Role of Glutathione Redox System on the T-2 Toxin Tolerance of Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Toxicological Research 2018;34:249−257
Published online July 15, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Society of Toxicology.

Csaba Fernye1, Zsolt Ancsin1, Andrea Bócsai1, Krisztián Balogh1,2, Miklós Mézes1,2, and Márta Erdélyi1

1Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary, 2MTA-KE-SZIE Mycotoxins in the Food Chain Research Group, Kaposvár University, Kaposvár, Hungary
Csaba Fernye, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Páter Károly u. 1, 2100 Gödöllő, Hungary, E-mail:
Received: February 19, 2018; Revised: April 25, 2018; Accepted: May 31, 2018
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The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effects of different dietary concentrations of T-2 toxin on blood plasma protein content, lipid peroxidation and glutathione redox system of pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). A total of 320 one-day-old female pheasants were randomly assigned to four treatment groups fed with a diet contaminated with different concentrations of T-2 toxin (control, 4 mg/kg, 8 mg/kg and 16 mg/kg). Birds were sacrificed at early (12, 24 and 72 hr) and late (1, 2 and 3 weeks) stages of the experiment to demonstrate the effect of T-2 toxin on lipid peroxidation and glutathione redox status in different tissues. Feed refusal and impaired growth were observed with dose dependent manner. Lipid-peroxidation was not induced in the liver, while the glutathione redox system was activated partly in the liver, but primarily in the blood plasma. Glutathione peroxidase activity has changed parallel with reduced glutathione concentration in all tissues. Based on our results, pheasants seem to have higher tolerance to T-2 toxin than other avian species, and glutathione redox system might contribute in some extent to this higher tolerance, in particular against free-radical mediated oxidative damage of tissues, such as liver.

Keywords : Lipid peroxidation, Antioxidant defense, Malondialdehyde, Reduced glutathione, Glutathione peroxidase

Fusarium species are the most prevalent mycotoxin producing fungi under temperate climate, responsible for the production of trichothecene mycotoxins (1). In the past decades more than 180 trichothecenes have been identified (2,3) and all of them are characterized by a tetracyclic 12,13-epoxytrichothec-9-ene skeleton (4). T-2 toxin was discovered first among the trichothecenes and it has the highest toxicity (5) in poultry. Also it comprises for high losses in poultry farming. Therefore, its effects are widely studied in poultry. The susceptibility to T-2 toxin varies among different poultry species and can be ranked in the following order: goose > duck > chicken (6). The general symptoms of T-2 toxin induced mycotoxicosis are feed refusal (7,8) decreased growth (911), reduced egg production (7,8), oral lesions (12) and atrophy of the lymphoid organs (13,14). Histological studies have also revealed lymphocyte depletion and lesions in the lymphoid tissue (1517).

Similarly to other trichothecenes, T-2 toxin is a potent inhibitor of protein synthesis in the eukaryotic cell (18). This effect is based on its capability to bind to the 60S ribosomal subunit, and consequently the peptidyl transferase becomes blocked (19). Another potential mode of action to inhibit protein synthesis is the induction of the mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling cascade. This effect results in ribotoxicity and/or endoplasmic reticulum stress response (20). Besides these, T-2 toxin can also induce formation of oxygen free radicals, overwhelming the scavenging antioxidant system, thus it can cause oxidative stress (21). Pro-oxidant effects of T-2 toxin have been confirmed in several studies with measuring the amount of the end-products of lipid peroxidation, such as malondialdehyde (MDA), or with analyzing indicators of the antioxidant defense, like reduced glutathione (GSH) concentration and glutathione-peroxidase (GPx) activity (6,22,23).

Although the effects of T-2 toxin have been studied excessively in domesticated fowls, only few data are available on the mycotoxin tolerance of game birds. However, as some of these species are commonly raised in intensive farming system, potential risk of mycotoxin contamination in feed is similar to the one in poultry species. This is confirmed by Hayesand and Wobeser (24) who reported weight loss, decreased body fat, oral lesions, lymphocyte depletion, and atrophy of thymus and bursa of Fabricius in mallard ducks due to T-2 toxin contamination in the feed. These symptoms occurred even at low (2 mg/kg) toxin concentration (13) suggesting similar sensitivity to T-2 in wild and domesticated duck (12,14). Ruff et al. (25,26) have found increased feed conversion ratio, reduced body weight and increased frequency of mouth lesions with dose dependent manner in partridge and quail species at high dose (16 mg/kg feed) of T-2 toxin load. Mortality was also high (20 and 22.5%). Moreover, in quail microscopic lesions have evolved not only in the mouth, but also in several organs like spleen, intestine, thymus, bursa of Fabricius, liver and kidney (27). However, the rate of lipid peroxidation was significantly increased only in the liver (28). So far, the sole report by Huff et al. (29) described the T-2 toxin tolerance of pheasants, and they have shown similar dose dependent changes in the feed efficiency, body weight and frequency of oral lesions like in quail and partridge. Despite the similarities, the 16 mg/kg toxin level resulted in only slight elevation (5%) in mortality leading to the conclusion that pheasants are less susceptible to T-2 toxin, than partridge, quail or even than broiler chicken (29). However, the biochemical background of this tolerance has not been investigated earlier. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effects of different concentrations of dietary T-2 toxin upon short-and long-term exposure in pheasant with measuring lipid peroxidation and glutathione redox system parameters.


Experimental birds and diets

A total of 320 one-dayold female pheasants were purchased from a hatchery and transported to the experimental facility of the Department of Nutrition, Szent István University (Gödöllő, Hungary). Birds were housed in 1 meter diameter rounded wall pens. Feeding was based on a commercial pheasant diet (crude protein: 22.51%, crude fat: 3.72%, crude fiber: 3.41%, crude ash: 9.36%) in mash form. During the experiment feed and drinking water were provided ad libitum. Feed consumption was recorded daily, while live body weight was measured before the extermination of the birds. Feed conversion ratio was calculated for each group based on the average daily weight gain and the overall feed intake.

Mycotoxin production and experimental contamination of diets

Feed was artificially contaminated with T-2 toxin, which was produced under controlled laboratory conditions on milled corn medium by Fusarium sporotrichoides strain NRRL 3229 (Agricultural Research Service Culture Collection, National Centre for Agricultural Research, Peoria, IL, USA) by the method of Fodor et al (30). The final concentration of T-2 toxin in the milled corn was 946 mg/kg. The target T-2 concentrations in the experimental diets were 4, 8, and 16 mg/kg. Based on the final T-2 concentration in the growing medium, an appropriate amount of milled corn was added to the basal diet for each experimental groups. An HPLC method with immunoaffinity cleanup was used for measuring the exact T-2 toxin content of the feeds (31), and results are shown in Table 1.

Ethical issues

The experiments were carried out in accordance with the regulations of the National Animal Welfare Act, which is in line with the relevant EU rules. The experimental protocol was authorized by the National Food Chain Safety Office (PE/EA/1965-7/2017).

Experimental design

A total of 320 one-day-old female pheasants were randomly assigned to four groups fed with different concentrations of T-2 toxin in the diet (< 0.10 mg/kg, 4.22 mg/kg, 7.17 mg/kg and 14.92 mg/kg, respectively) with two replicates (8 pens with 40 birds in each pen). In the first week, all the animals received the basal diet (commercial pheasant compound feed). The experiment started at one week of age and lasted for 21 days. At the early stages of the trial (12th, 24th and 72nd hr of feeding the experimentally contaminated diet) six randomly selected birds from each group were weighed and sacrificed to demonstrate the short term effects of T-2 toxin. In order to investigate the effects of long term toxin exposure, another six bird from each group were sacrificed at 7th, 14th and 21st days of the experiment. After extermination, post mortem blood and liver samples were taken. The collected blood samples were centrifuged (1,500 rpm) for 10 min to separate plasma. Then red blood cell haemolysate (1 : 9) was prepared with physiological saline (0.65% NaCl w/v). The liver samples were collected and weighed after the extermination. All the samples were stored at −70°C until analysis. After thawing, liver samples were homogenized in 2,2,4-trimethylpentane for the determination of conjugated diene and conjugated triene concentrations. To measure the concentration of the malondialdehyde, nine-fold volume of physiological saline was added to the tissue sample to prepare the native homogenate, while protein content, reduced glutathione concentration and glutathione peroxidase activity were measured in the 10,000 g supernatant fraction of the homogenate.


As indicators of the initial phase of lipid-peroxidation, concentrations of conjugated dienes (CD) and conjugated trienes (CT) were measured with the method of AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Chemists) (32) in the liver. Malondialdehyde (MDA) content in blood plasma, red blood cell haemolysate (33) and native liver homogenate samples (34) was measured as marker of the terminal phase of lipid-peroxidation.

Glutathione redox system

The glutathione redox system of pheasants was investigated with measuring the reduced glutathione (GSH) content by the method of Sedlak and Lindsay (35), and glutathione-peroxidase (GPx) activity according to Lawrence and Burk (36) in blood plasma, red blood cell haemolysate and the 10,000 g supernatant fraction of liver homogenate. GSH content and GPx activity were calculated to protein content. The protein concentration was measured with the biuret reaction (37) in blood plasma and red blood cell haemolysate, while the method of Lowry et al. (38) was applied for the 10,000 g supernatant fraction of liver homogenates.

Statistical analysis

Statistical analysis of the data was carried out with parametric one-way analysis of variance (with Tukey’s post-hoc test) or with non-parametric Kruskal-Wallis test (with Dunn’s post-hoc test) based on the preliminary results of Kolmogolov-Smirnov normality test. GraphPad InStat 3.05 software (GraphPad Software, San Diego, CA, USA) was used to carry out the tests.


Feed intake, weight gain and feed conversion ratio

Due to T-2 toxin contamination dose dependent feed refusal has occurred in the three treatment groups during the whole period of the experiment (Fig. 1). The average daily individual feed intake for the whole 21 days period of the experiment was 6.1, 26.9 and 51.6% less in the low, medium and high dose treatment groups, respectively than in the control. Feed refusal was increasing progressively as the birds grew older, thus at the end of the experiment the pheasants in the medium and high dose groups consumed only 45.2 and 23.8% of the control group, respectively.

Impaired growth was observed with dose dependent manner in the treated groups even after 72 hr of exposure (Fig. 2). The final average body weight of the birds was 172.5 ± 22.1 g in the control group (N = 12), meanwhile 163.3 ± 19.7, 145.2 ± 36.4 and 103.6 ± 35.5 g weights were measured in the low, medium and high dose groups (N = 12), respectively. In the first week the lowest feed conversion ratio (FCR) (1.9 kg/kg) was calculated for the control group while the highest (3.64 kg/kg) was found in the high dose group (Table 2). However, in the last week the values flipped, thus the lowest FCR values occured in the T-2 toxin treatment groups due to the low feed intake.

Clinical signs of toxicity and mortality

Low level of mortality was found in all four groups, but the highest value of 6.25% occurred in the high dose (14.92 mg T-2 toxin/kg) group (Table 2). After one week of treatment, necrotic lesions appeared on the beak, tongue and angle of the mouth. The size and number of lesions have increased linearly with the T-2 toxin dose.

Biochemical parameters

Blood plasma

Protein concentration was reduced due to T-2 toxin load in dose dependent manner until 14 days of exposure. Due to the 14.92 mg T-2 toxin/kg feed contamination, protein content of blood plasma has dropped significantly (p < 0.05) as compared to the control values. In the two other treatment groups, even though the concentrations were lower than in the control, significant differences were found only in the low dose group at 72 hr and at 14 days of exposure (Table 3).

MDA content, as an indicator of free radical induced lipid-peroxidation, did not change significantly during the short term exposure (within the first 72 hr) of the experiment, however, slight increase could be seen in the treated groups as compared to the control within this initial period. In the later phase, MDA concentration in the treatment groups was similar or even slightly lower than in the control (Table 3).

GSH concentration was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in the high dose (14.92 mg T-2 toxin/kg) group, than in the control. This difference endured throughout the whole experiment. Furthermore, after 24 and 72 hr of exposure GSH content was significantly exceeded the control values even in the low and medium dose treatment groups. In the medium dose group (7.17 mg T-2 toxin/kg) the difference was still present at 7 days of treatment (Table 3).

GPx activity appeared to change parallelly with the GSH concentration during the experiment. At the first four samplings (by the 7th day) GPx activity was significantly higher in the high dose group compared to the control. This tendency was still present at day 14, however, significant difference was found only between the high and medium dose groups. On day 21, GPx results seemed to even up, therefore, no further significant difference was found (Table 3).

Red blood cell haemolysate

MDA concentration was found to be similar in the different groups at almost each samplings. However, after 12 hr of exposure, elevated MDA concentration was measured in the high dose group, which was significantly higher than the value of medium dose group. Similar, elevated concentrations were detected on day 21 in each treatment group compared to the control, but the differences were proven statistically only for the medium and high dose groups (Table 4).

During the short term exposure period (within the first 72 hr) no significant differences were found in the GSH content among the different groups. However, on day 7, GSH concentration was found to be lower in the medium and high dose groups than in the two others, and the difference was significant when the data were compared to the values in the low dose group (Table 4).

GPx activity seemed to change parallelly with the GSH concentration just like in blood plasma, particularly within the first 7 days. However, significantly different values were found only between the medium dose and the control at 24 hr and on day 7 (Table 4).

Liver homogenate

Within the first 14 days of the experiment, CD and CT levels, as the markers of the initial phase of lipid-peroxidation, did not vary significantly among the treatment groups (Table 5). However, on day 21, both CD and CT values were significantly higher in the medium and high dose groups compared to the control. Considering CT this difference was present even on day 14, but only between the high dose treatment group and the control.

Throughout the experiment, MDA content in the liver of treated birds was similar or lower than that of the control, except on day 7, when it exceeded the control values and the difference was significant (p < 0.05) for the 14.92 mg T-2/kg group. However, the lowest values were found in the high dose group at all the other samplings. These differences were significant (p < 0.05) at 72 hr and on day 14 as compared to the control (Table 5).

Reduced glutathione concentration has increased with toxin concentration (Table 6), but significantly higher GSH level was detected only on day 7 and only in the high dose group compared to the control birds.

Similar to the blood samples, GSH content and GPx activity have changed parallelly. Thus, from day 7 higher enzyme activity was recorded in the treated groups than in the control, and the difference was significant on day 7 between the medium and high dose groups (Table 6).


The negative effects of T-2 toxin on mortality, feed consumption and body weight gain have been demonstrated in several studies in poultry (1517) and game birds (25,26), as well. In young broiler chickens (11) and Japanese quail (26) high dose (16 mg/kg) of dietary T-2 toxin had no effect on feed conversion ration or mortality. On the other hand, in Chukar partridge (25) and Bobwhite quail (26) the same dose increased feed conversion two- and tenfold, respectively, and also increased mortality to 20 and 22.5%, respectively. According to literature data partridge and chicken also react to the 16 mg/kg dietary T-2 toxin with 40~45% decrease in growth rate.

Our results are partially in line with the earlier results of Huff et al. (29) in pheasant chicks, as reduced body weight was found in the treatment groups. However, contrary to the results of previous studies no change in the FCR due to toxin load was found, but in present trial the feed efficiency was slightly better in the groups exposed to T-2 contaminated feed. Although the low feed conversion ratio is preferable in poultry practice, but results of our experiment has no practical relevance, and it means only virtual benefit, because even though the feed efficiency was better in the treatment groups, the birds have much lower growth rate as compared to the control. In other words birds in the high dose group have shown the lowest FCR values, but since these birds also had the lowest body weights, these effects are definitely undesirable in the pheasant farming. The mortality rate was similar, approximately 5%, as it was reported by Huff et al (29). Comparing this result with the fact that LD50 value for T-2 toxin in chicken is 5 mg/kg feed (39), pheasant can be considered to have good T-2 tolerance. Pheasant is more tolerant to T-2 toxin also than other game birds, as at the same level of T-2 toxin exposure resulted almost 4 times higher mortality rate in quail and partridge (25,26).

Considering the effects of T-2 toxin on the antioxidant defense of pheasant, no dramatic changes were found in the analyzed tissues. However, blood plasma was found to be the most sensitive marker as the most pronounced differences have occurred here due to T-2 toxin exposure. A good example is the reduced protein concentration considered to be the consequence of protein synthesis inhibiting effect of T-2 toxin (40,41). Reduced blood plasma or serum protein concentrations were reported in quail (27) and broiler chicken (4244), and similar tendencies were found in our experiment at the highest level (14.92 mg/kg feed) of T-2 toxin load. This effect might be stemmed from the impaired extracellular protein synthesis in the liver cells, which was confirmed by Richard (45) as well as by Feinberg and McLaughlin (46).

The known property of T-2 toxin to induce oxidative stress might be confirmed in the blood plasma at the early stage (within the first 72 hr) of the study, with the slightly elevated concentration of MDA in toxin exposure. However, in the red blood cell haemolysate, elevated malondialdehyde concentration has occurred only after 7 days, or rather at the final sampling of the 21 days long exposure period. In liver the oxidative processes have been shifted even more, therefore the early markers of lipid peroxidation, the CD and CT values, and also the late marker, the MDA content, have shown elevated levels only at the 14th and rather at the 21st days of exposure.

GSH content and GPx activity have changed simultaneously in each tissue, as increased GSH concentration had been accompanied with elevated enzyme activity. This is in accordance with the earlier results of Balogh et al. (47), and can be explained with the activation of GPx in the presence of its co-substrate. Blood plasma was prompt indicator of T-2 toxicity as significantly increased GSH concentration and GPx activity were found throughout the experiment in it. Just like in the case of MDA concentration, time shift of changes in the liver was revealed in GSH content and GPx activity, as their values had been increased only at 7 days of exposure.

GSH content was unaffected by the low dose of T-2 toxin applied, even though GSH synthesis can be compromised by inadequate protein (48) or amino acid, especially methionine and cysteine, intake (49,50). In the present experiment amino acid or protein content of the diet were the same for all groups, however feed intake was markedly different and that ultimately led to different amino acid intake. For that reason the unaffected GSH content, with possibly lower rate of synthesis, might be due to induced glutathione reductase activity, as consequence of oxidative stress (51) induced by the T-2 toxin exposure. In broiler chicken, within three weeks of experimental period GSH concentration was depleted due to T-2 contamination of the diet (52,53) even when much lower concentration (2.05 mg/kg feed) was applied. Antioxidant feed additives, such as garlic oil or vitamin E, are able to moderate this effect. As in our experiment pheasants were able to keep significantly higher GSH concentration through the whole experiment (3 weeks) without additional feed additives or antioxidants, this could possibly indicate a better antioxidant defense compared to the broiler chicken. The high GPx activity is an inevitable evidence of induction of the glutathione redox system caused by T-2 toxin generated oxygen free radicals.

In conclusion it can be stated that pheasants were less affected by T-2 toxin than other avian species. With maintaining the amount/activity of the glutathione-redox system and without any dramatic change in the liver during the 21 days of study period could be a good evidence of the high T-2 tolerance of these birds.


The research was supported by the EFOP-3.6.3-VEKOP-16-2017-00008 project, co-financed by the European Union and the European Social Fund to CF, KB, MM and ME.


No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.

CD: conjugated dienes
CT: conjugated trienes
FCR: feed conversion ratio
GPx: glutathione peroxidase
GSH: reduced glutathione
MDA: malondialdehyde
Fig. 1. Calculated average daily feed intake (g/bird) of the pheasants in the different experimental groups throughout the feeding trial (Day 1~21).
Fig. 2. Average body weights of the pheasants (g) throughout the trial. The values represent the mean of 12 pheasants (6 bird/replicate).

Table 1

Predicted and measured T-2 toxin concentrations of the diets (mg/kg)

GroupsPredicted T-2 concentration (mg/kg)Measured T-2 concentration (mg/kg)
Control0< 0.10
Low dose44.22
Medium dose87.17
High dose1614.92

Table 2

Calculated feed conversion ratio and mortality through the experiment

Experimental groupFeed conversion ratio (g feed consumed/g weight gained)Total mortality (%)

Week 1Week 2Week 3
4.22 mg/kg2.182.533.011.25
7.17 mg/kg3.102.682.473.75
14.92 mg/kg3.643.212.466.25

Table 3

Protein, MDA and reduced GSH concentrations, and GPx activity in blood plasma. The values represent the mean ± SD of 12 pheasants (6 bird/replicate)

Time of exposureControlLow dose
4.22 mg/kg
Medium dose
7.17 mg/kg
High dose
14.92 mg/kg
T-2 toxin
Protein concentration (g/L)

12 hr31.98a ± 5.3527.13ab ± 7.6326,75ab ± 4.5222.83b ± 5.96
24 hr29.26a ± 3.6525.83ab ± 5.6826.57ab ± 4.1121.91b ± 4.79
72 hr31.47a ± 4.8526.29b ± 3.3228.82ab ± 2.6222.78c ± 4.08
Day 732.26a ± 2.4928.82ab ± 3.4631.03ab ± 6.8625.98b ± 4.51
Day 1438.91a ± 4.0330.99b ± 4.0136.75a ± 5.7130.57b ± 5.10
Day 2131.52a ± 3.5431.67a ± 2.9532.82a ± 7.4430.40a ± 6.28

MDA concentration (μmol/L)

12 hr10.72a ± 1.6710.71a ± 2.3310.61a ± 2.5410.54a ± 2.86
24 hr11.69a ± 2.3712.14a ± 4.3913.39a ± 4.4511.39a ± 2.89
72 hr14.95a ± 4.1219.68a ± 7.0415.76a ± 3.5016.62a ± 2.44
Day 710.09a ± 2.986.97b ± 1.877.92ab ± 2.307.69ab ± 2.72
Day 1410.77a ± 1.0411.80a ± 2.9011.80a ± 2.0311.53a ± 0.79
Day 2110.07a ± 5.0810.30a ± 3.457.19a ± 1.937.15a ± 1.55

GSH concentration (μmol/g protein content)

12 hr11.15a ± 2.1013.38ab ± 3.6612.70ab ± 1.6016.02b ± 4.63
24 hr9.57a ± 1.3712.55b ± 1.4011.68b ± 1.0114.95c ± 1.16
72 hr9.21a ± 1.1211.58b ± 1.2910.78b ± 0.9313.80c ± 1.07
Day 76.31a ± 1.146.62ab ± 1.097.71bc ± 1.538.06c ± 1.28
Day 146.96a ± 0.817.86a ± 1.208.51ab ± 1.769.98b ± 2.93
Day 219.42a ± 1.899.79a ± 1.4310.01ab ± 1.2711.67b ± 2.45

GPx activity (U/g protein content)

12 hr8.18a ± 1.7511.07ab ± 3.0910.76ab ± 1.8212.60b ± 4.45
24 hr10.12a ± 1.3811.88ab ± 2.7110.96a ± 2.0913.60b ± 2.97
72 hr9.25a ± 2.909.46a ± 1.498.56a ± 0.8411.60b ± 2.71
Day 78.40a ± 1.409.72a ± 0.959.39a ± 1.3211.58b ± 1.90
Day 147.63ab ± 1.698.69ab ± 1.407.46a ± 1.539.35b ± 1.72
Day 219.89a ± 1.099.63a ± 1.698.40a ± 1.419.60a ± 2.25

a,bMeans designated with different superscripts within rows are different significantly at p<0.05.

Table 4

MDA and reduced GSH concentrations, and GPx activity in red blood cell haemolysate. The values represent the mean ± SD of 12 pheasants (6 birds/replicate)

Time of exposureControlLow dose
4.22 mg/kg
Medium dose
7.17 mg/kg
High dose
14.92 mg/kg
T-2 toxin
MDA concentration (μmol/L)

12 hr22.13ab ± 3.6823.71ab ± 4.7721.33a ± 3.3626.64b ± 3.76
24 hr24.49a ± 6.6021.33a ± 4.7722.23a ± 4.5823.93a ± 6.33
72 hr20.53a ± 1.8221.73a ± 2.3920.06a ± 1.3020.08a ± 1.76
Day 725.68a ± 8.7225.35a ± 8.2524.71a ± 6.7328.00a ± 7.53
Day 1425.21a ± 4.3426.88a ± 2.8327.56a ± 2.4425.80a ± 4.21
Day 2117.77a ± 3.5022.86ab ± 6.5526.38b ± 5.2425.68b ± 5.06

GSH concentration (μmol/g protein content)

12 hr7.95a ± 1.528.77a ± 1.228.59a ± 1.549.84a ± 1.33
24 hr7.40a ± 1.997.07a ± 1.786.76a ± 0.437.03a ± 1.55
72 hr7.11a ± 1.307.44a ± 0,876.67a ± 1.106.47a ± 0.39
Day 75.23ab ± 0.995.75a ± 1.054.62b ± 0.794.71b ± 0.66
Day 147.11a ± 0.896.86a ± 0.846.20a ± 0.656.77a ± 0.77
Day 217.26a ± 0.837.30a ± 0.887.11a ± 0.807.24a ± 0.68

GPx activity (U/g protein content)

12 hr4.10a ± 0.673.99a ± 0.544.20a ± 0.794.89a ± 0.66
24 hr3.98a ± 0.753.55ab ± 0.753.14b ± 0.513.73ab ± 0.43
72 hr5.05a ± 0.885.33a ± 0.664.91a ± 0.524.90a ± 0.57
Day 78.85a ± 0.548.58a ± 0.577.71b ± 0.478.34ab ± 0.91
Day 146.74a ± 1.246.91a ± 0.736.50a ± 0.756.69a ± 0.83
Day 215.38a ± 0.825.71a ± 0.935.72a ± 0.595.92a ± 0.54

a,bMeans designated with different superscripts within rows are significantly (p< 0.05) different.

Table 5

Conjugated diene (CD), conjugated triene (CT) and malondialdehyde (MDA) concentrations in liver homogenate. The values represent the mean ± SD of 12 pheasants (6 birds/replicate)

Time of exposureControlLow dose
4.22 mg/kg
Medium dose
7.17 mg/kg
High dose
14.92 mg/kg
T-2 toxin
CD (OD 232 nm)

12 hr0.247a ± 0.0150.243a ± 0.0180.251a ± 0.0140.249a ± 0.019
24 hr0.238a ± 0.0140.243a ± 0.0260.242a ± 0.0160.247a ± 0.015
72 hr0.241ab ± 0.0140.226b ± 0.0190.246a ± 0.0170.243ab ± 0.018
Day 70.241a ± 0.0180.241a ± 0.0190.236a ± 0.0230.243a ± 0.013
Day 140.225a ± 0.0130.235a ± 0.0230.236a ± 0.0150.243a ± 0.008
Day 210.222a ± 0.0180.229a ± 0.0120.304b ± 0.1140.372b ± 0.160

CT (OD 268 nm)

12 hr0.142a ± 0.0060.148a ± 0.0070.147a ± 0.0100.149a ± 0.010
24 hr0.118a ± 0.0080.124a ± 0.0120.121a ± 0.0090.125a ± 0.008
72 hr0.126a ± 0.0100.117a ± 0.0100.126a ± 0.0100.127a ± 0.009
Day 70.124a ± 0.0110.123a ± 0.0100.123a ± 0.0100.125a ± 0.007
Day 140.114a ± 0.0060.119ab ± 0.0110.121ab ± 0.0060.125b ± 0.007
Day 210.116a ± 0.0070.117a ± 0.0090.135b ± 0.0230.149b ± 0.031

MDA concentration (μmol/L)

12 hr10.41ab ± 3.347.96b ± 2.3711.13a ± 2.668.06b ± 1.89
24 hr13.92a ± 4.7214.46a ± 5.7315.70a ± 3.0114.12a ± 4.72
72 hr15.82a ± 3.7212.93ab ± 3.5316.08a ± 1.7611.48b ± 2.23
Day 715.13a ± 2.0417.86ab ± 1.8016.34ab ± 4.8419.27b ± 2.61
Day 1415.25a ± 3.0112.80ab ± 2.4813.96ab ± 2.7311.17b ± 1.95
Day 2117.01a ± 5.0917.76a ± 6.2916.58a ± 5.2415.62a ± 4.23

a,bMeans designated with different superscripts within rows are different significantly at p<0.05.

Table 6

GSH concentration and GPx activity in 10,000 g supernatant of liver homogenate. The values represent the mean ± SD of 12 pheasants (6 birds/replicate)

Time of exposureControlLow dose
4.22 mg/kg
Medium dose
7.17 mg/kg
High dose
14.92 mg/kg
T-2 toxin
GSH concentration (μmol/g protein content)

12 hr2.46a ± 0.262.45a ± 0.382.65a ± 0.402.77a ± 0.39
24 hr2.22a ± 0.422.21a ± 0.592.32a ± 0.662.22a ± 0.39
72 hr3.30a ± 0.793.52a ± 0.583.90a ± 0.613.53a ± 0.70
Day 72.23a ± 0.372.20a ± 0.652.33ab ± 0.262.68b ± 0.30
Day 141.85a ± 0.451.70a ± 0.231.97a ± 0.381.95a ± 0.44
Day 212.17ab ± 0.472.13a ± 0.422.57b ± 0.432.29ab ± 0.19

GPx activity (U/g protein content)

12 hr2.33a ± 0.762.24a ± 0.432.27a ± 0.502.00a ± 0.59
24 hr1.63a ± 0.281.76a ± 0.621.64a ± 0.351.67a ± 0.16
72 hr1.85a ± 0.641.87a ± 0.551.73a ± 0.441.93a ± 0.25
Day 71.49a ± 0.381.68ab ± 0.721.82b ± 0.191.81b ± 0.26
Day 141.57a ± 0.311.80a ± 0.291.87a ± 0.311.75a ± 0.35
Day 211.41ab ± 0.231.28ab ± 0.401.46a ± 0.351.17b ± 0.19

a,bMeans designated with different superscripts within rows are different significantly at p<0.05.

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