Archives of Toxicology

, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 219–224 | Cite as

Distribution of the [3H]-label from low doses of radioactive ochratoxin a ingested by rats, and evidence for DNA single-strand breaks caused in liver and kidneys

  • Amadou Kane
  • Edmond Ekué Creppy
  • Angelika Roth
  • Robert Röschenthaler
  • Guy Dirheimer
Original Investigations


The distribution of a single low dose of [3H]ochratoxin A (OTA) in different tissues of male Wistar rats, after administration by intubation, was investigated after 5 h, 24 h and 48 h. This dose corresponds to concentrations encountered in naturally contaminated feed (4 ppm). The distribution of [3H]-label varied with the time elapsed after administration; at 5 h the highest specific label was found in the stomach contents and in decreasing order in: intestinal contents, lung, liver, kidney, heart, fat, intestine, testes, and the lowest in muscles, spleen and brain. With exception of brain, fat, stomach and lung, all tissues showed maximum levels at 24 h, after which time the label decreased steadily, whereas in fat it increased.

After a 12-week feeding experiment, with doses of 288.8 μg/kg corresponding to an intake of 4 ppm in feed each 48 h, the DNA in liver and kidneys was investigated for damage. By the alkaline elution method combined with micro-spectrofluorimetric determinations of DNA, evidence for DNA single-strand breaks was obtained. These findings support reports on the carcinogenic action of OTA.

Key words

Ochratoxin A Tissue distribution DNA damage Kidney Liver 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amadou Kane
    • 1
  • Edmond Ekué Creppy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Angelika Roth
    • 3
  • Robert Röschenthaler
    • 3
  • Guy Dirheimer
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du CNRSStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Faculté de PharmacieUniversité Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance
  3. 3.Institute of Microbiology, University of MünsterMünsterFederal Republic of Germany

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