Diisopropylphosphorofluoridate-induced depression of compound action potential of frog sciatic nerve in vitro is mediated through the inhibition of cholinesterase activity.

Journal of applied toxicology : JAT

PubMedID: 8956095

Deshpande SB, Kumar P, Sachan AS, Dube SN, Das Gupta S. Diisopropylphosphorofluoridate-induced depression of compound action potential of frog sciatic nerve in vitro is mediated through the inhibition of cholinesterase activity. J Appl Toxicol. 1997;16(6):497-500.
Effect of diisopropylphosphorofluoridate (DFP), an irreversible cholinesterase (ChE) inhibitor, on compound action potential (CAP) of sciatic nerve in vitro was examined. Further, the role of cholinesterase reactivator (1 acetyl-4-hydroxy imino methyl pyridinium bromide; SPK-3) in reversing DFP-induced changes was also evaluated. Diisopropylphosphorofluoridate produced a dose-dependent depression of the CAP. A concentration as low as 0.01 microM DFP produced a 5% depression (P < 0.05) and the maximal depression (30% of control) was observed with 1 microM. The SPK-3 (up to 10 microM) had no effect on the CAP; SPK-3 (10 microM) antagonized the DFP-induced depression of the CAP partially but not after 1 microM DFP. However, the inhibitory concentration of DFP to produce 50% of the maximal depression (IC50) was 0.38 +/- 0.025 microM in the presence of SPK-3 (10 microM; n = 4), against 0.15 +/- 0.05 microM for DFP alone (n = 7). These IC50 values were significantly different (P < 0.05, Student's t-test). The DFP decreased nerve ChE activity by 41% in the absence of SPK-3 and by 31% in the presence of SPK-3. Although SPK-3 could not completely reactivate the inhibited enzyme, it seems reasonable to conclude that the DFP-induced depression of the action potential of sciatic nerve was mediated by inhibiting the ChE activity.