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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(2), 134; doi:10.3390/ijerph14020134

PM2.5-Induced Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Damage in the Nasal Mucosa of Rats

Department of Otolaryngology, Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200040, China
Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Study, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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Academic Editor: Marsha K. Morgan
Received: 21 December 2016 / Revised: 16 January 2017 / Accepted: 18 January 2017 / Published: 29 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
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Exposure to PM2.5 (particulate matter ≤2.5 μm) increases the risk of nasal lesions, but the underlying mechanisms, especially the mechanisms leading to mitochondrial damage, are still unclear. Thus, we investigated the in vivo effects of PM2.5 exposure on the inflammatory response, oxidative stress, the enzyme activities of Na+K+-ATPase and Ca2+-ATPase, and the morphology and function of mitochondria in the nasal mucosa of rats. Exposure to PM2.5 occurred through inhalation of a PM2.5 solution aerosol. The results show that the PM2.5 exposure induced increased levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and levels of proinflammatory mediators, including interleukin 6 (IL-6), IL-8, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). These changes were accompanied by decreases in the activities of total superoxide dismutase (T-SOD), Na+K+-ATPase, and Ca2+-ATPase in rat nasal mucosa. PM2.5 significantly affected the expression of specific mitochondrial fission/fusion genes (OPA1, Mfn1, Fis1, and Drp1) in nasal mucosa. These changes were accompanied by abnormal alterations of mitochondrial structures, including mitochondrial swelling, cristae disorder, and even fission resulting from higher doses of PM2.5. Our data shows that oxidative damage, inflammatory response, and mitochondrial dysfunction may be the toxic mechanisms that cause nasal lesions after exposure to PM2.5. View Full-Text
Keywords: fine particulate matter (PM2.5); nasal mucosa; oxidative stress; mitochondria; inflammatory response fine particulate matter (PM2.5); nasal mucosa; oxidative stress; mitochondria; inflammatory response

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Guo, Z.; Hong, Z.; Dong, W.; Deng, C.; Zhao, R.; Xu, J.; Zhuang, G.; Zhang, R. PM2.5-Induced Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Damage in the Nasal Mucosa of Rats. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 134.

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