Genotoxicity of imidacloprid in relation to metabolic activation and composition of the commercial product

Dip. Medicina Sociale del Territorio, Sez. Medicina del Lavoro, Policlinico Universitario Gaetano Martino, 98125 Messina, Italy.
Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis (Impact Factor: 3.68). 10/2008; 672(1):40-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.mrgentox.2008.09.018
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Imidacloprid is a neonicotinoid insecticide combining excellent efficiency against parasites with low toxicity for mammals. Commercially, it is co-formulated with dimethyl sulfoxide, methylpyrrolidone, propylene carbonate and mineral oil, which can modify its bioavailability and toxicological profile for humans following occupational exposure. A combined in vitro approach employing the comet assay and the micronucleus test was used to assess the genotoxicity of imidacloprid in relation to formulation, metabolic activation and exposure level. Human peripheral blood lymphocytes from unexposed healthy volunteers were treated with imidacloprid (0.2, 2 and 20 μM) and with equimolar concentrations of a commercial product, with and without addition of S9 fraction. Imidacloprid significantly increased the comet score and the frequency of micronuclei only at the highest concentration tested. DNA damage was slightly more severe with the commercial product, and was increased, though not significantly, by metabolic activation. Formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) does not seem to be involved as a mechanism of genotoxicity, but this result may be explained by the insufficient sensitivity of the 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate assay at the test concentrations of imidacloprid. These results suggest that at concentrations<20 μM imidacloprid is not genotoxic to human lymphocytes in vitro. Nonetheless, the presence of co-formulants in the commercial product and occupational exposure, along with poor safety procedures, may present an increased risk for DNA fragmentation and chromosomal aberrations.

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    • "Neonicotinoids or chloronicotinyls are a relatively new group of insecticides that have highly selective toxicity to insects (Beketov and Liess, 2007). Neonicotinoids exhibit high selectivity for nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in insects, which contributes to their selective toxicity toward insects over vertebrates (Costa et al., 2009). Thaimethoxam is second-generation neonicotinoid and it has been marketed since 1998 under the trademarks Actara ® for foliar 1382-6689/© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. "
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    • "Decreased N/C in epithelial and stromal cells might be due to pesticides-induced toxicity. Genotoxicity and DNA damaging effects of MCZ (Calviello et al., 2006) and IMI (Costa et al., 2009) have been shown in mammalian in vitro systems. Thyroid disruption also reflected form impaired plasma levels of the hormones of pituitary–thyroid axis i.e. "
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    • "Thus, the genotoxicity of pesticides is currently of worldwide concern. Genotoxic effects of different types of neonicotinoid insecticides have been investigated by several researchers [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]. However, a literature survey showed that the studies dealing with the genotoxic effects of Acetamiprid are extremely scarce [8] [11] The genotoxic potentials of pesticides have been studied both in in vitro and in vivo systems using different end points, such as the cytokinesis block micronuclei (CBMN), comet and gH2AX foci assays [12] [13] [14]. "
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