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Srivastava B D, Srivastava M, Srivastav S K, Urata M, Suzuki N, Srivastav A K. The Protective Effects of Jamun Seeds and Orange Peels Extracts on Calcitonin Cells and Parathyroid Glands against Cypermethrin Toxicity. IJT 2021; 15 (1) :9-18
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1- Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, India.
2- Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Digvijai Nath P.G. College, Gorakhpur, India.
3- Institute of Noto Satoumi Education Research, Noto‐cho, Ishikawa, Japan.
4- Noto Marine Laboratory, Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Division of Marine Environmental Studies, Kanazawa University, Noto‐cho, Ishikawa, Japan.
5- Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, India. , ajaiksrivastav@hotmail.com
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n recent years, there has been a growing awareness on the increased use of pesticides in everyday life, which pollute our environment and worsen the health of non-target organisms and humans [1, 23]. Pyrethroids are the most widely used insecticides as they are highly effective against a wide range of insects, easily biodegradable and least toxic to mammals [4]. Cypermethrin is a broad spectrum synthetic insecticide, which is used to control agricultural and household insects [4]. 
The broad use of cypermethrin leads to its entry into water resources and provokes detrimental effects on humans and other organisms. The adverse effects include neurological, genetic and hematological toxicities, generation of reactive oxygen species, and toxic alterations in the liver, kidneys and reproductive organs [5, 6, 7, 89]. Jamun (Syzygium cumini) has antidiabetic, antimalarial, antibacterial, free radical scavenging, anti-ulcer and anti-fertility properties [4, 10, 11]. Citrus sinensis in orange peels contains hespiridin and possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antilipedemic activities [12]. Ahmed et al. [13] have reported that orange peels contain naringin and naringenin, which have antimicrobial, antidiabetic and antitoxic activities. 
In vertebrates, calcium ions play a vital role in a variety of biological functions, such as cell adhesion, muscle contraction, membrane permeability, neuronal excitability, blood clotting, and in the organism’s response to fluctuations in acid-base balance [14]. Calcium is also essential for the initiation of many endocrine events, such as hormone release and responses of their definitive effectors [14]. Several hormones have been reported to control the blood calcium level, including calcitonin, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D [14]. Birnbaum et al. [15] stated that a small amount of hormones is needed for the functioning of endocrine systems and; therefore, endocrine disruption occurs at far lower exposure levels than those usually considered as being toxic. During the last decade, few studies have reported that environmental toxicants have disrupting effects on the endocrine systems in mammals [16, 17, 1819]. Few studies have correlated serum levels of calcitonin, calcium and phosphate, and changes in the histological structures of calcitonin and parathyroid cells with some toxicants, such as cadmium [20, 21, 22, 2324], heroin [25, 26], mipcin [27], diazinon [28] and chlorpyrifos [29]. 
Materials and Methods
Materials and Methods

In the absence of relevant data from previous studies, we aimed at investigating the changes in calcitonin and parathyroid cells in response to cypermethrin exposure in rats. We also examined the possible protective role of extracts from jamun seeds and orange peels.
Male Wistar rats (N=120) weighing 115-130g were housed in polypropylene cages under natural light.  All treatments were started after 2 weeks of acclimatization of the rats to the laboratory condition, and were kept on standard laboratory feed and water ad libitum throughout the experiment. The study was approved by Ethics Committee of DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, India. The rats were divided into six groups of 20 each, designated as A, B, C, D, E, and F. The treatments were given daily to the groups at 08:00 a.m. everyday throughout the study  as mentioned in Table 1

Preparations of jamun seeds and orange peels extracts have previously been described by Srivastava et al. [4]. Rats from all groups were sacrificed 24 hr after the last treatment on either the 15th or 30th day of the initiation of the study. Animals were fasted overnight before sacrifice.
Blood biochemical analyses: In each experiment, the rats were lightly anesthetized with ether and blood samples were collected by cardiac puncture, using a 3ml syringe with a 23 gauge needle. The blood samples thus collected were allowed to clot for 30 minutes at room temperature. The sera were separated by centrifugation at 3000 rpm and kept in a freezer at -20ºC until analyzed. The blood analyses determined the electrolytes, using calcium diagnostic kits (Sigma-Aldrich; St. Louis, MS, USA). All determinations were carried out in duplicate test tubes from each serum sample. 
Light microscopy: After sacrificing each rat, one lobe of the thyroid-parathyroid gland was fixed in Glutaraldehyde-Picric Acid (GPA) mixture with the other lobe fixed in Bouin’s fluid. The fixed thyroid and parathyroid tissue samples were processed by routine histological paraffin method, sectioned at 6 μm, and stained with Hematoxylin and Eosin (H&E) for light microscopic examination. Lead hematoxylin was used as the specific stain for the identification of calcitonin cells in the thyroid. Photomicrographs were taken by Olympus CH 20i microscope equipped with an Olympus E-420 camera.
Electron microscopy: For EM studies, small pieces of thyroid and parathyroid tissue samples were fixed in a mixture of paraformaldehyde and glutaraldehyde for 4hr at 4º C, washed with phosphate buffer saline and stored at 4º C. These tissue samples were processed at Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.  
Measurement of nuclear volume: Nuclear indices (maximal length and width) of the calcitonin and parathyroid cells were measured, using an ocular micrometer, and the nuclear volumes were calculated as follows: volume = 4/3 п ab2, where ‘a’ was the major semiaxis and ‘b’ was the minor semiaxis. In the glands with degenerate nuclei only the indices of intact nuclei were measured.
Statistical analyses: Data were presented as the Means±SE for five specimens. Student t-test was used to determine the statistical significance level at P<0.05. Each treated group was compared to its specific treatment time with the control group. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used to determine the significant differences among various treatment groups. 
Serum parameters
: The rats in group B, treated with cypermethrin, exhibit a decrease in serum calcium levels after 15 or 30 days of exposure (P<0.0001; Figure 1). 

In group C (cypermethrin & JSE), the serum calcium level decreased on days 15 (P<0.0001) and 30 (P<0.014), as compared to group A. However, the calcium levels in group C slightly increased on day 30 as compared to that on day 15. In group D (cypermethrin & OPE), the serum calcium level decreased on day 15 as compared to that in group A (P<0.0006). However, on day 30, the calcium level increased insignificantly as compared to that in the controls. The calcium levels in group C increased on days 15 (P<0.008) and 30 (P<0.002) as compared to that in group B. Moreover, the calcium level changes in group D were not significant on days 15 and 30 as compared to that in group B. In group E (OPE) and group F (JSE), there were no changes in serum calcium levels on days 15 and 30 of treatment. The statistical analysis ANOVA demonstrated that the treatment caused significant changes in the serum calcium levels (day-15: F=12.004, P<0.0001; day-30: –F=2.658, P<0.041).
Microscopic findings
Calcitonin cells
: The calcitonin cells (C cell) in group A rats (controls) were present either singly or in groups of 2-8 within the basement membrane of the thyroid follicles. The C cells were parafollicular, intrafollicular or epifollicular in position. These cells were oval or pear-shaped with ovoid nuclei (Figures 2 & 3), which were larger than those of follicular cells (Figures 2).  

Few C cells were noted with small nuclei and elongated cytoplasmic processes. In H&E preparations, C cells could be differentiated from the follicular cells by being lightly stained (Figure 4). 

These cells were observed as blue-black in contrast to the follicular cells in response to staining with lead hematoxylin (Figure 2).
Effect of cypermethrin: Cypermethrin treatment in rats either alone (group B) or in combination with jamun seeds extract (group C) or orange peels extract (group D) caused degranulation of the calcitonin cells on day 15 (Figure 5) and enlargement of the mitochondria (Figure 6).  

The nuclear volume of C cells in groups B, C and D remained unchanged (Figure 7). 

In these groups, the accumulation of secretory granules in C cells was observed on day 30 of treatment (Figures 8 & 9).  

Complete exhaustion of few C cells were also noticed in rats after 30 day of exposure to cypermethrin (group B) or cypermethrin + JSE (group C) or cypermethrin + OPE (group D) (Figures 10 and 11).  

Increased nuclear volumes of C cells in rats treated with cypermethrin (group B) or cypermethrin + JSE (group C) or cypermethrin + OPE (group D) were detected on day 30 (Figure 7) as compared to that in the controls (group A). In groups E and F, no changes in the morphological structures and nuclear volumes of C cells were observed throughout the experiments. The nuclear volumes of C cells were not significantly different from those in the controls on day 15 (F=1.216, P<0.4272 ) but were significantly different on day 30 (F=32.377, P<0.0001) based on ANOVA analysis.
Parathyroid glands
Controls: In group A rats (controls), the parathyroid glands were composed of densely packed chief cells arranged in cords (Figure 12). 

Chief cells were seen with indistinct cellular boundary, scanty cytoplasm and large, centrally located, ovoid nuclei (Figure 12 & 13). 

There was a framework of reticular fibers with many sinusoidal capillaries among the chief cells.
Effect of cypermethrin: The parathyroid glands from the rats treated with cypermethrin, cypermethrin + JSE or cypermethrin + OPE (groups B, C & D) exhibit hyperchromatic nuclei (Figures 14 & 15).  

Nuclear elongation (Figures 14 & 15) and increased volume of parathyroid cells (Figure 16) were also recorded on day 15 in response to treatment with cypermethrin (group B), cypermethrin + JSE (group C) or cypermethrin + OPE (group D). 

On day 15, there were no histological alterations in the parathyroid glands of rats treated with orange peels (group E) and jamun seeds extracts (group F). The ANOVA statistical analyses indicated that the treatments caused significant differences in the nuclear volumes (F=193.03, P<0.0001).
Nuclear changes: The nuclei of parathyroidal cells after 30 days of treatment with cypermethrin (group B) became more hyperchromatic (Figure 17) and elongated (Figure 17 & 18) than those in the control group.    

Also, increases in nuclear volumes were observed (Figure 16). Degenerate nuclei were visible in group B in response to cypermethrin treatment on day 30 (Figures 19 & 20).  

The parathyroid cells of the rats treated with cypermethrin and jamun seeds extract (group C) and cypermethrin and orange peel extract (group D) exhibited hyperchromatic and elongated nuclei on day 30 (Figure 21). 

The nuclear volumes increased after these treatments on day 30 (Figure 16). In groups E and F, there were no structural changes in the parathyroid cells compared to those in the controls (group A). The changes in the nuclear volumes were significantly different in response to the treatments given to groups E and F compared to that seen in the controls (F=188.62; P<0.0001) based on ANOVA analysis.
The regulation of blood calcium level is believed to be governed by parathyroid glands, which act at three major body organs: bones, kidneys and intestine. In the present study, parathyroid glands hyperactivity, which was evident by hyperchromatic nuclei and increased nuclear volumes, was observed in rats treated with cypermethrin. Hyperactivity of parathyroid glands has also been reported in rats after exposure to chlorpyrifos [29] and in frogs after cadmium treatment [1]. The hyperactivity of parathyroid gland can be attributed to the hypocalcemia recorded in the present study after cypermethrin treatment. 
The calcium levels in group C increased on days 15 and 30 as compared to that in group B. This indicates that jamun seed extract is effective in recovering the calcium levels which was decreased by treatment with cypermethrin. Moreover, the calcium level changes in group D was not significant on days 15 and 30 as compared to that in group B. This indicates that orange peel extract is not effective in restoring the decline in calcium levels caused by cypermethrin. 
Compston, et al. have reported that exposure to organophosphates reduced bone formation [30]. Reduced mineral density in bones has also been reported after DDT exposure [31]. Further, Koyama and Itazawa [32] and Muramoto [33] have provided evidence of bone demineralization in cadmium-exposed carps. They have interpreted this event as a mechanism to restore plasma calcium levels in the treated animals. The parathyroid hyperactivity in the rats treated with cypermethrin can be interpreted as the mechanism to maintain normal blood calcium levels through demineralization of bones secondary to the action of parathyroid hormone.
In this study, cypermethrin treated rats exhibited decreased staining of calcitonin cells on day 15 of treatment. Also, the accumulation of secretory granules and increased nuclear volumes of C cells were recorded on day 30 of cypermethrin treatment. In a previous study, no changes have been reported in calcitonin cells of rats treated with diazinon [28]. In the current study, the observed degranulation of C cells in the rats exposed to cypermethrin is consistent with the findings of earlier studies that have reported reduced staining and weak immune-cytochemical responses of calcitonin cells after being treated with various toxicants, such as chlorpyrifos [29], heroin [34] and cadmium [21, 24]. 
The findings of the current study are also supported by the observations of Srivastav, et al. [1] who have reported decreased staining of the ultimobranchial gland (secreting calcitonin) in Indian skipper frogs after exposure to cadmium. Increased circulating calcitonin level has also been recorded in rats exposed to cadmium by another study [22]. This hormone is known to protect the boney skeleton in mammals [35]. In this context, the increased release of granules from C cells in response to cypermethrin treatment in rats could be attributed to the hyperactivity of parathyroid glands. The degeneration of C cells at later stages of exposure to cypermethrin in rats may possibly be due to excessive degranulation or exhaustion of the cells after prolonged hyperactivity.
Limitation of the Study: In this study, we only performed light and electron microscopic examinations. It would have been more informative if alterations in the circulating levels of calcitonin and parathyroid hormones would have been measured by biochemical tests.
Recommendation for Future Research: The current study did not investigate some areas which need to be explored in future studies. We recommend the determination of the calcium levels and circulating levels of calcitonin and parathyroid hormones in the blood samples of rats after treatment with cypermethrin, jamun seed and orange peel extracts.
Based on our findings, it can be concluded that cypermethrin provokes alterations in the calcitonin cells and parathyroid glands leading to their excessive hormone release. These endocrine glands regulate blood calcium level, which is vital for the physiological functions in many organisms. Hence, structural changes in these endocrine glands could cause serious threat to the organism’s physiological functions. It may also be concluded that the extract from jamun seeds and orange peels can protect the endocrine glands against the cypermethrin toxicity.
Ethical Considerations
Compliance with ethical guidelines

This study was conducted by fully observing the ethical guidelines of the Laboratory Animal Ethics Committee of the DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, India.
The corresponding author would like to thank to the University’s Grants Commission, New Delhi, India, for providing financial assistance in support of this study. This work was also supported in part by a cooperative research agreement with the Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan (Agreement #: 20007).
Author's contributions
Conceptualization and methodology: Ajai Kumar Srivastav, Nobuo Suzuki and Makoto Urata; Experiments: Babita Deep Srivastava, Manish Srivastava and Sunil Kumar Srivastav; Writing the manuscript: Babita Deep Srivastava, Manish Srivastava; Review & editing of the final draft: Ajai Kumar Srivastav, Nobuo Suzuki,  Makoto Urata; Funding acquisition, resources: Ajai Kumar Srivastav, Nobuo Suzuki; Supervision: Ajai Kumar Srivastav, Sunil Kumar Srivastav.
Conflict of interest
The authors declared no conflict of interests.
The authors are thankful to Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, for processing the tissue samples prior to the electron microscopic examinations.

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