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Title: Atherosclerosis lesion progression during inhalation exposure to environmental tobacco smoke: a comparison to concentrated ambient air fine particles exposure.

Authors: Chen, Lung Chi; Quan, Chunli; Hwang, Jing Shiang; Jin, Ximei; Li, Qiang; Zhong, Mianhua; Rajagopalan, Sanjay; Sun, Qinghua

Published In Inhal Toxicol, (2010 May)

Abstract: Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and ambient air fine particulate matter (PM(2.5)) are both complex mixtures that have important adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. Although exposures to these complex mixtures have been studied individually, direct comparisons between the two has not been performed. In this study, the authors employed a novel, noninvasive ultrasound biomicroscopy method (UBM) to assess the effects of long-term, low-concentration inhalations of side-stream smoke (SS) and concentrated ambient PM(2.5) (CAPs) on plaque progression. ApoE(-/-) mice (n = 8/group) on high-fat chow (HFC), or normal chow (NC), were exposed to SS (PM = 450 microg/m(3)) or filtered air (FA) for 6 h/day, 5 days/week, for 6 months; CAPs exposure was at 134 microg/m(3) (NC only). Mortality during the SS exposure was greater in the HFC than in the NC, and SS significantly enhanced the effects of diet. No mortality was observed in CAPs-exposed mice. At 4 and 6 months, SS produced the greatest change in plaque area in the left common carotid artery (CCA) in HFC as compared to FA or NC, but not in the brachiocephalic artery. In contrast, CAPs exposure significantly enhanced plaque areas in brachiocephalic and left CCA at 3 and 6 months of exposure. The effect of SS was comparable in magnitude to that produced by CAPs at an average PM(2.5) mass concentration that was only 30% as high. In light of the employment of the same animal model, uniform inhalation exposure protocols, time schedules, a noninvasive monitoring protocol, and a parallel study design, these findings have broad applicability.

PubMed ID: 20235771 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Aging/genetics; Aging/pathology; Animals; Apolipoproteins A/deficiency; Apolipoproteins A/genetics; Atherosclerosis/diagnostic imaging; Atherosclerosis/etiology*; Atherosclerosis/pathology; Diet, Atherogenic; Dietary Fats/administration & dosage; Disease Models, Animal; Disease Progression; Inhalation Exposure/adverse effects*; Male; Mice; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Mice, Knockout; Particle Size; Particulate Matter/toxicity*; Tobacco Smoke Pollution/adverse effects*; Ultrasonography

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