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Hardwood smoke alters murine splenic T cell responses to mitogens following a 6-month whole body inhalation exposure

Authors
Journal
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
0041-008X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
202
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.taap.2004.06.024
Keywords
  • Hardwood Smoke
  • Mitogens
  • T Cell
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract The purpose of these studies was to assess the effects of hardwood smoke (HWS) inhalation (30–1000 μg/m 3) on the systemic immune responses of A/J mice evaluated after 6 months of daily exposures. Spleen cells obtained from mice were assessed for changes in cell number, cell surface marker expression [B, T, macrophage, and natural killer (NK) cells], and responses to B cell (LPS, endotoxin) and T cell (Con A) mitogens. Results showed that HWS smoke increased T cell proliferation in the 100 μg/m 3 exposure group and produced a concentration-dependent suppression of T cell proliferation at concentrations >300 μg/m 3. There were no effects on B cell proliferation or in spleen cell surface marker expression. Analyses of the exposure atmospheres revealed the presence of significant levels of naphthalene and methylated napthalenes, fluorene, phenanthrene, and anthracene in the exposure chambers, as well as low concentrations of several metals (K, Ca, and Fe). Our results demonstrate that environmentally relevant concentrations of HWS may be immunosuppressive to the immune system of mice exposed during a 6-month period.

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