Neurotoxic changes in cat neurohypophysis after single and multiple exposures to diisopropylfluorophosphate and soman*1
ABSTRACT Fine structural changes in cat neurohypophysis have been studied after single and multiple parenteral sub-LD50 doses of the organophosphates diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP) and pinacolyl methylphosphonofluoridate (soman). While a single sub-LD50 dose of DFP does not alter fine structure, multiple exposures result in degeneration of axons. Single as well as multiple sub-LD50 doses of soman cause dilation of axons with an accumulation of neurosecretory granulated vesicles (NGVs). Increased metabolic activity is suggested by the presence of well-developed Golgi complexes and increased amounts of endoplasmic reticulum in the pituicytes of treated animals. Direct and indirect actions of DFP and soman on neurohypophysial hormone release are discussed as putative mechanisms responsible for the morphological changes in the neurohypophysis.
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ABSTRACT: The organophosphorus compound soman, an irreversible inhibitor of cholinesterases, produces seizure activity and related brain damage. Studies using various biochemical markers of programmed cell death (PCD) suggested that soman-induced cell damage in the brain was apoptotic rather than necrotic. However, it has recently become clear that not all PCD is apoptotic, and the unequivocal demonstration of apoptosis requires ultrastructural examination. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to reinvestigate the damage produced in the brains of mice sacrificed at various times within the first 24 h or at 7 days after a convulsive dose of soman. Classical histology and ultrastructural examination were performed. The immunohistochemical expression of proteins (p53, Bax) involved in PCD, DNA fragmentation (TUNEL method at light and electron microscopy levels) and the glial reaction were also explored. Our study confirms that the severity of lesions depended on the duration of convulsions and shows that cerebral changes were still occurring as late as 7 days after the onset of long-lasting convulsions. Our observations also establish that there was a large variety of ultrastructurally distinct types of cell damage, including hybrid forms between apoptosis and necrosis, but that pure apoptosis was very rare. A prominent expression of p53 and Bax proteins was detected indicating that PCD mechanisms were certainly involved in the morphologically diverse forms of cell death. Since purely apoptotic cells were very rare, these protein expressions were presumably involved either in nonapoptotic cell death mechanisms or in apoptotic mechanisms occurring in parallel with nonapoptotic ones. Moreover, evidence for DNA fragmentation by the TUNEL method was found in apoptotic but also in numerous other morphotypes of cell damage. Therefore, TUNEL-positivity and the expression of PCD-related proteins, in the absence of ultrastructural confirmation, were here shown not to provide proof of apoptosis. In soman poisoning as well as in other cerebral pathologies, premature conclusions on this question can potentially be misleading and might even lead to detrimental therapies.Toxicology 12/2005; 215(1-2):1-24. · 3.75 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Intrastriatal injection of soman (14.85 nmol) inhibits cholinesterase (ChE) activity in the striatum with much smaller decreases in ChE activity in other brain areas of the rat. As would be expected, there is a substantial increase in striatal acetylcholine (ACh) content shortly after soman injection. However, this increase is no longer significant 1 h following intrastriatal injection. There is no change in striatal KACh 20 min, 1 h or 24 h following soman injection. ACh content is not affected in the parietal cortex, hippocampus, or medulla/pons following intrastriatal soman injection. However, KACh and/or ACh turnover are reduced in these brain areas following soman injection. There is no consistent effect on dopamine (DA) metabolism in any of the brain areas studied. However, serotonin (5-HT) metabolism appears to be affected in the cortex, hippocampus and medulla/pons following intrastriatal injection of soman. Possible mechanisms of the actions of local injection of soman on brain Ach and 5-HT metabolism are discussed, as well as the differences observed between the effects of local and peripheral administration of soman on DA metabolism in the striatum.Life Sciences 02/1988; 42(23):2331-9. · 2.30 Impact Factor