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 RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 200-207

Atrazine exposure causes mitochondrial toxicity in liver and muscle cell lines


1 Environmental Genomics Division, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur; Department of Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Environmental Health Division, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India
3 Department of Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
4 Environmental Genomics Division, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India

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Atya Kapley
Environmental Genomics Division, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.178842

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Objective: Chronic exposure to atrazine and other pesticides is reported to cause metabolic disorders, yet information on effects of atrazine on expression of genes relevant to mitochondrial function is largely missing. In the present study, therefore, we investigated the expression of a battery of nuclear- and mitochondrial-encoded genes involved in oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) in human liver (HepG2) and rat muscle (L6) cell lines due to short-term atrazine exposure. Materials and Methods: We have determined the EC50 values of atrazine for cytotoxicity and mitochondrial toxicity (mitotoxicity) in terms of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content in HepG2 and L6 cells. Further, the mRNA expression of nuclear- and mitochondrial-encoded genes was analyzed using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results: The EC50 value of atrazine for mitotoxicity in HepG2 and L6 cells was found to be about 0.162 and 0.089 mM, respectively. Mitochondrial toxicity was indicated by reduction in ATP content following atrazine exposure. Atrazine exposure resulted in down-regulation of many OXPHOS subunits expression and affected biogenesis factors' expression. Most prominently, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and sirtuin 3 (SIRT3) expressions were up-regulated in HepG2 cells, whereas SIRT3 expression was alleviated in L6 cells, without significant changes in SOD levels. Mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) and SIRT1 expression were significantly down-regulated in both cell lines. Conclusion: Results suggest that TFAM and SIRT1 could be involved in atrazine-induced mitochondrial dysfunction, and further studies can be taken up to understand the mechanism of mitochondrial toxicity. Further study can also be taken up to explore the possibility of target genes as biomarkers of pesticide toxicity.






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