Teratogenic Activity of Toxins in Zebrafish Model
Toxins from the posterior salivary gland (PSG) of cuttlefish are known toxins with pronounced toxicity. In this chapter, crude toxins from Sepia pharashadi are fractionated by ion-exchange chromatography and purified by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The yield protein and carbohydrate contents of the PSG toxin are estimated to be 1.61 mg/g and 0.06 mg/g, respectively. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) of PSG toxin affirmed the incidence of CO-NH, CH and conjugated alkyl, alcoholic OH and primary NH functional groups. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and K2D analysis of the PSG toxin authenticated the attendance of secondary structure with 37% α-helix, 26% β sheet and 38% random coil. Teratogenicity of PSG toxin against Zebrafish embryo exhibited evolving malformations and premature hatching at a maximum tolerated dose of 1.0 μM. These findings strongly exhibit the toxicity of the ionic peptide-rich PSG toxin from S. pharashadi and its utilisation for its promise as a prospective cytotoxic agent of the future.
KeywordsPSG toxin S. pharashadi RP-HPLC FT-IR CD Zebrafish Teratogenicity
The author gratefully acknowledges the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India (BT/PR15676/AAQ/03/794/2016).
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