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Brazilian Journal of Biology

versión impresa ISSN 1519-6984


AMARAL, TS et al. Short-term effects of a spinosyn's family insecticide on energy metabolism and liver morphology in frugivorous bats Artibeus lituratus (Olfers, 1818). Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2012, vol.72, n.2, pp.299-304. ISSN 1519-6984.

A new class of insecticide derived from fermentation of Sacharopolyspora spinosa -  spinosad, has been indicated as being of low toxicity and a natural alternative to classical pesticides. In order to elucidate several aspects related to the morphophysiological changes induced by spinosad in Artibeus lituratus, the effects of a seven-day administration on plasma glucose, glycogen, protein and lipid concentrations were evaluated, and possible changes in liver cells were examined by histological analysis. Animals were fed with spinosyn-contaminated fruit through immersion in a solution. Data reporting on metabolism revealed a decrease in hind limb muscle lipid concentration in the treated group. Morphological analysis indicated a significant increase in liver cell diameter in treated animals compared to the control group. This study indicates that spinosyn, used at its recommended dose, does not affect general energy metabolism in A. lituratus but may affect some ultrastructural characteristics of liver cells.

Palabras clave : Chiroptera; Artibeus; glycaemia; hepatocyte; pesticide.

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