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Title: Metal rich particulate matter impairs acetylcholine-mediated vasorelaxation of microvessels in mice.

Authors: Cuevas, Azita K; Niu, Jingping; Zhong, Mianhua; Liberda, Eric N; Ghio, Andrew; Qu, Qingshan; Chen, Lung Chi

Published In Part Fibre Toxicol, (2015 Jun 04)

Abstract: Exposure to PM2.5 (particulate matter<2.5 μm) has been associated with changes in endothelial function. PM2.5 was collected from two Chinese cities, Jinchang (JC) and Zhangye (ZH), both with similar PM2.5 concentrations. However, JC had levels of nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), copper (Cu), and arsenic (As) that were 76, 25, 17, and 7 fold higher than that measured in ZH, respectively. We used this unique PM sample to delineate the chemical components that drive pulmonary and systemic effects and explore the mechanism(s) by which vascular dysfunction is caused.Male FVB/N mice received oropharyngeal aspiration of water or PM2.5 from JC, ZH or ZH spiked with one of the following elements at the same concentrations found in the JC PM (Ni=4.76; As=2.36; Se=0.24; Cu=2.43 μg/mg) followed by evaluation of markers of pulmonary and systemic inflammation. Mesenteric arteries were isolated for gene expression or functional response to various agonists (Phenylephrine, Acetylcholine, and Sodium Nitroprusside) and inhibitors (L-NAME, Apocynin, and VAS2870) ex vivo.Protein and total cell counts from lung lavage revealed significant pulmonary inflammation from ZH (p<0.01) and JC and ZH+NiSO4 (p<0.001) as compared to control and a significant decrease in mesenteric artery relaxation (p<0.001) and this decrease is blunted in the presence of NADPH oxidase inhibitors. Significant increases in gene expression (TNF-α, IL-6, Nos3; p<0.01; NOX4; p<0.05) were observed in JC and ZH+NiSO4, as well as significantly higher concentrations of VEGF and IL-10 (p<0.01, p<0.001; respectively).Our results indicate that the specific toxicity observed in PM from JC is likely due to the nickel component in the PM. Further, since VAS2870 was the most successful inhibitor to return vessels to baseline relaxation values, NADPH Oxidase is implicated as the primary source of PM-induced O2•-.

PubMed ID: 26041432 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Acetylcholine/pharmacology; Animals; Arsenic/chemistry; Arsenic/toxicity; Biomarkers/blood; Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid/chemistry; Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid/cytology; Copper/chemistry; Copper/toxicity; Cytokines/blood; Dose-Response Relationship, Drug; Endothelium, Vascular/drug effects*; Endothelium, Vascular/physiopathology; Male; Mice, Inbred Strains; Microvessels/drug effects*; Microvessels/physiopathology; Nickel/analysis; Nickel/chemistry; Nickel/toxicity*; Particle Size; Particulate Matter/analysis; Particulate Matter/chemistry; Particulate Matter/toxicity*; Respiratory Aspiration/chemically induced; Respiratory Aspiration/immunology; Respiratory Aspiration/physiopathology*; Selenium/chemistry; Selenium/toxicity; Vasodilation/drug effects*

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