Heart Alterations after Domoic Acid Administration in Rats
AbstractDomoic acid (DA) is one of the best known marine toxins, causative of important neurotoxic alterations. DA effects are documented both in wildlife and experimental assays, showing that this toxin causes severe injuries principally in the hippocampal area. In the present study we have addressed the long-term toxicological effects (30 days) of DA intraperitoneal administration in rats. Different histological techniques were employed in order to study DA toxicity in heart, an organ which has not been thoroughly studied after DA intoxication to date. The presence of DA was detected by immunohistochemical assays, and cellular alterations were observed both by optical and transmission electron microscopy. Although histological staining methods did not provide any observable tissue damage, transmission electron microscopy showed several injuries: a moderate lysis of myofibrils and loss of mitochondrial conformation. This is the first time the association between heart damage and the presence of the toxin has been observed. View Full-Text
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Vieira, A.C.; Cifuentes, J.M.; Bermúdez, R.; Ferreiro, S.F.; Castro, A.R.; Botana, L.M. Heart Alterations after Domoic Acid Administration in Rats. Toxins 2016, 8, 68.
Vieira AC, Cifuentes JM, Bermúdez R, Ferreiro SF, Castro AR, Botana LM. Heart Alterations after Domoic Acid Administration in Rats. Toxins. 2016; 8(3):68.Chicago/Turabian Style
Vieira, Andres C.; Cifuentes, José M.; Bermúdez, Roberto; Ferreiro, Sara F.; Castro, Albina R.; Botana, Luis M. 2016. "Heart Alterations after Domoic Acid Administration in Rats." Toxins 8, no. 3: 68.
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