley Online Library (onli

  2. Effect of nitric oxide on spinal evoked potentials and survival rate in rats with decompression sickness

    Randsøe, Thomas; Meehan, Claire Francesca; Broholm, Helle


    evaluated by means of spinal evoked potentials (SEPs). Anesthetized rats were decompressed from a 1-h hyperbaric air dive at 506.6 kPa (40 m of seawater) for 3 min and 17 s, and spinal cord conduction was studied by measurements of SEPs. Histological samples of the spinal cord were analyzed for lesions...

  3. Retracted: Effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on mineralization potential of rat dental pulp stem cells

    Yang, X.; Walboomers, X.F.; Bian, Z.; Jansen, J.A.; Fan, M.


    The following article from the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 'Effects of Pro-inflammatory Cytokines on Mineralization Potential of Rat Dental Pulp Stem Cells' by Yang X, Walboomers XF, Bian Z, Jansen JA, Fan M, published online on 11 July 2011 in Wiley Online Library

  4. Perceptions by pregnant and childbearing-age women in southern Brazil towards teratogenic risk from medicines and radiotherapy

    Emilia da Silva Pons


    Full Text Available Mistaken perception of teratogenic risk can keep pregnant women from using safe medicines. The current study analyzed women’s concepts and perceptions towards teratogenic risk from medicines and exposure to radiotherapy during pregnancy. The quantitative data resulted from interviews with 287 pregnant and non-pregnant women. Two qualitative focus groups were conducted. No significant differences were observed between the two groups in terms of perceptions of teratogenic risk. Median perceptions of non-teratogenic exposures (paracetamol and metoclopramide were close to the expected values, while higher values were found for teratogenic exposures (misoprostol and radiotherapy. The logic women used to estimate risk was classification of medicines as “strong” or “weak”. Medicines perceived as “weak” by the women do not pose any teratogenic risk, as shown by the median perceptions close to the true values. Meanwhile, “strong” medicines were viewed as dangerous, thus explaining the high median perceptions of teratogenic exposures.

  5. Assessment of Cytotoxicity, Fetotoxicity, and Teratogenicity of Plathymenia reticulata Benth Barks Aqueous Extract

    Lia de Barros Leite Albuquerque


    Full Text Available Scientific assessment of harmful interactions of chemicals over the entire reproductive cycle are divided into three segments based on the period: from premating and mating to implantation (I, from implantation to major organogenesis (II, and late pregnancy and postnatal development (III. We combined the segments I and II to assess Plathymenia reticulata aqueous extract safety. In order to investigate reproductive toxicity (segment I, pregnant rats received orally 0.5 or 1.0 g/kg of extract, daily, during 18 days. These concentrations were determined by a preliminary in vitro LD50 test in CHO-k1 cells. A control group received deionized water. The offspring was removed at the 19th day, by caesarean, and a teratology study (segment II was carried out. The corpora lutea, implants, resorptions, live, and dead fetuses were then counted. Placenta and fetuses were weighted. External and visceral morphology were provided by the fixation of fetuses in Bouin, whereas skeletal analysis was carried out on the diaphanizated ones. The increase in the weights of placenta and fetuses was the only abnormality observed. Since there was no sign of alteration on reproduction parameters at our experimental conditions, we conclude that P. reticulata aqueous extract is safe at 0.5 to 1.0 g/kg and is not considered teratogenic.

  6. Pharmacological profiling of Argemone mexicana for its aphrodisiac potentials in male Wistar rats

    Asuntha G; Prasanna Raju Y; Harini Chowdary V; Vandana KR; Arun Rasheed; Prasad KVSRG


    Objective:To study the aphrodisiac potentials of ethanol extract of Argemone mexicana L. (A. mexicana) of Papaveraceae family in sexually sluggish male Wistar rats. Methods:The sexually inactive male rats were divided into two groups of 8 rats each. The test group animals were treated with ethanol extract of A. mexicana (EEAM) at 1 g/kg daily oral dose for 28 days. Other group animals were treated with sildenafil citrate at an oral dose of 5 mg/kg. The latencies of mount, intromission, ejaculation;post ejaculatory pause and frequencies of mount, intromission, and ejaculation were measured on 0, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th days. Serum testosterone levels were estimated using ELISA. Results: The EEAM was nonlethal even at dose of 4.0 g/kg. The oral dosing of EEAM has significantly enhanced the orientation of males towards female by increase in ano-genital investigatory behavior, frequencies of mount, intromission, and ejaculation (P< 0.01). The latencies of mount, intromission and ejaculation were significantly decreased (P<0.05). The EEAM has produced marked variation in sexual behavior characteristics and was able to elevate the serum testosterone levels (P<0.01) on par to that of sildenafil citrate. Conclusion: The EEAM has elevated sexual dysfunctions in male rats. These potentials may be related to protopine alkaloids and flavanols by means of physiological stimulus for penile vasculature. Thus, results support the use of EEAM in enhancing sexual behavior in sluggish male rats.

  7. Rat models of spinal cord injury: from pathology to potential therapies


    ABSTRACT A long-standing goal of spinal cord injury research is to develop effective spinal cord repair strategies for the clinic. Rat models of spinal cord injury provide an important mammalian model in which to evaluate treatment strategies and to understand the pathological basis of spinal cord injuries. These models have facilitated the development of robust tests for assessing the recovery of locomotor and sensory functions. Rat models have also allowed us to understand how neuronal circuitry changes following spinal cord injury and how recovery could be promoted by enhancing spontaneous regenerative mechanisms and by counteracting intrinsic inhibitory factors. Rat studies have also revealed possible routes to rescuing circuitry and cells in the acute stage of injury. Spatiotemporal and functional studies in these models highlight the therapeutic potential of manipulating inflammation, scarring and myelination. In addition, potential replacement therapies for spinal cord injury, including grafts and bridges, stem primarily from rat studies. Here, we discuss advantages and disadvantages of rat experimental spinal cord injury models and summarize knowledge gained from these models. We also discuss how an emerging understanding of different forms of injury, their pathology and degree of recovery has inspired numerous treatment strategies, some of which have led to clinical trials. PMID:27736748

  8. Potentiation of Hormonal Responses to Hemorrhage and Fasting, but not Hypoglycemia in Conscious Adrenalectomized Rats

    Darlington, Daniel N.; Keil, Lanny C.; Dallman, Mary F.


    Bilateral adrenalectomy (ADRX) in rats removes the source of two major stress-responsive hormones, corticosterone and epinephrine. To test how ADRX rats with-stand stress, we performed the following experiments in adult male rats provided with indwelling femoral arterial and venous cannulae and either ADRX or sham-adrenalectomized (Sham) 3 days later and given 0.5% NaCl to drink. Five to 6 days after adrenal surgery the rats were studied after either a 15 ml/kg.5 min hemorrhage or after an overnight fast followed by insulin-induced hypoglycemia. In fed unstressed ADRX rats, basal mean arterial blood pressure was slightly decreased; heart rate was increased; blood volume, vasopressin, and oxytocin concentrations were not different from sham values; and renin and norepinephrine were significantly elevated. The recovery of arterial pressure after hemorrhage in the ADRX rats was similar to that in the sham group over a 5-h period; however, the responses of vasopressin and oxytocin were significantly greater, and those of renin and norepinephrine were markedly potentiated in the ADRX group. Heart rate recovered faster in the ADRX group and was elevated, compared to the sham value, for most of the 5-h period. Restitution of blood volume was attenuated in the ADRX group, although the restitution of plasma protein was not different between the groups. A significant difference in the change in plasma osmolality between groups after hemorrhage may account for the attenuated restitution of blood volume. After an overnight fast, which reduced blood volume in both groups of rats, the plasma renin concentration rose still further in ADRX rats; the differences in other measured variables observed between fed ADRX and sham groups remained the same. The insulin-induced 50% decrease in glucose caused minor effects on arterial blood pressure and heart rate and occasioned responses in renin and norepinephrine of similar magnitudes in the two groups. We conclude that in the absence of

  9. Prenatal teratogens and the development of adult mental illness.

    Watson, J B; Mednick, S A; Huttunen, M; Wang, X


    Our findings in the Helsinki Influenza Study and the Danish Forty Year Study lead us to conclude that a 2nd-trimester maternal influenza infection may increase risk for adult schizophrenia or adult major affective disorder. More recently we have also reported an increase of unipolar depression among offspring who were exposed prenatally to a severe earthquake (7.8 on the Richter scale) in Tangshan, China. Among the earthquake-exposed males (but not the females), we observed a significantly greater depression response for those individuals exposed during the 2nd trimester of gestation. These findings suggest that maternal influenza infection and severe maternal stress may operate (in different ways) as teratogens, disrupting the development of the fetal brain and increasing risk for developing schizophrenia or depression in adulthood.

  10. Evaluation of teratogenic effects of risperidone following simultaneous administration with antihypertensive and antiemetic drugs.

    Tauqeer, Shaista; Khan, Rafeeq Alam; Siddiqui, Afaq Ahmed


    Multiple drug administration is an important aspect of clinical practice particularly in specific physiological situation such as in neonates, elderly or pregnancy, since in all such situations, possibility of unwanted effects increases due to altered body physiology. In present study, the teratogenic effects of multiple drug administration risperidone, meclizine/pyridoxine and hydralazine have been compared with the teratogenic effects of individual drugs in pregnant mice. Moreover the role of folic acid and α-tocopherol if any had also been investigated in reducing the teratogenic effects of these drugs in combinations.

  11. Genetic basis of susceptibility to teratogen induced birth defects.

    Wlodarczyk, Bogdan J; Palacios, Ana M; Chapa, Claudia J; Zhu, Huiping; George, Timothy M; Finnell, Richard H


    Birth defects remain the leading cause of infant death in US. The field of teratology has been focused on the causes and underlying mechanisms of birth defects for decades, yet our understanding of these critical issues remain unacceptably vague. Conclusions from years of animal and human studies made it clear that the vast majority of birth defects have multifactorial origins, with contributions from environmental and genetic factors. The environment comprises not only of the physical, biological, and chemical external environment surrounding the pregnant woman, but it also includes the internal environment of the woman's body that interact with the developing embryo in a complex fashion. The importance of maternal and embryonic genetic factors consisting of countless genetic variants/mutations that exist within every individual contribute to birth defect susceptibility is only now being more fully appreciated. This great complexity of the genome and its diversity within individuals and populations seems to be the principal reason why the same teratogenic exposure can induce severe malformation in one embryo, while fail to do so to other exposed embryos. As the interaction between genetic and environmental factors has long been recognized as the first "Principle of Teratology" by Wilson and Warkany [1965. Teratology: Principles and techniques. Chicago: University of Chicago Press], it is only recently that the appropriate investigative tools have been developed with which to fully investigate this fundamental principle. The introduction of high throughput technologies like whole genome sequencing or genome-wide association studies are promising to deliver an enormous amount of new data that will shed light on the genomic factors that contribute susceptibility to environmental teratogens. In this review, we attempt to summarize the epidemiological and experimental literature concerning birth defects whose phenotypic expression can be clearly related to the

  12. Are herbal medicinal products less teratogenic than Western pharmaceutical products?

    LEUNG Kwok-Yin; LEE Yuk-Ping; CHAN Ho-Yee; LEE Chin-Peng; Mary TANG Hoi-Yin


    AIM: To determine the use and teratogenicity of herbal medicinal products (HMP). METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted in a University hospital to compare the difference in the pattern of use and fetal outcomes between pregnant women who took HMP and Western pharmaceutical products (WPP). RESULTS: From 1995 Jan to 2001 Dec, 61 and 372 women took HMP and WPP one month before or during their current pregnancies respectively. There was an increase in the prevalence of pregnant women who took HMP from 0 % in 1995 to 0.8 % in 2001. Among HMP users, 51.6 %, 82.8 % and 58.6 % of them had low monthly family income (<15 000),low education level (secondary education or below) and were unemployed respectively. In comparison to WPP,pregnant women used smaller number of HMP (1.4 vs 3.0, P<0.01) at a later gestation (4.8 weeks vs 3.1 weeks, P <0.01) and within a shorter duration (11.1 d vs 47.9 d, P<0.01). The prevalence of congenital fetal abnormalities in the group of women who took HMP (3.3 %) was not significantly higher than that who took WPP (0.8 %). There were no and two abnormal fetal karyotypes in the former and latter group respectively. No and ten women in the former and latter group underwent termination of pregnancy for anxiety respectively. The proportions of silent miscarriage in the former and latter group were similar (6.6 % vs 5.4 %). CONCLUSION: Pregnant users of HMP were from lower socio-economical status. There was no significant difference in the teratogenicity between HMP and WPP.

  13. Electrochemical vaginal potential during the estral cycle and pregnancy in the rat.

    Zipper, J; Angelo, S


    Potentials were measured with nonpolarizable salt electrodes (agar KCl-AgCl) during the estral cycle and pregnancy of the rat. The vaginal fundus is positive in regard to the external end of the vagina and does not present changes associated with the estral cycle. Vaginal-tongue potentials present biphasic cyclic changes associated with the estral cycle, the vagina being (-) during estro and (+) during diestro. Vaginal-abdominal skin potentials present monophasic modifications associated with the estral cycle. Vaginal-tongue potentials registered during pregnancy were (-) on the first day of pregnancy, (+) throughout pregnancy, and (-) on the first day postpartum.

  14. Studies on BN rats model to determine the potential allergenicity of proteins from genetically modified foods

    Xu-Dong Jia; Ning Li; Yong-Ning Wu; Xiao-Guang Yang


    AIM: To develop a Brown Norway (BN) rat model to determine the potential allergenicity of novel proteins in genetically modified food.METHODS: The allergenicity of different proteins were compared, including ovalbumin (OVA), a potent respiratory and food allergen, bovine serum albumin (BSA), a protein that is considered to have a lesser allergenic potential,and potato acid phosphatase (PAP), a non-allergenic protein when administered to BN rats via different routes of exposure (intraperitoneally or by gavage). IgG and IgE antibody responses were determined by ELISA and PCA,respectively. An immunoassay kit was used to determine the plasma histamine level. In addition, possible systemic effect of allergens was investigated by monitoring blood pressure.RESULTS: OVA provoked very vigorous protein-specific IgG and IgE responses, low grade protein-specific IgG and IgE responses were elicited by BSA, while by neither route did PAP elicit anything. In either routes of exposure,plasma histamine level in BN rats sensitized with OVA was higher than that of BSA or PAP. In addition, an oral challenge with BSA and PAP did not induce any effect on blood pressure, while a temporary drop in systolic blood pressure in few animals of each routes of exposure was found by an oral challenge with OVA.CONCLUSION: BN rat model might be a useful and predictive animal model to study the potential allergenicity of novel food proteins.

  15. Assessment of the antiulcer potential of Moringa oleifera root-bark extract in rats.

    Choudhary, Manoj Kumar; Bodakhe, Surendra H; Gupta, Sanjay Kumar


    In the present study, an ethanolic root-bark extract of Moringa oleifera (MO) was examined for its antiulcer potential in albino Wistar rats using two experimental models: ethanol-induced and pylorus ligation-induced gastric ulceration. The extract was orally administered at three different doses (150, 350, and 500 mg/kg) for 15 consecutive days. The antiulcer effects in rats treated with different doses of the extract and omeprazole (30 mg/kg, p.o.) were determined and compared statistically with the antiulcer effects in the control rats treated with saline (NaCl, 0.9%). The MO at doses of 350 and 500 mg/kg decreased the ulcer index significantly as compared to the control group (p Moringa oleifera can be used as source for an antiulcer drug.

  16. Identification of potential antioxidant indices by biogenic gold nanoparticles in hyperglycemic Wistar rats.

    Sengani, Manimegalai; V, Devi Rajeswari


    Oxidative stress is a crucial factor in diabetes, where the abnormal metabolic ambience leads to hyperglycemia resulting in the onset of several vascular complications. Under homeostasis, innate antioxidants efficiently inhibit the oxidative stress, thereby restrain further progression of diabetes. In the present study, a potential antioxidant marker was identified from hepatic tissue of diabetic Wistar rats after oral administration of biogenic gold nanoparticles (GNPs). Diabetic animals treated with GNPs showed increase in insulin level and subsequently reduced the concentration of blood glucose level to normal. Further, GNPs favoured to retain the hepatic enzymatic markers, serum lipid levels and followed by renal biochemical profile in the rats. In addition, GNPs treated rats displayed an elevated level of lipid peroxidation, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase enzymatic activity. Consequently, GNPs treated rats showed diminished level of histological injury in the hepatic, renal, and pancreatic tissues. Taken together, these results suggested that among the several antioxidant enzymes, catalase elucidated the highest area under curve (AUC) with 0.80 accomplished by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve. Collectively, our findings enlighten that GNPs treated rat able to alleviate the hyperglycemic condition due to the enzymatic activity of catalase.

  17. Quinolizidine and piperidine alkaloid teratogens from poisonous plants and their mechanism of action in animals.

    Panter, K E; Keeler, R F


    Quinolizidine and piperidine alkaloid teratogens from Lupinus, Conium, and Nicotiana genera have been identified as causes of birth defects in livestock induced by poisonous plants. Many defects now known to be related to poisonous plant ingestion were once thought to have a genetic origin. This supposition delayed diagnosis, reporting, and understanding of such birth defects, because breeders and producers feared the news would make it difficult to sell breeding stock. Defects caused by quinolizidine and piperidine teratogens include cleft palate and contracture-type skeletal defects such as arthrogryposis, scoliosis, torticollis, and kyphosis. Teratogens have been identified, differences in susceptibility to teratogenic compounds among livestock species have been elucidated, periods of gestation when specific types of birth defects occur have been determined, and information about mechanism of action has been developed.

  18. Effect of cerebral lymphatic block on cerebral morphology and cortical evoked potential in rats

    Zuoli Xia; Baoling Sun; Mingfeng Yang; Dongmei Hu; Tong Zhao; Jingzhong Niu


    BACKGROUND: It has been shown that although brain does not contain lining endothelial lymphatic vessel,it has lymphatic drain.Anterior lymphatic vessel in brain tissue plays a key role in introducing brain interstitial fluid to lymphatic system;however,the significance of lymphatic drain and the affect on cerebral edema remains unclear.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of cerebral lymphatic block on cerebral morphology and cortical evoked potential in rats.DESIGN: Randomized controlled animal study.SETTING: Institute of Cerebral Microcirulation of Taishan Medical College and Department of Neurology of Affiliated Hospital.MATERIALS:A total of 63 healthy adult male Wistar rats weighing 300-350 g were selected in this study.Forty-seven rats were used for the morphological observation induced by lymphatic drain and randomly divided into three groups:general observation group(n=12),light microscopic observation group(n=21)and electronic microscopic observation group(n=14).The rats in each group were divided into cerebral lymphatic block subgroup and sham-operation control subgroup.Sixteen rats were divided into cerebral the effect of cerebral lymphatic block on cortical evoked potential,in which the animals were randomly divided into sham-operation group(n=6)and cerebral lymphatic block group(n=10).METHODS:The experiment was carried out in the Institute of Cerebral Microcirculation of Taishan Medical College from January to August 2003.Rats in cerebral lymphatic block group were anesthetized and separated bilateral superficial and deep cervical lymph nodes under sterile condition. Superior and inferior boarders of lymph nodes were ligated the inputting and outputting channels, respectively, and then lymph node was removed so as to establish cerebral lymphatic drain disorder models. Rats in sham-operation control group were not ligated the lymphatic vessel and removed lymph nodes.and other operations were as the same as those in cerebral lymphatic block group

  19. Electrical stimulation modulates injury potentials in rats after spinal cord injury*

    Guanghao Zhang; Xiaolin Huo; Aihua Wang; Changzhe Wu; Cheng Zhang; Jinzhu Bai


    An injury potential is the direct current potential difference between the site of spinal cord injury and the healthy nerves. Its initial amplitude is a significant indicator of the severity of spinal cord injury, and many cations, such as sodium and calcium, account for the major portion of injury potentials. This injury potential, as wel as injury current, can be modulated by direct current field stimulation;however, the appropriate parameters of the electrical field are hard to define. In this paper, injury potential is used as a parameter to adjust the intensity of electrical stimulation. Injury potential could be modulated to slightly above 0 mV (as the anode-centered group) by placing the anodes at the site of the injured spinal cord and the cathodes at the rostral and caudal sections, or around-70 mV, which is resting membrane potential (as the cathode-centered group) by reversing the polarity of electrodes in the anode-centered group. In addition, rats receiving no electrical stimulation were used as the control group. Results showed that the absolute value of the injury potentials acquired after 30 minutes of electrical stimulation was higher than the control group rats and much lower than the initial absolute value, whether the anodes or the cathodes were placed at the site of injury. This phenomenon il ustrates that by changing the polarity of the electrical field, electrical stimulation can effectively modulate the injury potentials in rats after spinal cord injury. This is also beneficial for the spontaneous repair of the cel membrane and the reduction of cation influx.

  20. Electrical stimulation modulates injury potentials in rats after spinal cord injury.

    Zhang, Guanghao; Huo, Xiaolin; Wang, Aihua; Wu, Changzhe; Zhang, Cheng; Bai, Jinzhu


    An injury potential is the direct current potential difference between the site of spinal cord injury and the healthy nerves. Its initial amplitude is a significant indicator of the severity of spinal cord injury, and many cations, such as sodium and calcium, account for the major portion of injury potentials. This injury potential, as well as injury current, can be modulated by direct current field stimulation; however, the appropriate parameters of the electrical field are hard to define. In this paper, injury potential is used as a parameter to adjust the intensity of electrical stimulation. Injury potential could be modulated to slightly above 0 mV (as the anode-centered group) by placing the anodes at the site of the injured spinal cord and the cathodes at the rostral and caudal sections, or around -70 mV, which is resting membrane potential (as the cathode-centered group) by reversing the polarity of electrodes in the anode-centered group. In addition, rats receiving no electrical stimulation were used as the control group. Results showed that the absolute value of the injury potentials acquired after 30 minutes of electrical stimulation was higher than the control group rats and much lower than the initial absolute value, whether the anodes or the cathodes were placed at the site of injury. This phenomenon illustrates that by changing the polarity of the electrical field, electrical stimulation can effectively modulate the injury potentials in rats after spinal cord injury. This is also beneficial for the spontaneous repair of the cell membrane and the reduction of cation influx.

  1. Compensation for injury potential by electrical stimulation after acute spinal cord injury in rat.

    Zhang, Guanghao; Wang, Aihua; Zhang, Cheng; Wu, Changzhe; Bai, Jinzhu; Huo, Xiaolin


    Injury potential, a direct current potential difference between normal section and the site of injury, is a significant index of spinal cord injury. However, its importance has been ignored in the studies of spinal cord electrophysiology and electrical stimulation (ES). In this paper, compensation for injury potential is used as a criterion to adjust the intensity of stimulation. Injury potential is modulated to slightly larger than 0 mV for 15, 30 and 45 minutes immediately after injury by placing the anodes at the site of injury and the cathodes at the rostral and caudal section. Injury potentials of all rats were recorded for statistical analysis. Results show that the injury potentials acquired after ES are higher than those measured from rats without stimulation and much lower than the initial amplitude. It is also observed that the stimulating voltage to keep injury potential be 0 remain the same. This phenomenon suggests that repair of membrane might occur during the period of stimulation. It is also suggested that a constant voltage stimulation can be applied to compensate for injury potential.

  2. Antioxidant Potential of Momordica Charantia in Ammonium Chloride-Induced Hyperammonemic Rats

    A. Justin Thenmozhi


    Full Text Available The present study was aimed to investigate the antioxidant potential of Momordica charantia fruit extract (MCE in ammonium chloride-induced (AC hyperammonemic rats. Experimental hyperammonemia was induced in adult male Wistar rats (180–200 g by intraperitoneal injections of ammonium chloride (100 mg kg−1 body weight thrice a week. The effect of oral administration (thrice a week for 8 consecutive weeks of MCE (300 mg kg−1 body weight on blood ammonia, plasma urea, serum liver marker enzymes and oxidative stress biomarkers in normal and experimental animals was analyzed. Hyperammonemic rats showed a significant increase in the activities of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, hydroperoxides and liver markers (alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase, and the levels of glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, catalase and reduced glutathione were decreased in the liver and brain tissues. Treatment with MCE normalized the above-mentioned changes in hyperammonemic rats by reversing the oxidant-antioxidant imbalance during AC-induced hyperammonemia, and offered protection against hyperammonemia. Our results indicate that MCE exerting the antioxidant potentials and maintaining the cellular integrity of the liver tissue could offer protection against AC-induced hyperammonemia. However, the exact underlying mechanism is yet to be investigated, and examination of the efficacy of the active constituents of the M. charantia on hyperammonemia is desirable.

  3. Pharmacokinetics and metabolism of valproate : In relation to prevention of valproate teratogenicity

    近藤, 毅; Kondo, Tsuyoshi; 琉球大学医学部精神病態医学分野


    Pharmacokinetics and metabolism of valproate (VPA) has been discussed in relation to the risk and prevention of VPA teratogenicity. Prospective epidemiological studies have shown that high VPA dosages (≧1000 mg/day) and high VPA concentrations (≧ 70$ \\mu $g/ml) together with VPA polypharmacy (especially coadministration with enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs) are regarded as clinical risk factors for increased VPA teratogenicity. An animal experiment has also shown that high peak concentrat...

  4. Ca2+ involvement in the action potential generation of myenteric neurones in the rat oesophagus.

    De Laet, A; Cornelissen, W; Adriaensen, D; Van Bogaert, P-P; Scheuermann, D W; Timmermans, J-P


    Intracellular recordings were used to study the physiological behaviour of rat oesophageal myenteric neurones, which are embedded in striated muscle. Injection of depolarizing pulses evoked action potentials with a clear 'shoulder' in all neurones. This shoulder disappeared under low Ca2+/high Mg2+ conditions. Tetrodotoxin (TTX; 1 micromol L-1) did not impede spike firing, whereas under combined TTX and low Ca2+/high Mg2+ conditions the action potentials were completely abolished, indicating that TTX- resistant action potentials are mediated by a Ca2+ current. Further experiments with omega-conotoxin GVIA (100 nmol L-1) revealed that these Ca2+ currents enter the cell via N-type voltage-activated Ca2+ channels (see also accompanying paper). Tetraethylammonium (10 mmol L-1) caused broadening of the action potentials, which probably resulted from prolonged Ca2+ influx due to blockade of the delayed rectifier K+ channel. Although Ca2+ appears to be involved in the spike generation of all rat oesophageal myenteric neurones, only a minority (14%) shows a slow afterhyperpolarization. Thus, no strict correlation exists between the presence of a shoulder and a slow afterhyperpolarization. Furthermore, morphological identification of 25 of the impaled neurones revealed that there was no strict correlation between morphology and electrophysiological behaviour. Consequently, rat oesophageal myenteric neurones appear to differ in several aspects from myenteric neurones in smooth muscle regions of the gastrointestinal tract.

  5. The Effect of Magnesium on Visual Evoked Potentials in L-NAME-Induced Hypertensive Rats.

    Ozsoy, Ozlem; Aras, Sinem; Ulker Karadamar, Pinar; Nasircilar Ulker, Seher; Kocer, Gunnur; Senturk, Umit Kemal; Basrali, Filiz; Yargicoglu, Piraye; Ozyurt, Dilek; Agar, Aysel


    In the literature, although there are many studies regarding complications of hypertension, information concerning its influence on visual evoked potentials (VEPs) is limited. This study aims to clarify the possible therapeutic effects of the preferential magnesium (Mg) treatment on VEPs in an experimental hypertension model. Rats were divided into four groups as follows: control, Mg treated (Mg), N(omega)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) hypertension, and L-NAME hypertension + Mg treated (L-NAME + Mg). Hypertension was induced by L-NAME which was given to rats orally over 6 weeks (25 mg/kg/day in drinking water). A magnesium-enriched diet (0.8 g/kg) was given to treatment groups for 6 weeks. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) was determined by using the tail-cuff method. Flash VEPs were recorded. Our results revealed that the SBP was significantly increased in the L-NAME group compared to control. Magnesium treatment significantly attenuated SBP in the hypertensive rats compared to the L-NAME group. The mean latencies of P1, N1, P2, N2, and P3 components were significantly prolonged in hypertensive rats compared to control. Treatment with Mg provided a significant decrease in the latencies of P1, N1, P2, N2, and P3 potentials in the L-NAME + Mg group compared to the L-NAME group. Plasma Mg levels were increased in the L-NAME + Mg group compared to the L-NAME group. No change was detected in the Mg levels of the brains in all experimental groups. Magnesium treatment had no effect on the brain nitrate/nitrite and thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) levels in hypertensive rats compared to non-treated rats. There was a positive correlation between the brain TBARS levels and SBP of the rats. The present study suggests that Mg supplementation has the potential to prevent VEP changes in the L-NAME-induced hypertension model.

  6. Potentiation of carbon tetrachloride hepatotoxicity and lethality in type 2 diabetic rats.

    Sawant, Sharmilee P; Dnyanmote, Ankur V; Shankar, Kartik; Limaye, Pallavi B; Latendresse, John R; Mehendale, Harihara M


    There is a need for well characterized and economical type 2 diabetic model that mimics the human disease. We have developed a type 2 diabetes rat model that closely resembles the diabetic patients and takes only 24 days to develop robust diabetes. Nonlethal doses of allyl alcohol (35 mg/kg i.p.), CCl(4) (2 ml/kg i.p.), or thioacetamide (300 mg/kg i.p.) yielded 80 to 100% mortality in diabetic rats. The objective of the present study was to investigate two hypotheses: higher CCl(4) bioactivation and/or inhibited compensatory tissue repair were the underlying mechanisms for increased CCl(4) hepatotoxicity in diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced by feeding high fat diet followed by a single dose of streptozotocin on day 14 (45 mg/kg i.p.) and was confirmed on day 24 by hyperglycemia, normoinsulinemia, and oral glucose intolerance. Time course studies (0-96 h) of CCl(4) (2 ml/kg i.p.) indicated that although initial liver injury was the same in nondiabetic and diabetic rats, it progressed only in the latter, culminating in hepatic failure, and death. Hepatomicrosomal CYP2E1 protein and activity, lipid peroxidation, glutathione, and (14)CCl(4) covalent binding to liver tissue were the same in both groups, suggesting that higher bioactivation-based injury is not the mechanism. Inhibited tissue repair resulted in progression of injury and death in diabetic rats, whereas in the nondiabetic rats robust tissue repair resulted in regression of injury and survival after CCl(4) administration. These studies show high sensitivity of type 2 diabetes to model hepatotoxicants and suggest that CCl(4) hepatotoxicity is potentiated due to inhibited tissue repair.

  7. Treadmill exercise alters ecstasy- induced long- term potentiation disruption in the hippocampus of male rats.

    Sajadi, Azam; Amiri, Iraj; Gharebaghi, Alireza; Komaki, Alireza; Asadbeigi, Masoumeh; Shahidi, Siamak; Mehdizadeh, Mehdi; Soleimani Asl, Sara


    3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ecstasy is a derivative of amphetamine that leads to long term potentiation (LTP) disruption in the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG). Exercise has been accepted as a treatment for the improvement of neurodegenerative disease. Herein, the effects of exercise on the MDMA- induced neurotoxicity were assessed. Male Wistar rats received intraperitoneal injection of MDMA (10 mg/kg) and exercised for one month on a treadmill (Simultaneously or asynchronously with MDMA). LTP and expression of BDNF were assessed using electrophysiology and western blotting methods, respectively. MDMA attenuated the field excitatory post-synaptic potential (fEPSP) slope in comparison with the control group, whereas treadmill exercise increased this parameter when compared to MDMA group. Furthermore, BDNF expression significantly decreased in MDMA group and treadmill exercise could increase that. In conclusion, results of this study suggest that synchronous exercise is able to improve MDMA-induced LTP changes through increase of BDNF expression in the hippocampus of rats.

  8. Decreased proliferation ability and differentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells of osteoporosis rat

    Qiang Wang; Bing Zhao; Chao Li; Jie-Sheng Rong; Shu-Qing Tao; Tian-Zun Tao


    Objective:To explore decreased proliferation ability and differentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells(MSCs) of osteoporosis rat.Methods:MSCs were obtained from osteoporosis rat, and proliferation potency and impaired osteogenic differentiation potential were determined. Results:The result showed a significant downregulation ofMSCs pluripotency related gene(Oct 4) and osteogenic genes(BSP,OCN) expression inOVXMSCs compared withShamMSCs(P<0.05). Conclusions:These data suggest thatMSCs are aging in osteoporosis body, and autologous OVXMSCs transplantation is not appropriate to treat osteoporosis if necessary.There will be a possibility in establishing a new clinical application ofMSCs autologous transplantation to treat osteoporosis, ifOVXMSCs have stronger proliferation and differentiation.

  9. Diverse ability of maternal immune stimulation to reduce birth defects in mice exposed to teratogens: a review.

    Hrubec, T C; Prater, M R; Mallela, M K; Gogal, R M; Guo, T L; Holladay, S D


    Stimulating the maternal immune system before or during pregnancy can dramatically improve morphologic outcome in mice that have been exposed to teratogens. For example, maternal immune stimulation in mice reduced craniofacial and palate defects, heart defects, digit and limb defects, tail malformations and neural tube defects caused by diverse teratogens that included chemical agents, hyperthermia, X-rays and diabetes mellitus. Several different procedures of immune stimulation were effective and included footpad injection with Freund's Complete Adjuvant, intraperitoneal (IP) injection with inert particles or attenuated Bacillus Calmette-Guerin, intrauterine injection with allogenic or xenogenic lymphocytes, or intravascular, intrauterine or IP injection with immunomodulatory cytokines. Limited information is available regarding mechanisms by which such immune stimulation reduces fetal dysmorphogenesis; however, cytokines of maternal origin have been suggested as effector molecules that act on the placenta or fetus to improve development. These collective data raise novel questions about the possibility of unrecognized maternal immune system regulatory activity in normal fetal development. This manuscript reviews the literature showing maternal immune protection against morphologic birth defects. Potential operating mechanisms are discussed, and the possibility is considered that a suppressed maternal immune system may negatively impact fetal development.

  10. Olfactory Fear Conditioning Induces Field Potential Potentiation in Rat Olfactory Cortex and Amygdala

    Messaoudi, Belkacem; Granjon, Lionel; Mouly, Anne-Marie; Sevelinges, Yannick; Gervais, Remi


    The widely used Pavlovian fear-conditioning paradigms used for studying the neurobiology of learning and memory have mainly used auditory cues as conditioned stimuli (CS). The present work assessed the neural network involved in olfactory fear conditioning, using olfactory bulb stimulation-induced field potential signal (EFP) as a marker of…

  11. Purification of fetal liver stem/progenitor cells containing all the repopulation potential for normal adult rat liver

    Oertel, Michael; Menthena, Anuradha; Chen, Yuan-Qing


    and characteristic properties in vitro and their proliferative and differentiation potential in vivo after transplantation into normal adult rat liver. RESULTS: Rat ED14 FLSPC were purified to 95% homogeneity and exhibited cell culture and gene expression characteristics expected for hepatic stem/progenitor cells...

  12. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia and microtia in a newborn with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) exposure: phenocopy for Fryns syndrome or broad spectrum of teratogenic effects?

    Parisi, Melissa A; Zayed, Hatem; Slavotinek, Anne M; Rutledge, Joe C


    A newborn female infant born to a woman on immunosuppressive medications including mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) for a renal graft secondary to lupus nephritis presented with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and additional findings of microtia, esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula, cleft palate, congenital heart defect, digital anomalies, and dysmorphic facial features. Pulmonary hypoplasia resulted in death at day 2 of life. She was presumed to have Fryns syndrome based on diagnostic criteria established for this recessive disorder with prominent features including CDH, facial anomalies, and nail hypoplasia. In retrospect, this infant's findings are more likely the result of teratogenic exposure to MMF, as more recent data have emerged linking aural atresia, digital anomalies, and dysmorphic features to this drug. To date, this is the only human report of CDH in an infant with prenatal exposure to MMF, although the manufacturer's package insert alludes to animal studies with a broad spectrum of malformations, including CDH. Thus, a teratogenic exposure can mimic a known Mendelian genetic syndrome, and caution is urged in presuming a genetic etiology for infants with potential teratogenic exposure to relatively new drugs with limited published animal data.

  13. Plateau potentials in sacrocaudal motoneurons of chronic spinal rats, recorded in vitro.

    Bennett, D J; Li, Y; Siu, M


    Intracellular recordings were made from sacrocaudal tail motoneurons of acute and chronic spinal rats to examine whether plateau potentials contribute to spasticity associated with chronic injury. The spinal cord was transected at the S2 level, causing, over time, exaggerated long-lasting reflexes (hyperreflexia) associated with a general spasticity syndrome in the tail muscles of chronic spinal rats (1-5 mo postinjury). The whole sacrocaudal spinal cord of chronic or acute spinal rats was removed and maintained in vitro in normal artificial cerebral spinal fluid (ACSF). Hyperreflexia in chronic spinal rats was verified by recording the long-lasting ventral root responses to dorsal root stimulation in vitro. The intrinsic properties of sacrocaudal motoneurons were studied using intracellular injections of slow triangular current ramps or graded current pulses. In chronic spinal rats, the current injection triggered sustained firing and an associated sustained depolarization (plateau potential; 34/35 cells; mean, 5.5 mV; duration >5 s; normal ACSF). The threshold for plateau initiation was low and usually corresponded to an acceleration in the membrane potential just before recruitment. After recruitment and plateau activation, the firing rate changed linearly with current during the slow ramps [63% of cells had a linear frequency-current (F-I) relation] despite the presence of the plateau. The persistent inward current (I(PIC)) producing the plateau and sustained firing was estimated to be on average 0.8 nA as determined by the reduction in injected current needed to stop the sustained firing [DeltaI = -0.8 +/- 0.6 (SD) nA], compared with the current needed to start firing (I = 1.7 +/- 1.5 nA; 47% reduction). In motoneurons of acute spinal rats, plateaus were rarely seen (3/22), although they could be made to occur with bath application of serotonin. In motoneurons of chronic spinal rats there were no significant changes in the mean passive input resistance

  14. Potential antidiabetic effect of the Semecarpus anacardium in a type 2 diabetic rat model.

    Khan, Haseena Banu Hedayathullah; Vinayagam, Kaladevi Siddhi; Renny, Chris Maria; Palanivelu, Shanthi; Panchanadham, Sachdanandam


    Semecarpus anacardium Linn. nut milk extract (SA) was evaluated for its antidiabetic role in type 2 diabetic rats. Type 2 diabetes was induced in rats by feeding high-fat diet for 2 weeks followed by single intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin 35 mg/kg body weight. Diabetic rats were treated with SA orally at a dosage of 200 mg/kg body weight daily for 30 days. Metformin (500 mg/kg body weight, orally) was used as a reference drug. SA significantly (p < 0.05) reduced the blood glucose levels and decreased the levels of HbA1c and the glucose intolerance. SA treatment significantly (p < 0.05) decreased the increase in lipid profile. The levels of urea, uric acid and creatinine were restored to near normal levels when compared with control diabetic rats. The histopathological abnormalities were also found to be normalized after treatment with SA nut milk extract. The potential antihyperglycemic action of SA is plausibly due to its underlying antioxidant role.

  15. Beta Cell Regenerating Potential of Azadirachta indica (Neem) Extract in Diabetic Rats.

    McCalla, G; Parshad, O; Brown, P D; Gardner, M T


    This study evaluated the ability of 0.8% neem leaf extract (NLE) to treat diabetes mellitus by assessing its effects on blood glucose, insulin levels and islet morphology in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic Sprague-Dawley rats. Diabetes was induced in two to three-day old rat pups by STZ intraperitoneally (60 mg/kg), followed by a further 40 mg/kg dose 12-23 weeks later. The diabetic treated (DT) rats received 0.8% w/v NLE in tap water while diabetic control (DC) and normal control (NC) rats received water ad libitum. Body weight, water and chow consumption, and blood glucose were evaluated weekly. Blood and pancreas were collected at the end of the study to evaluate serum insulin and islet histology, respectively. Neem leaf extract (0.8%) improved weight gain and beta cell regeneration but did not reduce blood glucose. Serum insulin increased slightly in the treated group and three-fold in the DC group (p < 0.05). The results suggest that NLE has beta cell regenerating potential.

  16. Peritendinous elastase treatment induces tendon degeneration in rats: A potential model of tendinopathy in vivo.

    Wu, Yen-Ting; Wu, Po-Ting; Jou, I-Ming


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of elastase on tendinopathy, as well as to evaluate the potential for peritendinous injections of elastase into rats to cause tendinopathy. We first investigated the expression of elastase in the tendons of patients with tendinopathy, and then established the effects of elastase injection on the Achilles tendons of rats. Ultrasonographic and incapacitance testing was used to conduct tests for 8 weeks. Tendon tissues were collected for histological observation and protein levels of collagen type I and type III were detected using Western blotting. The percentage of elastase-positive cells increased in human specimens with grades II and III tendinopathy. The rat model demonstrated that the thickness of the tendon increased after elastase injection during Week 2-8. Hypercellularity and focal lesions were detected after Week 2. The expression of elastase was increased and elastin was decreased in Week 8. Collagen type I expression was decreased, but type III was increased in Week 4. These results suggested that elastase may be involved in the development of chronic tendinopathy, and that peritendinous injection of elastase may result in tendinopathy in rats. © 2015 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Rats' urinary metabolomes reveal the potential roles of functional foods and exercise in obesity management.

    Farag, Mohamed A; Ammar, N M; Kholeif, T E; Metwally, N S; El-Sheikh, N M; Wessjohann, Ludger A; Abdel-Hamid, A Z


    The complexity of the metabolic changes in obese individuals still presents a challenge for the understanding of obesity-related metabolic disruptions and for obesity management. In this study, a gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) based metabolomics approach targeting urine metabolism has been applied to assess the potential roles of functional foods and exercise for obesity management in rats. Male albino rats diagnosed as obese via histopathology and biochemical assays were administered functional foods in common use for obesity management including pomegranate, grapefruit, and red cabbage juice extracts in parallel with swimming exercise. Urine samples were collected from these rats, and likewise from healthy control animals, for metabolite analysis using (GC-MS) coupled to multivariate data analysis. The results revealed a significant elevation in oxalate and phosphate levels in obese rat urine concurrent with lower lactate levels as compared to the control group. Furthermore, and to pinpoint the bioactive agents in the administered functional foods, ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) coupled to high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) was employed for secondary metabolite profiling. The different phenolic classes found in the examined functional foods, viz. ellagitannins in pomegranate, flavanones in grapefruit and flavonols in red cabbage, are likely to mediate their anti-obesity effects. The results indicate that these functional foods and exercise were quite effective in reverting obesity-related metabolic disruptions back to normal status, as revealed by orthogonal partial least squares-discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA).

  18. Estradiol administration to ovariectomized rats potentiates mephedrone-induced disruptions of nonspatial learning.

    Weed, Peter F; Leonard, Stuart T; Sankaranarayanan, Ananthakrishnan; Winsauer, Peter J


    Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) has been found in several over-the-counter products that are abused by humans, but very little is known about its behavioral effects and abuse liability. The present study examined the effects of mephedrone (1-10 mg/kg) on learning in female rats, as well as its interaction with the ovarian hormone estradiol. More specifically, female rats were trained to respond under a multiple schedule of repeated acquisition and performance of response sequences and then ovariectomized. Following ovariectomy, mephedrone dose-effect curves were obtained during periods of 17β-estradiol administration and periods without estradiol administration. Unlike mephedrone, which was administered acutely (i.p.) before the experimental sessions, 17β-estradiol was administered via subcutaneous Silastic capsules containing 25% 17β-estradiol and 75% cholesterol. In general, mephedrone produced dose-dependent rate-decreasing and error-increasing effects in the acquisition and performance components of the schedule in all subjects. However, when estradiol was present, three of the four rats were more sensitive to the rate-decreasing effects of mephedrone, and all of the subjects were more sensitive to its error-increasing effects. These data indicate that estradiol can potentiate the disruptive effects of mephedrone on both the acquisition and performance of complex behavior in female rats.

  19. Assessment of potential toxicological aspects of dietary exposure to silicon-rich spirulina in rats.

    Vidé, Joris; Romain, Cindy; Feillet-Coudray, Christine; Bonafos, Béatrice; Cristol, Jean Paul; Fouret, Gilles; Rouanet, Jean-Max; Gaillet, Sylvie


    Silicon has beneficial effects especially on bones and skin and is important in cardiovascular pathophysiology. Furthermore, in spontaneously hypertensive rats, it reduces hypertension and increases antihypertensive and antiatherogenic gene expressions in the aorta. Thus, incorporating silicon into spirulina could be a way to produce a bioavailable food supplement. The potential toxic effects of silicon-rich spirulina (SES) through haematological and biochemical parameters and inflammatory and oxidative status were evaluated in rats' blood and liver tissue. The study consisted in a 90-day experiment on female and male rats supplemented with three doses (28.5, 57 and 285 mg/kg BW/day) of SES. No mortality, abnormal clinical signs, behavioural changes or macroscopic findings were observed whatever the groups. Haematological parameters were not modified in SES treated-groups. No marked change was recorded in biochemical parameters The liver endogenous antioxidant enzymes (SOD, GPx, catalase) activities were not modified whatever the gender and the dose, just as markers of oxidative stress (O2°(-), TBARS, thiols) and inflammation such as IL-6 and TNF-alpha. Our findings indicate that dietary supplementation of silicon-rich spirulina on rats has no harmful side nor toxic effects and could be beneficial especially in the case of suspicion or installation of pathologies due to oxidative stress. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Prolactin potentiates the activity of acid-sensing ion channels in female rat primary sensory neurons.

    Liu, Ting-Ting; Qu, Zu-Wei; Ren, Cuixia; Gan, Xiong; Qiu, Chun-Yu; Hu, Wang-Ping


    Prolactin (PRL) is a polypeptide hormone produced and released from the pituitary and extrapituitary tissues. It regulates activity of nociceptors and causes hyperalgesia in pain conditions, but little is known the molecular mechanism. We report here that PRL can exert a potentiating effect on the functional activity of acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs), key sensors for extracellular protons. First, PRL dose-dependently increased the amplitude of ASIC currents with an EC50 of (5.89 ± 0.28) × 10(-8) M. PRL potentiation of ASIC currents was also pH dependent. Second, PRL potentiation of ASIC currents was blocked by Δ1-9-G129R-hPRL, a PRL receptor antagonist, and removed by intracellular dialysis of either protein kinase C inhibitor GF109203X, protein interacting with C-kinase 1(PICK1) inhibitor FSC-231, or PI3K inhibitor AS605240. Third, PRL altered acidosis-evoked membrane excitability of DRG neurons and caused a significant increase in the amplitude of the depolarization and the number of spikes induced by acid stimuli. Four, PRL exacerbated nociceptive responses to injection of acetic acid in female rats. Finally, PRL displayed a stronger effect on ASIC mediated-currents and nociceptive behavior in intact female rats than OVX female and male rats and thus modulation of PRL may be gender-dependent. These results suggest that PRL up-regulates the activity of ASICs and enhances ASIC mediated nociceptive responses in female rats, which reveal a novel peripheral mechanism underlying PRL involvement in hyperalgesia.

  1. Environmental enrichment potentiates thalamocortical transmission and plasticity in the adult rat visual cortex.

    Mainardi, Marco; Landi, Silvia; Gianfranceschi, Laura; Baldini, Sara; De Pasquale, Roberto; Berardi, Nicoletta; Maffei, Lamberto; Caleo, Matteo


    It has been demonstrated that the complex sensorimotor and social stimulation achieved by rearing animals in an enriched environment (EE) can reinstate juvenile-like plasticity in the adult cortex. However, it is not known whether EE can affect thalamocortical transmission. Here, we recorded in vivo field potentials from the visual cortex evoked by electrical stimulation of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) in anesthetized rats. We found that a period of EE during adulthood shifted the input-output curves and increased paired-pulse depression, suggesting an enhanced synaptic strength at thalamocortical terminals. Accordingly, EE animals showed an increased expression of the vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (vGluT-2) in geniculocortical afferents to layer IV. Rats reared in EE also showed an enhancement of thalamocortical long-term potentiation (LTP) triggered by theta-burst stimulation (TBS) of the dLGN. To monitor the functional consequences of increased LTP in EE rats, we recorded visual evoked potentials (VEPs) before and after application of TBS to the geniculocortical pathway. We found that responses to visual stimulation were enhanced across a range of contrasts in EE animals. This was accompanied by an up-regulation of the intracortical excitatory synaptic marker vGluT-1 and a decrease in the expression of the vesicular GABA transporter (vGAT), indicating a shift in the excitation/inhibition ratio. Thus, in the adult rat, EE enhances synaptic strength and plasticity of the thalamocortical pathway associated with specific changes in glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmission. These data provide novel insights into the mechanisms by which EE shapes the adult brain.

  2. Lack of evidence of teratogenicity of benzodiazepine drugs in Hungary.

    Czeizel, A

    In order to investigate possible teratogenic effects of commonly used benzodiazepines (diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, nitrazepam) in Hungary, four approaches were used: 1. A retrospective case-control study of 630 cases with isolated cleft lip +/- cleft palate, 179 cases with isolated cleft palate, 392 cases of multiple congenital anomalies including cleft lip and/or cleft palate, and their matched control cases; 2. The Case-Control Surveillance System of Congenital Anomalies in Hungary, 1980 to 1984, involving 355 cases with isolated cleft palate, 417 cases with multiple congenital anomalies, and 186 cases with Down's syndrome (as positive controls). Benzodiazepines were taken by 14.9% of 11,073 control pregnant women studied; 3. A prospective study of 33 pregnant women attending the Counselling Clinic following ingestion of benzodiazepines during the first trimester of pregnancy; 4. An observational study involving 12 pregnant women who attempted suicide and one with accidental overdosage with benzodiazepines during pregnancy. None of these four approaches gave any indication of an association between facial clefting and in utero exposure to these substances.

  3. Teratogenicity and embryotoxicity of nickel carbonyl in Syrian hamsters

    Sunderman, F.W. Jr.; Shen, S.K.; Reid, M.C.; Allpass, P.R.


    Nickel carbonyl was administered to groups of pregnant hamsters by inhalation on days 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 of gestation. The dams were killed on day 15 of gestation, and the fetuses were examined for malformations. Exposure to Ni(CO)/sub 4/ on days 4 or 5 of gestation resulted in malformation in 5.5% and 5.8% of the progeny, respectively. Progeny included 9 fetuses with cystic lungs, 7 fetuses with exencephaly, 1 fetus with exencephaly plus fused rib and 1 fetus with anophthalmia plus cleft palate. Hemorrhages into serious cavities were found. In progeny of dams exposed to Ni(CO)/sub 4/ on days 6 or 7 of gestation, there was 1 fetus with fused ribs and there were 2 fetuses with hydronephrosis. In another experiment, pregnant hamsters were exposed to inhalation of Ni(CO)/sub 4/ on day 5 of gestation; these dams were permitted to deliver their litters and to nurse their pups. There was no significant difference in the average number of live pups in the Ni(CO)/sub 4/-exposed litters compared to control litters. Neonatal mortality was increased in Ni(CO)/sub 4/-exposed litters. This study demonstrates that Ni(CO)/sub 4/ is teratogenic and embryotoxic in Syrian hamsters.

  4. Long-term potentiation of GABAergic synaptic transmission in neonatal rat hippocampus.

    Caillard, O; Ben-Ari, Y; Gaiarsa, J L


    1. The plasticity of GABAergic synapses was investigated in neonatal rat hippocampal slices obtained between postnatal days 3 and 6 using intracellular recording techniques. Ionotropic glutamate receptor antagonists were present throughout the experiments to isolate GABAA receptor-mediated postsynaptic potentials (GABAA PSPs) or currents (GABAA PSCs). 2. Repetitive depolarizing pulses (20 pulses, 0.5 s duration, at 0.1 Hz, each pulse generating 4-6 action potentials) induced a long-term potentiation in the slope and amplitude of the evoked GABAA PSPs and GABAA PSCs. 3. Long-term potentiation was prevented by intracellular injection of the calcium chelator BAPTA (50 mM), or when the voltage-dependent calcium channels blockers Ni2+ (50 microM) and nimodipine (10 microM) were bath applied. 4. Repetitive depolarizing pulses induced a persistent (over 1 h) increase in the frequency of spontaneous GABAA PSCs. 5. Repetitive depolarizing pulses induced a long-lasting increase in the frequency of miniature GABAA PSCs, without altering their amplitude or decay-time constant. 6. It is concluded that the postsynaptic activation of voltage-dependent calcium channels leads to a long-term potentiation of GABAergic synaptic transmission in neonatal rat hippocampus. This form of plasticity is expressed as an increase in the probability of GABA release or in the number of functional synapses, rather than as an upregulation of postsynaptic GABAA receptor numbers or conductance at functional synapses.

  5. Teratogenic study of phenobarbital and levamisole on mouse fetus liver tissue using biospectroscopy.

    Ashtarinezhad, Azadeh; Panahyab, Ataollah; Shaterzadeh-Oskouei, Shahrzad; Khoshniat, Hessam; Mohamadzadehasl, Baharak; Shirazi, Farshad H


    PCA, ANN and SVM methods were able to successfully classify these FTIR spectroscopic data and discriminate between control and treated groups of fetuses, making it a new potential tool for drugs teratogenic investigations.

  6. Numeric Estimates of Teratogenic Severity from Embryo-Fetal Developmental Toxicity Studies.

    Wise, L David


    A developing organism exposed to a toxicant will have a response that ranges from none to severe (i.e., death or malformation). The response at a given dosage may be termed teratogenic (or developmental toxic) severity and is dependent on exposure conditions. Prenatal/embryo-fetal developmental (EFD) toxicity studies in rodents and rabbits are the most consistent and definitive assessments of teratogenic severity, and teratogenesis screening assays are best validated against their results. A formula is presented that estimates teratogenic severity for each group, including control, within an EFD study. The developmental components include embryonic/fetal death, malformations, variations, and mean fetal weight. The contribution of maternal toxicity is included with multiplication factors to adjust for the extent of mortality, maternal body weight change, and other parameters deemed important. The derivation of the formula to calculate teratogenic severity is described. Various EFD data sets from the literature are presented to highlight considerations to the calculation of the various components of the formula. Each score is compared to the concurrent control group to obtain a relative teratogenic severity. The limited studies presented suggest relative scores of two- to teratogenic severity, and scores ≥ fivefold higher than control have increasingly more severe teratogenicity. Such scores may help refine the concept of an exposure-based validation list for use by proponents of screening assays (Daston et al., 2014) by estimating the severity of "positive" exposures, or in other situations by defining the severity of a LOAEL (lowest observed adverse effect level).

  7. Exploring the potential effect of Ocimum sanctum in vincristine-induced neuropathic pain in rats

    Jaggi Amteshwar


    Full Text Available Abstract The present study was designed to investigate the ameliorative potential of Ocimum sanctum and its saponin rich fraction in vincristine-induced peripheral neuropathic pain in rats. Peripheral neuropathy was induced in rats by administration of vincristine sulfate (50 μg/kg i.p. for 10 consecutive days. The mechanical hyperalgesia, cold allodynia, paw heat hyperalgesia and cold tail hyperalgesia were assessed by performing the pinprick, acetone, hot plate and cold tail immersion tests, respectively. Biochemically, the tissue thio-barbituric acid reactive species (TBARS, super-oxide anion content (markers of oxidative stress and total calcium levels were measured. Vincristine administration was associated with the development of mechanical hyperalgesia, cold allodynia, heat and cold hyperalgesia. Furthermore, vincristine administration was also associated with an increase in oxidative stress and calcium levels. However, administration of Ocimum sanctum (100 and 200 mg/kg p.o. and its saponin rich fraction (100 and 200 mg/kg p.o. for 14 days significantly attenuated vincristine-induced neuropathic pain along with decrease in oxidative stress and calcium levels. It may be concluded that Ocimum sanctum has ameliorative potential in attenuating chemotherapy induced-painful neuropathic state, which may be attributed to decrease in oxidative stress and calcium levels. Furthermore, saponin rich fraction of Ocimum sanctum may be responsible for its noted beneficial effect in neuropathic pain in rats.

  8. Is the Oriental House Rat (Rattus tanezumi) a Potential Reservoir for Trypanosoma evansi in Thailand?

    Kocher, Arthur; Desquesnes, Marc; Yangtara, Sarawut; Morand, Serge; Jittapalapong, Sathaporn


    Trypanosoma evansi is a protozoan blood parasite and etiologic agent of "surra," a disease affecting a wide range of domestic and wild mammals, some identified as potential reservoirs. Although T. evansi has been detected in several small wild rodent species, their role in the epidemiology of surra is unclear. There is molecular evidence of T. evansi in wild rodents in Asia, but it is not known whether they can carry the parasite for sufficient time to significantly contribute to the epidemiology of surra. We assessed the susceptibility of the Oriental house rat (OHR; Rattus tanezumi) to T. evansi infection. Five adult male OHRs trapped in Bangkhen district, Bangkok, Thailand, and five laboratory Wistar rats (Rattus norvegicus) as positive controls, were experimentally infected with a local strain of T. evansi. The five controls and three of the five OHRs were highly susceptible and rapidly exhibited the high levels of parasitemia usually observed in Wistar rats. They died or were euthanized just prior to expected death. Two OHRs presented fluctuating levels of parasitemia, without obvious clinical signs, throughout 40 d of monitoring. These results highlight the moderate susceptibility of some OHRs and their ability to carry the infection over time. Along with the molecular evidence of T. evansi in captured OHRs (demonstrated elsewhere), our results bring new information on the potential role of OHRs in the complex epidemiology of surra.

  9. Evaluation of wound healing potential of Pterocarpus marsupium heart wood extract in normal and diabetic rats

    Anil Kumar Singhal


    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of the present study is to evaluate and compare the cutaneous wound healing potential of Pterocarpus marsupium in normal and diabetic rats and make inference for the cutaneous wound healing potential by possible "mode of action" P. marsupium extract. Materials and Methods: The effect of heart wood extract of P. marsupium on wound healing has been studied in diabetic and normal animals. The effect has also been compared with standard (mupirocin ointment application. In the absence of specific animal model for cutaneous diabetic wound healing, we have used common model of wound healing (excision wound model in animals having diabetes (by administration of alloxan monohydrate 120 mg/kg i.p.. Statistics Analysis: Data were analyzed by using one-way ANOVA, followed by Tukey′s post hoc tests, using the Graph Pad Software (5.0 demo version, and P value <0.05 was considered to be significant. Results and Conclusion : Rats treated with 200 mg/kg/day of P. marsupium heart wood extract had high rate of wound contraction, significantly decreased epithelization period, and significant increase in dry weight, wet weight, and hydroxyproline content of the granulation tissue when compared with the diabetic control and normal control groups. Wound contraction together with increased tensile strength and hydroxyproline content support the use of P. marsupium heart wood extract in the management of wound healing in normal and diabetic rats.

  10. Effects of Zhengtian Pills on Migraine Headache in Rats via Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1

    Jun-hua Sun; Ke-zhu Wang; Hui Fu; Zhi Dai; Fei-fei Pu; Song Yin; Tian-xiu Qian; Xin-min Liu; Xiao-ying Wang


    Objective To investigate the effects and molecular mechanism of Zhengtian Pills(ZTP) on migraine headache. Methods All rats were randomly divided into control, positive control, migraine model, low- and high-dose ZTP groups, and glyceryl trinitrate was injected to induce migraine headache. The time of ears turning red, frequency of scratching head, climbing the cage, and head-twitching were used to evaluate rat behaviors. After 10 d administration of ZTP, the expression levels of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1(TRPV1) both in cortex and hippocampus were determined by Western blotting. Results After 2 min of glyceryl trinitrate injection, rats showed headache phenomena that parallels the clinical symptoms of migraine, which peaked in 30 min, and lasted for 60 min. Frequency of head-twitching and numbers of scratching head in glyceryl trinitrate(GTN) group were significantly increased. In contrast, after ZTP(1.08 g/kg, ig) treatment, the numbers of scratching head with fore-limb, hind-limb and the frequency of head-twitching were significantly decreased. Flunarizine(FLU) and low-dose ZTP(0.54 g/kg) also showed a trend to decrease the numbers of scratching head and head-twitching frequency, but no significant difference. Besides, ZTP significantly decreased the up-regulated TRPV1 protein expression level both in cortex and hippocampus. Conclusion The present study shows that ZTP could significantly improve the migraine symptoms of headache in rats and TRPV1 might be one of the important molecular mechanisms. This is the first report about the effect of ZTP on TRPV1 protein expression level both in cortex and hippocampus of rats.

  11. The potential anticonvulsant activity of the ethanolic extracts of Achillea nobilis and Momordica charantia in rats

    Gamal A. Soliman


    Full Text Available Context: Currently available antiepileptic drugs have debilitating adverse effects. Natural products and plants already used in traditional medicine can be a good place to start in the search for safer and more effective options. Aims: To investigate the anticonvulsant potential of Achillea nobilis and Momordica charantia extracts in maximal electroshock (MES, as well as pentylenetetrazole (PTZ- and strychnine nitrate (STN- induced seizure models in rats. Methods: For each model, eight groups of 21-day-old male Albino rats were used. The 1st group was kept as control, 2nd as standard (diazepam, 7.5 mg/kg; 3rd – 5th treated with A. nobilis (100, 200 and 300 mg/kg; and 6th – 8th administered M. charantia (100, 200 and 300 mg/kg. After 30 min, rats were exposed to a shock of 150 mA by a convulsiometer, via ear electrodes for 2 s (in MES test or sc injection of PTZ (85 mg/kg or STN (2.5 mg/kg. Results: A. nobilis and M. charantia extracts (200 and 300 mg/kg demonstrated dose-dependent anticonvulsant effect against MES-induced seizures. In the PTZ induced convulsion, A. nobilis and M. charantia (200 and 300 mg/kg significantly slowed the commencement of convulsions and minimized the duration of seizures. A. nobilis (300 mg/kg showed 60% protection in rats against STN induced seizures. In contrast, A. nobilis (100 and 200 mg/kg and M. charantia (100, 200 and 300 mg/kg showed no significant protection against STN-induced seizures in rats. Conclusions: The results of the present study suggest that both extracts exhibited marked anticonvulsant activities.

  12. C-type natriuretic-peptide-potentiated relaxation response of gastric smooth muscle in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats

    Ying-Lan Cai; Dong-Yuan Xu; Xiang-Lan Li; Zhang-Xun Qiu; Zheng Jin; Wen-Xie Xu


    AIM: To study the sensitivity of gastric smooth muscle to C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. METHODS: The spontaneous contraction of a gastric smooth muscle strip was recorded by using physiological methods in rats. The expressions of CNP and natriuretic peptide receptor-B (NPR-B) in gastric tissue were examined by using immunohistochemistry techniques in the diabetic rat. RESULTS: At 4 wk after injection of STZ and vehicle, the frequency of spontaneous contraction of gastric smooth muscle was significantly reduced in diabetic rats, and the frequency was decreased from 3.10 ± 0.14 cycle/min in controls to 2.23 ± 0.13 cycle/min ( n = 8, P < 0.01). However, the ampli tude of spontaneous contraction was not significant different from the normal rat. CNP significantly inhibited spontaneous contraction of gastric smooth muscle in normal and diabetic rats, but the inhibitory effect was significantly potentiated in the diabetic rats. The amplitudes of spontaneous contraction were suppressed by 75.15% ± 0.71% and 58.92% ± 1.32% while the frequencies were decreased by 53.33% ± 2.03% and 26.95% ± 2.82% in diabetic and normal rats, respectively ( n = 8, P < 0.01). The expression of CNP in gastric tissue was not changed in diabetic rats, however the expression of NPR-B was significantly increased in diabetic rats, and the staining indexes of NPR-B were 30.67 ± 1.59 and 17.63 ± 1.49 in diabetic and normal rat, respectively ( n = 8, P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: The results suggest that CNP induced an inhibitory effect on spontaneous contraction of gastric smooth muscle, potentiated in diabetic rat via up-regulation of the natriuretic peptides-NPR-Bparticulate guanylyl cyclase-cyclic GMP signal pathway.

  13. Lipid lowering and antioxidant potential of Asparagus racemosus in hyperlipidemic rats

    Rama R. Bhosale


    Full Text Available Background: Atherosclerosis is associated with hyperlipidemia which is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease. Therefore, treatment of hyperlipidemia is one of the major approaches to decrease the atherogenic process. Many studies revealed that Asparagus racemosus (AR possesses hypolipidemic and antioxidant potential, but results were not consistent. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to investigate lipid lowering and antioxidant potential of AR root powder in hyperlipidemic rats. Methods: Hyperlipidemia was induced in normal rats by including 0.75 gm% cholesterol and 1.5 gm% bile salt in normal diet and these rats were used for the experiments. Dried root powder of Asparagus racemosus was administered as feed supplement at 5 gm% and 10 gm% dose levels to the hyperlipidemic rats. Plasma lipid profile, malondialdehyde, ascorbic acid, catalase and superoxide dismutase were estimated using standard methods. Statistical analysis was done by one way analysis of variance (ANOVA. Results: Feed supplementation with 5 gm% and 10 gm% Asparagus racemosus resulted in a significant decrease in plasma cholesterol, LDL and significant increase in HDL. But there were no significant decrease in triglycerides and VLDL. The feed supplementation increased activities of catalase, superoxide dismutase and ascorbic acid content increased significantly in both the experimental groups (5 and 10 gm% supplemented groups. But there was no significant change in the concentration of malondialdehyde in these groups. Conclusions: The present study demonstrated that addition of Asparagus racemosus root powder at 5 gm% and 10 gm% level as feed supplement reduces the plasma lipid levels and also acts as an antioxidant. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2012; 1(3.000: 168-173

  14. Antioxidant Potential of Plumieride against CCl4-Induced Peroxidative Damage in Rats

    Dharmendra Singh


    Full Text Available In search of a new potent as an antioxidant from natural sources, plumieride—an iridoid isolated from the methanol extract of the bark of Plumeria bicolor (family Apocynaceae was evaluated for its antioxidant potential against CCl4-induced peroxidative damage in liver of rats. The antioxidant potential was evaluated by using hepatic tissue for SOD (superoxide dismutase, CAT (catalase, GSH (reduced glutathione, GPx (glutathione peroxidase, GR (glutathione reductase and LPO (lipid peroxidation alongwith the concomitant blood serum for AST & ALT (aspartate and alanine transaminases, GGT (gamma glutamyl transpeptidase, ALP (alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin and total protein contents. All the biochemical parameters were significantly (p ≤ 0.001 altered by CCl4 (0.3 mL/kg body weight/twice a week, intra-peritoneally for 30 days. Simultaneously, oral treatment with plumieride (5, 10 and 20 mg/kg body weight/day for 30 days, restored all the parameters towards a normal level, remarkably. The histological findings of liver sections further corroborated the antioxidant potential of plumieride compared with standard drug-silymarin. In conclusion, plumieride consists of sugar molecules, which have alcoholic groups. Therefore, the alcoholic groups of sugar increase its antioxidant potential through intermolecular hydrogen bonding along with the thiol(SH group of non-protein thiols and enzymes resulting in the restoration of the antioxidant system. Therefore, it might be considered a natural antioxidant against peroxidative damage in rats.

  15. Normalization of visual evoked potentials using underlying electroencephalogram levels improves amplitude reproducibility in rats.

    You, Yuyi; Thie, Johnson; Klistorner, Alexander; Gupta, Vivek K; Graham, Stuart L


    The visual evoked potential (VEP) is a frequently used noninvasive measurement of visual function. However, high-amplitude variability has limited its potential for evaluating axonal damage in both laboratory and clinical research. This study was conducted to improve the reliability of VEP amplitude measurement in rats by using electroencephalogram (EEG)-based signal correction. VEPs of Sprague-Dawley rats were recorded on three separate days within 2 weeks. The original VEP traces were normalized by EEG power spectrum, which was evaluated by Fourier transform. A comparison of intersession reproducibility and intersubject variability was made between the original and corrected signals. Corrected VEPs showed lower amplitude intersession within-subject SD (Sw), coefficient of variation (CoV), and repeatability (R(95)) than the original signals (P < 0.001). The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) of the corrected traces (0.90) was also better than the original potentials (0.82). For intersubject variability, the EEG-based normalization improved the CoV from 44.64% to 30.26%. A linear correlation was observed between the EEG level and the VEP amplitude (r = 0.71, P < 0.0001). Underlying EEG signals should be considered in measuring the VEP amplitude. In this study, a useful technique was developed for VEP data processing that could also be used for other cortical evoked potential recordings and for clinical VEP interpretation in humans.

  16. Modulation of action potential and calcium signaling by levetiracetam in rat sensory neurons.

    Ozcan, Mete; Ayar, Ahmet


    Levetiracetam (LEV), a new anticonvulsant agent primarily used to treat epilepsy, has been used in pain treatment but the cellular mechanism of this action remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate effects of LEV on the excitability and membrane depolarization-induced calcium signaling in isolated rat sensory neurons using the whole-cell patch clamp and fura 2-based ratiometric Ca(2+)-imaging techniques. Dorsal root ganglia (DRG) were excised from neonatal rats, and cultured following enzymatic and mechanical dissociation. Under current clamp conditions, acute application of LEV (30 µM, 100 µM and 300 µM) significantly increased input resistance and caused the membrane to hyperpolarize from resting membrane potential in a dose-dependent manner. Reversal potentials of action potential (AP) after hyperpolarising amplitudes were shifted to more negative, toward to potassium equilibrium potentials, after application of LEV. It also caused a decrease in number of APs in neurons fired multiple APs in response to prolonged depolarization. Fura-2 fluorescence Ca(2+) imaging protocols revealed that HiK(+) (30 mM)-induced intracellular free Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)](i)) was inhibited to 97.8 ± 4.6% (n = 17), 92.6 ± 4.8% (n = 17, p < 0.01) and 89.1 ± 5.1% (n = 18, p < 0.01) after application of 30 µM, 100 µM and 300 µM LEV (respectively), without any significant effect on basal levels of [Ca(2+)](i). This is the first evidence for the effect of LEV on the excitability of rat sensory neurons through an effect which might involve activation of potassium channels and inhibition of entry of Ca(2+), providing new insights for cellular mechanism(s) of LEV in pain treatment modalities.

  17. Hepatoprotective Potential of Propolis toward Hepar Injury Rats (Rattus norvegicus Induced by Carbon Tetrachloride

    Diah Krisnansari


    Full Text Available Introduction: The prevalence of chronic liver disease continues to increase. One potentially hepatotoxic substances that cause chronic liver disease is carbon tetrachloride. The process of liver damage can be prevented by the antioxidant role of propolis. The aims of this research was to study the hepatoprotective potential of propolis toward hepar injury rats induced by carbon tetrachlorida. Method: This was an experimental study with pre-post test. Twenty five male Wistar rats aged 12–16 week old, weighing 125–200 gr were allocated into 5 groups. Group I: standard meal + aquadest-gavage; group II: standard meal + CCl4 1% 1 mL + aquadest-gavage, group III: standard meal + CCl4 1% 1 mL + 0,054 gr propolis-gavage, group IV: standard meal + CCl4 1% 1 mL + 0,108 gr propolis-gavage and group V: standard meal + CCl4 1% 1 mL + sylimarin 50 mg/kg-gavage. IL-6, SOD, NAS score+fibrotic were measured after treatment. Analysed of IL-6 and NAS score+fibrotic with Kruskal Wallis to Mann Whitney and analysed of SOD with One-Way ANOVA to LSD. Results: The study showed that there were significant differences in IL-6, SOD and NAS score + fibrotic between groups. Discussion: Provision of 0,054 gr and 0,108 gr have hepatoprotective potential toward hepar injury rats induced by carbon tetrachlorida. Further research need to identify antioxidants and hepatoprotective potential of propolis on human with liver disease. Keywords: IL-6, SOD, fibrotic, propolis

  18. Embryotoxic and teratogenic effects of aqueous extracts of tar from a coal gasification electrostatic precipitator.

    Schultz, T W; Dumont, J N; Clark, B R; Buchanan, M V


    Aqueous extracts of tar from a coal gasification electrostatic precipitator were tested for its toxic and teratogenic potential in vitro on embryos of the amphibian Xenopus laevis. The 96-h LC50 and EC50 were determined to be 0.83% and 0.48%, respectively. The developmental stage of normal-appearing exposed embryos is not affected by increasing concentrations of the extract. Embryo growth, however, is significantly reduced at concentrations as low as 0.25%. Motility and pigmentation were effectively reduced relative to controls by extract concentrations of 0.5% and greater. Exposed embryos are shorter and stockier than controls. Malformations of head, eyes, viscera, and spine are common, and cartilage formation is abnormal. The epidermis is often hyperplastic, and large blisters occur over the somatic surface. The severity of abnormal development is directly related to the concentration of the toxicant to which the embryos are exposed. Chemical analysis shows that the aqueous extracts contain phenols, furans, monoaromatic and diaromatic hydrocarbons, and mono- and diazaarenes and/or monoaromatic amines.

  19. Neurobehavioral teratogenic effects of clomipramine and alpha-methyldopa

    Mirmiran, M; Van Haaren, F; Louwerse, A; van de Poll, N E; de Boer, Sietse


    Neonatal treatment of rats with centrally acting drugs such as clomipramine was shown to affect adult body and brain weight, behavior and sleep. We made a further study of the effects of clomipramine and tested one dose of alpha-methyldopa. Male rats were treated twice daily with saline, 7.5 or 15 m

  20. Valnoctamide, valpromide and valnoctic acid are much less teratogenic in mice than valproic acid.

    Radatz, M; Ehlers, K; Yagen, B; Bialer, M; Nau, H


    The teratogenic properties of valproic acid (VPA) and its analogues depend to a great extent on their chemical structure. We investigated the structure-teratogenicity relationships of VPA, its structural isomer, valnoctic acid (VCA), and their two amide analogues, valpromide (VPD) and valnoctamide (VCD), respectively. Each substance was injected (3 mmol/kg) in NMRI-mice on the morning of day 8 of gestation. Embryolethality, fetal weight and exencephaly rates were recorded on day 18 of gestation. VPA caused 53% exencephaly, VPD induced 6%, VCA and VCD produced only 1% exencephaly (control values between 0 and 1%). VPA-treated mice also had increased embryolethality rates (52%). There was no significant change of embryolethality in the other treatment groups. Pharmacokinetic studies showed that VCD was eliminated from plasma at a slower rate than VPA. Also, the residual teratogenic activity of VPD was not accounted for by the relatively small amounts of its hydrolysis product VPA. This study indicates that VPD, VCA and VCD were distinctly less teratogenic than VPA. Apparently the amidation of the free carboxylic group and/or methyl-substitution at the beta-position of the carbon chain greatly decreased the teratogenic activity of VPA.

  1. The importance of dysmorphology in the identification of new human teratogens.

    Jones, Kenneth Lyons; Carey, John C


    The vast majority of information regarding the teratogenicity of new drugs as well as others for which adequate information is not available comes from postmarketing studies. Evaluation by a dysmorphologist of babies prenatally exposed to a particular agent has played an incredibly important role in these studies. Most of the known human teratogens have been identified by the astute clinician approach which involves the observation, documentation, and delineation of individual cases who display a novel phenotype after a particularly rare prenatal exposure. Prospective cohort studies focused on the evaluation of prenatally exposed children who have been ascertained prospectively prior to the known outcome of pregnancy and evaluated by a dysmorphologist for patterns of minor and major malformations have been equally effective. Although most human teratogens have been identified using one of these two methods, both have limitations. The purpose of this study is to set forth the extent to which a careful physical examination performed by a dysmorphologist trained in the identification of minor structural defects in development has added to our knowledge of human teratology and has been instrumental in the identification of new human teratogens. Although dysmorphologists have had a profound impact on our understanding of human teratogens. It is important to recognize that the two approaches outlined in this study must be complemented by other methodologies, such as case-control studies, that more appropriately address risks for major malformations in order to gain the full picture necessary to effectively counsel women about safety of drugs during pregnancy.

  2. Study on teratogenicity of Ornithogalum caudatum Ait%虎眼万年青的致畸试验研究

    张培军; 孙兰; 张晶莹


    目的 探讨虎眼万年青对大鼠的致畸作用.方法 用大鼠进行致畸胎试验,将动物分成5组:阴性对照组(蒸馏水)、虎眼万年青低剂量组(2.5 g/kg)、中剂量组(3.3g/kg)、高剂量组(4.1g/kg)和阳性对照组(维生素A),分别在妊娠的7~16d灌胃给予.妊娠期间记录孕鼠体重,于妊娠第20天断头处死孕鼠,记录着床数、活胎数、死胎数和吸收胎数;检查胎鼠外观、内脏和骨骼,并称胎鼠体重,量体长.结果 阳性对照组,活胎率为90.7%,与对照组(99.3%)比较明显降低(P<0.05);迟死胎率和吸收胎率分别为1.3%、7.9%,与对照组比较明显增高(P<o.05).4.1、3.3、2.5g/kg剂量组的孕鼠和胎鼠的各项毒效应观察指标与对照组相比,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 在该实验剂量与条件下,虎眼万年青对孕鼠生长和胚胎发育无不良影响和致畸作用.%[Objective] To study the teratogenicity of Ornithogalum caudatum Ait in Wistar rats. [ Methods] Wistar rats were adopted to conduct the teratogenie test. The regnant rats were divided randomly into five groups, including negative control group (distilled water), low dose Ornithogalum caudatum Ait group (2.5 g/kg), middle dose group (3, 3 g/kg), high dose group {4.1 g/kg) and positive control group (vitamin A). The agents were administered respectively by gavage during (he 7th-16th day of pregnancy. The body weight of regnant rats was recorded during pregnancy- The rats were killed by decapitation on the 20th day of pregnancy. The number of embryo implantation, living fetuses, dead fetuses and absorbed fetuses was recorded. The appearance, internal organs and skeleton of fetal rats were tested. The body weight and length of fetal rate were also measured and examined. [Results]The rate of living fetuses in the positive control group (90. 7% ) wag lower than that in the negative control group {99. 3% } significantly {P 0.05). [Conclusion]Under the doses and conditions

  3. Naloxone potentiates the disruptive effects of mescaline on operant responding in the rat.

    Commissaris, R L; Moore, K E; Rech, R H


    Food-deprived male rats were trained to press a lever on a fixed ratio-40 (FR-40) operant schedule for food reinforcement. Administration of mescaline (4.0--10.0 mg/kg) immediately before the start of the operant session resulted in a cessation of responding for some portion of the 40-min period ("hallucinatory pause"). The duration of this pause was found to be dose-dependent. Although administration of naloxone alone (1.0-8.0 mg/kg, five minutes prior to the start of the session) had no effect on FR-40 responding per se, pretreatment with this agent significantly potentiated the disruptive effects of mescaline. This potentiation by naloxone was further shown to be dose-dependent. These data suggest that the effects of the phenethylamine hallucinogen mescaline are potentiated by pretreatment with the narcotic antagonist naloxone.

  4. Teratogenicity, genotoxicity and oxidative stress in zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio) co-exposed to arsenic and atrazine.

    Adeyemi, Joseph A; da Cunha Martins-Junior, Airton; Barbosa, Fernando


    Arsenic and atrazine are common environmental contaminants probably due to their extensive use as pesticides on agricultural farmlands. In this study, zebrafish embryos were exposed to 0.8mM arsenic, 0.1mM atrazine or mixture of both for 96h, and various indices which are indicative of teratogenicity (egg coagulation, growth retardation, edema formation, hatching success, scoliosis), genotoxicity (DNA tail moments) and oxidative stress (lipid peroxidation and reduced glutathione (GSH) levels, catalase and glutathione peroxidase activities) were determined. The negative control were exposed to 0.5% DMSO while the positive control group were exposed to 4mg/L 3,4 dichloroaniline. Egg coagulation was highest in the positive control (85%), followed by the group that was exposed to mixture of arsenic and atrazine (30%) and least in the arsenic-exposed group (20%). The incidences of edema (59%) and growth retardation (35.2%) were more frequent in the group that was exposed to contaminant mixture and least in atrazine-exposed group where incidences of both edema and growth retardation were 15%. The incidence of scoliosis ranged between 20% in arsenic-exposed group and 10% in atrazine-exposed group. Hatching success was generally high in all the groups ranging between 95% in atrazine-exposed group and 88% in the group that was exposed to mixture of arsenic and atrazine. There was no evidence of teratogenic effect in the negative control group. DNA tail moments and lipid peroxidation levels increased significantly while GSH levels and catalase activity decreased significantly in contaminant-exposed groups, especially the mixture compared to the negative control. There was no significant change in GPx activity in the exposed groups compared to the negative control. The results of this study demonstrate that both arsenic and atrazine are potentially teratogenic and genotoxic, and can cause oxidative stress in zebrafish embryos, and these effects are potentiated by toxic

  5. Adjuvant potential of selegiline in attenuating organ dysfunction in septic rats with peritonitis.

    Cheng-Ming Tsao

    Full Text Available Selegiline, an anti-Parkinson drug, has antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects. To explore the effect of selegiline on sepsis, we used a clinically relevant animal model of polymicrobial sepsis. Cecal ligation and puncture (CLP or sham operation was performed in male rats under anesthesia. Three hours after surgery, animals were randomized to receive intravenously selegiline (3 mg/kg or an equivalent volume of saline. The administration of CLP rats with selegiline (i increased arterial blood pressure and vascular responsiveness to norepinephrine, (ii reduced plasma liver and kidney dysfunction, (iii attenuated metabolic acidosis, (iv decreased neutrophil infiltration in liver and lung, and (v improved survival rate (from 44% to 65%, compared to those in the CLP alone rats. The CLP-induced increases of plasma interleukin-6, organ superoxide levels, and liver inducible nitric oxide synthase and caspase-3 expressions were ameliorated by selegiline treatment. In addition, the histological changes in liver and lung were significantly attenuated in the selegiline -treated CLP group compared to those in the CLP group. The improvement of organ dysfunction and survival through reducing inflammation, oxidative stress and apoptosis in peritonitis-induced sepsis by selegiline has potential as an adjuvant agent for critical ill.

  6. Long-term potentiation in the neonatal rat barrel cortex in vivo.

    An, Shuming; Yang, Jenq-Wei; Sun, Haiyan; Kilb, Werner; Luhmann, Heiko J


    Long-term potentiation (LTP) is important for the activity-dependent formation of early cortical circuits. In the neonatal rodent barrel cortex, LTP has been studied only in vitro. We combined voltage-sensitive dye imaging with extracellular multielectrode recordings to study whisker stimulation-induced LTP in the whisker-to-barrel cortex pathway of the neonatal rat barrel cortex in vivo. Single whisker stimulation at 2 Hz for 10 min induced an age-dependent expression of LTP in postnatal day (P) 0 to P14 rats, with the strongest expression of LTP at P3-P5. The magnitude of LTP was largest in the activated barrel-related column, smaller in the surrounding septal region, and no LTP could be observed in the neighboring barrel. Current source density analyses revealed an LTP-associated increase of synaptic current sinks in layer IV/lower layer II/III at P3-P5 and in the cortical plate/upper layer V at P0-P1. Our study demonstrates for the first time an age-dependent and spatially confined LTP in the barrel cortex of the newborn rat in vivo.

  7. Impairment of long-term potentiation in the hippocampus of alcohol-treated OLETF rats.

    Min, Jung-Ah; Lee, Hye-Ryeon; Kim, Jae-Ick; Ju, Anes; Kim, Dai-Jin; Kaang, Bong-Kiun


    Type 2 diabetes and chronic heavy alcohol consumption each have been known to be associated with the impairment of hippocampus-dependent cognitive functions. Although both conditions often coexist clinically and there is accumulated evidence of a relationship between the two, the combined effect on hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) has not yet been investigated. We compared the effect of type 2 diabetes itself with that of type 2 diabetes with chronic heavy alcohol consumption on the hippocampal LTP using Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rat model, which resembles the characteristics of human type 2 diabetes. Ten of 16-week-old male OLETF rats were randomized into two treatment groups according to weight: the OLETF-Alcohol (O-A, n=5) and the OLETF-Control (O-C, n=5). The rats in the O-A group were fed Lieber-DeCarli Regular EtOH over a 10-week period and the amount of alcohol consumption was 8.42±2.52g/kg/day. To ensure the effect of poor glycemic control on LTP, intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test was performed after a 10-week treatment. The hippocampal LTP was measured by extracellular field excitatory post-synaptic potentials at Shaffer collateral (SC) synapses in the CA1 region. Although the O-A group showed significantly lower fasting and postprandial glucose (Palcohol consumption could potentiate the impairment of hippocampal LTP in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance or early type 2 diabetes, even though it did not aggravate, but did improve glycemic control. Clinical attention to chronic heavy drinking will be required in preventing cognitive impairment in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

  8. Neuromodulation of motor-evoked potentials during stepping in spinal rats.

    Gad, Parag; Lavrov, Igor; Shah, Prithvi; Zhong, Hui; Roy, Roland R; Edgerton, V Reggie; Gerasimenko, Yury


    The rat spinal cord isolated from supraspinal control via a complete low- to midthoracic spinal cord transection produces locomotor-like patterns in the hindlimbs when facilitated pharmacologically and/or by epidural electrical stimulation. To evaluate the role of epidural electrical stimulation in enabling motor control (eEmc) for locomotion and posture, we recorded potentials evoked by epidural spinal cord stimulation in selected hindlimb muscles during stepping and standing in adult spinal rats. We hypothesized that the temporal details of the phase-dependent modulation of these evoked potentials in selected hindlimb muscles while performing a motor task in the unanesthetized state would be predictive of the potential of the spinal circuitries to generate stepping. To test this hypothesis, we characterized soleus and tibialis anterior (TA) muscle responses as middle response (MR; 4-6 ms) or late responses (LRs; >7 ms) during stepping with eEmc. We then compared these responses to the stepping parameters with and without a serotoninergic agonist (quipazine) or a glycinergic blocker (strychnine). Quipazine inhibited the MRs induced by eEmc during nonweight-bearing standing but facilitated locomotion and increased the amplitude and number of LRs induced by eEmc during stepping. Strychnine facilitated stepping and reorganized the LRs pattern in the soleus. The LRs in the TA remained relatively stable at varying loads and speeds during locomotion, whereas the LRs in the soleus were strongly modulated by both of these variables. These data suggest that LRs facilitated electrically and/or pharmacologically are not time-locked to the stimulation pulse but are highly correlated to the stepping patterns of spinal rats.

  9. Role of nitric oxide in long-term potentiation of the rat medial vestibular nuclei.

    Grassi, S; Pettorossi, V E


    In rat brainstem slices, we investigated the role of nitric oxide in long-term potentiation induced in the ventral portion of the medial vestibular nuclei by high-frequency stimulation of the primary vestibular afferents. The nitric oxide scavenger [2-(4-carboxyphenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide ] and the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester were administered before and after induction of potentiation. Both drugs completely prevented long-term potentiation, whereas they did not impede the potentiation build-up, or affect the already established potentiation. These results demonstrate that the induction, but not the maintenance of vestibular long-term potentiation, depends on the synthesis and release into the extracellular medium of nitric oxide. In addition, we analysed the effect of the nitric oxide donor sodium nitroprusside on vestibular responses. Sodium nitroprusside induced long-term potentiation, as evidenced through the field potential enhancement and unit peak latency decrease. This potentiation was impeded by D, L-2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid, and was reduced under blockade of synaptosomal platelet-activating factor receptors by ginkgolide B and group I metabotropic glutamate receptors by (R,S)-1-aminoindan-1, 5-dicarboxylic acid. When reduced, potentiation fully developed following the washout of antagonist, demonstrating an involvement of platelet-activating factor and group I metabotropic glutamate receptors in its full development. Potentiation induced by sodium nitroprusside was also associated with a decrease in the paired-pulse facilitation ratio, which persisted under ginkgolide B, indicating that nitric oxide increases glutamate release independently of platelet-activating factor-mediated presynaptic events. We suggest that nitric oxide, released after the activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors, acts as a retrograde messenger leading to an enhancement of glutamate release to a

  10. Retracted: Effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on mineralization potential of rat dental pulp stem cells.


    The following article from the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 'Effects of Pro-inflammatory Cytokines on Mineralization Potential of Rat Dental Pulp Stem Cells' by Yang X, Walboomers XF, Bian Z, Jansen JA, Fan M, published online on 11 July 2011 in Wiley Online Library (, has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor-in-Chief, and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The retraction has been agreed due to two authors (Walboomers XF, and Jansen JA) not having been involved in the research described, nor made aware of their names being listed on the manuscript, nor told of its submission to the journal.

  11. Sperm protamine levels as indicators of fertilising potential in sexually mature male rats.

    Aleem, M; Padwal, V; Choudhari, J; Balasinor, N; Gill-Sharma, M K


    We have earlier reported that administration of cyproterone acetate, fluphenazine decanoate, tamoxifen citrate, oestradiol valerate to adult male rats, at doses of 50, 5.77, 0.71, 0.28 micromol kg(-1) body weight given for periods of 15, 60, 60, 10 days, respectively, partially suppressed/reduced availability of one or more reproductive hormones viz. LH, FSH, testosterone and reduced their siring ability. The reduction in epididymal sperm counts was not considerable after treatment with these drugs, but conventional methods of assessment of spermatozoa quality viz. sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA), nuclear chromatin decondensation (NCD) assay, monobromobimane (mBBr) uptake, had shown quantifiable changes in caput sperm chromatin compaction and reduced the testicular levels of protamine 1. The present follow-up study attempts to quantify changes in caudal sperm chromatin which has undergone compaction in the epididymis, in the altered hormonal microenvironment of rats treated with cyproterone acetate, tamoxifen citrate, fluphenazine decanoate, oestradiol valerate, at doses of 50, 5.77, 0.71, 0.28 micromol kg(-1) body weight respectively given for periods of 15, 60, 60, 10 days, with a view to correlating these changes to reduction in their fertilising potential. During the androgen-dependent transit of spermatozoa from caput to cauda epididymis, thiol group oxidation and tyrosine phosphorylation of protamine occurs in maturing sperms concomitant with development of fertilising ability. The results indicate that conventional methods viz. SCSA, NCD, mBBr uptake fail to detect changes induced by hormone deficits in sperm chromatin condensation, as a result of maturation during transit from caput to cauda epididymis. Absence of protamine 1 in epididymal sperm was observed in either testosterone or FSH deficient rats that correlated with reduced fertilising potential. The study suggests that changes in LH/T or FSH affect a hitherto unknown common molecular

  12. Topography of synchronization of somatosensory evoked potentials elicited by stimulation of the sciatic nerve in rat

    Xuefeng eQu


    Full Text Available Purpose: Traditionally, the topography of somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs is generated based on amplitude and latency. However, this operation focuses on the physical morphology and field potential-power, so it suffers from difficulties in performing identification in an objective manner. In this study, measurement of the synchronization of SEPs is proposed as a method to explore brain functional networks as well as the plasticity after peripheral nerve injury. Method: SEPs elicited by unilateral sciatic nerve stimulation in twelve adult male Sprague-Dawley (SD rats in the normal group were compared with SEPs evoked after unilateral sciatic nerve hemisection in four peripheral nerve injured SD rats. The characterization of synchronized networks from SEPs was conducted using equal-time correlation, correlation matrix analysis, and comparison to randomized surrogate data. Eigenvalues of the correlation matrix were used to identify the clusters of functionally synchronized neuronal activity, and the participation index (PI was calculated to indicate the involvement of each channel in the cluster. The PI value at the knee point of the PI histogram was used as a threshold to demarcate the cortical boundary. Results: Ten out of the twelve normal rats showed only one synchronized brain network. The remaining two normal rats showed one strong and one weak network. In the peripheral nerve injured group, only one synchronized brain network was found in each rat. In the normal group, all network shapes appear regular and the network is largely contained in the posterior cortex. In the injured group, the network shapes appear irregular, the network extends anteriorly and posteriorly, and the network area is significantly larger. There are considerable individual variations in the shape and location of the network after peripheral nerve injury. Conclusion: The proposed method can detect functional brain networks. Compared to the results of the

  13. Developmental impairment of compound action potential in the optic nerve of myelin mutant taiep rats.

    Roncagliolo, Manuel; Schlageter, Carol; León, Claudia; Couve, Eduardo; Bonansco, Christian; Eguibar, José R


    The taiep rat is a myelin mutant with an initial hypomyelination, followed by a progressive demyelination of the CNS. The neurological correlates start with tremor, followed by ataxia, immobility episodes, epilepsy and paralysis. The optic nerve, an easily-isolable central tract fully myelinated by oligodendrocytes, is a suitable preparation to evaluate the developmental impairment of central myelin. We examined the ontogenic development of optic nerve compound action potentials (CAP) throughout the first 6 months of life of control and taiep rats. Control optic nerves (ON) develop CAPs characterized by three waves. Along the first month, the CAPs of taiep rats showed a delayed maturation, with lower amplitudes and longer latencies than controls; at P30, the conduction velocity has only a third of the normal value. Later, as demyelination proceeds, the conduction velocity of taiep ONs begins to decrease and CAPs undergo a gradual temporal dispersion. CAPs of control and taiep showed differences in their pharmacological sensitivity to TEA and 4-AP, two voltage dependent K+ channel-blockers. As compared with TEA, 4-AP induced a significant increase of the amplitudes and a remarkable broadening of CAPs. After P20, unlike controls, the greater sensitivity to 4-AP exhibited by taiep ONs correlates with the detachment and retraction of paranodal loops suggesting that potassium conductances could regulate the excitability as demyelination of CNS axons progresses. It is concluded that the taiep rat, a long-lived mutant, provides a useful model to study the consequences of partial demyelination and the mechanisms by which glial cells regulate the molecular organization and excitability of axonal membranes during development and disease.

  14. Embryotoxic effects of SKI 2053R, a new potential anticancer agent, in rats.

    Chung, M K; Kim, J C; Roh, J K


    SKI 2053R, cis-malonato[(4R,5R)-4,5-bis(aminomethyl)-2-isopropyl-1,3-dioxolan e] platinum(II), is a newly developed antitumor platinum complex derived from cisplatin. Preclinical studies suggest that it may have greater antitumor activity and lower toxicity than cisplatin. The potential of SKI 2053R to induce embryotoxicity was investigated in the Sprague-Dawley rat. One hundred mated rats (sperm in vaginal lavage = Day 0) were distributed among three treated groups and a control group. SKI 2053R was administered intravenously to pregnant rats from Days 6 to 16 of gestation at dose levels of 0, 0.75, 1.5, and 3.0 mg/kg/d. All dams were subjected to caesarean section on Day 20 of gestation. At 3 mg/kg, reduced food intake, reduced body weight, and decreased liver weight were observed in dams. An increase in the resorption rate and a reduction in the fetal weight were also found. In addition, various types of visceral and skeletal malformations occurred at an incidence of 18.5 and 6.0%, respectively. Characteristic malformations included dilated cerebral ventricle, anophthalmia, microphthalmia, fused or absent cervical arch, fused thoracic arch, fused thoracic centrum, and fused rib, among others. Delayed ossification of both sternebrae and metatarsals was also observed. There were no signs of maternal toxicity or embryotoxicity at 0.75 and 1.5 mg/kg. The results show that SKI 2053R is embryotoxic at a minimally maternally toxic dose in rats.

  15. Effect of modafinil on learning performance and neocortical long-term potentiation in rats.

    Burgos, Héctor; Castillo, Amparo; Flores, Osvaldo; Puentes, Gustavo; Morgan, Carlos; Gatica, Arnaldo; Cofré, Christian; Hernández, Alejandro; Laurido, Claudio; Constandil, Luis


    Modafinil is a novel wake-promoting agent whose effects on cognitive performance have begun to be addressed at both preclinical and clinical level. The present study was designed to investigate in rats the effects of chronic modafinil administration on cognitive performance by evaluating: (i) working and reference memories in an Olton 4×4 maze, and (ii) learning of a complex operant conditioning task in a Skinner box. In addition, the effect of modafinil on the ability of the rat frontal cortex to develop long-term potentiation (LTP) was also studied. Chronic modafinil did not significantly modify working memory errors but decreased long-term memory errors on the Olton 4×4 maze, meaning that the drug may have a favourable profile on performance of visuo-spatial tasks (typically, a hippocampus-dependent task) when chronically administered. On the other hand, chronic modafinil resulted in a marked decrease of successful responses in a complex operant conditioning learning, which means that repeated administration of the drug influences negatively problem-solving abilities when confronting the rat to a sequencing task (typically, a prefrontal cortex-dependent task). In addition, in vivo electrophysiology showed that modafinil resulted in impaired capacity of the rat prefrontal cortex to develop LTP following tetanization. It is concluded that modafinil can improve the performance of spatial tasks that depend almost exclusively on hippocampal functioning, but not the performance in tasks including a temporal factor where the prefrontal cortex plays an important role. The fact that modafinil together with preventing operant conditioning learning was also able to block LTP induction in the prefrontal cortex, suggests that the drug could interfere some critical component required for LTP can be developed, thereby altering neuroplastic capabilities of the prefrontal cortex.

  16. Assessing the availability of the teratogenic drug isotretinoin outside the pregnancy prevention programme : a survey of e-pharmacies

    Lagan, Briege M.; Dolk, Helen; White, Bronagh; Uges, Donald R. A.; Sinclair, M.


    PurposeThe increase in online purchasing of medications raises safety concerns regarding teratogenic drugs. The use of the teratogenic drug isotretinoin' for women of childbearing age requires strict adherence to the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP), a risk minimisation measure imposed on prescr

  17. Effect of prenatal and postnatal exposure to therapeutic doses of chlorimipramine on emotionality in the rat.

    Rodríguez Echandía, E L; Broitman, S T


    Prenatal administration of high doses of tricyclic antidepressants have been reported to produce teratogenic and behavioral effects in rat offspring. In the present work, behavioral abnormalities are described in offspring of rats treated with therapeutic doses of chlorimipramine (CIM) during pregnancy (CIM-P), lactation (CIM-L) and during the whole pregnancy-lactation period (CIM-PL). CIM-P treatment did not produce teratogenic effects, did not affect number or body weight of pups at birth and did not induce neonatal mortality. At 2 months of age, the CIM-P males showed a significant increase in digging and grooming (familiar environment test), a decrease in "exploration" (novel environment test) and a decrease in active social interactions (social behavior test). Females were more resistant than males to the prenatal CIM treatment. The results suggest increased emotionality in CIM-P pups. Some behavioral abnormalities were also observed in the tests performed at 4 months of age. CIM-L treatment had minor effects on litter behavior. CIM-PL treatment potentiated the effects of the CIM-P treatment. In the CIM-PL males, impairment of exploration of a novel environment still remained in the tests performed at 4 months of age. It is speculated that when prenatal brain development is altered by CIM, further postnatal treatment may impair compensatory processes occurring in early postnatal life.

  18. Methods for Teratogenic Screening of Air Force Chemicals


    meningoencephalocoele), anophthalmia, cleft palate, cleft lip, misplaced ears, clubbed hind limbs, fused vertebrae, fused ribs, split centra and scoliosis .* In...the most prevalent abnormalities detected. Wistar rats injected with 750 mg/kg hydroxyurea on day 11 of pregnancy commonly presented fetal...Fisher 344 rats, injection of 750 mg/kg hydroxyurea on day 11 of pregnancy produced in order of prevalence , short, kinky tails, shortened or deformed

  19. Nuclear DNA Content and Chromatin Pattern of Rat Rhabdomyosarcoma Cell Sublines with Different Metastatic Potentials

    Jean Dufer


    Full Text Available There is a constant need of features able to characterize potentially metastatic cells among the heterogeneous cell subpopulations which constitute a tumor. Image cytometry of metastatic tumor cells give rise to variable results, partly because of a heterogeneous origin of cells, or potential drug effects. The aim of this work was to characterize nuclear changes observed in metastatic cell clones issued in vitro from the same parental cell population The nuclear phenotypes of 6 cell sublines isolated from a rat rhabdomyosarcoma cell line and differing in their metastatic ability were evaluated by image cytometry on Feulgen‐stained preparations. Densitometric [5], geometric [3] and textural [9] features were computed from each nuclear image. For each cell subline, a metastatic score, ranging from 0 to 10, was calculated on the basis of in vitro invasivity data, by measuring the number of pulmonary metastases observed after s.c. graft of tumor cells in rats. Data obtained were compared to karyotype, growth characteristics, and oncogene expressions of cell lines. The nuclear DNA content, the chromosome numbers, the cell sublines doubling times, and the distribution of cells within the cell cycle appear unrelated with this score. On the contrary, increase in metastatic ability is accompanied by changes in chromatin pattern as assessed by textural features. Progressive increase in chromatin condensation can be observed in cell sublines with increasing metastatic score. These results were confirmed by an unsupervised multivariate partitioning of rhabdomyosarcoma cells which identified two separate subsets whose distributions within the analyzed cell lines correlate with their metastatic ability. These data suggest that, in rat rhabdomyosarcoma cell sublines, metastatic ability could be associated with nuclear morphological changes at the level of chromatin texture.

  20. Dried Pomegranate Potentiates Anti-Osteoporotic and Anti-Obesity Activities of Red Clover Dry Extracts in Ovariectomized Rats

    Su Jin Kang


    Full Text Available Red clover (RC shows potential activity against menopausal symptoms and pomegranates have antioxidative and beneficial effects on postmenopausal symptoms; thus, we investigated whether the anti-climacteric activity of RC could be enhanced by the addition of dried pomegranate concentrate powder (PCP extracts in ovariectomized (OVX rats. Regarding the anti-osteoporotic effects, bone mineral density increased significantly in OVX induced rats treated with 60 and 120 mg/kg of an RC:PCP 2:1 mixture, respectively, compared with OVX control rats. Additionally, femoral, tibia, and L4 bone resorption was decreased in OVX induced control rats treated with the RC:PCP 2:1 mixture (60 and 120 mg/kg, respectively, compared with OVX control rats. Regarding anti-obesity effects, the OVX induced rats treated with 60 and 120 mg/kg of the RC:PCP 2:1 mixture showed a decrease in total fat pad thickness, the mean diameters of adipocytes and the body weights gain compared with OVX induced control rats. The estradiol and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase levels were significantly increased in OVX induced rats treated with the RC:PCP 2:1 mixture (120 mg/kg compared with OVX induced control rats, also, the uterine atrophy was significantly inhibited in 60 and 120 mg/kg of the RC:PCP 2:1 mixture treatment compared with OVX control rats. In conclusion, our results indicate that PCP enhanced the anti-climacteric effects of RC in OVX rats. The RC:PCP 2:1 mixture used in this study may be a promising new potent and protective agent for relieving climacteric symptoms.

  1. Bepridil (CERM-1978) blockade of action potentials in cultured rat aortic smooth muscle cells.

    Mras, S; Sperelakis, N


    Reaggregate cultures (primary) were prepared from enzyme-dispersed vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cells from rat aortas. The cultures were incubated for 7-10 days, and then studied by the intracellular microelectrode technique. The cells were electrically quiescent (mean resting potential of --47 mV), and extracellular electrical stimulation usually did not elicit a membrane response. Addition of 10 mM tetraethylammonium rapidly induced excitability, allowing the VSM cells to fire Ca2+-dependent action potentials in response to electrical stimulation. The electrical responses often had two components, an initial spike and a later plateau-like component. The action potential spikes had a mean amplitude of 22 mV but occasionally were overshooting; the plateaus had a mean duration (at 50% repolarization) of 3.8 sec. A new anti-anginal agent, bepridil (10(-8)-10(-5) M), depressed the amplitude and duration of the plateau and blocked the spike component of the action potential in a dose-dependent fashion without affecting the resting potential. This finding is consistent with the view that bepridil acts as a Ca2+-antagonistic agent to prevent the generation of the action potentials, and this action can explain its antianginal properties.

  2. Teratogenic effects of 17β-estradiol and other environmental chemicals in eelpout Zoarces viviparus

    Morthorst, Jane Ebsen; Brande-Lavridsen, Nanna; Korsgaard, Bodil;

    pregnant eelpout with newly fertilized eggs were exposed to 5.7-133 ng E2/L (autumn 2011) and 6.25-50 µg 4-t-OP/L, 500 ng pyrene/L or 5 ng EE2/L (autumn 2012) for 6 weeks in order to establish no effect concentrations for the teratogenic effect (fry malformations) of E2 and OP in eelpout and to investigate...... if two environmental chemicals with known endocrine disrupting effects, the PAH pyrene and the synthetic hormone 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2), could induce similar teratogenic effects. Exposure of female eelpouts to environmentally realistic concentrations of E2 during early pregnancy increased...

  3. Possible involvement of plasmin in long-term potentiation of rat hippocampal slices.

    Mizutani, A; Saito, H; Matsuki, N


    Effects of proteases and protease inhibitors on generation of long-term potentiation (LTP) were investigated in the CA1 and dentate regions of rat hippocampus. Plasmin, a serine protease, and its precursor plasminogen significantly enhanced short-term potentiation (STP) induced by a weak tetanic stimulation, without affecting basal responses. The STP-enhancing effect of plasmin disappeared by concomitant perfusion of alpha 2-antiplasmin, an endogenous plasmin inhibitor. Other proteases, such as thrombin, trypsin and cathepsin B, did not affect STP. On the other hand, alpha 2-antiplasmin and leupeptin significantly attenuated LTP induced by a strong tetanus though plasminogen or plasmin itself did not influence LTP. Furthermore, plasminogen and plasmin did not affect NMDA receptor-mediated synaptic responses in the absence of extracellular Mg2+. These results suggest that endogenous plasmin is involved in the mechanism of LTP in CA1 and dentate regions of rat hippocampus and that the STP-enhancing effect of plasmin is independent of NMDA receptors.

  4. Neonatal exposure to novelty enhances long-term potentiation in CA1 of the rat hippocampus.

    Tang, Akaysha C; Zou, Bende


    Exposing rats to an enriched environment over an extended period of time has been shown to enhance hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP). Whether such prolonged exposure to environmental manipulation is necessary for LTP enhancement and whether the environmentally induced enhancement can persist long after the cessation of the environmental manipulation remain unknown. Using a novelty exposure procedure modified from the method of neonatal handling, we exposed neonatal rats to a non-home environment for 3 min/day during the first 3 weeks of life. We examined the LTP of both population spikes and excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs), in vitro, in the CA1 of the hippocampus during adulthood (7-8 and 13-14 months of age). We found that both the LTP of population spikes and the LTP of EPSPs were enhanced among animals who experienced neonatal novelty exposure. These results demonstrate that effective environmental enhancement of LTP can be achieved by as brief and as transient a manipulation as a 3-min/day exposure over the first 3 weeks of life. The resulting enhancement can outlast the environmental manipulation by at least 1 year.

  5. Spontaneously hypertensive rats: a potential model to identify drugs for treatment of learning disorders.

    Meneses, A; Hong, E


    Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) of 3 to 12 months of age learned and retrieved less information than normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY), although no difference was found with animals from 18 and 24 months of age. The combined influence of hypertension and aging had an additive detrimental effect on cognitive functions. Notwithstanding these deficiencies in learning and memory, SHR have seldom been used as a model in the screening of drugs with therapeutic potential for treatment of disorders of cognitive processes. Moreover, the calcium channel blocker nimodipine has beneficial effects on learning in both aged and hypertensive animals and humans. However, no attempt has been made to investigate whether nimodipine can reverse the additive deleterious effects of aging and hypertension in the same subject. We recently reported that deteriorated animals (middle-aged and/or hypertensive) chronically treated with nimodipine (via osmotic minipumps) exhibit higher learning scores. This information indicates that nimodipine can reverse the impairing effects of either aging or hypertension on learning; the presence of the two conditions, however, produces a severe impairment that can be partially reversed by this drug. Therefore, we propose that mature and middle-aged SHR represent a model for the screening of potentially useful drugs in the treatment of learning disorders, probably associated with hypertension and/or aging. Nevertheless, it must be remembered that the SHR is a genetic model and the appearance of neural disturbances could be a parallel genetic phenomenon and not necessarily or exclusively related to hypertension per se.

  6. 以连续浸提法研究铜宫内节育器的大鼠致畸敏感期生殖毒性%The reproductive toxicity of rat models implanted with copper-bearing intrauterine device at teratogenic sensitive period by continuous extraction method

    张丹丹; 王溢; 王春仁; 王召旭


    BACKGROUND:At present, the copper-bearing intrauterine device, a kind of class III medical devices, is commonly used in China. However, there is no clear conclusion about whether it has impact on the embryo or fetus in some cases, such as unexpected pregnancy during long-term implantation and pregnancy in a short time after removing it. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety of copper-bearing intrauterine device by observing the influence of copper-bearing intrauterine device extracts on pregnant rats and rat fetuses by tail vein injection in the sensitive period of teratogenesis. METHODS: A total of 60 fertilized rats were divided into control group, high dosage group, middle dosage group, and low dosage group. The copper-bearing intrauterine device extracts were prepared by the continuous extraction method. Different concentrations (0.2, 0.1, 0.05 g/mL) of copper-bearing intrauterine device extracts were injected by the tail vein at the 1st day of pregnancy in the latter three groups at a dosage of 0.01 mL/g per day. The control group was given the same amount of normal saline. The injection lasted for 20 days. Then, the pregnant rats were sacrificed to measure body mass, check both sides of the uterus and internal organs, isolate fetal rats, as wel as record the quality of uterus and fetal rats, corpus luteum, implantation numbers, the number of stilbirths, then number of live births and the number of fetal absorption. The fetal rats were determined in the folowing aspects: body mass, body height, tail length, the ossification degree and appearance of the occipital bone, bone and visceral anomalies. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The number of births, implantation numbers, the number of live births, the number of corpus luteum, the percentages of live births and stilbirths, the number of resorbed fetuses, and the weight of uterus and fetal rats in the control group showed no difference from those in the other three groups (P > 0.05). No malformation in the internal organs

  7. Potential therapeutic effect of nanobased formulation of rivastigmine on rat model of Alzheimer's disease

    Ismail MF


    evidenced by nearly preventing amyloid plaque formation, as shown in the histopathological examination of rat brain.Conclusion: RLs could be a potential drug-delivery system for ameliorating Alzheimer's disease.Keywords: rivastigmine, Alzheimer’s disease, liposomes, rats, gene expression

  8. Electrocortical effects of MDMA are potentiated by acoustic stimulation in rats

    Costanzo Francesco S


    Full Text Available Abstract Background 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; ecstasy is known for its toxicological, psychopathological and abuse potential. Some environmental conditions, e.g. acoustic stimulation typical of the "rave scene" can influence the toxicity of this drug. Results We investigated the effects of low doses of MDMA in vivo using Wistar rats in the absence of acoustic stimulation (white noise; 95 Db demonstrating that ecstasy is able to induce a significant activation (reduction of Electrocortical total power of the telencephalic cortex that spontaneously reverts in the absence of sensorial stimuli, whereas it persists for several days if, in addition to MDMA, the animals are exposed to acoustic stimulation. Conclusion Our data demonstrate that low doses of MDMA are able to reduce electrocortical total power, and that this effect is potentiated by sensorial stimuli commonly present in certain environments, such as rave parties.

  9. Whey protein potentiates the intestinotrophic action of glucagon-like peptide-2 in parenterally fed rats.

    Liu, Xiaowen; Murali, Sangita G; Holst, Jens J; Ney, Denise M


    Glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2) is a nutrient-regulated intestinotrophic hormone derived from proglucagon in the distal intestine. Enteral nutrients (EN) potentiate the action of GLP-2 to reverse parenteral nutrition (PN)-induced mucosal hypoplasia. The objective was to determine what enteral protein component, casein, soy, or whey protein, potentiates the intestinal growth response to GLP-2 in rats with PN-induced mucosal hypoplasia. Rats received PN and continuous intravenous infusion of GLP-2 (100 microg/kg/day) for 7 days. Six EN groups received PN+GLP-2 for days 1-3 and partial PN+GLP-2 plus EN for days 4-7. EN was provided by ad libitum intake of a semielemental liquid diet with different protein sources: casein, hydrolyzed soy, whey protein concentrate (WPC), and hydrolyzed WPC+casein. Controls received PN+GLP-2 alone. EN induced significantly greater jejunal sucrase activity and gain of body weight, and improved feed efficiency compared with PN+GLP-2 alone. EN induced greater ileal proglucagon expression, increased plasma concentration of bioactive GLP-2 by 35%, and reduced plasma dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) activity compared with PN+GLP-2 alone, P whey protein, and not casein or soy, potentiated the ability of GLP-2 to reverse PN-induced mucosal hypoplasia and further increase ileal villus height, crypt depth, and mucosa cellularity compared with PN+GLP-2 alone, P whey protein to induce greater mucosal surface area was associated with decreased DPP-IV activity in ileum and colon compared with casein, soy, or PN+GLP-2 alone, P whey protein potentiates the action of GLP-2 to reverse PN-induced mucosal hypoplasia in association with decreased intestinal DPP-IV activity.

  10. A rat retinal damage model predicts for potential clinical visual disturbances induced by Hsp90 inhibitors

    Zhou, Dan, E-mail: [Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., 45 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421 (United States); Liu, Yuan; Ye, Josephine; Ying, Weiwen; Ogawa, Luisa Shin; Inoue, Takayo; Tatsuta, Noriaki; Wada, Yumiko; Koya, Keizo [Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., 45 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421 (United States); Huang, Qin [Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132 (United States); Bates, Richard C.; Sonderfan, Andrew J. [Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., 45 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421 (United States)


    In human trials certain heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) inhibitors, including 17-DMAG and NVP-AUY922, have caused visual disorders indicative of retinal dysfunction; others such as 17-AAG and ganetespib have not. To understand these safety profile differences we evaluated histopathological changes and exposure profiles of four Hsp90 inhibitors, with or without clinical reports of adverse ocular effects, using a rat retinal model. Retinal morphology, Hsp70 expression (a surrogate marker of Hsp90 inhibition), apoptotic induction and pharmacokinetic drug exposure analysis were examined in rats treated with the ansamycins 17-DMAG and 17-AAG, or with the second-generation compounds NVP-AUY922 and ganetespib. Both 17-DMAG and NVP-AUY922 induced strong yet restricted retinal Hsp70 up-regulation and promoted marked photoreceptor cell death 24 h after the final dose. In contrast, neither 17-AAG nor ganetespib elicited photoreceptor injury. When the relationship between drug distribution and photoreceptor degeneration was examined, 17-DMAG and NVP-AUY922 showed substantial retinal accumulation, with high retina/plasma (R/P) ratios and slow elimination rates, such that 51% of 17-DMAG and 65% of NVP-AUY922 present at 30 min post-injection were retained in the retina 6 h post-dose. For 17-AAG and ganetespib, retinal elimination was rapid (90% and 70% of drugs eliminated from the retina at 6 h, respectively) which correlated with lower R/P ratios. These findings indicate that prolonged inhibition of Hsp90 activity in the eye results in photoreceptor cell death. Moreover, the results suggest that the retina/plasma exposure ratio and retinal elimination rate profiles of Hsp90 inhibitors, irrespective of their chemical class, may predict for ocular toxicity potential. - Highlights: • In human trials some Hsp90 inhibitors cause visual disorders, others do not. • Prolonged inhibition of Hsp90 in the rat eye results in photoreceptor cell death. • Retina/plasma ratio and retinal

  11. Diagnostic accuracy of evoked potentials for functional impairment after contusive spinal cord injury in adult rats.

    Thirumala, Parthasarathy; Zhou, James; Krishnan, Rohan; Manem, Nihita; Umredkar, Shreya; Hamilton, D K; Balzer, Jeffrey R; Oudega, Martin


    Iatrogenic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a cause of potentially debilitating post-operative neurologic complications. Currently, intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) via somatosensory evoked potentials and motor-evoked potentials is used to detect and prevent impending SCI. However, no empirically validated interventions exist to halt the progression of iatrogenic SCI once it is detected. This is in part due to the lack of a suitable translational model that mimics the circumstances surrounding iatrogenic SCI detected via IONM. Here, we evaluate a model of simulated contusive iatrogenic SCI detected via IONM in adult female Sprague-Dawley rats. We show that transient losses of somatosensory evoked potentials responses are 88.24% sensitive (95% confidence interval [CI] 63.53-98.20) and 80% specific (95% CI 51.91-95.43) for significant functional impairment following simulated iatrogenic SCI. Similarly, we show that transient losses in motor-evoked potentials responses are 70.83% sensitive (95% CI 48.91-87.33) and 100% specific (95% CI 62.91-100.00) for significant functional impairment following simulated iatrogenic SCI. These results indicate that our model is a suitable replica of the circumstances surrounding clinical iatrogenic SCI.

  12. The Effects of Puerarin on Rat Ventricular Myocytes and the Potential Mechanism

    Xu, Hao; Zhao, Manxi; Liang, Shenghui; Huang, Quanshu; Xiao, Yunchuan; Ye, Liang; Wang, Qinyi; He, Longmei; Ma, Lanxiang; Zhang, Hua; Zhang, Li; Jiang, Hui; Ke, Xiao; Gu, Yuchun


    Puerarin, a known isoflavone, is commonly found as a Chinese herb medicine. It is widely used in China to treat cardiac diseases such as angina, cardiac infarction and arrhythmia. However, its cardioprotective mechanism remains unclear. In this study, puerarin significantly prolonged ventricular action potential duration (APD) with a dosage dependent manner in the micromolar range on isolated rat ventricular myocytes. However, submicromolar puerarin had no effect on resting membrane potential (RMP), action potential amplitude (APA) and maximal velocity of depolarization (Vmax) of action potential. Only above the concentration of 10 mM, puerarin exhibited more aggressive effect on action potential, and shifted RMP to the positive direction. Millimolar concentrations of puerarin significantly inhibited inward rectified K+ channels in a dosage dependent manner, and exhibited bigger effects upon Kir2.1 vs Kir2.3 in transfected HEK293 cells. As low as micromolar range concentrations of puerarin significantly inhibited Kv7.1 and IKs. These inhibitory effects may due to the direct inhibition of puerarin upon channels not via the PKA-dependent pathway. These results provided direct preclinical evidence that puerarin prolonged APD via its inhibitory effect upon Kv7.1 and IKs, contributing to a better understanding the mechanism of puerarin cardioprotection in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. PMID:27762288

  13. Anticancer Potential of Nutraceutical Formulations in MNU-induced Mammary Cancer in Sprague Dawley Rats

    Pitchaiah, Gummalla; Akula, Annapurna; Chandi, Vishala


    Background: Nutraceuticals help in combating some of the major health problems of the century including cancer, and ‘nutraceutical formulations’ have led to the new era of medicine and health. Objective: To develop different nutraceutical formulations and to assess the anticancer potential of nutraceutical formulations in N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU)-induced mammary cancer in Sprague Dawley rats. Materials and Methods: Different nutraceutical formulations were prepared using fine powders of amla, apple, garlic, onion, papaya, turmeric, and wheat grass with and without cow urine distillate. Total phenolic content, acute oral toxicity, and microbial load of nutraceutical formulations were assessed. The anticancer potential of nutraceutical formulations was evaluated against MNU-induced mammary cancer in female Sprague Dawley rats. Results: Improvement in total phenolic content was significant (P amla, apple, garlic, onion, papaya, turmeric, and wheat grass with and without cow urine distillate. Total phenolic content, acute oral toxicity, and microbial load of nutraceutical formulations were assessed. The anticancer potential of nutraceutical formulations was evaluated against MNU-induced mammary cancer in female Sprague Dawley rats. Improvement in total phenolic content was observed after self-fortification process. Toxicity studies showed that the nutraceutical formulations were safe to use in animals. Microbial load was within the limits. Longer tumor-free days, lower tumor incidence, lower tumor multiplicity and tumor burden were observed for nutraceutical formulation-treated groups. This suggests that combination of whole food-based nutraceuticals acted synergistically in the prevention of mammary cancer. Further, the process of fortification enhanced the anticancer potential of nutraceutical formulations. Abbreviations used: HMNU: N-methyl-N-nitrosourea, CAM: Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NF: Nutraceutical Formulation, SFNF: Self

  14. Evaluation of the Antioxidant Potential of Salvia miltiorrhiza Ethanol Extract in a Rat Model of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

    Zengyong Qiao


    Full Text Available The present study was undertaken to evaluate the protection potential of ethanol extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza (SMEE against oxidative injury in the ischemia-reperfusion (I/R model of rats in vivo. Rats were divided into six groups of 10 rats each. Group I/R model and sham were fed with a standard rat chow, groups SMEE I and SMEE II were fed with a standard rat chow and 400 or 800 mg/kg b.w. ethanol extract for 12 days before the beginning of I/R studies. Positive control group was fed with a standard rat chow and salvianolic acid B (55 mg/kg b.w. or tanshinone II-A (55 mg/kg b.w. for 12 days before the beginning of I/R studies. To produce I/R, the left anterior descending artery (LAD was occluded in anesthetized rats for 15 min, followed by 120 min reperfusion. Infarct sizes were found significantly decreased in SMEE-treated and positive control groups compared to I/R model group. Serum AST, LDH and CK-MB activities were significantly reduced and myocardium Na+-K+ ATPase, Ca2+-Mg2+ ATPase activities and antioxidant enzyme activities (SOD, CAT, GSH-Px were markedly increased in SMEE-treated and salvianolic acid B or tanshinone II-A positive control groups compared to the I/R model group. Pretreatment of S. miltiorrhiza ethanol extract and salvianolic acid B or tanshinone II-A dose-dependently reduced significantly myocardium MDA level, ROS and NOS activities and enhanced myocardium GSH level in I/R rats compared to I/R rats model. In conclusion, we clearly demonstrated that S. miltiorrhiza ethanol extract pretreatment can decrease oxidative injury in rats subjected to myocardial I/R.

  15. β-Adrenoceptors potentiate α1-adrenoceptor-mediated inotropic response in rat left atria

    Yong-zhenZHANG; You-yiZHANG; Ming-zheCHEN; Qi-deHAN


    AIM: To investigate whether stimulation of β-adrenoceptor (AR) and its subtypes augment α1-AR-evoked positive inotropic response and inositol phosphate (InsP) accumulation in isolated rat left atria. METHODS: Inotropic response was determined by contractile function experiment in isolated electrically driven rat left atria. 3H-InsP accumulations were measured by 3H-inositol incorporation and column chromatography. RESULTS: (1) Stimula-tion of α1-AR by phenylephrine (PE) or norepinephrine (NE) in the presence of propranolol (Prop) evoked positive inotropic response and 3H-InsP accumulations, while stimulation of β-AR by isoprenaline (ISO) or NE in the presence of phentolamine (Phen) only evoked positive inotropic response, but not 3H-InsP accumulations. (2) Simultaneous stimulation of α1- and β-AR by NE or ISO plus PE significantly shifted the concentration-dependent inotropic response curves and 3H-InsP accumulation curves to the left and upward compared with individual α1-AR stimulation by PE or NE in the presence of Prop. (3) In the presence of ICI118551 (selective β2-AR antagonist) or CGP12177 (selective β1-AR antagonist), stimulation of either β1- or β2-AR did not change α1-AR-evoked inotropic response and 3H-InsP accumulations. CONCLUSION: Stimulation of β1-AR and β2-AR potentiates α1-AR-mediated positive inotropic response and InsP accumulation in isolated rat left atria.

  16. Potential biomarkers of fatigue identified by plasma metabolome analysis in rats.

    Satoshi Kume

    Full Text Available In the present study, prior to the establishment of a method for the clinical diagnosis of chronic fatigue in humans, we validated the utility of plasma metabolomic analysis in a rat model of fatigue using capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS. In order to obtain a fatigued animal group, rats were placed in a cage filled with water to a height of 2.2 cm for 5 days. A food-restricted group, in which rats were limited to 10 g/d of food (around 50% of the control group, was also assessed. The food-restricted group exhibited weight reduction similar to that of the fatigued group. CE-MS measurements were performed to evaluate the profile of food intake-dependent metabolic changes, as well as the profile in fatigue loading, resulting in the identification of 48 metabolites in plasma. Multivariate analyses using hierarchical clustering and principal component analysis revealed that the plasma metabolome in the fatigued group showed clear differences from those in the control and food-restricted groups. In the fatigued group, we found distinctive changes in metabolites related to branched-chain amino acid metabolism, urea cycle, and proline metabolism. Specifically, the fatigued group exhibited significant increases in valine, leucine, isoleucine, and 2-oxoisopentanoate, and significant decreases in citrulline and hydroxyproline compared with the control and food-restricted groups. Plasma levels of total nitric oxide were increased in the fatigued group, indicating systemic oxidative stress. Further, plasma metabolites involved in the citrate cycle, such as cis-aconitate and isocitrate, were reduced in the fatigued group. The levels of ATP were significantly decreased in the liver and skeletal muscle, indicative of a deterioration in energy metabolism in these organs. Thus, this comprehensive metabolic analysis furthered our understanding of the pathophysiology of fatigue, and identified potential diagnostic biomarkers based on fatigue

  17. Potential biomarkers of fatigue identified by plasma metabolome analysis in rats.

    Kume, Satoshi; Yamato, Masanori; Tamura, Yasuhisa; Jin, Guanghua; Nakano, Masayuki; Miyashige, Yukiharu; Eguchi, Asami; Ogata, Yoshiyuki; Goda, Nobuhito; Iwai, Kazuhiro; Yamano, Emi; Watanabe, Yasuyoshi; Soga, Tomoyoshi; Kataoka, Yosky


    In the present study, prior to the establishment of a method for the clinical diagnosis of chronic fatigue in humans, we validated the utility of plasma metabolomic analysis in a rat model of fatigue using capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS). In order to obtain a fatigued animal group, rats were placed in a cage filled with water to a height of 2.2 cm for 5 days. A food-restricted group, in which rats were limited to 10 g/d of food (around 50% of the control group), was also assessed. The food-restricted group exhibited weight reduction similar to that of the fatigued group. CE-MS measurements were performed to evaluate the profile of food intake-dependent metabolic changes, as well as the profile in fatigue loading, resulting in the identification of 48 metabolites in plasma. Multivariate analyses using hierarchical clustering and principal component analysis revealed that the plasma metabolome in the fatigued group showed clear differences from those in the control and food-restricted groups. In the fatigued group, we found distinctive changes in metabolites related to branched-chain amino acid metabolism, urea cycle, and proline metabolism. Specifically, the fatigued group exhibited significant increases in valine, leucine, isoleucine, and 2-oxoisopentanoate, and significant decreases in citrulline and hydroxyproline compared with the control and food-restricted groups. Plasma levels of total nitric oxide were increased in the fatigued group, indicating systemic oxidative stress. Further, plasma metabolites involved in the citrate cycle, such as cis-aconitate and isocitrate, were reduced in the fatigued group. The levels of ATP were significantly decreased in the liver and skeletal muscle, indicative of a deterioration in energy metabolism in these organs. Thus, this comprehensive metabolic analysis furthered our understanding of the pathophysiology of fatigue, and identified potential diagnostic biomarkers based on fatigue pathophysiology.

  18. Acute renal failure potentiates methylmalonate-induced oxidative stress in brain and kidney of rats.

    Schuck, P F; Alves, L; Pettenuzzo, L F; Felisberto, F; Rodrigues, L B; Freitas, B W; Petronilho, F; Dal-Pizzol, F; Streck, E L; Ferreira, G C


    Tissue methylmalonic acid (MMA) accumulation is the biochemical hallmark of methylmalonic acidemia. The disease is clinically characterized by progressive neurological deterioration and kidney failure, whose pathophysiology is still unclear. In the present work we investigated the effects of acute MMA administration on various parameters of oxidative stress in cerebral cortex and kidney of young rats, as well as the influence of acute renal failure on MMA-elicited effects on these parameters. Acute renal failure was induced by gentamicin, an aminoglycoside antibiotic whose utilization over prolonged periods causes nephrotoxicity. The administration of gentamicin alone increased carbonyl content and inhibited superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in cerebral cortex, as well as increased thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBA-RS) and sulfhydryl levels and diminished glutathione peroxidase activity in kidney. On the other hand, MMA administration increased TBA-RS levels in cerebral cortex and decreased SOD activity in kidney. Furthermore, the simultaneous administration of MMA and gentamicin to the rats provoked an augment in TBA-RS levels and superoxide generation in cerebral cortex and in TBA-RS, carbonyl and sulfhydryl levels in kidney, while diminished SOD activity in both studied tissues. Finally, nitrate/nitrite content, reduced glutathione levels, 2',7'-dihydrodichlorofluorescein oxidation and catalase activity were not affected by this animal treatment in either tissue. In conclusion, our present data are in line with the hypothesis that MMA acts as a toxin in brain and kidney of rats and suggest that renal injury potentiates the toxicity of MMA on oxidative stress parameters in brain and peripheral tissues.

  19. Neonatal exposure to phenobarbital potentiates schizophrenia-like behavioral outcomes in the rat.

    Bhardwaj, S K; Forcelli, P A; Palchik, G; Gale, K; Srivastava, L K; Kondratyev, A


    Previous work has indicated an association between seizures early in life and increased risk of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. However, because early-life seizures are commonly treated with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) such as phenobarbital, the possibility that drug treatment may affect later-life psychiatric outcomes needs to be evaluated. We therefore tested the hypothesis that phenobarbital exposure in the neonatal rat increases the risk of schizophrenia-like behavioral abnormalities in adulthood. Thus, in this study, we examined the effects of a single acute neonatal exposure to phenobarbital on adult behavioral outcomes in the rat neonatal ventral hippocampal (nVH) lesion model of schizophrenia. We compared these outcomes to those in rats a) without nVH lesions and b) with nVH lesions, without phenobarbital. The tasks used for behavioral evaluation were: amphetamine-induced locomotion, prepulse inhibition, elevated plus-maze, and novel object recognition task. We found that neonatal phenobarbital treatment (in the absence of nVH lesions) was sufficient to disrupt sensorimotor gating (as tested by prepulse inhibition) in adulthood to an extent equivalent to nVH lesions. Additionally, neonatal phenobarbital exposure enhanced the locomotor response to amphetamine in adult animals with and without nVH lesions. Our findings suggest that neonatal exposure to phenobarbital can predispose to schizophrenia-like behavioral abnormalities. Our findings underscore the importance of examining AED exposure early in life as a potential risk factor for later-life neuropsychiatric abnormalities in clinical populations. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Polygalasaponin F induces long-term potentiation in adult rat hippocampus via NMDA receptor activation

    Feng SUN; Jian-dong SUN; Ning HAN; Chuang-jun LI; Yu-he YUAN; Dong-ming ZHANG; Nai-hong CHEN


    Aim:To investigate the effect and underlying mechanisms of polygalasaponin F (PGSF),a triterpenoid saponin isolated from Polygala japonica,on long-term potentiation (LTP)in hippocampus dentate gyrus (DG)of anesthetized rats.Methods:Population spike (PS)of hippocampal DG was recorded in anesthetized male Wistar rats.PGSF,the NMDAR inhibitor MK801 and the CaMKll inhibitor KN93 were intracerebroventricularly administered.Western blotting analysis was used to examine the phosphorylation expressions of NMDA receptor subunit 2B (NR2B),Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase Ⅱ (CaMKII),extracellular signalregulated kinase (ERK),and cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB).Results:Intracerebroventricular administration of PGSF (1 and 10 μmol/L)produced long-lasting increase of PS amplitude in hippocampal DG in a dose-dependent manner.Pre-injection of MK801 (100 μmol/L)or KN93 (100 μmol/L)completely blocked PGSFinduced LTP.Furthermore,the phosphorylation of NR2B,CaMKII,ERK,and CREB in hippocampus was significantly increased 5-60min after LTP induction.The up-regulation of p-CaMKII expression could be completely abolished by pre-injection of MK801.The upregulation of p-ERK and p-CREB expressions could be partially blocked by pre-injection of KN93.Conclusion:PGSF could induce LTP in hippocampal DG in anesthetized rats via NMDAR activation mediated by CaMKII,ERK and CREB signaling pathway.

  1. Cholecystokinin-octapeptide restored morphine-induced hippocampal long-term potentiation impairment in rats.

    Wen, Di; Zang, Guoqing; Sun, DongLei; Yu, Feng; Mei, Dong; Ma, Chunling; Cong, Bin


    Cholecystokinin-octapeptide (CCK-8), which is a typical brain-gut peptide, exerts a wide range of biological activities on the central nervous system. We have previously reported that CCK-8 significantly alleviated morphine-induced amnesia and reversed spine density decreases in the CA1 region of the hippocampus in morphine-treated animals. Here, we investigated the effects of CCK-8 on long-term potentiation (LTP) in the lateral perforant path (LPP)-granule cell synapse of rat dentate gyrus (DG) in acute saline or morphine-treated rats. Population spikes (PS), which were evoked by stimulation of the LPP, were recorded in the DG region. Acute morphine (30mg/kg, s.c.) treatment significantly attenuated hippocampal LTP and CCK-8 (1μg, i.c.v.) restored the amplitude of PS that was attenuated by morphine injection. Furthermore, microinjection of CCK-8 (0.1 and 1μg, i.c.v.) also significantly augmented hippocampal LTP in saline-treated (1ml/kg, s.c.) rats. Pre-treatment of the CCK2 receptor antagonist L-365,260 (10μg, i.c.v) reversed the effects of CCK-8, but the CCK1 receptor antagonist L-364,718 (10μg, i.c.v) did not. The present results demonstrate that CCK-8 attenuates the effect of morphine on hippocampal LTP through CCK2 receptors and suggest an ameliorative function of CCK-8 on morphine-induced memory impairment.

  2. Neuroprotective potential of Aloe arborescens against copper induced neurobehavioral features of Parkinson's disease in rat.

    Abbaoui, Abdellatif; Hiba, Omar El; Gamrani, Halima


    Copper (Cu) is an important trace element for the organism survival, which ensures the normal functioning of different biosystems. However, excessive levels of this heavy metal are responsible for profound physiological alterations including the central nervous system. Numerous findings sustain the involvement of heavy metals, as an environmental risk factor such as copper (Cu), in the neuropathology of Parkinson's disease (PD) which is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder that principally affects the motor system. The classic and evident symptoms of PD namely rigidity, tardiness of movement, and difficulty with walking, result from progressive dopaminergic neurons death within substantia nigra. Whereas, few pharmacological trials have shown a beneficial role against Cu neurotoxicity, Aloe arborescens is one of the powerful medicinal plants with an array of therapeutic effects. Thus, we aimed through the present study, to evaluate the impact of acute Cu intoxication (10μg/g B.W. i.p) for 3days on the dopaminergic system and locomotor performance, together with the possible restorative effect of oral administration of aqueous extract of Aloe arborescens gel (AEAAG) (200mg/kg B.W.). By means of immunohistochemistry, we noted, in the Cu intoxicated rats, a significant loss of TH (tyrosine hydroxylase) expression within substantia nigra compacta (SNc), ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the subsequent striatal outputs, those alterations were correlated to behavioral abnormalities such as a severe drop of locomotor performance. While AEAAG administration to Cu intoxicated rats showed a noticeable beneficial effect; this potential was featured by a complete recovery of the TH expression and locomotor behavior deficiencies in the intoxicated rats. The present investigation have brought, on the one hand, an experimental evidence of an altered dopaminergic innervations following Cu intoxication and on the other hand, a new pharmacological property of Aloe arborescens that

  3. Potentiation by isoniazid of relaxation induced by nitrovasodilators in rat aorta.

    Vidrio, H; Fernández, G


    The influence of isoniazid (ISO) preincubation on the relaxant effects of a group of nitrovasodilators was examined in norepinephrine-contracted rat aortic rings with and without endothelium. ISO displaced to the left the dose-response curves to all nitrovasodilators and increased the negative logarithm of their median effective concentration (EC50) values. Potentiation was minimal with sodium nitrite and increased progressively with sodium nitroprusside, nitroglycerin (NTG), and isosorbide dinitrate. The phenomenon occurred in rings with and without endothelium and was not seen with the nitric oxide-releasing agent acetylcholine or with the nonspecific vasodilator hydralazine. These results confirm previous observations of potentiation of NTG vasorelaxation by ISO and extend them to other nitrovasodilators. Potentiation is attributed to the previously postulated inhibition by ISO of pyridoxal-requiring enzymes involved in the breakdown of homocysteine, leading to its intracellular accumulation. Increased availability of this sulfhydryl donor would lead in turn to enhanced bioactivation and vasorelaxant effects of nitrovasodilators. The different degrees of potentiation observed would be related to the sulfhydryl requirement of each compound for bioactivation. Alternatively, enhanced bioactivation of the nitrovasodilators could be due to induction by ISO of P-450 enzymes involved in this process.

  4. Simulation of injury potential compensation by direct current stimulation in rat spinal cord.

    Wang, Aihua; Zhang, Guanghao; Zhang, Cheng; Wu, Changzhe; Song, Tao; Huo, Xiaolin


    Injury potential, a significant index of spinal cord injury (SCI), is generated by the movement of extracellular ions. It can be compensated through applied direct current (DC) stimulation, which prevents the influx of the free calcium, and eventually reduces the development of secondary injury. Therefore, the compensation of injury potential is beneficial to the repairing of the function of spinal cord. The compensation effect can be evaluated by whether the magnitudes of longitudinal electric fields (EFs) are compensated to zero. However, there have been no established criteria to determine the distribution and shape of stimulating electrodes. In this study, in order to optimize the stimulating electrodes, a finite element model (FEM) of rat spinal cord was developed, and the EFs changes induced by electrodes of different sizes, shapes and locations after SCI were calculated. All the designed configurations of electrodes were able to compensate injury potential, but the resultant compensation effects vary. Pin and disc electrodes produced uneven EFs, while ring electrodes produced uniformly distributed EFs. Moreover, large ring electrodes can compensate the longitudinal EFs almost to zero with relatively low current density (0.55 μA/mm(2)) applied. These results provide a basis for the determination of electrical stimulation parameters in the compensation of injury potential.

  5. Unitary inhibitory field potentials in the CA3 region of rat hippocampus.

    Bazelot, Michaël; Dinocourt, Céline; Cohen, Ivan; Miles, Richard


    Glickfeld and colleagues (2009) suggested that single hippocampal interneurones generate field potentials at monosynaptic latencies. We pursued this observation in simultaneous intracellular and multiple extracellular records from the CA3 region of rat hippocampal slices. We confirmed that interneurones evoked field potentials at monosynaptic latencies. Pyramidal cells initiated disynaptic inhibitory field potentials, but did not initiate detectable monosynaptic excitatory fields. We confirmed that inhibitory fields were GABAergic in nature and showed they were suppressed at low external Cl(-), suggesting they originate at postsynaptic sites. Field potentials generated by a single interneuron were detected at multiple sites over distances of more than 800 mum along the stratum pyramidale of the CA3 region. We used arrays of extracellular electrodes to examine amplitude distributions of spontaneous inhibitory fields recorded at sites orthogonal to or along the CA3 stratum pyramidale. Cluster analysis of spatially distributed inhibitory field events let us separate events generated by interneurones terminating on distinct zones of somato-dendritic axis. Events generated at dendritic sites had similar amplitudes but occurred less frequently and had somewhat slower kinetics than perisomatic events generated near the stratum pyramidale. In records from multiple sites in the CA3 stratum pyramidale, we distinguished inhibitory fields that seemed to be initiated by interneurones with spatially distinct axonal arborisations.

  6. Comparison of potential risks of lactic acidosis induction by biguanides in rats.

    Bando, Kiyoko; Ochiai, Shoko; Kunimatsu, Takeshi; Deguchi, Jiro; Kimura, Juki; Funabashi, Hitoshi; Seki, Takaki


    Lactic acidosis has been considered to be a side effect of some biguanides, after phenformin was withdrawn from the market because of its association with lactic acidosis. The potential of lactic acidosis induced by biguanides at human therapeutic exposure levels, however, has not been examined. Then, we compared the risk of lactic acid at doses providing exposure levels comparable to human therapeutic doses. Metformin and phenformin were orally administered to rats for up to 28 days, and plasma drug concentrations and blood lactic acid levels were examined. Metformin did not elevate lactic acid levels at the dose corresponding to higher systemic drug exposure than human therapeutic level, even for repeated doses. In contrast, phenformin elevated lactic acid levels at the dose corresponding to lower exposure than human therapeutic level, and sustained high levels were observed up to 24h post-dose; furthermore, these changes were enhanced by repeated doses. Direct comparison at each rat equivalent dose clearly indicated that lactic acid levels of phenformin were higher than those of metformin. These non-clinical findings suggest that metformin dose not increase lactic acid levels like phenformin does, and therefore may not increase the risk for lactic acidosis at human therapeutic exposure level.

  7. Potential of eucalyptus oil as repellent against house rat, Rattus rattus.

    Singla, Neena; Thind, Ramandeep Kaur; Mahal, Amrit Kaur


    Rodent repellents are chemicals which by taste or odour or possibly by both will prevent animal from feeding or gnawing. Such substances may be used in protecting an area from rodent infestation or in protecting packaged food, packing materials, electric cables, and other important vulnerable materials. Mature and healthy house rat, Rattus rattus of both sexes, was exposed to 5, 10, and 20% eucalyptus oil applied as spray in laboratory pens in bichoice tests. Each concentration was applied through three different modes of application, that is, daily, once, and alternatively in a week. Repellent effect of the oil was assessed based on food consumption from treated and untreated sides for four days. In overall, food consumption was significantly (P repellent effect of the oil at all the three concentrations tested. Repellent effect of the oil was, however, not found to differ significantly between the two sexes. Percent repellency in both male and female rats was apparently more with daily application of 5 and 10% eucalyptus oil. Present studies reveal the potential of eucalyptus oil in repelling away R. rattus; however, further studies may be conducted to enhance the persistence of repellent effect for longer period of time.

  8. Evaluation of embryonic alcoholism from auditory event-related potential in fetal rats

    梁勇; 王正敏; 屈卫东


    @@ Auditory event-related potential (AERP) is a kind of electroencephalography that measures the responses of perception, memory and judgement to special acoustic stimulation in the auditory cortex. AERP can be recorded with not only active but also passive mode. The active and passive recording modes of AERP have been shown a possible application in animals.1,2 Alcohol is a substance that can markedly affect the conscious reaction of human. Recently, AERP has been applied to study the effects of alcohol on the auditory centers of the brain. Some reports have shown dose-dependent differences in latency, amplitude, responsibility and waveform of AERP between persons who have and have not take in alcohol.3,4 The epidemiological investigations show that the central nervous function of the offspring of alcohol users might be also affected.5,6 Because the clinic research is limited by certain factors, several animal models have been applied to examine the influences of alcohol on consciousness with AERP. In the present study, young rats were exposed to alcohol during fetal development and AERP as indicator was recorded to monitor the central auditory function, and its mechanisms and characteristics of effects of the fetal alcoholism on auditory center function in rats were analyzed and discussed.

  9. Potential adverse effects of oseltamivir in rats: males are more vulnerable than females.

    El-Sayed, Wael M; Al-Kahtani, Mohamed Ali


    Oseltamivir is the most widely used antiviral drug for the treatment and prophylaxis of influenza. However, not much is known about its adverse effects. The potential side effects were investigated in male and female rats (140-170 g). Oseltamivir was administered at 2.2 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1) for 5 days. For both genders, treatment with oseltamivir resulted in significant reductions in the hepatic activities of glutathione reductase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione S-transferase. Also for both genders, oseltamivir produced modest reductions in the hepatic activities of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase, quinone oxidoreductase, thioredoxin reductase, CYP1A1/2, and CYP3A, as well as hepatic glutathione content. For both genders, neither the kidney functions nor protein profile was affected by oseltamivir. Oseltamivir also caused significant elevation in serum levels of both triacylglycerols and LDL-cholesterol and in the activity of γ-glutamyl transpeptidase, in both genders. For male animals only, oseltamivir treatment elevated the serum level of total cholesterol as well as the activity of serum alanine aminotransferase, and reduced the hepatic activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase. Oseltamivir caused oxidative stress and acute toxicity in the liver, and disrupted the cholesterol and lipid metabolism but was less likely to cause serious drug interactions. There was a sexual differentiation in these adverse effects, with adverse effects being more evident in male rats.

  10. Exploration of diuretic potential and electrolyte excretion of Tephrosia purpurea (Fabaceae) in rats.

    Ashokkumar, D; Narayana, T V; Vidyasagar; Mazumder, Upal Kanti; Gupta, Malaya


    Tephrosia purpurea (Fabaceae) is a well-known traditional plant with diuretic effect but no scientific work published till date to support the claimed ethnomedical use. Therefore, the present study appraised the diuretic potential of methanol extract of Tephrosia purpurea (METP) in male wistar rats. The powdered plant material was extracted with methanol by hot extraction. The animals were divided into five groups for diuretic activity. The first group served as saline control (0.9%% saline solution, 25 ml/kg, body weight (b.w)), the second group received osmotic diuretic, urea (1 g/kg b.w), the third group received high-ceiling diuretic, furosemide (5 mg/kg b.w), and the other two groups were administered various concentrations of METP (200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg b.w) orally to hydrated rats and their urine volume was measured at 5th and 24th hr after drug administration, while animals were deprived of food and water. After collection of urine, the parameters such as urine output, diuretic activity, electrolyte excretion of Na(++), K(++), Ca(2++), and Cl(-), and pH were analyzed. METP at various dose levels exhibited significant diuretic activity as evidenced by increased urine volume, electrolyte concentration, and alkaline pH in comparison to control group of animals. The present study provides a quantitative basis for explaining the folkloric use of Tephrosia purpurea as a diuretic agent in Indian traditional system of medicine.

  11. Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, and Antiulcer Potential of Manuka Honey against Gastric Ulcer in Rats.

    Almasaudi, Saad B; El-Shitany, Nagla A; Abbas, Aymn T; Abdel-dayem, Umama A; Ali, Soad S; Al Jaouni, Soad K; Harakeh, Steve


    Gastric ulcers are among the most common diseases affecting humans. This study aimed at investigating the gastroprotective effects of manuka honey against ethanol-induced gastric ulcers in rats. The mechanism by which honey exerts its antiulcer potential was elucidated. Four groups of rats were used: control, ethanol (ulcer), omeprazole, and manuka honey. Stomachs were examined macroscopically for hemorrhagic lesions in the glandular mucosa, histopathological changes, and glycoprotein detection. The effects of oxidative stress were investigated using the following indicators: gastric mucosal nitric oxide (NO), reduced glutathione (GSH), lipid peroxide (MDA, measured as malondialdehyde) glutathione peroxidase (GPx), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase. Plasma tumour necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1β, and IL-6 were also measured. Manuka honey significantly decreased the ulcer index, completely protected the mucosa from lesions, and preserved gastric mucosal glycoprotein. It significantly increased gastric mucosal levels of NO, GSH, GPx, and SOD. Manuka honey also decreased gastric mucosal MDA and plasma TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 concentrations. In conclusion, manuka honey likely exerted its antiulcer, effect by keeping enzymatic (GPx and SOD) and nonenzymatic (GSH and NO) antioxidants as well as inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6) in a reduced form, inhibited lipid peroxidation (MDA), and preserved mucous glycoproteins levels.

  12. CM2 antigen, a potential novel molecule participating in glucuronide transport on rat hepatocyte canalicular membrane

    L. Wang


    Full Text Available The polarized molecules predominately distributing at hepatocyte canalicular surface play a vital role in disclosing the process of bile formation and etiopathogenisis of cholestatic live diseases. Therefore, it is important to find novel polarized molecules on hepatocyte canalicular membrane. In the present study, canalicular membrane vesicles (CMVs isolated from rat hepatocyte by density gradient centrifugation were used as immunogens to produce hybridoma and 46 strains of monoclonal antibodies (mAb against CMVs were obtained. With a series of morphological assay methods, including immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and immuno-electron microscope, the antigens recognized by canalicular mAb1 (CM1 and canalicular mAb2 (CM2 were confirmed to predominately distribute at hepatocyte canalicular membrane. Transport activity assay revealed that CM2 could inhibit ATP-dependent E217βG uptake of rat hepatocyte CMVs. Meanwhile, Western blotting analysis showed that the molecular mass of CM2 antigen was approximately 110kDa, which was much less than Mr 180kDa of multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2 involved in glucuronide transport. These data indicated that CM2 antigen might be a potential novel molecule participating in glucuronide transport on the hepatocyte canalicular membrane.

  13. Influence of grazing pressure on cattle consumption of the teratogenic plant velvet lupine

    Lupine species may contain teratogenic alkaloids that cause birth defects called crooked calf syndrome. If pregnant cows ingest toxic lupine between days 40 and 100 of gestation, fetal movement is impaired and irreversible skeletal defects occur. There is a need to determine the time and condition...

  14. Perception of drug teratogenicity among general practitioners and specialists in obstetrics/gynecology

    Gils, Charlotte; Pottegård, Anton; Ennis, Zandra Nymand


    the perception of the teratogenic risk of 9 commonly and 3 rarely prescribed drugs among general practitioners and specialists in obstetrics/gynecology. METHODS: All 811 general practitioners in the Region of Southern Denmark and all 502 specialist obstetricians/gynecologists in Denmark as a whole were invited...

  15. Benzodiazepine amplification of valproate teratogenic effects in children of mothers with absence epilepsy.

    Laegreid, L; Kyllerman, M; Hedner, T; Hagberg, B; Viggedahl, G


    Valproate (VPA) is one of the most frequently used antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Concern has recently been raised regarding VPA medication during pregnancy and teratogenic effects in the offspring. Both neural tube defects (5, 18, 34) and a constellation of signs termed the fetal valproate syndrome (1, 12) have been reported. Benzodiazepines (BZDs) are also widely used and sometimes as effective adjunctives in AED therapy. Both VPA and BZD have close connections to GABA transmission. Recently, clinical and epidemiological human studies (26, 27, 37, 39), supported by animal studies (17, 24, 40), have indicated that BZDs may act as human teratogens. We report on 7 children with congenital malformations, dysmorphism and abnormal neurological signs from birth. The mothers had well controlled primary generalized absence epilepsy without major seizures during pregnancy. Five children had been exposed to VPA monotherapy and two children to VPA and BZD combined during the first trimester. Those two infants had myelomeningoceles and the most pronounced dysmorphism in the group. We propose that these observations indicate a possible amplifying action of BZDs on VPA teratogenicity. Unrecognized BZD use during pregnancies exposed to VPA may be of importance when estimating the teratogenic risks of VPA therapy.

  16. Carcinogens, Teratogens and Mutagens: Their Impact on Occupational Health, Particularly for Women in Veterinary Medicine.

    Milligan, J. E.; And Others


    Pregnant women, especially those working in veterinary medicine, face occupational health/disease risks from mutagens, teratogens, and carcinogens. These hazards can be placed into three categories: physical, chemical, and biological. Each of these hazards is discussed with examples. (Author/JN)




    Acitretin was introduced as a replacement for etretinate, the ethyl ester of acitretin. Acitretin is eliminated at a much faster rate than etretinate. Although both drugs are teratogens, the replacement was important especially as it allowed for a much shorter post-medication period in which pregnan

  18. Teratogenic effects of antiepileptic drugs : Use of an international database on malformations and drug exposure (MADRE)

    Arpino, C; Brescianini, S; Robert, E; Castilla, EE; Cocchi, G; Cornel, MC; de Vigan, C; Lancaster, PAL; Merlob, P; Sumiyoshi, Y; Zampino, G; Renzi, C; Resano, A; Mastroiacovo, P


    Purpose: The study goal was to assess teratogenic effects of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) through the use of a surveillance system (MADRE) of infants with malformations. Methods: Information on all malformed infants (1990-1996) with maternal first-trimester drug exposure was collected by the

  19. Cell motility is inhibited by the antiepileptic compound, valproic acid and its teratogenic analogues

    Walmod, P S; Foley, A; Berezin, A


    Valproic acid (VPA) is an established human teratogen that causes neural tube defects in 1-2% of human foetuses exposed to the drug during early pregnancy. In this study, individual cell motility was evaluated using short- and long-term time-lapse video-recording and computer assisted image...

  20. Carcinogens, Teratogens and Mutagens: Their Impact on Occupational Health, Particularly for Women in Veterinary Medicine.

    Milligan, J. E.; And Others


    Pregnant women, especially those working in veterinary medicine, face occupational health/disease risks from mutagens, teratogens, and carcinogens. These hazards can be placed into three categories: physical, chemical, and biological. Each of these hazards is discussed with examples. (Author/JN)




    Acitretin was introduced as a replacement for etretinate, the ethyl ester of acitretin. Acitretin is eliminated at a much faster rate than etretinate. Although both drugs are teratogens, the replacement was important especially as it allowed for a much shorter post-medication period in which pregnan

  2. Mineral deficiency and the use of the FETAX bioassay to study environmental teratogens.

    Garber, Eric A E


    The Frog Embryo Teratogenesis Assay: Xenopus (FETAX) bioassay has been employed extensively to screen compounds for teratogenic activity. Recent laboratory studies have indicated that low potassium concentrations retard Xenopus laevis development. The effects of varying concentrations of minerals on Xenopus laevis embryo length and development were examined to determine the utility of the FETAX bioassay in the study of environmental teratogens. Water samples collected from 18 wetlands in Minnesota and North Dakota correlated with low mineral levels, causing delayed embryonic development in the FETAX bioassay. When the concentration of sodium or potassium was teratogenic activity after 96 h of incubation. Furthermore, the length of the embryos-an indication of development-paralleled changes in mineral composition. Comparisons between different wetlands based on changes in one specific mineral were not possible due to a synergism between various minerals. If the concentration of sodium and/or potassium was or =2 ppm, extension of the FETAX bioassay to 120 h allowed organogenesis to proceed through stage 46, as required for scoring in accordance with ASTM guidelines for the FETAX bioassay. In those cases in which the concentration of sodium and/or potassium were teratogenic activity. Published in 2002 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Teratogenic risk and contraceptive counselling in psychiatric practice: analysis of anticonvulsant therapy


    Background Anticonvulsants have been used to manage psychiatric conditions for over 50 years. It is recognised that some, particularly valproate, carbamazepine and lamotrigine, are human teratogens, while others including topiramate require further investigation. We aimed to appraise the documentation of this risk by psychiatrists and review discussion around contraceptive issues. Methods A retrospective review of prescribing patterns of four anticonvulsants (valproate, carbamazepine, lamotrigine and topiramate) in women of child bearing age was undertaken. Documented evidence of discussion surrounding teratogenicity and contraceptive issues was sought. Results Valproate was most commonly prescribed (n=67). Evidence of teratogenic risk counselling at medication initiation was sub-optimal – 40% of individuals prescribed carbamazepine and 22% of valproate. Documentation surrounding contraceptive issues was also low- 17% of individuals prescribed carbamazepine and 13% of valproate. Conclusion We found both low rates of teratogenic risk counselling and low rates of contraception advice in our cohort. Given the high rates of unplanned pregnancies combined with the relatively high risk of major congenital malformations, it is essential that a detailed appraisal of the risks and benefits associated with anticonvulsant medication occurs and is documented within patients’ psychiatric notes. PMID:24066860

  4. The potential of cell sheet technique on the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in rat models

    Sakaguchi, Katsuhisa; Abumaree, Mohammed; Mohd Zin, Nur Khatijah; Shimizu, Tatsuya


    Background Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is considered the 3rd leading cause of death by cancer worldwide with the majority of patients were diagnosed in the late stages. Currently, there is no effective therapy. The selection of an animal model that mimics human cancer is essential for the identification of prognostic/predictive markers, candidate genes underlying cancer induction and the examination of factors that may influence the response of cancers to therapeutic agents and regimens. In this study, we developed a HCC nude rat models using cell sheet and examined the effect of human stromal cells (SCs) on the development of the HCC model and on different liver parameters such as albumin and urea. Methods Transplanted cell sheet for HCC rat models was fabricated using thermo-responsive culture dishes. The effect of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stromal cells (UC-MSCs) and human bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSCs) on the developed tumour was tested. Furthermore, development of tumour and detection of the liver parameter was studied. Additionally, angiogenesis assay was performed using Matrigel. Results HepG2 cells requires five days to form a complete cell sheet while HepG2 co-cultured with UC-MSCs or BM-MSCs took only three days. The tumour developed within 4 weeks after transplantation of the HCC sheet on the liver of nude rats. Both UC-MSCs and BM-MSCs improved the secretion of liver parameters by increasing the secretion of albumin and urea. Comparatively, the UC-MSCs were more effective than BM-MSCs, but unlike BM-MSCs, UC-MSCs prevented liver tumour formation and the tube formation of HCC. Conclusions Since this is a novel study to induce liver tumour in rats using hepatocellular carcinoma sheet and stromal cells, the data obtained suggest that cell sheet is a fast and easy technique to develop HCC models as well as UC-MSCs have therapeutic potential for liver diseases. Additionally, the data procured indicates that stromal cells enhanced

  5. Measurement of peroxiredoxin-4 serum levels in rat tissue and its use as a potential marker for hepatic disease.

    Ito, Ritsu; Takahashi, Motoko; Ihara, Hideyuki; Tsukamoto, Hiroki; Fujii, Junichi; Ikeda, Yoshitaka


    Peroxiredoxin (Prx)-4, a secretable endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident isoform of the mammalian Prx family, functions as a thioredoxin-dependent peroxidase. It is acknowledged that Prx-4 plays a role in the detoxification of hydrogen peroxide, and potentially other peroxides, which may be generated during the oxidative folding of proteins and oxidative stress in the ER. The present study was undertaken in order to specifically quantify the tissue levels of Prx-4. To accomplish this, an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was developed using a specific polyclonal antibody produced by immunizing a rabbit with native recombinant rat Prx-4 protein. The assay was used to detect Prx-4 in the range of 0.1 and 10 ng/ml, and to investigate tissue distribution in rats. Using this immunoassay, we found that the serum levels of Prx-4 were substantially lower in asymptomatic Long-Evans Cinnamon rats, a rat model of Wilson's disease, compared to normal rats. In addition, the treatment of rat hepatoma cells with N-acetylcysteine led to a significant increase in the release of Prx-4 protein into the medium; thus, it appears likely that the secretion of Prx-4 is associated with the redox state within cells. These results suggest that serum Prx-4 has potential for use as a biomarker for hepatic oxidative stress.

  6. NF-κB DNA-binding activity in embryos responding to a teratogen, cyclophosphamide

    Brill Alexander


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Rel/NF-κB transcription factors have been shown to regulate apoptosis in different cell types, acting as inducers or blockers in a stimuli- and cell type-dependent fashion. One of the Rel/NF-κB subunits, RelA, has been shown to be crucial for normal embryonic development, in which it functions in the embryonic liver as a protector against TNFα-induced physiological apoptosis. This study assesses whether NF-κB may be involved in the embryo's response to teratogens. Fot this, we evaluated how NF-KappaB DNA binding activity in embryonic organs demonstraiting differential sensitivity to a reference teratogen, cyclophosphamide, correlates with dysmorphic events induced by the teratogen at the cellular level (excessive apoptosis and at the organ level (structural anomalies. Results The embryonic brain and liver were used as target organs. We observed that the Cyclophosphamide-induced excessive apoptosis in the brain, followed by the formation of severe craniofacial structural anomalies, was accompanied by suppression of NF-κB DNA-binding activity as well as by a significant and lasting increase in the activity of caspases 3 and 8. However, in the liver, in which cyclophosphamide induced transient apoptosis was not followed by dysmorphogenesis, no suppression of NF-κB DNA-binding activity was registered and the level of active caspases 3 and 8 was significantly lower than in the brain. It has also been observed that both the brain and liver became much more sensitive to the CP-induced teratogenic insult if the embryos were exposed to a combined treatment with the teratogen and sodium salicylate that suppressed NF-κB DNA-binding activity in these organs. Conclusion The results of this study demonstrate that suppression of NF-κB DNA-binding activity in embryos responding to the teratogenic insult may be associated with their decreased resistance to this insult. They also suggest that teratogens may suppress NF-κB DNA

  7. Development of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the veratrum plant teratogens: cyclopamine and jervine.

    Lee, Stephen T; Panter, Kip E; Gaffield, William; Stegelmeier, Bryan L


    Veratrum californicum was responsible for large losses of sheep grazing high mountain ranges in central Idaho in the 1950s. Veratrum induces various birth defects including the cyclopic-type craniofacial defect (monkey-faced lambs) that is specifically induced in lambs after pregnant ewes grazed the plant on the 14th day of gestation. The steroidal alkaloids cyclopamine (1) and jervine (2) were isolated from Veratrum and shown to be primarily responsible for the malformations. Cyclopamine (1) and jervine (2) are potent teratogens that inhibit Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling during gastrulation-stage embryonic development, producing cyclopia and holoprosencephaly. Although losses to the sheep industry from Veratrum are now relatively infrequent, occasional incidents of toxicoses and craniofacial malformations are still reported in sheep and other species. However, the benefits to biomedical research using cyclopamine (1) as a tool to study human diseases have greatly expanded. A competitive inhibition enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect and measure cyclopamine (1) and jervine (2) was developed using polyclonal antibodies produced in ewes. The limits of detection of the assay were 90.0 and 22.7 pg for cyclopamine (1) and jervine (2), respectively. This assay was used for the detection and measurement of cyclopamine (1) spiked into sheep blood. The simple extraction-ELISA methods developed in this study demonstrate the potential of using these techniques for the rapid screening of biological samples to detect the presence and concentration of cyclopamine (1) and jervine (2) and will be beneficial to pharmacological studies and livestock diagnostics.

  8. On-line analysis of middle latency auditory evoked potentials (MLAEP) for monitoring depth of anaesthesia in laboratory rats

    Jensen, E W; Nygaard, M; Henneberg, S W


    using neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBA). A number of studies suggest that the Middle Latency Auditory Evoked Potentials (MLAEP) contain information about the state of consciousness in humans. The purpose of this study was to examine whether the AEP could serve as an indicator of depth of anaesthesia...... and decreasing gradually to a level between 50 and 20 as the rat was anaesthetised. Nine rats were anaesthetised and included in the study. Four doses of Hypnorm vet. and Dormicum were given as a total, each with 5 minutes interval. Clinical signs of the level of anaesthesia were observed simultaneously...... with the AEP. The results showed that in four rats DAI decreased to a level below 30 while anaesthetised. In the remaining five rats the AEP was only decreased to a level below 45. The results indicated that a simple dosing regimen based on weight was unable to give the same depth of anaesthesia in individual...

  9. Ameliorative potential of Tamarindus indica on high fat diet induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in rats.

    Sasidharan, Suja Rani; Joseph, Joshua Allan; Anandakumar, Senthilkumar; Venkatesan, Vijayabalaji; Madhavan, Chandrasekharan Nair Ariyattu; Agarwal, Amit


    Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the prevalence of which is rising globally with current upsurge in obesity, is one of the most frequent causes of chronic liver diseases. The present study evaluated the ameliorative effect of extract of Tamarindus indica seed coat (ETS) on high fat diet (HFD) induced NAFLD, after daily administration at 45, 90, and 180 mg/kg body weight dose levels for a period of 6 weeks, in albino Wistar rats. Treatment with ETS at all tested dose levels significantly attenuated the pathological alterations associated with HFD induced NAFLD viz. hepatomegaly, elevated hepatic lipid and lipid peroxides, serum alanine aminotransferase, and free fatty acid levels as well as micro-/macrohepatic steatosis. Moreover, extract treatment markedly reduced body weight and adiposity along with an improvement in insulin resistance index. The study findings, therefore suggested the therapeutic potential of ETS against NAFLD, acting in part through antiobesity, insulin sensitizing, and antioxidant mechanisms.

  10. Ameliorative Potential of Tamarindus indica on High Fat Diet Induced Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Rats

    Suja Rani Sasidharan


    Full Text Available Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD, the prevalence of which is rising globally with current upsurge in obesity, is one of the most frequent causes of chronic liver diseases. The present study evaluated the ameliorative effect of extract of Tamarindus indica seed coat (ETS on high fat diet (HFD induced NAFLD, after daily administration at 45, 90, and 180 mg/kg body weight dose levels for a period of 6 weeks, in albino Wistar rats. Treatment with ETS at all tested dose levels significantly attenuated the pathological alterations associated with HFD induced NAFLD viz. hepatomegaly, elevated hepatic lipid and lipid peroxides, serum alanine aminotransferase, and free fatty acid levels as well as micro-/macrohepatic steatosis. Moreover, extract treatment markedly reduced body weight and adiposity along with an improvement in insulin resistance index. The study findings, therefore suggested the therapeutic potential of ETS against NAFLD, acting in part through antiobesity, insulin sensitizing, and antioxidant mechanisms.

  11. Proteomics analysis after traumatic brain injury in rats: the search for potential biomarkers

    Jun Ding


    Full Text Available Many studies of protein expression after traumatic brain injury (TBI have identified biomarkers for diagnosing or determining the prognosis of TBI. In this study, we searched for additional protein markers of TBI using a fluid perfusion impact device to model TBI in S-D rats. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry were used to identify differentially expressed proteins. After proteomic analysis, we detected 405 and 371 protein spots within a pH range of 3-10 from sham-treated and contused brain cortex, respectively. Eighty protein spots were differentially expressed in the two groups and 20 of these proteins were identified. This study validated the established biomarkers of TBI and identified potential biomarkers that could be examined in future work.

  12. Cortical stimulation and tooth pulp evoked potentials in rats: a model of direct anti-nociception.

    Rusina, Robert; Barek, Stephane; Vaculin, Simon; Azérad, Jean; Rokyta, Richard


    While the effect of cortex stimulation on pain control is widely accepted, its physiological basis remains poorly understood. We chose an animal model of pain to study the influence of sensorimotor cortex stimulation on tooth pulp stimulation evoked potentials (TPEPs). Fifteen awake rats implanted with tooth pulp, cerebral cortex, and digastric muscle electrodes were divided into three groups, receiving 60 Hz, 40 Hz and no cortical stimulation, respectively. TPEPs were recorded before, one, three and five hours after continuous stimulation. We observed an inverse relationship between TPEP amplitude and latency with increasing tooth pulp stimulation. The amplitudes of the early components of TPEPs increased and their latency decreased with increasing tooth pulp stimulation intensity. Cortical stimulation decreased the amplitude of TPEPs; however, neither the latencies of TPEPs nor the jaw-opening reflex were changed after cortical stimulation. The decrease in amplitude of TPEPs after cortical stimulation may reflect its anti-nociceptive effect.

  13. Potential ultrastructural changes in rat epididymal cell types induced by Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii incense.

    Ahmed, Mukhtar; Al-Daghri, Nasser; Harrath, Abdul Halim; Alokail, Majed S; Aladakatti, Ravindranath H; Ghodesawar, Mukhtar Ahmed G; Alwasel, Saleh


    Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii, known as Arabian incense, diffuses smoke, contaminating the air, which adversely affects human health. Therefore, this study was designed to ascertain the effect of these plants on histopathological and ultrastructure changes in cauda epididymis of Albino rats. Animals were exposed to 4 g/kg body weight of B. papyrifera and B. carterii daily for 120 days along with suitable controls. Our study indicates a significant reduction in epithelial heights. Cells showed signs of degeneration. The ultrastructural study revealed that the cauda epididymis was affected, including its cell types. Furthermore, a decrease in the size of mitochondria, Golgi complex, and both ERs was observed. In all treated groups, plasma fructose decreased considerably, indicating the sign of reduced energy, vital for motility and other sperm functions. The results of this study suggest that these plants systematically affect cauda epididymal cell types and its lumen through its potential toxicity.

  14. Fishing for teratogens: a consortium effort for a harmonized zebrafish developmental toxicology assay.

    Ball, Jonathan S; Stedman, Donald B; Hillegass, Jedd M; Zhang, Cindy X; Panzica-Kelly, Julie; Coburn, Aleasha; Enright, Brian P; Tornesi, Belen; Amouzadeh, Hamid R; Hetheridge, Malcolm; Gustafson, Anne-Lee; Augustine-Rauch, Karen A


    A consortium of biopharmaceutical companies previously developed an optimized Zebrafish developmental toxicity assay (ZEDTA) where chorionated embryos were exposed to non-proprietary test compounds from 5 to 6 h post fertilization and assessed for morphological integrity at 5 days post fertilization. With the original 20 test compounds, this achieved an overall predictive value for teratogenicity of 88% of mammalian in vivo outcome [Gustafson, A. L., Stedman, D. B., Ball, J., Hillegass, J. M., Flood, A., Zhang, C. X., Panzica-Kelly, J., Cao, J., Coburn, A., Enright, B. P., et al. (2012). Interlaboratory assessment of a harmonized Zebrafish developmental toxicology assay-Progress report on phase I. Reprod. Toxicol. 33, 155-164]. In the second phase of this project, 38 proprietary pharmaceutical compounds from four consortium members were evaluated in two laboratories using the optimized method using either pond-derived or cultivated-strain wild-type Zebrafish embryos at concentrations up to 100μM. Embryo uptake of all compounds was assessed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Twenty eight of 38 compounds had a confirmed embryo uptake of >5%, and with these compounds the ZEDTA achieved an overall predictive value of 82% and 65% at the two respective laboratories. When low-uptake compounds (≤ 5%) were retested with logarithmic concentrations up to 1000μM, the overall predictivity across all 38 compounds was 79% and 62% respectively, with the first laboratory achieving 74% sensitivity (teratogen detection) and 82% specificity (non-teratogen detection) and the second laboratory achieving 63% sensitivity (teratogen detection) and 62% specificity (non-teratogen detection). Subsequent data analyses showed that technical differences rather than strain differences were the primary contributor to interlaboratory differences in predictivity. Based on these results, the ZEDTA harmonized methodology is currently being used for compound assessment at lead

  15. Nesfatin-1/NUCB2 as a potential new element of sleep regulation in rats.

    Szilvia Vas

    Full Text Available STUDY OBJECTIVES: Millions suffer from sleep disorders that often accompany severe illnesses such as major depression; a leading psychiatric disorder characterized by appetite and rapid eye movement sleep (REMS abnormalities. Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH and nesfatin-1/NUCB2 (nesfatin are strongly co - expressed in the hypothalamus and are involved both in food intake regulation and depression. Since MCH was recognized earlier as a hypnogenic factor, we analyzed the potential role of nesfatin on vigilance. DESIGN: We subjected rats to a 72 h-long REMS deprivation using the classic flower pot method, followed by a 3 h-long 'rebound sleep'. Nesfatin mRNA and protein expressions as well as neuronal activity (Fos were measured by quantitative in situ hybridization technique, ELISA and immunohistochemistry, respectively, in 'deprived' and 'rebound' groups, relative to controls sacrificed at the same time. We also analyzed electroencephalogram of rats treated by intracerebroventricularly administered nesfatin-1, or saline. RESULTS: REMS deprivation downregulated the expression of nesfatin (mRNA and protein, however, enhanced REMS during 'rebound' reversed this to control levels. Additionally, increased transcriptional activity (Fos was demonstrated in nesfatin neurons during 'rebound'. Centrally administered nesfatin-1 at light on reduced REMS and intermediate stage of sleep, while increased passive wake for several hours and also caused a short-term increase in light slow wave sleep. CONCLUSIONS: The data designate nesfatin as a potential new factor in sleep regulation, which fact can also be relevant in the better understanding of the role of nesfatin in the pathomechanism of depression.

  16. Hyperglycemia-induced abnormalities in rat and human corneas: the potential of second harmonic generation microscopy.

    Gaël Latour

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Second Harmonic Generation (SHG microscopy recently appeared as an efficient optical imaging technique to probe unstained collagen-rich tissues like cornea. Moreover, corneal remodeling occurs in many diseases and precise characterization requires overcoming the limitations of conventional techniques. In this work, we focus on diabetes, which affects hundreds of million people worldwide and most often leads to diabetic retinopathy, with no early diagnostic tool. This study then aims to establish the potential of SHG microscopy for in situ detection and characterization of hyperglycemia-induced abnormalities in the Descemet's membrane, in the posterior cornea. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We studied corneas from age-matched control and Goto-Kakizaki rats, a spontaneous model of type 2 diabetes, and corneas from human donors with type 2 diabetes and without any diabetes. SHG imaging was compared to confocal microscopy, to histology characterization using conventional staining and transmitted light microscopy and to transmission electron microscopy. SHG imaging revealed collagen deposits in the Descemet's membrane of unstained corneas in a unique way compared to these gold standard techniques in ophthalmology. It provided background-free images of the three-dimensional interwoven distribution of the collagen deposits, with improved contrast compared to confocal microscopy. It also provided structural capability in intact corneas because of its high specificity to fibrillar collagen, with substantially larger field of view than transmission electron microscopy. Moreover, in vivo SHG imaging was demonstrated in Goto-Kakizaki rats. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our study shows unambiguously the high potential of SHG microscopy for three-dimensional characterization of structural abnormalities in unstained corneas. Furthermore, our demonstration of in vivo SHG imaging opens the way to long-term dynamical studies. This method should be easily

  17. Therapeutic potential of alpha-ketoglutarate against acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity in rats

    Lalita Mehra


    Full Text Available Objective: Alpha-ketoglutarate (α-KG is a cellular intermediary metabolite of Krebs cycle, involved in energy metabolism, amino acid synthesis, and nitrogen transport. It is available over-the-counter and marketed as a nutritional supplement. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that dietary α-KG has the potential to maintain cellular redox status and thus can protect various oxidative stress induced disease states. The aim of the present study was to investigate the hepatoprotective role of α-KG in acetaminophen (APAP induced toxicity in rats. Materials and Methods: Animals were divided into three groups of six animals each. Group I (Vehicle control: Normal Saline, Group II (APAP: A single intraperitoneal injection of 0.6 g/kg, Group III (APAP + α-KG: APAP as in Group II with α-KG treatment at a dose of 2 g/kg, orally for 5 days. Then the levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP with oxidative stress markers including malondialdehyde (MDA, reduced glutathione (GSH, superoxide dismutase (SOD, catalase (CAT, and histopathology were analyzed. Results: The results indicate that APAP caused significant elevations in ALT, AST, ALP, and MDA levels, while GSH, SOD, and CAT were significantly depleted while co-administration of α-KG showed a significant (P < 0.05 reduction in the severity of these damages. Histologically, the liver showed inflammation and necrosis after APAP treatment, which were significantly restored with co-administration of α-KG. Conclusion: These results indicate the possible therapeutic potential of α-KG in protecting liver damage by APAP in rats.

  18. Action potential characteristics of demyelinated rat sciatic nerve following application of 4-aminopyridine.

    Targ, E F; Kocsis, J D


    The sciatic nerves of rats were demyelinated by microinjection of lysophosphatidylcholine. A variety of abnormalities such as conduction slowing and block were present. Application of the potassium channel blocker 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) to the lesion site, led to an increase in area of the compound action potential recorded across the site of demyelination. Single axon recordings revealed three types of changes that may account for the 4-AP-induced increase in the compound response. One group showed broadening of the action potential. Other axons showed hyperexcitability following 4-AP, as manifest by spontaneous firing and multiple spike discharge following a single stimulus. In some of the axons studied, 4-AP led to overcoming of conduction block. Although many axons showed increased excitability properties in the presence of 4-AP, the frequency-following ability of the axons was reduced, and the absolute refractory period of the axons was increased. These results indicate that pharmacological blockade of potassium channels with 4-AP not only leads to action potential broadening in demyelinated axons, but to a variety of excitability changes. These heterogeneous effects of 4-AP should be considered in the rationale for its clinical use.

  19. High-Resolution Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Intact Zebrafish Embryos Detects Metabolic Changes Following Exposure to Teratogenic Polymethoxyalkenes from Algae.

    Berry, John P; Roy, Upasana; Jaja-Chimedza, Asha; Sanchez, Kristel; Matysik, Joerg; Alia, A


    Techniques based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for imaging and chemical analyses of in vivo, or otherwise intact, biological systems are rapidly emerging and finding diverse applications within a wide range of fields. Very recently, several NMR-based techniques have been developed for the zebrafish as a model animal system. In the current study, the novel application of high-resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) NMR is presented as a means of metabolic profiling of intact zebrafish embryos. Toward investigating the utility of HR-MAS NMR as a toxicological tool, these studies specifically examined metabolic changes of embryos exposed to polymethoxy-1-alkenes (PMAs)-a recently identified family of teratogenic compounds from freshwater algae-as emerging environmental contaminants. One-dimensional and two-dimensional HR-MAS NMR analyses were able to effectively identify and quantify diverse metabolites in early-stage (≤36 h postfertilization) embryos. Subsequent comparison of the metabolic profiles between PMA-exposed and control embryos identified several statistically significant metabolic changes associated with subacute exposure to the teratogen, including (1) elevated inositol as a recognized component of signaling pathways involved in embryo development; (2) increases in several metabolites, including inositol, phosphoryl choline, fatty acids, and cholesterol, which are associated with lipid composition of cell membranes; (3) concomitant increase in glucose and decrease in lactate; and (4) decreases in several biochemically related metabolites associated with central nervous system development and function, including γ-aminobutyric acid, glycine, glutamate, and glutamine. A potentially unifying model/hypothesis of PMA teratogenicity based on the data is presented. These findings, taken together, demonstrate that HR-MAS NMR is a promising tool for metabolic profiling in the zebrafish embryo, including toxicological applications.

  20. K+ Channels and Their Effects on Membrane Potential in Rat Bronchial Smooth Muscle Cells

    刘先胜; 徐永健; 张珍祥; 倪望


    Summary: In order to investigate the K+ channels and their effects on resting membrane potential(Em) and excitability in rat bronchial smooth muscle cells (BSMCs), the components of outward K+channel currents and the effects of K+ channels on Em and tension in rat bronchial smooth musclewere observed by using standard whole-cell recording of patch clamp and isometric tension recordingtechniques. The results showed that under resting conditions, total outward K+ channel currents infreshly isolated BSMCs were unaffected by ATP-sensitive K+ channel blocker. There were two typesof K+ currents: voltage-dependent delayed rectifier K+ channel (Ky) and large conductance calcium-activated K+ channel (BKca) currents. 1 mmol/L 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, an inhibitor of Ky)caused a significant depolarization (from - 8.7 ± 5.9 mV to - 25. 4± 3.1 mV, n = 18, P<0. 001 ).In contrast, 1 mmol/L tetraethylammonium (TEA, an inhibitor of BKca) had no significant effect onEm (from -37. 6±4.8 mV to -36. 8±4.1 mV, n=12, P>0. 05). 4-AP caused a concentration-dependent contraction in resting bronchial strips. TEA had no effect on resting tension, but applica-tion of 5 mmol/L TEA resulted in a left shift with bigger pD2(the negative logarithm of the drug con-centration causing 50 % of maximal effect) (from 6. 27±0. 38 to 6.89±0. 54, n=10, P<0. 05) inthe concentration-effect curve of endothine-1, and a right shift with smaller pD2 (from 8. 10± 0. 23 to7. 69±0. 08, n= 10, P<0. 05) in the concentration-effect curve of isoprenaline. It was suggestedthat in rat BSMCs there may be two types of K+ channels, Kv and BKca, which serve distinct roles.Kv participates in the control of resting Em and tension. BKca is involved in the regulation of relax-ation or contraction associated with excitation.

  1. Activity dependence of action potential duration in rat supraoptic neurosecretory neurones recorded in vitro.

    Bourque, C W; Renaud, L P


    Action potential durations, measured at one-third peak amplitude, were examined during intracellular recordings in 134 supraoptic nucleus neurones maintained in vitro in perfused hypothalamic explants. Spike durations ranged between 1.2 and 3.9 ms and were dependent on firing frequency. Shortest measurements (1.74 +/- 0.03 ms; mean +/- S.E. of mean) were obtained during relative quiescence, i.e. less than or equal to 0.5 Hz. A gradual increase in firing frequency through continuous injection of depolarizing current prolonged spike duration, with maximum levels (2.68 +/- 0.05 ms) achieved at 20 Hz. When interspike interval variability was eliminated and firing was more precisely regulated by brief 15-20 ms intracellular current pulses given at pre-determined frequencies, a proportional relationship between increasing spike duration and firing frequency was retained but the change in spike duration at frequencies between 2 and 10 Hz was less pronounced. Once action potentials had achieved the long duration configuration, their return to the shorter duration took place gradually during any succeeding silent interval with a time constant of 4.9 s. Action potential broadening occurred progressively and was most pronounced at the onset of spontaneous or current-induced bursts. In thirty-six phasically active neurones, spike broadening at the onset of a burst was concurrent with the presence of 5-10 consecutive short (less than or equal to 100 ms) interspike intervals; thereafter, despite a greater than 50% reduction in firing frequency, action potential durations remained prolonged throughout the burst. In all of nineteen cells tested, frequency-dependent changes in spike duration were reversibly decreased or blocked by Cd2+, Co2+ and Mn2+, or when CaCl2 was exchanged for equimolar amounts of EGTA in the perfusion medium. These observations indicate that a Ca2+ conductance contributes to frequency- and firing-pattern-dependent changes in spike duration in rat supraoptic

  2. Chronic Angiotensin-II Treatment Potentiates HR Slowing in Sprague-Dawley Rat during Acute Behavioral Stress5

    Hoyt, Richard E.; Speakman, Richard O.; Brown, David R.; Cassis, Lisa A; Silcox, Dennis L.; Anigbogu, Chikodi N.; Randall, David C.


    This study examined the effect of two-weeks infusion of angiotensin-II (Ang-II; 175 ng/kg/min) via minipump in rats (n=7) upon the mean arterial blood pressure (mBP) and heart rate (HR) response to an acute stress as compared to rats infused with saline (n=7). The acute stress was produced by a classical aversive conditioning paradigm: a 15 sec. tone (CS+) followed by a half second tail shock. Baseline mBP in Ang-II infused rats (167.7 ± 21.3 mm Hg; mean ± SD) significantly exceeded that of controls (127.6 ± 13.5 mm Hg). Conversely, baseline HR in the Ang-II infused rats (348 ± 33) was significantly lower than controls (384 ± 19 bpm). The magnitude of the mBP increase during CS+ did not differ between groups, but the HR slowing during CS+ in the Ang-II infused rats (−13.2 ± 8.9 bpm) was significantly greater than that seen in controls (−4.2 ± 5.5 bpm). This augmented bradycardia may be inferentially attributed to an accentuated increase in cardiac parasympathetic activity during CS+ in the Ang-II infused rats. The mBP increased above baseline immediately post-shock delivery in controls, but fell in the Ang-II infused rats, perhaps because of a ‘ceiling effect’ in total vascular resistance. This classical conditioning model of ‘acute stress’ differs from most stress paradigms in rats in yielding a HR slowing concomitant with a pressor response, and this slowing is potentiated by Ang-II. PMID:23317537

  3. Orexin-A potentiates L-type calcium/barium currents in rat retinal ganglion cells.

    Liu, F; Weng, S-J; Yang, X-L; Zhong, Y-M


    Two neuropeptides, orexin-A and orexin-B (also called hypocretin-1 and -2), have been implicated in sleep/wake regulation, feeding behaviors via the activation of two subtypes of G-protein-coupled receptors: orexin 1 and orexin 2 receptors (OX1R and OX2R). While the expression of orexins and orexin receptors is immunohistochemically revealed in retinal neurons, the function of these peptides in the retina is largely unknown. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in rat retinal slices, we demonstrated that orexin-A increased L-type-like barium currents (IBa,L) in ganglion cells (GCs), and the effect was blocked by the selective OX1R antagonist SB334867, but not by the OX2R antagonist TCS OX2 29. The orexin-A effect was abolished by intracellular dialysis of GDP-β-S/GPAnt-2A, a Gq protein inhibitor, suggesting the mediation of Gq. Additionally, during internal dialysis of the phosphatidylinositol (PI)-phospholipase C (PLC) inhibitor U73122, orexin-A did not change the IBa,L of GCs, whereas the orexin-A effect persisted in the presence of the phosphatidylcholine (PC)-PLC inhibitor D609. The orexin-A-induced potentiation was not seen with internal infusion of Ca(2+)-free solution or when inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-sensitive Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores was blocked by heparin/xestospongins-C. Moreover, the orexin-A effect was mimicked by the protein kinase C (PKC) activator phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate, but was eliminated when PKC was inhibited by bisindolylmaleimide IV (Bis-IV)/Gö6976. Neither adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP)-protein kinase A (PKA) nor guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP)-protein kinase G (PKG) signaling pathway was likely involved, as orexin-A persisted to potentiate the IBa,L of GCs no matter these two pathways were activated or inhibited. These results suggest that, by activating OX1R, orexin-A potentiates the IBa,L of rat GCs through a distinct Gq/PI-PLC/IP3/Ca(2+)/PKC signaling pathway.

  4. Effects of estragole on the compound action potential of the rat sciatic nerve

    J.H. Leal-Cardoso


    Full Text Available Estragole, a relatively nontoxic terpenoid ether, is an important constituent of many essential oils with widespread applications in folk medicine and aromatherapy and known to have potent local anesthetic activity. We investigated the effects of estragole on the compound action potential (CAP of the rat sciatic nerve. The experiments were carried out on sciatic nerves dissected from Wistar rats. Nerves, mounted in a moist chamber, were stimulated at a frequency of 0.2 Hz, with electric pulses of 50-100-µs duration at 10-20 V, and evoked CAP were monitored on an oscilloscope and recorded on a computer. CAP control parameters were: peak-to-peak amplitude (PPA, 9.9 ± 0.55 mV (N = 15, conduction velocity, 92.2 ± 4.36 m/s (N = 15, chronaxy, 45.6 ± 3.74 µs (N = 5, and rheobase, 3.9 ± 0.78 V (N = 5. Estragole induced a dose-dependent blockade of the CAP. At 0.6 mM, estragole had no demonstrable effect. At 2.0 and 6.0 mM estragole, PPA was significantly reduced at the end of 180-min exposure of the nerve to the drug to 85.6 ± 3.96 and 13.04 ± 1.80% of control, respectively. At 4.0 mM, estragole significantly altered PPA, conduction velocity, chronaxy, and rheobase (P <= 0.05, ANOVA; N = 5 to 49.3 ± 6.21 and 77.7 ± 3.84, 125.9 ± 10.43 and 116.7 ± 4.59%, of control, respectively. All of these effects developed slowly and were reversible upon a 300-min wash-out. The data show that estragole dose-dependently blocks nerve excitability.

  5. Transient receptor potential channels encode volatile chemicals sensed by rat trigeminal ganglion neurons.

    Matthias Lübbert

    Full Text Available Primary sensory afferents of the dorsal root and trigeminal ganglia constantly transmit sensory information depicting the individual's physical and chemical environment to higher brain regions. Beyond the typical trigeminal stimuli (e.g. irritants, environmental stimuli comprise a plethora of volatile chemicals with olfactory components (odorants. In spite of a complete loss of their sense of smell, anosmic patients may retain the ability to roughly discriminate between different volatile compounds. While the detailed mechanisms remain elusive, sensory structures belonging to the trigeminal system seem to be responsible for this phenomenon. In order to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the activation of the trigeminal system by volatile chemicals, we investigated odorant-induced membrane potential changes in cultured rat trigeminal neurons induced by the odorants vanillin, heliotropyl acetone, helional, and geraniol. We observed the dose-dependent depolarization of trigeminal neurons upon application of these substances occurring in a stimulus-specific manner and could show that distinct neuronal populations respond to different odorants. Using specific antagonists, we found evidence that TRPA1, TRPM8, and/or TRPV1 contribute to the activation. In order to further test this hypothesis, we used recombinantly expressed rat and human variants of these channels to investigate whether they are indeed activated by the odorants tested. We additionally found that the odorants dose-dependently inhibit two-pore potassium channels TASK1 and TASK3 heterologously expressed In Xenopus laevis oocytes. We suggest that the capability of various odorants to activate different TRP channels and to inhibit potassium channels causes neuronal depolarization and activation of distinct subpopulations of trigeminal sensory neurons, forming the basis for a specific representation of volatile chemicals in the trigeminal ganglia.

  6. Social jet-lag potentiates obesity and metabolic syndrome when combined with cafeteria diet in rats.

    Espitia-Bautista, Estefania; Velasco-Ramos, Mario; Osnaya-Ramírez, Iván; Ángeles-Castellanos, Manuel; Buijs, Ruud M; Escobar, Carolina


    Modern lifestyle promotes shifted sleep onset and shifted wake up time between weekdays and weekends, producing a condition termed "social-jet lag." Disrupted sleep promotes increased appetite for carbohydrate and fat-rich food, which in long term leads to overweight, obesity and metabolic syndrome. In order to mimic the human situation we produced an experimental model of social-jet lag (Sj-l). With this model, we explored the link between shifted sleep time with consumption of a cafeteria diet (CafD) and the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome. The first experiment was designed to create and confirm the model of Sj-l. Rats (n=8-10/group) were exposed to a shifted sleep time protocol achieved by placing the rats in slow rotating wheels from Monday to Friday during the first 4h of the light period, while on weekends they were left undisturbed. The second experiment (n=8-12/group) explored the combined effect of Sj-l with the opportunity to ingest CafD. All protocols lasted 12weeks. We evaluated the development of overweight and indicators of metabolic syndrome. The statistical significance for all variables was set at Pmetabolic variables representing a risk factor for metabolic syndrome. Daily restricted access to CafD in the day or night induced glucose intolerance and only CafD during the day led to overweight. Sj-l combined with CafD induced overconsumption of the diet, potentiated body weight gain (16%) and promoted 5 of the criteria for metabolic syndrome including high insulin and dislipidemia. Present data provide an experimental model of social-jet lag that combined with overconsumption of CafD, and maximized the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Importantly, access to CafD during the night did not lead to overweight nor metabolic syndrome. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Therapeutic Potential of Date Palm Pollen for Testicular Dysfunction Induced by Thyroid Disorders in Male Rats.

    Akram M El-Kashlan

    Full Text Available Hyper- or hypothyroidism can impair testicular function leading to infertility. The present study was designed to examine the protective effect of date palm pollen (DPP extract on thyroid disorder-induced testicular dysfunction. Rats were divided into six groups. Group I was normal control. Group II received oral DPP extract (150 mg kg(-1, group III (hyperthyroid group received intraperitoneal injection of L-thyroxine (L-T4, 300 μg kg(-1; i.p., group IV received L-T4 plus DPP extract, group V (hypothyroid group received propylthiouracil (PTU, 10 mg kg(-1; i.p. and group VI received PTU plus DPP extract. All treatments were given every day for 56 days. L-T4 or PTU lowered genital sex organs weight, sperm count and motility, serum levels of luteinizing hormone (LH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH and testosterone (T, testicular function markers and activities of testicular 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3β-HSD and 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSD. Moreover, L-T4 or PTU increased estradiol (E2 serum level, testicular oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptotic markers. Morphometric and histopathologic studies backed these observations. Treatment with DPP extract prevented LT4- or PTU induced changes. In addition, supplementation of DPP extract to normal rats augmented sperm count and motility, serum levels of LH, T and E2 paralleled with increased activities of 3β-HSD and 17β-HSD as well as testicular antioxidant status. These results provide evidence that DPP extract may have potential protective effects on testicular dysfunction induced by altered thyroid hormones.

  8. Potential hepatoprotective effects of new Cuban natural products in rat hepatocytes culture.

    Rodeiro, I; Donato, M T; Martínez, I; Hernández, I; Garrido, G; González-Lavaut, J A; Menéndez, R; Laguna, A; Castell, J V; Gómez-Lechón, M J


    The protective effects of five Cuban natural products (Mangifera indica L. (MSBE), Erythroxylum minutifolium, Erythroxylum confusum, Thalassia testudinum and Dictyota pinnatifida extracts and mangiferin) on the oxidative damage induced by model toxicants in rat hepatocyte cultures were studied. Cells were pre-incubated with the natural products (5-200 microg/mL) for 24 h. Then hepatotoxins (tert-butyl hydroperoxide, ethanol, carbon tetrachloride and lipopolysaccharide) were individually added and post-incubated for another 24 h. After treatments, cell viability was determined using the MTT assay. Mangiferin and MSBE exhibited the highest cytoprotective potential (EC50 between 50 and 125 microg/mL), followed by T. testudinum and Erythroxylum extracts, whereas no significant protective effects was produced by Dictyota extract treatment. Antioxidant properties of the natural products against lipid peroxidation and GSH depletion induced by tert-butyl hydroperoxide were then investigated. The results show that at 36 h pre-treatment of cells with mangiferin or MSBE, concentrations of T. testudinum and Erythroxylum extracts ranging from 25 to 100 microg/mL significantly inhibited lipid peroxidation induced by tert-butyl hydroperoxide (100 and 250 microM) and increased the GSH levels reduced by the toxicant. D. pinnatifida inhibited lipid peroxidation, but did not preserve GSH levels. In conclusion, MSBE, E. minutifolium, E. confusum and T. testudinum extracts and mangiferin showed hepatoprotective activity against induced damage in all the experimental series, where mangiferin and the extracts of MSBE and T. testudinum were the best candidates to inhibit "in vitro" damage to rat hepatocytes. This hepatoprotective effect found could be associated with the antioxidant properties observed for the products.


    Potassium bromate (KBrO3) is a drinking water disinfection by-product that is nephrotoxic and carcinogenic. To identify potential biomarkers of carcinogenicity, male F344 rats were chronically exposed to a carcinogenic dose (400mg/l) of KBrO3 in their drinking water. Kidneys were...

  10. Slow late component in conditioned stimulus-evoked potentials from the amygdala after fear conditioning in the rat

    Knippenberg, J.M.J.; Luijtelaar, E.L.J.M. van; Maes, J.H.R.


    Male Wistar rats were subjected to a differential Pavlovian fear conditioning procedure in which one of two tones (6 or 10 kHz) was followed by an electric shock (CS+) and the other was not (CS-). Before and after fear cnditioning, we recorded the evoked potentials elicited by CS+ and CS- from elect

  11. A comparison of event-related potential of humans and rats elicited by a serial feature-positive discrimination task

    Sambeth, A.; Maes, J.H.R.


    The purpose of this experiment was to compare components of the human and rat auditory event-related potential (ERP) in a serial feature-positive discrimination task. Subjects learned to respond to an auditory target stimulus when it followed a visual feature (X→A+), but to not respond when it was

  12. Influence of the power-spectrum of the pre-stimulus EEG on the consecutive Auditory Evoked Potential in rats.

    Jongsma, M.L.A.; Quian Quiroga, R.; Rijn, C.M. van; Schaijk, W.J. van; Dirksen, R.; Coenen, A.M.L.


    Evoked Potentials (EPs) are responses that appear in the EEG due to external stimulation. Findings indicate that changes in EPs can be related to changes in frequencies of the pre-stimulus EEG. Auditory EPs of rats (n=8) were measured in reaction to tone-pip stimuli (90 dB, 10.2 kHz, ISI 2s, n=1500)

  13. Potential fat-lowering and prebiotic effects of enzymatically treated okara in high-cholesterol-fed Wistar rats.

    Villanueva-Suárez, María-José; Pérez-Cózar, María-Luisa; Mateos-Aparicio, Inmaculada; Redondo-Cuenca, Araceli


    This study evaluates the effect of the lipid profile on serum, liver and faeces, and the potential prebiotic effect of diets supplemented with enzymatically treated okara (okara(ET)) in high-cholesterol fed Wistar rats. Triglyceride levels were significantly reduced in the serum (p < 0.01) and liver (p < 0.01) of okara(ET) treated rats. Total lipids, triglycerides and bile acids were significantly higher (p < 0.001) in the faeces of rats fed the okara(ET) diet. The pH of faecal contents from treated okara(ET) rats was lower (p < 0.001), probably due to the significantly higher (p < 0.001) production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). Okara(ET), therefore, reduced triglycerides in serum and liver, and increased the excretion of total lipids, triglycerides and bile acids, improving the lipid profile in rats fed with high-cholesterol diets. Okara(ET) fibre can improve intestinal transit by increasing faecal bulk. The decreased pH and increased SCFA production indicated that okara(ET) fibre fermentation occurred, suggesting a potential prebiotic effect.

  14. Ameliorative potential of Ocimum sanctum in chronic constriction injury-induced neuropathic pain in rats



    Full Text Available The present study was designed to investigate the ameliorative potential of Ocimumsanctum and its saponin rich fraction in chronic constriction injury-induced neuropathic pain in rats. The chronic constriction injury was induced by placing four loose ligatures around the sciatic nerve, proximal to its trifurcation. The mechanical hyperalgesia, cold allodynia, paw heat hyperalgesia and cold tail hyperalgesia were assessed by performing the pinprick, acetone, hot plate and cold tail immersion tests, respectively. Biochemically, the tissue thio-barbituric acid reactive species, super-oxide anion content (markers of oxidative stress and total calcium levels were measured. Chronic constriction injury was associated with the development of mechanical hyperalgesia, cold allodynia, heat and cold hyperalgesia along with an increase in oxidative stress and calcium levels. However, administration of Ocimumsanctum (100 and 200 mg/kg p.o. and its saponin rich fraction (100 and 200 mg/kg p.o. for 14 days significantly attenuated chronic constriction injury-induced neuropathic pain as well as decrease the oxidative stress and calcium levels. It may be concluded that saponin rich fraction of Ocimum sanctum has ameliorative potential in attenuating painful neuropathic state, which may be attributed to a decrease in oxidative stress and calcium levels.

  15. Circadian rhythm modulates long-term potentiation induced at CA1 in rat hippocampal slices.

    Nakatsuka, Hiroki; Natsume, Kiyohisa


    Circadian rhythm affects neuronal plasticity. Consistent with this, some forms of synaptic long-term potentiation (LTP) are modulated by the light/dark cycle (LD cycle). For example, this type of modulation is observed in hippocampal slices. In rodents, which are nocturnal, LTP is usually facilitated in the dark phase, but the rat hippocampal CA1 is an exception. The reason why LTP in the dark phase is suppressed in CA1 remains unknown. Previously, LTP was induced with high-frequency stimulation. In this study, we found that in the dark phase, theta-burst stimulation-induced LTP is indeed facilitated in CA1, similar to other regions in the rodent brain. Population excitatory postsynaptic potentials (pEPSP)-LTP and population spikes (PS)-LTP were recorded at CA1. The magnitude of PS-LTP in dark-phase slices was significantly larger than in light-phase slices, while that of pEPSP-LTP was unchanged. Using antidromic-orthodromic stimulation, we found that recurrent inhibition is suppressed in the dark phase. Local gabazine-application to stratum pyramidale in light-phase slices mimicked this disinhibition and facilitated LTP in dark-phase slices. These results suggest that the disinhibition of a GABAA recurrent inhibitory network can be induced in the dark phase, thereby facilitating LTP.

  16. Potential of Crocus sativus (saffron) and its constituent, crocin, as hypolipidemic and antioxidant in rats.

    Asdaq, Syed Mohammed Basheeruddin; Inamdar, Mohammed Naseeruddin


    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the hypolipidemic and antioxidant potential of saffron and its active constituent, crocin, in hyperlipidemic rats. The animals fed either with normal fat diet or high fat diet were administered orally saffron (25, 50, and 100 mg/kg) or crocin (4.84, 9.69, and 19.38 mg/kg) in their respective groups for five consecutive days. Biochemical estimations of triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione peroxidase enzyme activity (GSHPx), total glutathione (GSH), and oxidized glutathione (GSSG) in serum and superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), thiobarbituric acid reactive species (TBARS), ferric reducing/antioxidant power (FRAP), and total sulfhydryl (SH) groups in liver tissue homogenate were carried out. Both saffron and crocin were effective in decreasing the elevated levels of TG, TC, ALP, AST, ALT, MDA, GSHPx, GSH, and GSSG in serum and increasing SOD, CAT, FRAP, and SH values in liver tissue with reduction in TBARS. The saffron was found to be superior to crocin indicating the involvement of other potential constituents of saffron apart from crocin for its synergistic behavior of quenching the free radicals and ameliorating the damages of hyperlipidemia.

  17. Therapeutic potential of cannabidiol against ischemia/reperfusion liver injury in rats.

    Fouad, Amr A; Jresat, Iyad


    The therapeutic potential of cannabidiol, the major non-psychotropic Cannabis constituent, was investigated in rats exposed to ischemia/reperfusion liver injury. Ischemia was induced by clamping the pedicle of the left hepatic lobe for 30 min, and cannabidiol (5mg/kg, i.v.) was given 1h following the procedure and every 24h thereafter for 2 days. Ischemia/reperfusion caused significant elevations of serum alanine aminotransferase and hepatic malondialdehyde, tumor necrosis factor-α and nitric oxide levels, associated with significant decrease in hepatic reduced glutathione. Cannabidiol significantly attenuated the deterioration in the measured biochemical parameters mediated by ischemia/reperfusion. Histopathological examination showed that cannabidiol ameliorated ischemia/reperfusion-induced liver damage. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that cannabidiol significantly reduced the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase-2, nuclear factor-κB, Fas ligand and caspase-3, and increased the expression of survivin protein in ischemic/reperfused liver tissue. These results emphasize that cannabidiol represents a potential therapeutic option to protect the liver against hypoxia-reoxygenation injury.

  18. Decoding intravesical pressure from local field potentials in rat lumbosacral spinal cord

    Im, Changkyun; Park, Hae Yong; Koh, Chin Su; Ryu, Sang Baek; Seo, In Seok; Kim, Yong Jung; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Shin, Hyung-Cheul


    Chronic monitoring of intravesical pressure is required to detect the onset of intravesical hypertension and the progression of a more severe condition. Recent reports demonstrate the bladder state can be monitored from the spiking activity of the dorsal root ganglia or lumbosacral spinal cord. However, one of the most serious challenges for these methods is the difficulty of sustained spike signal acquisition due to the high-electrode-location-sensitivity of spikes or neuro-degeneration. Alternatively, it has been demonstrated that local field potential recordings are less affected by encapsulation reactions or electrode location changes. Here, we hypothesized that local field potential (LFP) from the lumbosacral dorsal horn may provide information concerning the intravesical pressure. LFP and spike activities were simultaneously recorded from the lumbosacral spinal cord of anesthetized rats during bladder filling. The results show that the LFP activities carry significant information about intravesical pressure along with spiking activities. Importantly, the intravesical pressure is decoded from the power in high-frequency bands (83.9-256 Hz) with a substantial performance similar to that of the spike train decoding. These findings demonstrate that high-frequency LFP activity can be an alternative intravesical pressure monitoring signal, which could lead to a proper closed loop system for urinary control.

  19. Hemisection spinal cord injury in rat: The value of intraoperative somatosensory evoked potential monitoring

    Cloud, Beth A.; Ball, Bret G.; Chen, Bingkun; Knight, Andrew M.; Hakim, Jeffrey S.; Ortiz, Ana M.; Windebank, Anthony J.


    Techniques used to produce partial spinal cord injuries in animal models have the potential for creating variability in lesions. The amount of tissue affected may influence the functional outcomes assessed in the animals. The recording of somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) may be a valuable tool for assessing the extent of lesion applied in animal models of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Intraoperative tibial SSEP recordings were assessed during surgically induced lateral thoracic hemisection SCI in Sprague-Dawley rats. The transmission of SSEPs, or lack thereof, was determined and compared against the integrity of the dosal funiculi on each side of the spinal cord upon histological sectioning. An association was found between the presence of an SSEP signal and presence of intact dorsal funiculus tissue. The relative risk is 4.50 (95% confidence interval: 1.83 to 11.08) for having an intact dorsal funiculus when the ipsilateral SSEP was present compared to when it was absent. Additionally, the amount of spared spinal cord tissue correlates with final functional assessments at nine weeks post injury: BBB (linear regression, R2 = 0.618, p <0.001) and treadmill test (linear regression, R2 = 0.369, p = 0.016). Therefore, we propose intraoperative SSEP monitoring as a valuable tool to assess extent of lesion and reduce variability between animals in experimental studies of SCI. PMID:22960163

  20. Piperine potentiates the hypocholesterolemic effect of curcumin in rats fed on a high fat diet.

    Tu, Yaosheng; Sun, Dongmei; Zeng, Xiaohui; Yao, Nan; Huang, Xuejun; Huang, Dane; Chen, Yuxing


    It has previously been demonstrated that curcumin possesses a hypocholesterolemic effect and potentiates numerous pharmacological effects of curcumin, however, the mechanisms underlying this hypocholesterolemic effect and the interaction between curcumin and piperine remain to be elucidated. In the present study, male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed on a high-fat diet (HFD) to establish a hyperlipidemia (HLP) model. Co-administration of curcumin plus piperine was found to decrease the levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the serum and liver, as well as increase the levels of fecal TC, TG and total bile acid, compared with administration of curcumin alone. Curcumin plus piperine also markedly increased the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Furthermore, compared with administration of curcumin alone, administration of curcumin plus piperine resulted in a significant upregulation of the activity and gene expression of apolipoprotein AI (ApoAI), lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT), cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase (CYP7A1) and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR). In conclusion, these results indicated that co-administration of curcumin plus piperine potentiates the hypocholesterolemic effects of curcumin by increasing the activity and gene expression of ApoAI, CYP7A1, LCAT and LDLR, providing a promising combination for the treatment of HLP.

  1. Electric stimulation at sciatic nerve evokes long-term potentiation of cornu dorsale medullae spinalis field potential in rats at various developmental phases


    BACKGROUND: Long-term potentiation of cornu dorsale medullae spinalis field potential in adult rats has already been reported; however, there is lack of correlated researches on naenonate, infant and adult rats which have different responses to pain conduction information.OBJECTIVE: To observe the various effects of electric stimulation at sciatic nerve on long-term potentiation of evoked field potential at superficial layer of cornu dorsale medullae spinalis of rats at various developmental phases and analyze manifestations of pain conduction information at superficial layers ( Ⅰ - Ⅱ)of cornu dorsale medullae spinalis in immature rats.DESIGN: Grouping controlled study.SETTING: Department of Physiology, Medical College of Wuhan University.MATERIALS: The experiment was carried out in the Laboratory of Physiology (provincial laboratory),Medical College of Wuhan University from March 2006 to May 2007. A total of 27 healthy male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, 17- 90 days old, SPF grade, weighing 41 -200 g, were provided by Experimental Animal Center, Medical College of Wuhan University.METHODS: Based on their birthdays, rats were divided into naenonate group (17 - 20 days old, weighing 41-52 g, n =10), infant group (35 - 50 days old, weighing 87 - 125 g, n =10) and adult group (60 - 90 days old, weighing 180 -200 g, n =7). Left sciatic nerve was separated and stimulated with single square wave (15 V, 0.5 ms). Meanwhile, evoked field potential was recorded at superficial layers of lateral T13 - L1 cornu dorsale medullae spinalis and then stimulated with high-frequent and high-intensive tetanizing current (30 -40 V, 0.5 ms, 100 Hz, 1 s per bundle, 10 s in bundle interval) four times. After the operation, onset of long-term potentiation was observed; meanwhile, amplitude changes and latency of field potential were analyzed.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Amplitude and latency changes of field potential at superficial layers of cornu dorsale medullae spinalis of rats in the three

  2. Antioxidant potential of bilirubin-accelerated wound healing in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

    Ram, Mahendra; Singh, Vishakha; Kumar, Dhirendra; Kumawat, Sanjay; Gopalakrishnan, Anu; Lingaraju, Madhu C; Gupta, Priyanka; Tandan, Surendra Kumar; Kumar, Dinesh


    Oxidative injury is markedly responsible for wound complications in diabetes mellitus. The biological actions of bilirubin may be relevant to prevent oxidant-mediated cell death, as bilirubin application at a low concentration scavenges reactive oxygen species. Hence, we hypothesized that topical bilirubin application might improve wound healing in diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in adult male Wistar rats, which were divided into two groups, i.e., diabetic control and diabetic treated. Non-diabetic healthy rats were also taken as healthy control group. Wound area was measured on days 3, 7, 14, and 19 post-wounding. The levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and reduced glutathione (GSH) and the activities of glutathione peroxidase (GPx), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase (CAT) were estimated in the granulation tissue. There was a significant increase in percent wound closure in healthy control and diabetic treated rats on days 7, 14, and 19, as compared to diabetic control rats on days 7, 14, and 19. There was significant decrease in MDA levels on days 7, 14, and 19 in diabetic treated rats, as compared to diabetic control rats. Levels of GSH were significantly increased on days 3, 7, 14, and 19 in diabetic treated rats, as compared to diabetic control rats. GPx, SOD, and CAT activities were significantly higher on days 3, 7, and 14 in diabetic treated rats, as compared to diabetic control rats. The findings indicate that bilirubin is effective in reducing the oxidant status in wounds of diabetic rats which might have accelerated wound healing in these rats.

  3. The anti-cancer drug-induced pica in rats is related to their clinical emetogenic potential.

    Yamamoto, Kouichi; Nakai, Miho; Nohara, Kyoko; Yamatodani, Atsushi


    Cancer chemotherapy is frequently accompanied by severe emesis. The anti-cancer drugs are classified according to their clinical emetogenic potential. We have already found that kaolin ingestion behavior "pica" is analogous to emesis in rats. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the clinical emetogenic potential of anti-cancer drugs on the induction of the pica in rats. Rats were housed in individual cages with free access to food and kaolin pellets and the daily food and kaolin intakes were measured for 3 days after the intraperitoneal administration of anti-cancer drugs (cisplatin, cyclophosphamide, actinomycin D, 5-fluorouracil and vincristine). The drugs with high potential for inducing emesis, such as cisplatin and cyclophosphamide, induced pica in all animals on the day of administration and the behavior lasted during the observation period. The drugs with moderate emetogenic potential, i.e. actinomycin D and 5-fluorouracil, also induced pica on the first and second day after the drug administration but the kaolin intake was less than that of the drugs with high potential. Vincristine, a drug with low emetogenic potential, slightly increased the kaolin intake in rats on the only first day of the administration. Cyclophosphamide, actinomycin D and vincristine induced anorexia and decreased their body weight during the observation period. These results suggested that the both amounts of kaolin intake and duration of behavior in the anti-cancer drug-induced pica are related to the clinical emetogenic potential of the drugs and the incidence of the anorexia is not related to their emetogenic potential.

  4. Experimental demonstration of pathogenic potential of Anisakis physeteris and Anisakis paggiae in Wistar rats.

    Romero, María Carmen; Valero, Adela; Navarro, María Concepción; Hierro, Ignacio; Barón, Sergio David; Martín-Sánchez, Joaquina


    Anisakis morphotype I is the principal etiologic agent of human anisakiasis, with differences in pathogenicity found between the Anisakis simplex s.s. and A. pegreffii species; however, the role of morphotype II larvae in this illness is not well understood. The purpose of this study is to verify the ability of morphotype II larvae to invade tissues via the experimental infection of Wistar rats, an animal model which simulates infection in humans. In the in vivo assay, 7.1% (4/56 L3 morphotype II) showed pathogenic potential, defined as the capacity of the larvae to cause lesions, attach to the gastrointestinal wall or penetrate it. Two of these larvae, one of A. physeteris and one of A. paggiae, penetrated the stomach wall and were found within the abdominal cavity, with the first one producing a small lesion with blood vessel breakage. The majority of the L3 larvae of morphotype II were found in the intestine (51.8%; 29/56) with the caecum being the least frequent location (8.9%; 5/56). In contrast, 44.0% (11/25) of the morphotype I larvae demonstrated pathogenic potential. Isoenzyme electrophoresis, PCR-RFLP of ITS1-5.8 s-ITS2 and PCR-sequencing of the cox2 mitochondrial gene were used to identify these larvae as A. physeteris (42.9%), A. paggiae (30.3%) and A. brevispiculata (1.8%). Although the morphotype II larvae of A. physeteris and A. paggiae have lower pathogenic potential than morphotype I larvae of A. simplex s.s. (93 and 91% lower, respectively), they may still be implicated in human anisakiasis, as they are capable of attaching to and penetrating the gastrointestinal wall of animals, demonstrating a similar pathogenicity to that of A. pegreffii. The techniques used for the identification of species reveal a great genetic heterogeneity of A. paggiae and A. physeteris, suggesting the existence of sibling species.

  5. Potential Spermatogenesis Recovery with Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells in an Azoospermic Rat Model

    Deying Zhang


    Full Text Available Non-obstructive azoospermia is the most challenging type of male infertility. Stem cell based therapy provides the potential to enhance the recovery of spermatogenesis following cancer therapy. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs possess the potential to differentiate or trans-differentiate into multi-lineage cells, secrete paracrine factors to recruit the resident stem cells to participate in tissue regeneration, or fuse with the local cells in the affected region. In this study, we tested whether spermatogenically-induced BMSCs can restore spermatogenesis after administration of an anticancer drug. Allogeneic BMSCs were co-cultured in conditioned media derived from cultured testicular Sertoli cells in vitro, and then induced stem cells were transplanted into the seminiferous tubules of a busulfan-induced azoospermatic rat model for 8 weeks. The in vitro induced BMSCs exhibited specific spermatogonic gene and protein markers, and after implantation the donor cells survived and located at the basement membranes of the recipient seminiferous tubules, in accordance with what are considered the unique biological characteristics of spermatogenic stem cells. Molecular markers of spermatogonial stem cells and spermatogonia (Vasa, Stella, SMAD1, Dazl, GCNF, HSP90α, integrinβ1, and c-kit were expressed in the recipient testis tissue. No tumor mass, immune response, or inflammatory reaction developed. In conclusion, BMSCs might provide the potential to trans-differentiate into spermatogenic-like-cells, enhancing endogenous fertility recovery. The present study indicates that BMSCs might offer alternative treatment for the patients with azoospermatic infertility after cancer chemotherapy.

  6. A potential synbiotic product improves the lipid profile of diabetic rats

    Roselino Mariana N


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies showed that intake of yacon or some lactic acid bacteria was able to inhibit the development of diabetes mellitus, by reducing glucose and associated symptoms, for example, the lipid profile. Objective The purpose of this study was to assess the consumption influence of a potential symbiotic product of soybean and yacon extract and fermented Enterococcus faecium CRL 183 and Lactobacillus helveticus ssp jugurti 416 in reducing blood glucose and lipid levels in an animal model. Methods Diabetes mellitus was chemically induced by intraperitoneal administration of streptozotocin (50 mg/kg body weight. The rats were divided into four groups (n=10: GI – non-diabetic animals that received only a standard chow diet (negative control, GII – diabetic animals that received only chow diet (positive control, GIII – diabetic animals that received the chow diet + 1 mL/kg body weight/day of soybean and yacon unfermented product, GIV – diabetic rats that received the chow diet + 1 mL/kg body weight/day of soybean and yacon fermented product. There was a seven-week treatment period and the following parameters were evaluated: animal body weight, food and water intake, blood glucose, enzyme activities of aspartate aminotransferase (AST and alanine aminotransferase (ALT, triglycerides levels, total cholesterol, HDL-C, non-HDL-C. Cell viability of the fermented product was checked weekly for a seven-week period. Results The product average viable population was 108-109 CFU/mL, by ensuring both the rods and cocci regular intake. No difference was observed between the water and feed intake and body weight of groups that received unfermented and fermented products and the untreated diabetic group. The same was observed for the blood glucose and AST and ALT activities, while some improvement was observed for a lipid profile, represented by reduction of triglycerides level by 15.07% and 33.50% in groups III and IV

  7. Electromyographic studies regarding denervation potentials in skeletal muscles at sites near and distant from the burn in rats.

    Sajadi, Simin; Mansoori, Korosh; Forogh, Bijan; Fatemi, Mohammad Javad; Ahadi, Tannaz; Chahardoli Razji, Mahnaz


    Changes in membrane AChRs in skeletal muscles located near or distant from burn injury similar to denervated muscles may make electrodiagnostic features indistinguishable from true neuropathic changes. The aim of this study was to examine electrodiagnostic changes of muscles at sites local and distant from the burn after thermal injuries due to neuromuscular junction dysfunction. A total of 40 adult male rats were randomly allocated to four groups. Rats in group 1 received thermal burn injury over gastrocnemius muscle of one leg and sham burn on the other leg. A 20-25% and 30-35% surface body area burn and also 30-35% surface body area sham burn were produced at distant site from gastrocnemius muscle in group 2, 3 and 4, respectively. To explore any fibrillation potential, the rats underwent serial electromyographic studies of bilateral gastrocnemius muscles over 5 weeks after burn injury. There were no denervation potentials either in muscles at sites distant from 20-25% and 30-35% of total body surface area burns or in muscles beneath the burn. In the present study on rats, thermal burn injury could not make fibrillation potentials in the electrodiagnostic study of muscles located near and distant from the burn site.

  8. Effects of sub-lethal teratogen exposure during larval development on egg laying and egg quality in adult Caenorhabditis elegans

    Killeen, Alexis; Marin de Evsikova, Caralina


    Background: Acute high dose exposure to teratogenic chemicals alters the proper development of an embryo leading to infertility, impaired fecundity, and few viable offspring. However, chronic exposure to sub-toxic doses of teratogens during early development may also have long-term impacts on egg quality and embryo viability. Methods: To test the hypothesis that low dose exposure during early development can impact long-term reproductive health, Caenorhabditis elegans larvae were exposed to 10 teratogens during larval development, and subsequently were examined for the pattern of egg-laying and egg quality (hatched larvae and embryo viability) as gravid adults.  After the exposure, adult gravid worms were transferred to untreated plates and the numbers of eggs laid were recorded every 3 hours, and the day following exposure the numbers of hatched larvae were counted. Re sults: While fecundity and fertility were typically impaired by teratogens, unexpectedly, many teratogens initially increased egg-laying at the earliest interval compared to control but not at later intervals. However, egg quality, as assessed by embryo viability, remained the same because many of the eggs (teratogens during early larval development have subtle, long-term effects on egg laying and egg quality. PMID:28163903

  9. The time of palatal fusion in mice: a factor of strain susceptibility to teratogens.

    Syska, Edward; Schmidt, Reiner; Schubert, Johannes


    Induction of facial clefts in an animal model is often performed in experimental teratology. The susceptibility to teratogens of different strains of mice is genetically determined and seems to depend on the time of palatal fusion during embryogenesis. In order to elucidate the mode of action of preventive measures, we determined the exact time of palatal fusion in different strains of mice used for experiments in our laboratory. Fusion of the secondary palate is finished in the Halle: NMRI-mice at day 15, 0 h of gestation, in Halle: DBA and in A/WySnJ mice at day 15, 6 h and in the Halle: Jena AB-mice at day 15, 12 h. This sequence is at variance with spontaneous cleft rates and susceptibility to teratogens.

  10. The developmental effects of extremely low frequency electric fields on visual and somatosensory evoked potentials in adult rats.

    Gok, Deniz Kantar; Akpinar, Deniz; Hidisoglu, Enis; Ozen, Sukru; Agar, Aysel; Yargicoglu, Piraye


    The purpose of our study was to investigate the developmental effects of extremely low frequency electric fields (ELF-EFs) on visual evoked potentials (VEPs) and somatosensory-evoked potentials (SEPs) and to examine the relationship between lipid peroxidation and changes of these potentials. In this context, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) levels were determined as an indicator of lipid peroxidation. Wistar albino female rats were divided into four groups; Control (C), gestational (prenatal) exposure (Pr), gestational+ postnatal exposure (PP) and postnatal exposure (Po) groups. Pregnant rats of Pr and PP groups were exposed to 50 Hz electric field (EF) (12 kV/m; 1 h/day), while those of C and Po groups were placed in an inactive system during pregnancy. Following parturition, rats of PP and Po groups were exposed to ELF-EFs whereas rats of C and Pr groups were kept under the same experimental conditions without being exposed to any EF during 68 days. On postnatal day 90, rats were prepared for VEP and SEP recordings. The latencies of VEP components in all experimental groups were significantly prolonged versus C group. For SEPs, all components of PP group, P2, N2 components of Pr group and P1, P2, N2 components of Po group were delayed versus C group. As brain TBARS levels were significantly increased in Pr and Po groups, retina TBARS levels were significantly elevated in all experimental groups versus C group. In conclusion, alterations seen in evoked potentials, at least partly, could be explained by lipid peroxidation in the retina and brain.

  11. Cortical field potentials preceding self-paced forelimb movements and influences of cerebellectomy upon them in rats.

    Ohishi, Hiroko; Ichikawa, Jun; Matsuzaki, Ryuichi; Kyuhou, Shin ichi; Matsuura-Nakao, Kazuko; Seki, Tomomi; Gemba, Hisae


    Seven rats were well trained to move lever to the left by right forelimb at self-pace (self-paced forelimb movements). Cortical field potentials associated with self-paced forelimb movements were recorded by electrodes implanted chronically on the surface and at a 2.0 mm depth in the forelimb motor cortex on the left side. A surface-negative, depth-positive potential starting about 1.0 s prior to the movement was recorded in the rostral part of the forelimb motor cortex. Further we found that the premovement potential was eliminated by the cerebellar hemispherectomy on the right side. This suggests the participation of the cerebellar hemisphere in preparing the activity of the motor cortex before self-paced forelimb movements in rats, by cerebello-thalamo-cortical projections.

  12. Methodological Approaches to Evaluate Teratogenic Risk Using Birth Defect Registries: Advantages and Disadvantages

    Poletta, Fernando A.; López Camelo, Jorge S.; Gili, Juan A.; Emmanuele Leoncini; CASTILLA, EDUARDO E.; Pierpaolo Mastroiacovo


    BACKGROUND: Different approaches have been used in case-control studies to estimate maternal exposure to medications and the risk of birth defects. However, the performance of these approaches and how they affect the odds ratio (OR) estimates have not been evaluated using birth-defect surveillance programmes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the scope and limitations of three case-control approaches to assess the teratogenic risk of birth defects in mothers exposed to antiepileptic medic...

  13. Discriminative power of an assay for automated in vitro screening of teratogens

    Walmod, Peter S; Gravemann, Ute; Nau, Heinz


    -trans-retinoic acid, pentyl-4-yn-valproic acid, saccharin, salicylic acid and valproic acid. All compounds, with the exception of dimethadione inhibited proliferation in a linear dose-dependent manner, and there were statistically significant compound class-dependent differences between the IC(50)-values...... to teratogenicity were: 5-bromo-2(')-deoxyuridine, 6-aminonicotinamide, acrylamide, boric acid, D-(+)-camphor, dimethadione, dimethyl phthalate, diphenhydramine, hydroxyurea, isobutyl-ethyl-valproic acid, lithium chloride, methyl mercury chloride, methotrexate, methoxyacetic acid, penicillin G, all...

  14. Bone loss in adult offspring induced by low-dose exposure to teratogens.

    Torchinsky, Arkady; Mizrahi, Limor; Savion, Shoshana; Shahar, Ron; Toder, Vladimir; Kobyliansky, Eugene


    Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy was shown by numerous studies to result in the birth of offspring exhibiting altered bone characteristics, which are indicative of bone loss. We hypothesized that not only maternal malnutrition but also some developmental toxicants (teratogens) given at a dose inducing neither structural anomalies nor growth retardation can detrimentally affect skeletal health in adult offspring. To check this hypothesis, pregnant mice were exposed to a single injection of 5-aza-2-deoxycytidine (5-AZA) (a teratogen capable of inducing phocomelia of the hind limbs) at a sub-threshold teratogenic dose. Micro-computed tomography scanning revealed that femora of 5-month-old male offspring exposed in uterus to 5-AZA had trabecular microarchitecture indicative of bone loss. Furthermore, exposure to 5-AZA increased the susceptibility of offspring to postnatal chronic mild stress, which has been shown to induce bone loss in mice. While exploring possible mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, we observed that the expression of some microRNAs, which have been demonstrated as regulators of key osteoblastogenic genes, was altered in hind limb buds of embryos exposed to 5-AZA. Furthermore, the expression of receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL) in femoral stromal/osteoblastic cells of 5-month-old offspring of 5-AZA-treated females was found to be increased. Collectively, this study implies for the first time that single low-dose exposure to a teratogen can induce bone loss in adult offspring, possibly via alteration of embryonic microRNAs and RANKL expression.

  15. The effect of teratogens on maternal corticosterone levels and cleft incidence in A/J mice.

    Sullivan-Jones, P; Hansen, D K; Sheehan, D M; Holson, R R


    It is unknown whether orofacial clefting, one consequence of teratogenic exposure, results from a direct interaction between the teratogen and the embryonic palate, or indirectly from maternal alterations caused by the teratogen. In the current study pregnant A/J mice were exposed to one of three cleft-inducing agents in order to examine the relationship between drug-induced clefting and the response of maternal plasma corticosterone to drug administration. The agents used, haloperidol (HAL), 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), or phenytoin (PHT), were administered in teratogenic doses between 0800 and 0930 on gestational day 10 (GD 10). For corticosterone determinations, mice were dosed on GD 10, and blood was collected at 1, 4, 24, or 48 hr after dosing. For fetal evaluation of cleft lip and/or cleft palate, mice were dosed on GD 10 and killed on GD 18. Phenytoin was the most potent inducer of cleft lip and palate and induced a sustained elevation of plasma corticosterone in maternal animals. The other treatments, in order of decreasing potency to induce clefting and/or cause an elevation of corticosterone in plasma were 2,4,5-T > HAL > controls. Correlations between maternal corticosterone levels and clefting incidence were very high at all time points examined; total exposure (area under the curve) was also highly correlated. A linear relationship between drug-induced increases in maternal corticosterone levels and the incidence of clefting in A/J mice was evident. Based on these findings, we believe that increased maternal corticosterone levels may play a role in orofacial clefting in A/J mice.

  16. Teratogenic and toxic effects of Lingzhi or Reishi medicinal mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (W.Curt.:Fr.) P. Karst. (higher Basidiomycetes), on zebrafish embryo as model.

    Dulay, Rich Milton R; Kalaw, Sofronio P; Reyes, Renato G; Alfonso, Noel F; Eguchi, Fumio


    This paper highlights the teratogenic and toxic effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi mushroom) extract on zebrafish embryos. Hatchability, malformations, and lethality rate of zebrafish embryos were assessed to provide valuable information regarding the potential teratogenic activity of G. lucidum. Hatching was completed 48 h post treatment application (hpta) at 1% or lower concentrations of extract and embryo water. The hatching rate of embryos treated with 5% or higher concentrations was significantly lower (p> 0.05) than the control. Tail malformation was the most marked morphological abnormality in embryos at 72 hpta, which was obviously caused by 1% extract (55.56% tail malformation) and was observed in all embryos exposed to 5% of extract. Growth retardation was evident in embryos exposed to 5%, 10%, and 20%. However, lethal effect of extract of G. lucidum was dependent on dose and time of exposure. Mortality rates of embryos treated with 5% (44.44%) or higher concentrations of the extract was significantly higher (p > 0.05) than that of the control embryos at 72 hpta. These results suggest that G. lucidum extract has lethal and sub-lethal effects on zebrafish embryos.

  17. Comparison of the effects of aminoguanidine and L-carnitine treatments on somatosensorial evoked potentials in alloxan-diabetic rats.

    Yildiz, O; Ozata, M; Ozkardeş, A; Deniz, G; Yildirimkaya, M; Corakçi, A; Yardim, M; Gündoğan, M A


    The effects of aminoguanidine (AG) and L-carnitine (LC) on somatosensorial evoked potential (SEP) latency and neural levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), products of lipid peroxidation, were compared in alloxan-diabetic rats. AG and LC were given to diabetic rats starting from the 3rd week after the induction of diabetes and lasting for 4 weeks. SEP latency was measured by stimulating via caudal nerve and recording via cortex, once weekly during the treatments. Diabetes caused deficits in SEP (P < 0.05 vs non-diabetic control rats, respectively). AG and LC restored SEP latencies slightly but not significantly, with the exception of the prominent effect of AG at the first week and both treatments at the 4th week of the treatments (P < 0.05 vs untreated diabetic rats, respectively). Diabetes caused elevation in neural TBARS levels (P < 0.05 vs non-diabetic group), which was prevented by both AG and LC (P < 0.05 vs untreated diabetic rats, respectively). Weight and the glucose levels were not influenced by the treatments. Our results suggest that AG improves SEP latencies better than LC. Our results also suggest that the beneficial effects of both AG and LC on diabetic neuropathy are not associated with the regulation of glycemia, but these effects may be related in part with prevention of lipid peroxidation.

  18. Potential of human dental stem cells in repairing the complete transection of rat spinal cord

    Yang, Chao; Li, Xinghan; Sun, Liang; Guo, Weihua; Tian, Weidong


    Objective. The adult spinal cord of mammals contains a certain amount of neural precursor cells, but these endogenous cells have a limited capacity for replacement of lost cells after spinal cord injury. The exogenous stem cells transplantation has become a therapeutic strategy for spinal cord repairing because of their immunomodulatory and differentiation capacity. In addition, dental stem cells originating from the cranial neural crest might be candidate cell sources for neural engineering. Approach. Human dental follicle stem cells (DFSCs), stem cells from apical papilla (SCAPs) and dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) were isolated and identified in vitro, then green GFP-labeled stem cells with pellets were transplanted into completely transected spinal cord. The functional recovery of rats and multiple neuro-regenerative mechanisms were explored. Main results. The dental stem cells, especially DFSCs, demonstrated the potential in repairing the completely transected spinal cord and promote functional recovery after injury. The major involved mechanisms were speculated below: First, dental stem cells inhibited the expression of interleukin-1β to reduce the inflammatory response; second, they inhibited the expression of ras homolog gene family member A (RhoA) to promote neurite regeneration; third, they inhibited the sulfonylurea receptor1 (SUR-1) expression to reduce progressive hemorrhagic necrosis; lastly, parts of the transplanted cells survived and differentiated into mature neurons and oligodendrocytes but not astrocyte, which is beneficial for promoting axons growth. Significance. Dental stem cells presented remarkable tissue regenerative capability after spinal cord injury through immunomodulatory, differentiation and protection capacity.

  19. Effects of terpineol on the compound action potential of the rat sciatic nerve

    M.R. Moreira


    Full Text Available Terpineol, a volatile terpenoid alcohol of low toxicity, is widely used in the perfumery industry. It is an important chemical constituent of the essential oil of many plants with widespread applications in folk medicine and in aromatherapy. The effects of terpineol on the compound action potential (CAP of rat sciatic nerve were studied. Terpineol induced a dose-dependent blockade of the CAP. At 100 µM, terpineol had no demonstrable effect. At 300 µM terpineol, peak-to-peak amplitude and conduction velocity of CAP were significantly reduced at the end of 180-min exposure of the nerve to the drug, from 3.28 ± 0.22 mV and 33.5 ± 7.05 m/s, respectively, to 1.91 ± 0.51 mV and 26.2 ± 4.55 m/s. At 600 µM, terpineol significantly reduced peak-to-peak amplitude and conduction velocity from 2.97 ± 0.55 mV and 32.8 ± 3.91 m/s to 0.24 ± 0.23 mV and 2.72 ± 2.72 m/s, respectively (N = 5. All these effects developed slowly and were reversible upon 180-min washout.

  20. Influence of age on rat bone-marrow mesenchymal stem cells potential.

    Fafián-Labora, J; Fernández-Pernas, P; Fuentes, I; De Toro, J; Oreiro, N; Sangiao-Alvarellos, S; Mateos, J; Arufe, M C


    Mesenchymal stem cells promising role in cell-based therapies and tissue engineering appears to be limited due to a decline of their regenerative potential with increasing donor age. Six age groups from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells of Wistar rats were studied (newborn, infant, young, pre-pubertal, pubertal and adult). Quantitative proteomic assay was performance by iTRAQ using an 8-plex iTRAQ labeling and the proteins differentially expressed were grouped in pluripotency, proliferative and metabolism processes. Proliferation makers, CD117 and Ki67 were measure by flow cytometry assay. Real time polymerase chain reaction analysis of pluripotency markers Rex1, Oct4, Sox2 and Nanog were done. Biological differentiation was realized using specific mediums for 14 days to induce osteogenesis, adipogenesis or chondrogenesis and immunostain analysis of differentiated cell resulting were done. Enzimoimmunoassay analysis of several enzymes as L-lactate dehydrogenase and glucose-6-phosphate isomerase were also done to validate iTRAQ data. Taking together these results indicate for the first time that mesenchymal stem cells have significant differences in their proliferative, pluripotency and metabolism profiles and those differences are age depending.

  1. Direction-selective circuitry in rat retina develops independently of GABAergic, cholinergic and action potential activity.

    Le Sun

    Full Text Available The ON-OFF direction selective ganglion cells (DSGCs in the mammalian retina code image motion by responding much more strongly to movement in one direction. They do so by receiving inhibitory inputs selectively from a particular sector of processes of the overlapping starburst amacrine cells, a type of retinal interneuron. The mechanisms of establishment and regulation of this selective connection are unknown. Here, we report that in the rat retina, the morphology, physiology of the ON-OFF DSGCs and the circuitry for coding motion directions develop normally with pharmacological blockade of GABAergic, cholinergic activity and/or action potentials for over two weeks from birth. With recent results demonstrating light independent formation of the retinal DS circuitry, our results strongly suggest the formation of the circuitry, i.e., the connections between the second and third order neurons in the visual system, can be genetically programmed, although emergence of direction selectivity in the visual cortex appears to require visual experience.

  2. Adhesion to carbon nanotube conductive scaffolds forces action-potential appearance in immature rat spinal neurons.

    Fabbro, Alessandra; Sucapane, Antonietta; Toma, Francesca Maria; Calura, Enrica; Rizzetto, Lisa; Carrieri, Claudia; Roncaglia, Paola; Martinelli, Valentina; Scaini, Denis; Masten, Lara; Turco, Antonio; Gustincich, Stefano; Prato, Maurizio; Ballerini, Laura


    In the last decade, carbon nanotube growth substrates have been used to investigate neurons and neuronal networks formation in vitro when guided by artificial nano-scaled cues. Besides, nanotube-based interfaces are being developed, such as prosthesis for monitoring brain activity. We recently described how carbon nanotube substrates alter the electrophysiological and synaptic responses of hippocampal neurons in culture. This observation highlighted the exceptional ability of this material in interfering with nerve tissue growth. Here we test the hypothesis that carbon nanotube scaffolds promote the development of immature neurons isolated from the neonatal rat spinal cord, and maintained in vitro. To address this issue we performed electrophysiological studies associated to gene expression analysis. Our results indicate that spinal neurons plated on electro-conductive carbon nanotubes show a facilitated development. Spinal neurons anticipate the expression of functional markers of maturation, such as the generation of voltage dependent currents or action potentials. These changes are accompanied by a selective modulation of gene expression, involving neuronal and non-neuronal components. Our microarray experiments suggest that carbon nanotube platforms trigger reparative activities involving microglia, in the absence of reactive gliosis. Hence, future tissue scaffolds blended with conductive nanotubes may be exploited to promote cell differentiation and reparative pathways in neural regeneration strategies.

  3. Membrane potential-dependent modulation of recurrent inhibition in rat neocortex.

    Jie Zhu


    Full Text Available Dynamic balance of excitation and inhibition is crucial for network stability and cortical processing, but it is unclear how this balance is achieved at different membrane potentials (V(m of cortical neurons, as found during persistent activity or slow V(m oscillation. Here we report that a V(m-dependent modulation of recurrent inhibition between pyramidal cells (PCs contributes to the excitation-inhibition balance. Whole-cell recording from paired layer-5 PCs in rat somatosensory cortical slices revealed that both the slow and the fast disynaptic IPSPs, presumably mediated by low-threshold spiking and fast spiking interneurons, respectively, were modulated by changes in presynaptic V(m. Somatic depolarization (>5 mV of the presynaptic PC substantially increased the amplitude and shortened the onset latency of the slow disynaptic IPSPs in neighboring PCs, leading to a narrowed time window for EPSP integration. A similar increase in the amplitude of the fast disynaptic IPSPs in response to presynaptic depolarization was also observed. Further paired recording from PCs and interneurons revealed that PC depolarization increases EPSP amplitude and thus elevates interneuronal firing and inhibition of neighboring PCs, a reflection of the analog mode of excitatory synaptic transmission between PCs and interneurons. Together, these results revealed an immediate V(m-dependent modulation of cortical inhibition, a key strategy through which the cortex dynamically maintains the balance of excitation and inhibition at different states of cortical activity.

  4. Possible Potentiation by Certain Antioxidants of the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Diclofenac in Rats

    Samah S. Abbas


    Full Text Available In the present study, we investigated the potential beneficial impact of the addition of antioxidant supplements to diclofenac regimen in a model of carrageenan-induced paw. Rats were treated daily with antioxidants, that is, a-lipoic acid (50 mg/kg, selenium (2.5 mg/kg, vitamin C (1 g/kg, vitamin E (300 mg/kg, or zinc (25 mg/kg on seven successive days and then received a single treatment with diclofenac or saline before carrageenan was injected to induce paw inflammation. The results indicated that these combinations did not significantly affect the percentage inhibition of paw edema caused by diclofenac alone; however, some combination treatments ameliorated signs of concomitant oxidative stress (such as alterations in plasma malondialdehyde (MDA levels, hemolysate reduced glutathione levels, and erythrocytic superoxide dismutase enzyme activities imparted by diclofenac alone. In some cases, few tested antioxidants in combination with diclofenac resulted in increased plasma levels of interleukin- (IL- 6 and C-reactive protein (CRP. In conclusion, the results of these studies suggested to us that the added presence of natural antioxidants could be beneficial as standard anti-inflammatory therapeutics for a patient under diclofenac treatment, albeit that these effects do not appear to significantly build upon those that could be obtained from this common anti-inflammatory agent per se.

  5. The distribution of transient receptor potential melastatin-8 in the rat soft palate, epiglottis, and pharynx.

    Sato, Tadasu; Fujita, Masatoshi; Kano, Mitsuhiro; Hosokawa, Hiroshi; Kondo, Teruyoshi; Suzuki, Toshihiko; Kasahara, Eriko; Shoji, Noriaki; Sasano, Takashi; Ichikawa, Hiroyuki


    Immunohistochemistry for transient receptor potential melastatin-8 (TRPM8), the cold and menthol receptor, was performed on the rat soft palate, epiglottis and pharynx. TRPM8-immunoreactive (IR) nerve fibers were located beneath the mucous epithelium, and occasionally penetrated the epithelium. These nerve fibers were abundant in the posterior portion of the soft palate and at the border region of naso-oral and laryngeal parts of the pharynx. The epiglottis was free from such nerve fibers. The double immunofluorescence method demonstrated that TRPM8-IR nerve fibers in the pharynx and soft palate were mostly devoid of calcitonin gene-related peptide-immunoreactivity (CGRP-IR). The retrograde tracing method also demonstrated that 30.1 and 8.7 % of sensory neurons in the jugular and petrosal ganglia innervating the pharynx contained TRPM8-IR, respectively. Among these neurons, the co-expression of TRPM8 and CGRP-IR was very rare. In the nodose ganglion, however, pharyngeal neurons were devoid of TRPM8-IR. Taste bud-like structures in the soft palate and pharynx contained 4-9 TRPM8-IR cells. In the epiglottis, the mucous epithelium on the laryngeal side had numerous TRPM8-IR cells. The present study suggests that TRPM8 can respond to cold stimulation when food and drinks pass through oral and pharyngeal cavities.

  6. Adolescent Toluene Inhalation in Rats Affects White Matter Maturation with the Potential for Recovery Following Abstinence

    Egan, Gary; Kolbe, Scott; Gavrilescu, Maria; Wright, David; Lubman, Dan Ian; Lawrence, Andrew John


    Inhalant misuse is common during adolescence, with ongoing chronic misuse associated with neurobiological and cognitive abnormalities. While human imaging studies consistently report white matter abnormalities among long-term inhalant users, longitudinal studies have been lacking with limited data available regarding the progressive nature of such abnormalities, including the potential for recovery following periods of sustained abstinence. We exposed adolescent male Wistar rats (postnatal day 27) to chronic intermittent inhaled toluene (3,000 ppm) for 1 hour/day, 3 times/week for 8 weeks to model abuse patterns observed in adolescent and young adult human users. This dosing regimen resulted in a significant retardation in weight gain during the exposure period (ptoluene exposure during adolescence and early adulthood resulted in white matter abnormalities, including a decrease in axial (pToluene-induced effects on both body weight and white matter parameters recovered following abstinence. Behaviourally, we observed a progressive decrease in rearing activity following toluene exposure but no difference in motor function, suggesting cognitive function may be more sensitive to the effects of toluene. Furthermore, deficits in rearing were present by 4 weeks suggesting that toluene may affect behaviour prior to detectable white matter abnormalities. Consequently, exposure to inhalants that contain toluene during adolescence and early adulthood appear to differentially affect white matter maturation and behavioural outcomes, although recovery can occur following abstinence. PMID:23028622

  7. Evaluation of acute toxicity and teratogenic effects of plant growth regulators by Daphnia magna embryo assay.

    Wang, Kai-Sung; Lu, Chi-Yuan; Chang, Shih-Hsien


    This study selected common plant growth regulators (Atonik, Cytokinin, Ethephon, Gibberellic acid and Paclobutrazol) to investigate their biological toxicity to the waters of the important biological indicator Daphnia magna. The methods used in this study included traditional neonate acute toxicity test, new Daphnia embryo toxicity test, and teratogenic embryo test. The study concluded that the acute toxicity of the five PGRs to Daphnia neonate had EC(50) value range of 1.9-130.5 mg l(-1), while acute toxicity of PGRs on Daphnia embryo had EC(50) value range of 0.2-125 mg l(-1); the Daphnia embryos' LOEC values (0.05-48 mg l(-1)) for the five PGRs were lower than embryo EC(50) values. The toxic ratios of 48 h EC(50) (neonate)/48 h LOEC (embryo) for 5 PGRs were 19-512 times. The study found that teratogenic effects of Paclobutrazol and Cytokinin induced in embryo were higher than those of most other PGRs. Microscopic observation of the teratogenic effects showed that all 5 PGRs induced malformations of the second antenna, rostrum, Malpighian tube, sensory bristles, and tail spine as well as function loss and death.

  8. Long-term potentiation at temporoammonic path-CA1 synapses in freely moving rats

    Jossina eGonzalez


    Full Text Available Hippocampal area CA1 receives direct entorhinal layer III input via the temporoammonic path (TAP and recent studies implicate TAP-CA1 synapses are important for some aspects of hippocampal memory function. Nonetheless, as few studies have examined TAP-CA1 synaptic plasticity in vivo, the induction and longevity of TAP-CA1 long-term potentiation (LTP has not been fully characterized. We analyzed CA1 responses following stimulation of the medial aspect of the angular bundle and investigated LTP at medial temporoammonic path (mTAP-CA1 synapses in freely moving rats. We demonstrate monosynaptic mTAP-CA1 responses can be isolated in vivo as evidenced by observations of independent current sinks in the stratum lacunosum moleculare of both areas CA1 and CA3 following angular bundle stimulation. Contrasting prior indications that TAP input rarely elicits CA1 discharge, we observed mTAP-CA1 responses that appeared to contain putative population spikes in 40% of our behaving animals. Theta burst high frequency stimulation of mTAP afferents resulted in an input specific and NMDA receptor-dependent LTP of mTAP-CA1 responses in behaving animals. LTP of mTAP-CA1 responses decayed as a function of two exponential decay curves with time constants (τ of 2.7 and 148 days to decay 63.2% of maximal LTP. In contrast, mTAP-CA1 population spike potentiation longevity demonstrated a τ of 9.6 days. To our knowledge, these studies provide the first description of mTAP-CA1 LTP longevity in vivo. These data indicate TAP input to area CA1 is a physiologically relevant afferent system that displays robust synaptic plasticity.

  9. Comet assay evaluation of six chemicals of known genotoxic potential in rats.

    Hobbs, Cheryl A; Recio, Leslie; Streicker, Michael; Boyle, Molly H; Tanaka, Jin; Shiga, Atsushi; Witt, Kristine L


    As a part of an international validation of the in vivo rat alkaline comet assay (comet assay) initiated by the Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (JaCVAM) we examined six chemicals for potential to induce DNA damage: 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF), N-nitrosodimethylamine (DMN), o-anisidine, 1,2-dimethylhydrazine dihydrochloride (1,2-DMH), sodium chloride, and sodium arsenite. DNA damage was evaluated in the liver and stomach of 7- to 9-week-old male Sprague Dawley rats. Of the five genotoxic carcinogens tested in our laboratory, DMN and 1,2-DMH were positive in the liver and negative in the stomach, 2-AAF and o-anisidine produced an equivocal result in liver and negative results in stomach, and sodium arsenite was negative in both liver and stomach. 1,2-DMH and DMN induced dose-related increases in hedgehogs in the same tissue (liver) that exhibited increased DNA migration. However, no cytotoxicity was indicated by the neutral diffusion assay (assessment of highly fragmented DNA) or histopathology in response to treatment with any of the tested chemicals. Therefore, the increased DNA damage resulting from exposure to DMN and 1,2-DMH was considered to represent a genotoxic response. Sodium chloride, a non-genotoxic non-carcinogen, was negative in both tissues as would be predicted. Although only two (1,2-DMH and DMN) out of five genotoxic carcinogens produced clearly positive results in the comet assay, the results obtained for o-anisidine and sodium arsenite in liver and stomach cells are consistent with the known mode of genotoxicity and tissue specificity exhibited by these carcinogens. In contrast, given the known genotoxic mode-of-action and target organ carcinogenicity of 2-AAF, it is unclear why this chemical failed to convincingly increase DNA migration in the liver. Thus, the results of the comet assay validation studies conducted in our laboratory were considered appropriate for five out of the six test chemicals.

  10. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential of curcumin accelerated the cutaneous wound healing in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

    Kant, Vinay; Gopal, Anu; Pathak, Nitya N; Kumar, Pawan; Tandan, Surendra K; Kumar, Dinesh


    Prolonged inflammation and increased oxidative stress impairs healing in diabetics and application of curcumin, a well known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, could be an important strategy in improving impaired healing in diabetics. So, the present study was conducted to evaluate the cutaneous wound healing potential of topically applied curcumin in diabetic rats. Open excision skin wound was created in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats and wounded rats were divided into three groups; i) control, ii) gel-treated and iii) curcumin-treated. Pluronic F-127 gel (25%) and curcumin (0.3%) in pluronic gel were topically applied in the gel- and curcumin-treated groups, respectively, once daily for 19 days. Curcumin application increased the wound contraction and decreased the expressions of inflammatory cytokines/enzymes i.e. tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin (IL)-1beta and matrix metalloproteinase-9. Curcumin also increased the levels of anti-inflammatory cytokine i.e. IL-10 and antioxidant enzymes i.e. superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. Histopathologically, the curcumin-treated wounds showed better granulation tissue dominated by marked fibroblast proliferation and collagen deposition, and wounds were covered by thick regenerated epithelial layer. These findings reveal that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential of curcumin caused faster and better wound healing in diabetic rats and curcumin could be an additional novel therapeutic agent in the management of impaired wound healing in diabetics.

  11. Mesenchymal stem cells from rats with chronic kidney disease exhibit premature senescence and loss of regenerative potential.

    Barbara Mara Klinkhammer

    Full Text Available Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC transplantation has the potential for organ repair. Nevertheless, some factors might lessen the regenerative potential of MSCs, e.g. donor age or systemic disease. It is thus important to carefully assess the patient's suitability for autologous MSC transplantation. Here we investigated the effects of chronic kidney disease (CKD on MSC function. We isolated bone marrow MSCs from remnant kidney rats (RK with CKD (CKD-RK-MSC and found signs of premature senescence: spontaneous adipogenesis, reduced proliferation capacity, active senescence-associated-β-galactosidase, accumulation of actin and a modulated secretion profile. The functionality of CKD-RK-MSCs in vivo was tested in rats with acute anti-Thy1.1-nephritis, where healthy MSCs have been shown to be beneficial. Rats received healthy MSCs, CKD-RK-MSC or medium by injection into the left renal artery. Kidneys receiving healthy MSCs exhibited accelerated healing of glomerular lesions, whereas CKD-RK-MSC or medium exerted no benefit. The negative influence of advanced CKD/uremia on MSCs was confirmed in a second model of CKD, adenine nephropathy (AD. MSCs from rats with adenine nephropathy (CKD-AD-MSC also exhibited cellular modifications and functional deficits in vivo. We conclude that CKD leads to a sustained loss of in vitro and in vivo functionality in MSCs, possibly due to premature cellular senescence. Considering autologous MSC therapy in human renal disease, studies identifying uremia-associated mechanisms that account for altered MSC function are urgently needed.

  12. [Study of acetylsalicylic acid role in the potentiation of antiamnesic and neuroprotective properties of piracetam in rats with alloxan diabetes].

    Zhiliuk, V I; Levykh, A E; Mamchur, V I


    It has been established that prolonged alloxan-induced hyperglycemia in rats potentiates amnesic properties of scopolamine hydrobromide. It was characterized by shortening of the latent period by 44% (ppiracetam with acetylsalicylic acid was accompanied by an expressed antiamnetic potential - the reduction of early markers of proteins degradation (aldehydephenylhydrazones, APH) by 21,7% (ppiracetam according to the effect upon KPH. NO2-/NO3- level was also decreased by 30,3% (ppiracetam may be assumed to be directly related to the ability of acetylsalicylic acid to improve microcirculation in the ischemic areas of the brain in diabetes and probably to its neuroprotective potential.

  13. Anti-diabetic potentials of Momordica charantia and Andrographis paniculata and their effects on estrous cyclicity of alloxan-induced diabetic rats.

    Reyes, B A S; Bautista, N D; Tanquilut, N C; Anunciado, R V; Leung, A B; Sanchez, G C; Magtoto, R L; Castronuevo, P; Tsukamura, H; Maeda, K-I


    Momordica charantia and Andrographis paniculata are the commonly used herbs by the diabetic patients in Pampanga, Philippines. While the anti-diabetic potential of Momordica charantia is well established in streptozocin- or alloxan-induced diabetic animals, the anti-diabetic potential of Andrographis paniculata in alloxan-induced diabetic rat is not known. Neither the effects of these herbs on estrous cyclicity of alloxan-induced diabetic rats are elucidated. Thus, in these experiments, Momordica charantia fruit juice or Andrographis paniculata decoction was orally administered to alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Rats that were treated with Momordica charantia and Andrographis paniculata had higher body weight (BW) compared with diabetic positive control (P Momordica charantia and Andrographis paniculata-treated diabetic rats (5 days; P Momordica charantia and Andrographis paniculata could restore impaired estrous cycle in alloxan-induced diabetic rats.

  14. Late onset deficits in synaptic plasticity in the valproic acid rat model of autism

    Henry Giles Stratten Martin


    Full Text Available Valproic acid (VPA is a frequently used drug in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorders and migraines; however it is also a potent teratogen. Prenatal exposure increases the risk of childhood malformations and can result in cognitive deficits. In rodents in utero exposure to VPA also causes neurodevelopmental abnormalities and is an important model of autism. In early postnatal life VPA exposed rat pups show changes in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC physiology and synaptic connectivity. Specifically, principal neurons show decreased excitability but increased local connectivity, coupled with an increase in long-term potentiation (LTP due to an up-regulation of NMDA receptor (NMDAR expression. However recent evidence suggests compensatory homeostatic mechanisms lead to normalization of synaptic NMDA receptors during later postnatal development. Here we have extended study of mPFC synaptic physiology into adulthood to better understand the longitudinal consequences of early developmental abnormalities in VPA exposed rats. Surprisingly in contrast to early postnatal life and adolescence, we find that adult VPA exposed rats show reduced synaptic function. Both NMDAR mediated currents and LTP are lower in adult VPA rats, although spontaneous activity and endocannabinoid dependent long-term depression are normal. We conclude that rather than correcting, synaptic abnormalities persist into adulthood in VPA exposed rats, although a quite different synaptic phenotype is present. This switch from hyper to hypo function in mPFC may be linked to some of the neurodevelopmental defects found in prenatal VPA exposure and autism spectrum disorders in general.

  15. Effect of Qingkailing injection on rat embryonic neuronal apoptosis and mitochondrial membrane potential

    He Pang; Lingqun Zhu; Shuoren Wang; Fuing Niu; Wei Cui


    BACKGROUND:The decrease of mitochondrial membrane potential(MMP)is an irreversible marker of neuronal apoptosis during ischemla/reperfusion(I/R)injury of brain tissue.Qingkaiing injection is proved to have protective effect on neuronal ischemic injury.Whether inhibiting the decrease of MMP can inhibit apoptosis when I/R injury of brain tissue occurs is unclear.OBJECTIVE:To observe the effect of Qingkaiing injection on rat embryonic hippocampal neuronal apoptosis,MMP and mitochondroal activity after hypoxia/hypoglycamia and reoxygenation,and make a comparison of therapeutic effect on I/R injury between Oingkaiing injection and nimodipine.DESIGN:Observation and controlled trial.SETTING:Peropheral Vascular Center,Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine;the Key Laboratory of Chinese Internal Medicine of Ministry of Education and Beijing Key Laboratory.Dongzhimen Hospital,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.MATERIALS:Eight Wistar rats at embryonic 18 days,provided by Breeding Farm of Experimental Animals,Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences(Permission No.SCXK-11-00-0006) were employed in this trial.Qingkaiing injection (Pharmaceutical Factory of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine,Batch No.213710A,10 Ml each,baicalin 50 g and total nitrogen 25 mg included)and nimodipine(ICN company,USA)were also used.METHODS:This experiment was carried out in the Key Laboratory of Chinese Internal Medicine of Ministry of Education,Dongzhimen Hospital,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Beijing Key Laboratory from January 2003 to December 2005.①The pregnant rats were anesthetized and fetal rats were isolated for culturong fetal rat hippocampal neurons.The neurons cultured for 10 days were used for expedment.The neurons were divided into 5 groups:model group,control group,nimodipine group.Qingkailing high-dose group and Oingkailing low-dose group.Hypoxia/hypoglycemia and reoxygenation models served as model group,and they were used to simulate reperfusion

  16. Vagotomy diminishes obesity in cafeteria rats by decreasing cholinergic potentiation of insulin release.

    Balbo, Sandra Lucinei; Ribeiro, Rosane Aparecida; Mendes, Mariana Carla; Lubaczeuski, Camila; Maller, Ana Claudia Paiva Alegre; Carneiro, Everardo Magalhães; Bonfleur, Maria Lúcia


    Herein, we investigated whether subdiaphragmatic vagotomy has benefits on obesity, body glucose homeostasis, and insulin secretion in cafeteria (CAF)-obese rats. Wistar rats were fed a standard or CAF diet for 12 weeks. Subsequently, CAF rats were randomly submitted to truncal vagotomy (CAF Vag) or sham operation (CAF Sham). CAF Sham rats were hyperphagic, obese, and presented metabolic disturbances, including hyperinsulinemia, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. Twelve weeks after vagotomy, CAF Vag rats presented reductions in body weight and perigonadal fat stores. Vagotomy did not modify glucose tolerance but normalized fed glycemia, insulinemia, and insulin sensitivity. Isolated islets from CAF Sham rats secreted more insulin in response to the cholinergic agent, carbachol, and when intracellular cyclic adenine monophosphate (cAMP) is enhanced by forskolin or 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine. Vagotomy decreased glucose-induced insulin release due to a reduction in the cholinergic action on β-cells. This effect also normalized islet secretion in response to cAMP. Therefore, vagotomy in rats fed on a CAF-style diet effectively decreases adiposity and restores insulin sensitivity. These effects were mainly associated with the lack of cholinergic action on the endocrine pancreas, which decreases insulinemia and may gradually reduce fat storage and improve insulin sensitivity.

  17. Ameliorative potential of Tephrosia purpurea extract against arsenic induced toxicity in wistar rats

    Birendra kumar Roy; Naveen Kumar; Reetu Toppo; Priscilla Kerketta; Sushma Lalita Baxla; Ravuri Halley Gora


    Aim: The present investigation has been conducted to evaluate the protective activity of Tephrosia purpurea extract (TPE) against arsenic induced toxicity. Materials and Methods: For this study, twenty four wistar albino rats were taken. Control group, group – I rats were given sodium arsenite @ 10 mg/kg and group – II rats were treated with TPE @ 500 mg/kg along with sodium arsenite @ 10 mg/kg (daily oral for 28 days). On 29th day animals were slaughtered and various parameters were determin...

  18. Effects of electroacupuncture versus nimodipine on long-term potentiation and synaptophysin expression in a rat model of vascular dementia

    Dengming Wei; Xuemin Jia; Xiangxu Yin; Wenwen Jiang


    The present study stimulated Baihui (DU 20) and Dazhui (DU 14) acupoints in a rat model of vascular dementia with electroacupuncture to investigate changes in long-term potentiation and synaptophysin expression in the hippocampus. The results revealed that synaptophysin expression in brain tissues was increased after electroacupuncture. After high-frequency stimulation, the population spike latencywas shortened and the excitatory postsynaptic potential slope and population spike amplitude were increased. In addition, cognitive function was enhanced, similar to the effects of intragastric perfusion of nimodipine. The results indicated that electroacupuncture at Baihui and Dazhui acupoints can improve learning and memory functions of a rat model of vascular dementia by promoting synaptophysinexpression, enhancing hippocampal synaptic plasticity and accelerating synaptic transmission.

  19. Can we ensure the safe use of known human teratogens? Introduction of generic isotretinoin in the US as an example.

    Honein, Margaret A; Moore, Cynthia A; Erickson, J David


    The prescription of known teratogenic medications requires a careful balance between allowing women access to medications that they might need and avoiding unnecessary exposure to these medications during pregnancy because of their devastating fetal effects. Isotretinoin, a potent human teratogen, is of particular concern because of its widespread use among reproductive-aged women and the dramatic increase in use from 1992 through 2000. A revised risk management system was implemented in 2002 because of concerns about the continued occurrence of isotretinoin-exposed pregnancies. However, the recent approval of three generic versions of isotretinoin in the US has further complicated risk management and raises concerns that use might increase further if the lower cost of generics serves to increase accessibility. There are now four separate isotretinoin risk management systems in the US, each with its own distinct packaging, though the requirements for and substance of each are identical. Some additional concrete steps could be taken to minimise any unnecessary use of isotretinoin and help allow an adequate assessment of the current risk management systems. In addition to being familiar with and following all aspects of the current risk management system, physicians could choose to limit the use of isotretinoin to those who meet the labelled indications in order to reduce the number of exposed pregnancies. All four companies currently marketing isotretinoin in the US could jointly and voluntarily establish a consolidated, mandatory registration and follow-up of all women of reproductive potential who receive an isotretinoin prescription. Mandatory registration has many challenges, but it could allow a clear accounting of the total number of women for whom follow-up information is and is not available. Although the companies cannot be legally compelled to use a consolidated approach, the use of a single registry for the originator's product and all generic brands

  20. Study on the teratogenicity of cordyceps militaris%北冬虫夏草对大鼠致畸作用的研究

    林蔚; 钟礼云; 林健


    Objective:To observe the teragenicity of cordyceps militaris. Methods: Sexual mature SD rats were mated in cages, then pregnant rats were randomly devided into negative control group and three cordyceps militaris dosage groups: 0.5 g/kg BW, 1.0 g/kg BW, 2.0 g/kg BW. Rats in all groups during were orally given cordyceps militaris during the 7th to 16th day of gestation, and were killed to dissect on the 20th day of gestation. Results: All indexes of rats in three dosage groups were not significantly different from rats in negative control groups in statistics (P >0.05). Conclusion: Cordyceps militaris has no maternal,embryonic and teratogenic toxicity.%目的:观察北冬虫夏草对大鼠的致畸作用.方法:性成熟的SD大鼠同笼交配,将孕鼠随机分为阴性对照组、0.5g/kg BW、1.0 g/kg BW和2.0g/kg BW3个北冬虫夏草剂量组.各组大鼠于受孕第7~16天灌胃,受孕第20天处死解剖.结果:3个剂量组孕鼠及胎鼠各项指标与阴性对照组比较差别均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论:北冬虫夏草对大鼠无母体毒性、胚胎毒性和致畸作用.

  1. Ameliorative potential of gemfibrozil and silymarin on experimentally induced nephrotoxicity in rats

    A.M. Kabel


    Conclusion: The combination of gemfibrozil and silymarin has protective effects against cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in rats better than each of these drugs alone due to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the used drugs.

  2. Regulation of GABA Equilibrium Potential by mGluRs in Rat Hippocampal CA1 Neurons.

    Yang, Bo; Rajput, Padmesh S; Kumar, Ujendra; Sastry, Bhagavatula R


    The equilibrium potential for GABA-A receptor mediated currents (EGABA) in neonatal central neurons is set at a relatively depolarized level, which is suggested to be caused by a low expression of K+/Cl- co-transporter (KCC2) but a relatively high expression of Na+-K+-Cl- cotransporter (NKCC1). Theta-burst stimulation (TBS) in stratum radiatum induces a negative shift in EGABA in juvenile hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons. In the current study, the effects of TBS on EGABA in neonatal and juvenile hippocampal CA1 neurons and the underlying mechanisms were examined. Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are suggested to modulate KCC2 and NKCC1 levels in cortical neurons. Therefore, the involvement of mGluRs in the regulation of KCC2 or NKCC1 activity, and thus EGABA, following TBS was also investigated. Whole-cell patch recordings were made from Wistar rat hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons, in a slice preparation. In neonates, TBS induces a positive shift in EGABA, which was prevented by NKCC1 antisense but not NKCC1 sense mRNA. (RS)-a-Methyl-4-carboxyphenylglycine (MCPG), a group I and II mGluR antagonist, blocked TBS-induced shifts in both juvenile and neonatal hippocampal neurons. While blockade of mGluR1 or mGluR5 alone could interfere with TBS-induced shifts in EGABA in neonates, only a combined blockade could do the same in juveniles. These results indicate that TBS induces a negative shift in EGABA in juvenile hippocampal neurons but a positive shift in neonatal hippocampal neurons via corresponding changes in KCC2 and NKCC1 expressions, respectively. mGluR activation seems to be necessary for both shifts to occur while the specific receptor subtype involved seems to vary.

  3. Regulation of GABA Equilibrium Potential by mGluRs in Rat Hippocampal CA1 Neurons.

    Bo Yang

    Full Text Available The equilibrium potential for GABA-A receptor mediated currents (EGABA in neonatal central neurons is set at a relatively depolarized level, which is suggested to be caused by a low expression of K+/Cl- co-transporter (KCC2 but a relatively high expression of Na+-K+-Cl- cotransporter (NKCC1. Theta-burst stimulation (TBS in stratum radiatum induces a negative shift in EGABA in juvenile hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons. In the current study, the effects of TBS on EGABA in neonatal and juvenile hippocampal CA1 neurons and the underlying mechanisms were examined. Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs are suggested to modulate KCC2 and NKCC1 levels in cortical neurons. Therefore, the involvement of mGluRs in the regulation of KCC2 or NKCC1 activity, and thus EGABA, following TBS was also investigated. Whole-cell patch recordings were made from Wistar rat hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons, in a slice preparation. In neonates, TBS induces a positive shift in EGABA, which was prevented by NKCC1 antisense but not NKCC1 sense mRNA. (RS-a-Methyl-4-carboxyphenylglycine (MCPG, a group I and II mGluR antagonist, blocked TBS-induced shifts in both juvenile and neonatal hippocampal neurons. While blockade of mGluR1 or mGluR5 alone could interfere with TBS-induced shifts in EGABA in neonates, only a combined blockade could do the same in juveniles. These results indicate that TBS induces a negative shift in EGABA in juvenile hippocampal neurons but a positive shift in neonatal hippocampal neurons via corresponding changes in KCC2 and NKCC1 expressions, respectively. mGluR activation seems to be necessary for both shifts to occur while the specific receptor subtype involved seems to vary.

  4. Input-specific long-term potentiation in the rat lateral amygdala of horizontal slices.

    Drephal, Christian; Schubert, Manja; Albrecht, Doris


    Long-term potentiation (LTP) at input synapses to the lateral nucleus of the amygdala (LA) is a candidate mechanism for memory storage during fear learning. Cellular mechanisms of LTP have been nearly exclusively investigated in coronal brain slices. In our experiments, we used a horizontal brain slice preparation of rats that preserved most of the connections to cortical areas and the hippocampus. The stimulation electrodes were located either within the external capsule (EC) or the LA. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanisms of LTP induced either by weak theta burst stimulation (TBS) or strong high frequency stimulation (HFS) using the two different stimulation sites. Whereas both TBS and HFS of afferences running through the LA induced stable LTP, TBS failed to induce LTP of EC-inputs to the LA. The present findings also show that LTP in the LA exhibits vulnerability at different time windows after induction. The time window was dependent on the kind of stimulated afferences. Later LTP becomes resistant to disruption by low frequency stimulation. We could show that both used inputs depended on NMDA receptors for LTP-induction. LTP induced by stimulation of fibers within the LA was not altered by nifedipine (10 microM). In contrast, EC-induced LTP was dependent on L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC). Finally, we found a higher magnitude of LTP in females using TBS, whereas HFS did not cause gender-specific differences. Our study supports the conclusion that the form of LA-LTP depend on which afferences are activated and what pattern of stimulation is used to induce LTP.

  5. Methylphenidate alters flash-evoked potentials, body temperature, and behavior in Long-Evans rats.

    Hetzler, Bruce E; Meckel, Katherine R; Stickle, Bruce A


    This experiment examined the effects of methylphenidate hydrochloride on flash-evoked potentials (FEPs) recorded from the visual cortex (VC) and superior colliculus (SC) of chronically implanted male Long-Evans rats, as well as on body temperature and open field behavior. FEPs were recorded at 10, 20 and 40 min following intraperitoneal injections of saline, and of doses of 0.7, 2.9, and 11.6 mg/kg methylphenidate on separate days. The 0.7 mg/kg dose did not produce significant effects. In the VC, following administration of the 11.6 mg/kg dose of methylphenidate the amplitude of components P83, N146, and P232 decreased, the amplitude of component N64 briefly increased and components P23, N30, N40, and P48 were unchanged in amplitude. In the SC, component P29 was unaffected, while components P38 and N51 were reduced in amplitude by the 11.6 mg/kg dose of methylphenidate. Peak latencies of components N40, P48, P83, and N146 in the VC and component P38 in the SC were increased by the 11.6 mg/kg dose of methylphenidate. When body temperature was recorded 45 min after drug administration, a mild dose-dependent hypothermia was found with the 2.9 and 11.6 mg/kg methylphenidate doses, suggesting that this may have contributed to the increased latencies. In subsequent open field observations, both line crossings and rearings were significantly increased by the 11.6 mg/kg dose. Increased movement into the center of the testing area was also observed, which could be a sign of increased exploration and reduced anxiety following methylphenidate.

  6. Resistance to morphine analgesic tolerance in rats with deleted transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1-expressing sensory neurons.

    Chen, S-R; Prunean, A; Pan, H-M; Welker, K L; Pan, H-L


    Deletion of transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1)-expressing afferent neurons reduces presynaptic mu opioid receptors but paradoxically potentiates the analgesic efficacy of mu opioid agonists. In this study, we determined if removal of TRPV1-expressing afferent neurons by resiniferatoxin (RTX), an ultrapotent capsaicin analog, influences the development of opioid analgesic tolerance. Morphine tolerance was induced by daily intrathecal injections of 10 microg of morphine for 14 consecutive days or by daily i.p. injections of 10 mg/kg of morphine for 10 days. In vehicle-treated rats, the effect of intrathecal or systemic morphine on the mechanical withdrawal threshold was gradually diminished within 7 days. However, the analgesic effect of intrathecal and systemic morphine was sustained in RTX-treated rats at the time the morphine effect was lost in the vehicle group. Furthermore, the mu opioid receptor-G protein coupling in the spinal cord was significantly decreased ( approximately 22%) in vehicle-treated morphine tolerant rats, but was not significantly altered in RTX-treated rats receiving the same treatment with morphine. Additionally, there was a large reduction in protein kinase Cgamma-immunoreactive afferent terminals in the spinal dorsal horn of RTX-treated rats. These findings suggest that loss of TRPV1-expressing sensory neurons attenuates the development of morphine analgesic tolerance possibly by reducing mu opioid receptor desensitization through protein kinase Cgamma in the spinal cord. These data also suggest that the function of presynaptic mu opioid receptors on TRPV1-expressing sensory neurons is particularly sensitive to down-regulation by mu opioid agonists during opioid tolerance development.

  7. The Potential Benefits and Adverse Effects of Phytic Acid Supplement in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats

    Omoruyi, F. O.; Budiaman, A.; Eng, Y.; F. E. Olumese; Hoesel, J. L.; Ejilemele, A.; Okorodudu, A. O.


    In this study, the effect of phytic acid supplement on streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats was investigated. Diabetic rats were fed rodent chow with or without phytic acid supplementation for thirty days. Blood and organ samples were collected for assays. The average food intake was the highest and the body weight gain was the lowest in the group fed phytic acid supplement compared to the diabetic and normal control groups. There was a downward trend in intestinal amylase activity in the gro...

  8. Auditory evoked potentials in a newborn Wistar rat model of hyperbilirubinemia

    Çagil Gökdogan


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Hyperbilirubinemia is a common health problem in newborns. Its effects can be different according to the level and duration of the hyperbilirubinemia. The toxic effect of bilirubin on the auditory system can be seen as a sensory neural hearing loss or auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to determine the effects of toxic bilirubin level on the auditory system by using Auditory Brainstem Response audiometry. METHODS: Rats are used as animal models due to their low cost and easy attainability. Auditory Brainstem Response was used for auditory assessment. In this study, three groups were established: experimental, control and placebo groups. RESULTS: In the experimental group, which consists of rats with hyperbilirubinemia, sensory neural hearing loss was found bilaterally in 4 rats (66.67% and unilaterally in 2 rats (16.67% and auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder was found unilaterally in 1 rat (8.33%. Auditory Brainstem Response thresholds were significantly elevated compared to control and placebo groups (p < 0.05. CONCLUSION: Hyperbilirubinemia of newborn rats may result both in sensory neural hearing loss and auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.

  9. Auditory evoked potentials in a newborn Wistar rat model of hyperbilirubinemia.

    Gökdoğan, Çağıl; Genç, Aydan; Gülbahar, Özlem; Gökdoğan, Ozan; Helvacı, Ayşe; Bezgin, Selin Üstün; Memiş, Leyla


    Hyperbilirubinemia is a common health problem in newborns. Its effects can be different according to the level and duration of the hyperbilirubinemia. The toxic effect of bilirubin on the auditory system can be seen as a sensory neural hearing loss or auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD). The purpose of our study was to determine the effects of toxic bilirubin level on the auditory system by using Auditory Brainstem Response audiometry. Rats are used as animal models due to their low cost and easy attainability. Auditory Brainstem Response was used for auditory assessment. In this study, three groups were established: experimental, control and placebo groups. In the experimental group, which consists of rats with hyperbilirubinemia, sensory neural hearing loss was found bilaterally in 4 rats (66.67%) and unilaterally in 2 rats (16.67%) and auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder was found unilaterally in 1 rat (8.33%). Auditory Brainstem Response thresholds were significantly elevated compared to control and placebo groups (p<0.05). Hyperbilirubinemia of newborn rats may result both in sensory neural hearing loss and auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. Copyright © 2015 Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia Cérvico-Facial. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  10. Mercury Intoxication in Rats: Iron and Vitamin B6 as A Potential Therapy

    Mohammad Taimur Islam*


    Full Text Available Background: Mercury in any form is poisonous and mercury toxicity most commonly affects the nervous, gastrointestinal (GI and urinary systems. The aim of this study was to investigate the specific effect associated with mercury toxicity and to evaluate the effectiveness of iron and vitamin B6 supplement on mercury-induced toxicities in rats. Methods: This experiment was performed on 25 rats. All rats were randomly divided into five equal groups (5×5. Toxic signs and body weight change, hematological parameters like total erythrocyte count (TEC, total leukocyte count (TLC, hemoglobin content (Hb% and packed cell volume (PCV and postmortem changes in rats were investigated. Results: Rats treated with mercury intoxication showed severe toxic signs and significantly (P<0.01 reduced TEC, TLC, Hb content and PCV. However, rats treated with mercury intoxication in combination with iron and vitamin B6 showed physiological levels of hematological parameters. Mercury intoxication induced the congestion and necrosis in lung, liver, heart and kidney, whereas combined use of mercury intoxication, iron and vitamin B6 recovered the condition. Conclusion: Combined use of iron and vitamin B6 is highly protective against mercury toxicity.

  11. The protective potential of Yucca schidigera (Sarsaponin 30) against nitrite-induced oxidative stress in rats.

    Cigerci, I Hakki; Fidan, A Fatih; Konuk, Muhsin; Yuksel, Hayati; Kucukkurt, Ismail; Eryavuz, Abdullah; Sozbilir, Nalan Baysu


    The present study was designed to determine the protective effects of Yucca schidigera (Ys) against oxidative damage induced by acute nitrite intoxication as well as the histopathological evaluation of Ys in rats. The rats were divided into three groups each containing 12 rats: control (C); nitrite intoxication (N); Ys + nitrite intoxication (NY). C and N groups were fed standard rat feed (SRF). The NY group was fed SRF + 100 ppm Ys powder for 4 weeks. Acute nitrite intoxication was induced by subcutaneous (s.c.) administration of sodium nitrite (60 mg/kg) 1 day after the feeding period. Fifty minutes after sodium nitrite administration, blood samples and tissues including lung, liver, and kidney were collected for clinical biochemistry and histopathological investigations. Ys treatment was found to decrease methemoglobin, blood and tissue malondialdehyde, and tissue nitric oxide concentrations, and to increase the glutathione in blood and various tissues. However, plasma nitric oxide, total antioxidant activity, beta-carotene, and vitamin A did not differ between N and NY groups. While the N group rats showed distinct pathology in various tissues (compared with controls), the NY group had similar lung and liver pathology to the control. Only moderate or mild hemorrhage and hyperemia were seen in kidneys of NY group rats. Consequently, the natural compounds found in Ys, such as polyphenols, steroidal saponins, and other phytonutrients, could be used to substantially protect the organism from nitrite-induced oxidative damage and its complications.

  12. Baroreflexes of the rat. V. Tetanus-induced potentiation of ADN A-fiber responses at the NTS.

    Tang, Xiaorui; Dworkin, Barry R


    In a long-term neuromuscular blocked (NMB) rat preparation, tetanic stimulation of the aortic depressor nerve (ADN) enhanced the A-fiber evoked responses (ERs) in the cardiovascular region, the nucleus of the solitary tract (dmNTS). The potentiation persisted for at least several hours and may be a mechanism for adaptive adjustment of the gain of the baroreflex, with functional implications for blood pressure regulation. Using a capacitance electrode, we selectively stimulated A-fibers and acquired a stable 10-h "A-fiber only" ER baseline at the dmNTS. Following baseline, an A+C-fiber activating tetanus was applied to the ADN. The tetanus consisted of 1,000 "high current" pulses (10 trains; 300 mus, 100 Hz, 1 s), with intertrain interval of 9 s. A 10-h A-fiber only posttetanic test phase repeated the stimulus pattern of the baseline. Fourteen tetanus experiments were done in 12 rats. Compared with the baseline before tetanus, the A-fiber ER magnitudes of posttetanus hours were larger [F(13, 247) = 3.407, P ADN A+C fiber-activating tetanus produced increases in the magnitude of the A-fiber ERs in the dmNTS that persisted for several hours. In an additional rat, application of an NMDA receptor antagonist, prior to the tetanus, blocked the potentiation effect. The stimulus protocols, magnitude and duration of the effect, and pharmacology resemble associative long-term potentiation (LTP).

  13. Noradrenaline acting on alpha1-adrenoceptor mediates REM sleep deprivation-induced increased membrane potential in rat brain synaptosomes.

    Das, Gitanjali; Mallick, Birendra Nath


    We hypothesized that one of the functions of REM sleep is to maintain brain excitability and therefore, REM sleep deprivation is likely to modulate neuronal transmembrane potential; however, so far there was no direct evidence to support the claim. In this study a cationic dye, 3,3'-diethylthiacarbocyanine iodide was used to estimate the potential in synaptosomal samples prepared from control and REM sleep deprived rat brains. The activity of Na-K-ATPase that maintains the transmembrane potential was also estimated in the same sample. Further, the roles of noradrenaline and alpha1-adrenoceptor in mediating the responses were studied both in vivo as well as in vitro. Rats were REM sleep deprived for 4 days by the classical flower-pot method; large platform and recovery controls were carried out in addition to free-moving control. The fluorescence intensity increased in samples prepared from REM sleep deprived rat brain as compared to control, which reflected synaptosomal depolarization after deprivation. The Na-K-ATPase activity also increased in the same deprived sample. Furthermore, both the effects were mediated by noradrenaline acting on alpha1-adrenoceptors in the brain. This is the first direct evidence showing that REM sleep deprivation indeed increased neuronal depolarization, which is the likely cause for increased brain excitability, thus supporting our hypothesis and the effect was mediated by noradrenaline acting through the alpha1-adrenoceptor.

  14. Evidence that heterosynaptic depolarization underlies associativity of long-term potentiation in rat hippocampus.

    Clark, K A; Collingridge, G L


    1. Whole-cell patch-clamp recording has been used to study the effect of heterosynaptic depolarization on pure N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-mediated synaptic transmission in the CA1 region of rat hippocampal slices. 2. In neurones voltage clamped at -60 mV, paired-pulse stimulation of one set of Schaffer collateral-commissural fibres resulted in homosynaptic paired-pulse facilitation of the NMDA receptor-mediated excitatory postsynaptic current (EPSCN). In contrast, stimulation of one set of fibres prior to stimulation of a second set of fibres (i.e. heterosynaptic paired-pulse stimulation) did not result in any heterosynaptic interactions. 3. However, under current-clamp conditions, heterosynaptic paired-pulse stimulation resulted in heterosynaptic 'paired-pulse facilitation' of the NMDA receptor-mediated excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSPN). 4. In neurones held at -50 or -40 mV, perfusion of nominally Mg(2+)-free medium converted the response to heterosynaptic paired-pulse stimulation from 'heterosynaptic facilitation' to 'heterosynaptic depression' of EPSPN. 5. When neurones were held at potentials of between -30 and +40 mV then heterosynaptic paired-pulse stimulation, in normal Mg(2+)-containing medium, resulted in 'paired-pulse depression' of EPSPN. Under voltage-clamp conditions (tested at +40 mV) no heterosynaptic interactions were seen. 6. The time course of 'heterosynaptic facilitation' at -60 mV and of 'heterosynaptic depression' at +40 mV of EPSPN was similar to the time course of EPSCN. 7. We conclude, firstly, that the voltage clamp is able to prevent any voltage breakthrough associated with the synaptic activation of NMDA receptors from influencing neighbouring synapses. Secondly, when the neurone is not voltage clamped these same synapses are strongly influenced by the spreading depolarization generated by the synaptic activation of their neighbours. The time course and direction of this influence are compatible with the hypothesis that

  15. Evaluation of Safety of Iron-Fortified Soybean Sprouts, a Potential Component of Functional Food, in Rat.

    Kujawska, Małgorzata; Ewertowska, Małgorzata; Ignatowicz, Ewa; Adamska, Teresa; Szaefer, Hanna; Zielińska-Dawidziak, Magdalena; Piasecka-Kwiatkowska, Dorota; Jodynis-Liebert, Jadwiga


    Ferritin-iron is currently considered as one of the most promising iron forms to prevent iron deficiency anaemia. We found that the cultivation of soybean seeds in a solution of ferrous sulfate results in material with extremely high iron content - 560.6 mg Fe/100 g of dry matter, while ferritin iron content was 420.5 mg/100 g dry matter. To assess the potential adverse effects of a preparation containing such a high concentration of iron, male and female Wistar rats were exposed via diet to 10, 30, 60 g soybean sprouts powder/kg feed for 90 days. There were no differences in final body weight and mean food consumption between controls and rats administered sprouts. No statistically significant differences in haematology and clinical chemistry parameters were found between controls and treated rats. Microscopic examination of 22 tissues did not reveal any pathology due to soybean sprouts intake. Long term administration of the test material did not cause oxidative damage to DNA and protein in the liver as evidenced by the unchanged basal levels of DNA damage as well as carbonyl groups content. Lipid peroxidation was slightly increased only in females. The activity of several antioxidant enzymes: superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione S-transferase was increased, which substantially enhanced the antioxidant status in the liver from the rats treated with soybean sprouts. Hence, the material tested can be recommended as a component of food supplements for individuals with iron deficiency anaemia and inflammatory bowel diseases.

  16. Teratogenicity of Ochratoxin A and the Degradation Product, Ochratoxin α, in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryo Model of Vertebrate Development.

    Haq, Mehreen; Gonzalez, Nelson; Mintz, Keenan; Jaja-Chimedza, Asha; De Jesus, Christopher Lawrence; Lydon, Christina; Welch, Aaron; Berry, John P


    Ochratoxins, and particularly ochratoxin A (OTA), are toxic fungal-derived contaminants of food and other agricultural products. Growing evidence supports the degradation of OTA by chemical, enzymatic and/or microbial means as a potential approach to remove this mycotoxin from food products. In particular, hydrolysis of OTA to ochratoxin α (OTα) and phenylalanine is the presumptive product of degradation in most cases. In the current study, we employed the zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryo, as a model of vertebrate development to evaluate, the teratogenicity of OTA and OTα. These studies show that OTA is potently active in the zebrafish embryo toxicity assay (ZETA), and that toxicity is both concentration- and time-dependent with discernible and quantifiable developmental toxicity observed at nanomolar concentrations. On the other hand, OTα had no significant effect on embryo development at all concentrations tested supporting a decreased toxicity of this degradation product. Taken together, these results suggest that ZETA is a useful, and highly sensitive, tool for evaluating OTA toxicity, as well as its degradation products, toward development of effective detoxification strategies. Specifically, the results obtained with ZETA, in the present study, further demonstrate the toxicity of OTA, and support its degradation via hydrolysis to OTα as an effective means of detoxification.

  17. Teratogenicity of Ochratoxin A and the Degradation Product, Ochratoxin α, in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryo Model of Vertebrate Development

    Haq, Mehreen; Gonzalez, Nelson; Mintz, Keenan; Jaja-Chimedza, Asha; De Jesus, Christopher Lawrence; Lydon, Christina; Welch, Aaron Z.; Berry, John P.


    Ochratoxins, and particularly ochratoxin A (OTA), are toxic fungal-derived contaminants of food and other agricultural products. Growing evidence supports the degradation of OTA by chemical, enzymatic and/or microbial means as a potential approach to remove this mycotoxin from food products. In particular, hydrolysis of OTA to ochratoxin α (OTα) and phenylalanine is the presumptive product of degradation in most cases. In the current study, we employed the zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryo, as a model of vertebrate development to evaluate, the teratogenicity of OTA and OTα. These studies show that OTA is potently active in the zebrafish embryo toxicity assay (ZETA), and that toxicity is both concentration- and time-dependent with discernible and quantifiable developmental toxicity observed at nanomolar concentrations. On the other hand, OTα had no significant effect on embryo development at all concentrations tested supporting a decreased toxicity of this degradation product. Taken together, these results suggest that ZETA is a useful, and highly sensitive, t