Toxicology mechanisms and methods

The benefit of combination of oximes for the neuroprotective efficacy of antidotal treatment of sarin-poisoned rats.

PMID 22149934


The potency of the oxime HI-6 and two combinations of oximes (HI-6 + trimedoxime, HI-6 + K203) to reduce sarin-induced acute neurotoxic signs and symptoms was evaluated in this study. Sarin-induced neurotoxicity and the neuroprotective effects of atropine alone or in combination with HI-6 alone and HI-6 combined with trimedoxime or K203 in rats poisoned with sarin at a sublethal dose (108 μg/kg i.m.; 90% of LD(50) value) were monitored by a functional observatory battery (FOB) 24 h following sarin administration. The results indicate that both mixtures of oximes combined with atropine were able to survive sarin-poisoned rats 24 h following sarin administration while two non-treated sarin-poisoned rats and one sarin-poisoned rat treated with atropine alone or with atropine in combination with the oxime HI-6 died within 24 h following sarin poisoning. All types of antidotal treatment were able to decrease sarin-induced neurotoxic signs and symptoms but not completely. While atropine alone and atropine in combination with the oxime HI-6 were able to eliminate some sarin-induced neurotoxic signs and symptoms, the neuroprotective efficacy of both combinations of oximes with atropine was slightly higher. Thus, both tested combinations of oximes in combination with atropine bring a small benefit for the neuroprotective efficacy of antidotal treatment of acute sarin poisonings.

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HI-6, ≥98% (HPLC)
C14H16N4O3 · 2Cl