Effects of ammonium nitrate aerosol exposure on lung structure of normal and elastase-impaired rats and guinea pigs.


Groups of rats and guinea pigs with normal lungs and others with elastase-induced emphysema were exposed to NH4NO3 aerosols of 0.60 mass median aerodynamic diameter at 1 mg/m3 for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week, for 4 weeks. Morphologic and morphometric studies were performed on lungs perfused with cacodylate-buffered 2% glutaraldehyde under 20 cm H2O pressure at… (More)