By Woolley Adam
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In some organs, particularly the kidney, different parts have different capabilities for repair. Thus, damage to the glomerulus and the renal pelvis is not readily repaired but the proximal tubule epithelium shows considerable repair capability, provided the basement membrane (on which the cells lie) is not breached. Introduction to Toxicology: The Necessity of Measurement 27 Physiology Cells or tissues with speciﬁc characteristics are susceptible to toxicants, which disrupt or take advantage of those characteristics.
Much debate was caused by reports of the effects of genetically modiﬁed potatoes that expressed a lectin from snowdrops as a countermeasure to attack by insects and nematodes. Lectins, which are glycoproteins, include natural chemicals such as abrin, which attacks the gastrointestinal tract and ricin from the castor bean; they are known toxins. The study of the potatoes by dietary administration to rats concluded that there was signiﬁcant hazard for consumers in the genetic modiﬁcation and extended this conclusion to other genetically altered foods.
This results in the generation of superoxide radicals, which go on to Introduction to Toxicology: The Necessity of Measurement Polyunsaturated cell membrane lipids 21 Lipid hydroperoxides Singlet O2 Lipid free radicals O2 NADPH e− Paraquat Superoxide radicals SOD Reduced paraquat NADP O2 Tissue damage H2O2 Catalase H2O Figure 1 Mechanism of paraquat toxicity. Source: Adapted from Ref. 13. form hydrogen peroxide through the action of the protective enzyme superoxide dismutase. Where this enzyme activity is too low to remove all the available superoxide, reactive hydoxyl radicals are produced, with subsequent attack on the cellular lipid membranes through lipid peroxidation.