The biological effects of subacute inhalation of diesel exhaust following addition of cerium oxide nanoparticles in atherosclerosis-prone mice.
Bottom Line: Addition of CeO(2) to fuel resulted in a reduction of the number (30%) and surface area (10%) of the particles in the exhaust, whereas the gaseous co-pollutants were increased (6-8%).These results imply that addition of CeO(2) nanoparticles to fuel decreases the number of particles in exhaust and may reduce atherosclerotic burden associated with exposure to standard diesel fuel.However, further testing is required to ensure that such an approach is not associated with a chronic inflammatory response which may eventually cause long-term health effects.
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Mentions: Prior to adding to the fuel, the most abundant particle size in the ENVIROX cerium oxide additive was 15.6±0.2 nm. A few large particles with sizes ∼200 nm were seen infrequently. The particle size (mass mean diameter) of diesel exhaust particles were similar for DE and DCeE groups (Table 1). TEM analysis of loaded filters from DCeE exposures identified numerous types of particles consisting of a wide range of elements (K, Na, Cl, Mg, Si, Al, O, FeOx, TiOx, AlOx, Ni, Cr, Fe, Ca, S, Ba, Sn). Small nanoparticles were observed within the clusters of soot particles that yielded EDX spectra with C and Ce peaks (Fig. 1). Filters from DCeE exposures contained 5.5±4.0 μg Ce/mg loading of soot in comparison to 0.2±0.1 μg Ce/mg of soot from DE exposures. Unexposed collection filters contained insignificant levels of Ce (<10 ng abs; n=3).
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