Effects of Anabaena spiroides (cyanobacteria) aqueous extracts on the Acetylcholinesterase activity of aquatic species

Montserrat, José Maria; Yunes, João Sarkis; Bianchini, Adalto


The effects of aqueous extracts from a cyanobacteria species, Anabaena spiroides, on fish (Odontesthes argentinensis), crab (Callinectes sapidus), and purified eel acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity were studied. In vitro concentrations of A. spiroides aqueous extract that inhibited 50% of enzyme activity (IC50) were 23.0, 17.2, and 45.0 mg/L of lyophilized cyanobacteria for eel, fish, and crab AChE, respectively. Eel AChE inhibition follows pseudo-first-order kinetics, the same expected for organophosphorus pesticides. Inhibition of purified eel AChE using mixtures of bioxidized malathion and aqueous extract of A. spiroides showed a competitive feature (p , 0.05), suggesting that the toxin(s) could be structurally similar to an organophosphorus pesticide and that toxins present in the aqueous extract inhibit the active site of the enzyme. The inhibition recovery assays using 2-PAM (0.3 mM) showed that (1) bioxidized malathion inhibited 27.0 6 1.1% of crab and 36.5 6 0.1% of eel AChE activities; (2) with bioxidized malathion 1 2-PAM the registered inhibition was 13.2 6 2.1% and 3.7 6 0.5% in crab and eel AChE, respectively; (3) the aqueous extract from A. spiroides inhibited 17.4 6 2.2% and 59.9 6 0.5% of crab and eel AChE activity, respectively; and (4) aqueous extract 1 2-PAM inhibited 22.3 6 2.6 and 61.5 6 0.2% of crab and eel AChEs. The absence of enzyme activity recovery after 2-PAM exposure could imply that the enzyme aging process was extremely quick.

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