Effects of tributyltin chloride in ascidian embryos: modulation of kinase-mediated signalling pathways

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    We studied the effects of various TBT concentrations by assaying the activity of ERK 1/2 (p44/42) and phospho-ERK1/2 (phospho-p44/42), proteins with a key role in ascidian development, and tyrosine kinase-dependent pathway. The effects of this xenobiotic and the role of some signalling mechanisms on ascidian embryos were examined by using Western immunoblotting. The tyrosine phosphorylation pattern in the ascidians Ciona intestinalis and Phallusia mammillata development was examined and different levels of protein phosphorylation were found as a response to TBT at μM range. To determine whether another key signalling pathway was activated, the effects of TBT on the phosphorylation state of a component of tyrosine kinase-mediated signal transduction MAPK, ERK 1/2 (p44/42) were evaluated. Embryos of Ciona intestinalis exposed to 0.1, 0.25 and 0.5 μM TBT showed a slight decrement in the level of phosphorylated ERK, while a remarkable decrement in level of phopshorylated ERK were observed at higher TBT concentrations (0.5 μM to 10 μM). These data indicated that exposures to TBT induced changes in the total pattern of phosphotyrosine and in the phosphorylation levels of ERK 1/2 but there were no changes on the overall level of total ERK in ascidian embryos.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S87-S94
    Number of pages0
    JournalInvertebrate Survival Journal
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    • Animal Science and Zoology

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