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Immunotoxic effects in the rat lung from inhalation of vanadium.

Authors
McManus-TP; Zelikoff-JT; Schlesinger-RB; Cohen-MD
Source
Toxicologist 1995 Mar; 15(1):257
NIOSHTIC No.
20024498
Abstract
Male Fisher 344 rats (10 wk old, 200-250 g) were exposed to atmospheres containing 2 mg vanadiurn(V)/m3 (as ammonium metavanadate NH4 VO3, 0.32 um diameter particles) for 8 hr/d for 4 d in a nose-only exposure system. In exposed rats, lung burdens of vanadium increased in a time-dependent fashion. Nearly all (88%) metal-exposed rats displayed markedly increased levels of bronchus-associated lymphoid tissue (BALT) after each exposure, though the effect was only transitory. Analysis of lung cells and lavage fluid 24 hr after the final exposure suggested that a strong inflammatory response was elicited; levels of free neutrophils and immature monocytes, as well as of lavage protein and lactate dehydrogenase, were greatly elevated as compared with levels observed in air-exposed controls. Vanadium also affected the capacity of pulmonary macrophages (PAM) to both produce and respond to important immunoregulatory cytokines. PAM production of tumor necrosis factor-a in response to, lipopolysaccharide was significantly inhibited, as was the ability of PAM to synthesize/place MHC Class II/Ia molecules on their cell surfaces in response to interferon-y (IFNy). The PAM from V-exposed hosts were also inhibited in their ability to be primed by IFNy to produce superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide in response to stimulation with opsonized zymosan. These studies indicate that subchronic inhalation exposure of rats to V, at levels encountered in the workplace, can cause strong immunomodulatory effects in the lungs, with the major effect occurring at the level of cytokine-related functions. These alterations may be underlying mechanisms for the well-documented increases in bronchopulmonary infections and cancers in workers chronically exposed to V-containing workplace atmospheres.
Keywords
Immunotoxins; Inhalation-studies; Vanadium-compounds; Laboratory-animals; Animals; Animal-studies; Exposure-levels; Lung-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders
CAS No.
7440-62-2; 7722-84-1
Publication Date
19950301
Document Type
Abstract
Funding Amount
78780
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-003064
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0731-9193
Priority Area
Other Occupational Concerns
Source Name
The Toxicologist. Society of Toxicology 34th Annual Meeting, March 5-9,1995, Baltimore, Maryland
State
NY
Performing Organization
New York University, New York, New York
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