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(Artemia) nauplii was used to asses the toxicity of rotenone, MPTP (1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine), MP+ (1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium) and the effect of L-DOPA co-treatment with rotenone. Rotenone had a dose dependent effect on mortality (LC50: 0.37 ± 0.04 μM mean ± S E, n = 24), while MPTP and MP+ proved to be toxic in millimolar range (LC50: 0.21 ± 0.09 mM and 0.20 ± 0.08 mM, respectively, n = 4). L-DOPA (50–200 μM) co-treatment increased the survival of the rotenone-treated animals (LC50: 0.51 ± 0.23 μM, 1.03 ± 0.66 μM, and 0.76 ± 0.52 μM, respectively). In the whole body tissue homogenates of Artemia, sublethal (up to 0.3 μM) concentrations of rotenone increased the glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity by up to 50 about percent (LC50: 53.3 ± 6.8 nM/min/mg protein, against 34.7 ± 3.6 nM/min/mg protein, n = 4). Nauplii treated in 100 mM L-DOPA and rotenone together showed further increase of GST activity all across the range of rotenone concentrations. These results on Artemia nauplii show similarities with other animal models, when complex I inhibitors were tested. Biochemical measurements suggest a protective role of L-DOPA by increasing the GST activity as part of the intracellular defences during toxin-evoked oxidative stress.

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The responses of the snail central neurons (Helix pomatia, Lymnaea stagnalis) and the isolated Helix heart were characterized evoked by cyanobacterial extracts (Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii ACT strains) isolated from Lake Balaton (Hungary). The nicotinergic acetylcholine (ACh) receptors in the CNS (both excitatory and inhibitory) were blocked by the extracts of ACT 9502 and ACT 9505 strains and the anatoxin- a (homoanatoxin-a) producing reference strain of Oscillatoria sp. (PCC 6506), similar to the inhibitory effects of the pure anatoxin-a. The enhancement of the ACh responses by the ACT 9504 extract suggests additional, probably acetylcholine esterase inhibitory mechanisms. On the isolated Helix heart the crude ACT 9505 and PCC 6506 extracts evoked frequency increase and transient twitch contraction, opposite to the ACh evoked heart relaxation. Anatoxin-a similarly contracted the heart but did not increase its contration frequency. These data suggest the involvement of some non-cholinergic mechanisms, acting very likely by direct modulation of the electrical or contractile system of the isolated heart. Diversity of the effects evoked by the cyanobacterial extracts in the CNS and heart suggest pharmacologically different neuroactive components among the secondary metabolites of the cyanobacteria acting on both (anatoxin-a like) cholinergic and (unidentified) non-cholinergic receptors.

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Acta Biologica Hungarica
János Győri
Anna Farkas
Oksana Stolyar
András Székács
Mária Mörtl
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Ágnes Vehovszky

There is a great concern about the decline of pollinators, and neonicotinoids emerging bee disorders are assumed to play a significant role. Since changes in learning ability has been observed in honey bees exposed to some acetylcholine esterase (AChE) inhibitors, we therefore, tested in vitro the effect of four neonicotinoids on purified eel AChE. AChE activity was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner, and calculated IC50 values for thiamethoxam (IC50 = 414 μM) and clothianidin (IC50 = 160 μM) were found to be much higher compared to acetamiprid (IC50 = 75.2 μM) and thiacloprid (IC50 = 87.8 μM). The Lineweaver–Burk reciprocal plots for acetamiprid shows unchanged V max and increased K m values with inhibitor concentrations, while analysis of Michaelis–Menten plots shows predominantly competitive mechanism. The inhibition constant value (K i = 24.3 μM) indicates strong binding of the acetamiprid complex to AChE. Finally, the four tested neonicotinoids are not a uniform group regarding their blocking ability. Our results suggest a previously not established, direct AChE blocking mechanism of neonicotinoids tested, thus the neuronal AChE enzyme is likely among the direct targets of the neonicotinoid insecticides. We conclude, that these AChE inhibitory effects may also contribute to toxic effects on the whole exposed animal.

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