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Comparative toxicity of size-fractionated airborne particulate matter collected at different distances from an urban highway.

Cho SH, Tong H, McGee JK, Baldauf RW, Krantz QT, Gilmour MI - Environ. Health Perspect. (2009)

Bottom Line: Both NR and FR coarse PM produced significant pulmonary inflammation irrespective of distance, whereas both NR and FR ultrafine PM induced cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury.On a comparative mass basis, the coarse and ultrafine PM affected the lung and heart, respectively.The results suggest that PM of different size-specific chemistry might be associated with different toxicologic mechanisms in cardiac and pulmonary tissues.

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Affiliation: National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, USA.

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Background: Epidemiologic studies have reported an association between proximity to highway traffic and increased cardiopulmonary illnesses.

Objectives: We investigated the effect of size-fractionated particulate matter (PM), obtained at different distances from a highway, on acute cardiopulmonary toxicity in mice.

Methods: We collected PM for 2 weeks in July-August 2006 using a three-stage (ultrafine, < 0.1 microm; fine, 0.1-2.5 microm; coarse, 2.5-10 microm) high-volume impactor at distances of 20 m [near road (NR)] and 275 m [far road (FR)] from an interstate highway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Samples were extracted in methanol, dried, diluted in saline, and then analyzed for chemical constituents. Female CD-1 mice received either 25 or 100 microg of each size fraction via oropharyngeal aspiration. At 4 and 18 hr postexposure, mice were assessed for pulmonary responsiveness to inhaled methacholine, biomarkers of lung injury and inflammation; ex vivo cardiac pathophysiology was assessed at 18 hr only.

Results: Overall chemical composition between NR and FR PM was similar, although NR samples comprised larger amounts of PM, endotoxin, and certain metals than did the FR samples. Each PM size fraction showed differences in ratios of major chemical classes. Both NR and FR coarse PM produced significant pulmonary inflammation irrespective of distance, whereas both NR and FR ultrafine PM induced cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Conclusions: On a comparative mass basis, the coarse and ultrafine PM affected the lung and heart, respectively. We observed no significant differences in the overall toxicity end points and chemical makeup between the NR and FR PM. The results suggest that PM of different size-specific chemistry might be associated with different toxicologic mechanisms in cardiac and pulmonary tissues.

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Total protein in BALF at 18 hr post-aspiration of both NR and FR PM (n = 7 mice/group). Abbreviations: C, coarse; F, fine; SAL, saline; U, ultrafine. Error bars indicate SE.*p < 0.05 compared with saline.
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f4-ehp-117-1682: Total protein in BALF at 18 hr post-aspiration of both NR and FR PM (n = 7 mice/group). Abbreviations: C, coarse; F, fine; SAL, saline; U, ultrafine. Error bars indicate SE.*p < 0.05 compared with saline.

Mentions: The overall statistical analysis of lung injury end points showed no significant effect by either particle size or sampling location. Analysis of individual treatment groups indicated that only total protein in BALF was increased at a small but significant degree with the 100-μg NR coarse PM at the 18 hr post-exposure (Figure 4). LPS treatment showed a clear increase in BALF protein concentrations over saline controls at 18 hr. For complete data for pulmonary markers and responsiveness to MCh see Supplemental Material, Table S1 (doi:10.1289/ehp.0900730.S1 via http://dx.doi.org/).


Comparative toxicity of size-fractionated airborne particulate matter collected at different distances from an urban highway.

Cho SH, Tong H, McGee JK, Baldauf RW, Krantz QT, Gilmour MI - Environ. Health Perspect. (2009)

Total protein in BALF at 18 hr post-aspiration of both NR and FR PM (n = 7 mice/group). Abbreviations: C, coarse; F, fine; SAL, saline; U, ultrafine. Error bars indicate SE.*p < 0.05 compared with saline.
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f4-ehp-117-1682: Total protein in BALF at 18 hr post-aspiration of both NR and FR PM (n = 7 mice/group). Abbreviations: C, coarse; F, fine; SAL, saline; U, ultrafine. Error bars indicate SE.*p < 0.05 compared with saline.
Mentions: The overall statistical analysis of lung injury end points showed no significant effect by either particle size or sampling location. Analysis of individual treatment groups indicated that only total protein in BALF was increased at a small but significant degree with the 100-μg NR coarse PM at the 18 hr post-exposure (Figure 4). LPS treatment showed a clear increase in BALF protein concentrations over saline controls at 18 hr. For complete data for pulmonary markers and responsiveness to MCh see Supplemental Material, Table S1 (doi:10.1289/ehp.0900730.S1 via http://dx.doi.org/).

Bottom Line: Both NR and FR coarse PM produced significant pulmonary inflammation irrespective of distance, whereas both NR and FR ultrafine PM induced cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury.On a comparative mass basis, the coarse and ultrafine PM affected the lung and heart, respectively.The results suggest that PM of different size-specific chemistry might be associated with different toxicologic mechanisms in cardiac and pulmonary tissues.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, USA.

ABSTRACT

Background: Epidemiologic studies have reported an association between proximity to highway traffic and increased cardiopulmonary illnesses.

Objectives: We investigated the effect of size-fractionated particulate matter (PM), obtained at different distances from a highway, on acute cardiopulmonary toxicity in mice.

Methods: We collected PM for 2 weeks in July-August 2006 using a three-stage (ultrafine, < 0.1 microm; fine, 0.1-2.5 microm; coarse, 2.5-10 microm) high-volume impactor at distances of 20 m [near road (NR)] and 275 m [far road (FR)] from an interstate highway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Samples were extracted in methanol, dried, diluted in saline, and then analyzed for chemical constituents. Female CD-1 mice received either 25 or 100 microg of each size fraction via oropharyngeal aspiration. At 4 and 18 hr postexposure, mice were assessed for pulmonary responsiveness to inhaled methacholine, biomarkers of lung injury and inflammation; ex vivo cardiac pathophysiology was assessed at 18 hr only.

Results: Overall chemical composition between NR and FR PM was similar, although NR samples comprised larger amounts of PM, endotoxin, and certain metals than did the FR samples. Each PM size fraction showed differences in ratios of major chemical classes. Both NR and FR coarse PM produced significant pulmonary inflammation irrespective of distance, whereas both NR and FR ultrafine PM induced cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Conclusions: On a comparative mass basis, the coarse and ultrafine PM affected the lung and heart, respectively. We observed no significant differences in the overall toxicity end points and chemical makeup between the NR and FR PM. The results suggest that PM of different size-specific chemistry might be associated with different toxicologic mechanisms in cardiac and pulmonary tissues.

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