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The atmospheric dust sample EHC-93 is known to induce lung cell injury and inflammation in which the toxicity has been attributed to a soluble component, possibly metal ions. To determine whether any specific metal is responsible for the pulmonary reactivity, various metal salts, at the concentration of metal present in the soluble fraction of EHC dust,(More)
Adverse health effects have been associated with the inhalation of a variety of atmospheric particles. The potential toxicity of a recently collected urban air particulate sample (EHC-93, mean diameter < 1 microm) was assessed after instilling 1 mg to mouse lung. A soluble fraction (15% of total) and an insoluble fraction of the original dust were also(More)
Altered cytokine production in the lung follows the deposition of urban air particles. The present study was designed to measure changes in tumor necrosis factoralpha (TNFalpha) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels in rat lung after instilling various fractions of the dust EHC-93, while in vitro, alveolar macrophages (AMs) and type 2 epithelial cells were studied(More)
Increased respiratory disease and daily mortality rates are associated with higher levels of fine particulate air pollutants. We examined the possibility that deposition of even inert particles to previously injured lungs may accentuate pulmonary damage by investigating how the lung handles small carbon particles delivered during acute injury or during(More)
The potential toxicity of an atmospheric dust sample EHC-93 has been attributed to the soluble fraction and, more specifically, to the zinc component. The concentration of Zn is the highest among the metals present in the soluble EHC-93 fraction. We now determine whether other metal components of this dust could cause similar lung injury if present at the(More)
It has been suggested that glass fibers in the respirable size range may pose a health hazard similar to asbestos because of the similarities in physical characteristics. To compare the pulmonary cell response with that described earlier with crocidolite asbestos, we administered a milled fiberglass sample to mice by intratracheal instillation. Little(More)
The proliferative response of cultured pulmonary mesothelial cells (MCs) to epithelial cell mitogens such as keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is investigated. A cell line of rat pleural MCs and freshly prepared rat visceral and parietal MCs were studied. Both KGF and HGF stimulated thymidine uptake in the cell line when(More)
The Deleted in liver cancer one (Dlc1) tumor suppressor gene encodes a RhoGTPase activating protein (RhoGAP). The Dlc1 gene has multiple transcriptional isoforms and we have previously established a mouse strain containing a gene trap (gt) insertion, which specifically reduces the expression of the 6.1 kb isoform (isoform 2). This gene trapped allele when(More)
Multinucleated giant cells (MGC) are a prominent feature of some chronic inflammatory states in the lung. These cells are formed by macrophage fusion, but how this process relates to the kinetics of alveolar macrophage (AM) production and proliferation is not clear. In this serial study, we compare AM kinetics and MGC formation after instilling carbon,(More)
Silica-induced pulmonary fibrosis usually follows exposure to increased levels of this particulate and its retention in interstitial macrophages of the lung. It is suggested that accelerated clearance of particles from the pulmonary interstitium may ameliorate subsequent fibrosis. To test this hypothesis, one group of mice received 2-mg intratracheal (IT)(More)