Toxic Mechanisms of Aryloxyphenoxypropionates in Target and Non-target Organisms

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Ayokanmi Ore
Ebenezer Tunde Olayinka


Herbicides are substances used to control unwanted plants-weeds. They can be classified into several classes by mechanism of action. This review describes the members of aryloxyphenoxypropionate herbicides, their pharmacokinetic properties, metabolism and their mechanism of phytotoxicity in target weeds as well as in non-target organisms. Two major toxicity mechanisms are described. The first is by inhibition of lipid synthesis. This is achieved by inhibiting the rate limiting step of lipid biosynthesis catalyzed by acetyl CoA carboxylase. The second mechanism is by induction of oxidative stress. This is achieved by generation of reactive oxygen species which in excess can cause oxidative damage to macromolecules and cellular structures especially the membrane lipids. Loss of vital membrane lipids alters the fluidity of membrane, loss of cellular contents and eventually cell death and death of the entire plant.

Herbicides, Aryloxyphenoxypropionates, toxicity mechanisms, acetyl CoA carboxylase, oxidative stress

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Ore, A., & Olayinka, E. (2019). Toxic Mechanisms of Aryloxyphenoxypropionates in Target and Non-target Organisms. International Journal of Biochemistry Research & Review, 27(1), 1-11.
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