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Title: Inhalation toxicology methods: the generation and characterization of exposure atmospheres and inhalational exposures.

Authors: Chen, Lung-Chi; Lippmann, Morton

Published In Curr Protoc Toxicol, (2015 Feb 02)

Abstract: In this unit, the need for laboratory-based inhalation toxicology studies, the historical background on adverse health effects of airborne toxicants, and the benefits of advance planning for the building of analytic options into the study design to maximize the scientific gains to be derived from the investments in the study are outlined. The following methods are described: (1) the generation and characterization of exposure atmospheres for inhalation exposures in humans and laboratory animals; (2) the delivery and distribution into and within whole-body exposure chambers, head-only exposure chambers, face-masks, and mouthpieces or nasal catheters; (3) options for on-line functional assays during and between exposures; and (4) options for serial non-invasive assays of response. In doing so, a description beyond exposures to single agents and simple mixtures is presented, and included are methods for evaluating biological responses to complex environmental mixtures. It is also emphasized that great care should be taken in the design and execution of such studies so that the scientific returns can be maximized both initially, and in follow-up utilization of archived samples of the exposure atmospheres, excreta, and tissues collected for histology.

PubMed ID: 25645246 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Aerosols; Animals; Atmosphere Exposure Chambers*; Environmental Pollutants/adverse effects*; Environmental Pollutants/metabolism; Equipment Design; Female; Humans; Inhalation Exposure*; Male; Mice; Models, Animal; Particle Size; Rats; Reproducibility of Results; Respiratory System/drug effects*; Respiratory System/metabolism; Respiratory System/pathology; Respiratory System/physiopathology; Risk Assessment; Telemetry; Tissue Distribution; Toxicology/instrumentation*; Toxicology/methods*

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