Teratogenic Effects of Fusaproliferin on Chicken Embryos

Alberto Ritieni*, Simona Maria Monti, Giacomino Randazzo, Antonio Logrieco, Antonio Moretti, Giuseppe Peluso, Rosalia Ferracane, Vincenzo Fogliano

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Fusaproliferin (FP) is a sesterterpene mycotoxin produced by some species of Fusarium, common contaminants of maize. Toxicity assays on Artemia salina L. brine shrimp larvae using FP and its derivatives showed that toxic activity of the metabolite increased after acetylation of the two hydroxyl groups and was reduced when the naturally occurring acetyl group was removed. In chick embryotoxicity bioassays, severe teratogenic effects were observed in 20% of the embryos exposed at 5 mM FP on day 1. In particular FP was responsible for cephalic dicotomy, macrocephaly, and limb asymmetry. At the same concentration, FP also caused pathological changes such as hemorrhaging on the surface of the wings, skull, and legs. Incomplete closure of the umbilicus was seen in 30% of embryos inoculated with 5 mM of FP on day 1 and in 20% of those inoculated on day 11.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3039-3043
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Chick
  • Embryotoxicity
  • Fusaproliferin
  • Fusarium proliferatum
  • Mycotoxin
  • Teratogenic

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