Toxins 2011, 3(12), 1484-1501; doi:10.3390/toxins3121484
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Trichothecene Mycotoxins Inhibit Mitochondrial Translation—Implication for the Mechanism of Toxicity

1 Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA 2 Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Peoria, IL 61604, USA
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Received: 14 September 2011; in revised form: 18 November 2011 / Accepted: 18 November 2011 / Published: 2 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Trichothecenes)
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Abstract: Fusarium head blight (FHB) reduces crop yield and results in contamination of grains with trichothecene mycotoxins. We previously showed that mitochondria play a critical role in the toxicity of a type B trichothecene. Here, we investigated the direct effects of type A and type B trichothecenes on mitochondrial translation and membrane integrity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Sensitivity to trichothecenes increased when functional mitochondria were required for growth, and trichothecenes inhibited mitochondrial translation at concentrations, which did not inhibit total translation. In organello translation in isolated mitochondria was inhibited by type A and B trichothecenes, demonstrating that these toxins have a direct effect on mitochondrial translation. In intact yeast cells trichothecenes showed dose-dependent inhibition of mitochondrial membrane potential and reactive oxygen species, but only at doses higher than those affecting mitochondrial translation. These results demonstrate that inhibition of mitochondrial translation is a primary target of trichothecenes and is not secondary to the disruption of mitochondrial membranes.
Keywords: trichothecenes; deoxynivalenol; T-2 toxin; diacetoxyscirpenol; Fusarium; mitochondria; ribosomes; translation; fusion; Fission; ROS

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Bin-Umer, M.A.; McLaughlin, J.E.; Basu, D.; McCormick, S.; Tumer, N.E. Trichothecene Mycotoxins Inhibit Mitochondrial Translation—Implication for the Mechanism of Toxicity. Toxins 2011, 3, 1484-1501.

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Bin-Umer MA, McLaughlin JE, Basu D, McCormick S, Tumer NE. Trichothecene Mycotoxins Inhibit Mitochondrial Translation—Implication for the Mechanism of Toxicity. Toxins. 2011; 3(12):1484-1501.

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Bin-Umer, Mohamed Anwar; McLaughlin, John E.; Basu, Debaleena; McCormick, Susan; Tumer, Nilgun E. 2011. "Trichothecene Mycotoxins Inhibit Mitochondrial Translation—Implication for the Mechanism of Toxicity." Toxins 3, no. 12: 1484-1501.

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