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Urch B.,Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit GOEHU | Urch B.,University of Toronto | Speck M.,Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit GOEHU | Corey P.,Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit GOEHU | And 11 more authors.
Inhalation Toxicology | Year: 2010

Epidemiological studies have established significant associations between ambient pollutants, including fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3), and cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality. One mechanism that has been proposed is a pulmonary/systemic inflammatory response. Although controlled human exposure studies have examined the independent inflammatory responses of PM2.5 and O3, no studies have previously examined their joint effects. The study objective was to examine the independent and combined associations between ambient PM2.5 and O3 and acute respiratory/inflammatory responses. Using their concentrated ambient particle (CAP) facility for PM2.5, the authors studied 10 mild asthmatic and 13 nonasthmatic individuals. The 2-h exposures included CAP (range 48199μg/m3) and filtered air (FA), with/without O3 (120 ppb), in a randomized block design. Response measures included pulmonary function and inflammatory indices in induced sputum (interleukin [IL]-6, cytology) and blood (IL-6, tumor necrosis factor [TNF]-α) measured before and after exposures. Three hours post exposure, there was an increase in blood levels of IL-6, but only after CAP alone exposures; the IL-6 increase was associated with increasing PM2.5 mass concentration (p=.005). Some individuals switched to shallow breathing during CAP+O3, possibly accounting for an attenuation of the resultant blood IL-6 response. Asthmatic and nonasthmatic responses were similar. There were no adverse changes in pulmonary function or other inflammatory measures. The study demonstrated an acute IL-6 response to PM 2.5, providing evidence to support the epidemiological findings of associations between ambient levels of particles and cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality. Source

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