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Comparative effects of trichothecene mycotoxins on bovine platelet function: Acetyl T-2 toxin, a more potent inhibitor than T-2 toxin

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The effects of the trichothecene mycotoxins (acetyl T-2 toxin, T-2 toxin, HT-2 toxin, palmityl T-2 toxin, diacetoxyscirpenol (DAS), deoxynivalenol (DON), and T-2 tetraol) on bovine platelet function were examined in homologous plasma stimulated with platelet activating factor (PAF). The mycotoxins inhibited platelet function with the following order of potency: acetyl T-2 toxin > palmityl T-2 toxin = DAS > HT-2 toxin = T-2 toxin. While T-2 tetraol was completely ineffective as an inhibitor, DON exhibited minimal inhibitory activity at concentrations above 10×10−4M. The stability of the platelet aggregates formed was significantly reduced in all mycotoxin treated platelets compared to that of the untreated PAF controls. It is suggested that the increased sensitivity of PAF stimulated bovine platelets to the more lipophilic mycotoxins may be related to their more efficient partitioning into the platelet membrane compared to the more hydrophilic compounds.

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Grandoni, K., Gentry, P., Holub, B. et al. Comparative effects of trichothecene mycotoxins on bovine platelet function: Acetyl T-2 toxin, a more potent inhibitor than T-2 toxin. Mycotox Res 6, 61–66 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03192144

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  • Trichothecene
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  • Glyceryl Ether
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