Journal Article

Kinetics of Satratoxin G Tissue Distribution and Excretion Following Intranasal Exposure in the Mouse

Chidozie J. Amuzie, Zahidul Islam, Jae Kyung Kim, Ji-Hyun Seo and James J. Pestka

in Toxicological Sciences

Volume 116, issue 2, pages 433-440
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 1096-6080
Published online May 2010 | e-ISSN: 1096-0929 | DOI:
Kinetics of Satratoxin G Tissue Distribution and Excretion Following Intranasal Exposure in the Mouse

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Intranasal exposure of mice to satratoxin G (SG), a macrocyclic trichothecene produced by the indoor air mold Stachybotrys chartarum, selectively induces apoptosis in olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) of the nose and brain. The purpose of this study was to measure the kinetics of distribution and clearance of SG in the mouse. Following intranasal instillation of female C57B16 mice with SG (500 μg/kg bw), the toxin was detectable from 5 to 60 min in blood and plasma, with the highest concentrations, 30 and 19 ng/ml, respectively, being observed at 5 min. SG clearance from plasma was rapid and followed single-compartment kinetics (t1/2 = 20 min) and differed markedly from that of other tissues. SG concentrations were maximal at 15–30 min in nasal turbinates (480 ng/g), kidney (280 ng/g), lung (250 ng/g), spleen (200 ng/g), liver (140 ng/g), thymus (90 ng/g), heart (70 ng/g), olfactory bulb (14 ng/g), and brain (3 ng/g). The half-lives of SG in the nasal turbinate and thymus were 7.6 and 10.1 h, respectively, whereas in other organs, these ranged from 2.3 to 4.4 h. SG was detectable in feces and urine, but cumulative excretion over 5 days via these routes accounted for less than 0.3% of the total dose administered. Taken together, SG was rapidly taken up from the nose, distributed to tissues involved in respiratory, immune, and neuronal function, and subsequently cleared. However, a significant amount of the toxin was retained in the nasal turbinate, which might contribute to SG’s capacity to evoke OSN death.

Keywords: trichothecene; mycotoxin; Stachybotrys; ELISA; toxicokinetics

Journal Article.  4842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Toxicology ; Toxicology (Non-medical)

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