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Comparison of the toxic effects of two duncecap larkspur (Delphinium occidentale) chemotypes in mice and cattle.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory, 1150 E 1400 N, Logan, UT 84341, USA.
American Journal of Veterinary Research (Impact Factor: 1.21). 05/2011; 72(5):706-14. DOI: 10.2460/ajvr.72.5.706
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ABSTRACT To compare the toxic effects of a Delphinium occidentale chemotype containing N-(methylsuccinimido) anthranoyllycoctonine (MSAL)-type alkaloids and a D occidentale chemotype lacking MSAL-type alkaloids in mice and cattle.
225 male Swiss Webster mice and 11 Black Angus steers.
4 collections of larkspur containing MSAL-type alkaloids and 4 collections of larkspur lacking MSAL-type alkaloids were used. From each collection, total alkaloid extracts (0.05 to 0.20 mL) were administered via tail-vein injection in 27 to 29 mice. Dried, finely ground plant material from 1 collection with and 1 collection without MSAL-type alkaloids (doses equivalent to 37.6 mg of total alkaloids/kg) were each administered to 8 cattle via oral gavage in a crossover experiment; 3 cattle received a single dose equivalent to 150.4 mg of total alkaloids/kg (no MSAL-type alkaloids). In mice, clinical effects were monitored; in cattle, heart rate was monitored before (baseline) and 24 hours after treatment. At the 24-hour time point, cattle were exercised as a measure of muscle weakness.
In mice, mean LD(50) associated with alkaloid extracts prepared from plants that did or did not contain MSAL-type alkaloids was 2.3 and 54.2 mg/kg, respectively. In cattle at 24 hours after treatment, plant material containing MSAL-type alkaloids significantly increased heart rate from baseline and was associated with exercise-induced collapse; plant material lacking MSAL-type alkaloids had no similar effects.
Taxonomic classification of D occidentale alone was not a good indicator of the toxic risk to grazing cattle.

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