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Differential regulation of the lung endothelin system by urban particulate matter and ozone.

Authors: Thomson, E  Kumarathasan, P  Goegan, P  Aubin, RA  Vincent, R 
Citation: Thomson E, etal., Toxicol Sci. 2005 Nov;88(1):103-13. Epub 2005 Aug 4.
RGD ID: 8662405
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:16081523
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1093/toxsci/kfi272

Periodic elevation of ambient particulate matter and ozone levels is linked to acute cardiac morbidity and mortality. Increased plasma levels of the potent vasoconstrictor endothelin (ET)-1, a prognostic indicator of cardiac mortality, have been detected in both animal models and humans after exposure to air pollutants. The lungs are the primary source of circulating ET-1, but the direct effects of individual air pollutants and their interaction in modulating the pulmonary endothelin system are unknown. Fischer-344 rats were exposed to particles (0, 5, 50 mg/m3 EHC-93), ozone (0, 0.4, 0.8 ppm), or combinations of particles and ozone for 4 h. Changes in gene expression were measured using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction immediately after exposure and following 24 h recovery in clean air. Both pollutants individually increased preproET-1, endothelin converting enzyme-1, and endothelial nitric oxide synthase mRNA levels in the lungs shortly after exposure, consistent with the concomitant increase in plasma of the 21 amino acid ET-1[1-21] peptide measured by HPLC-fluorescence. PreproET-1 mRNA remained elevated 24 h after exposure to particles but not after ozone, in line with previously documented changes of the peptide in plasma. Both pollutants transiently increased endothelin-B receptor mRNA expression, while ozone decreased endothelin-A receptor mRNA levels. Coexposure to particles plus ozone increased lung preproET-1 mRNA but not plasma ET-1[1-21], suggesting alternative processing or degradation of endothelins. This coincided with an increase in the lungs of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), an enzyme that cleaves bigET-1 to ET-1[1-32]. Taken together, our data indicate that ozone and particulate matter independently regulate the expression of lung endothelin system genes, but show complex toxicological interaction with respect to plasma ET-1.


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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Edn1  (endothelin 1)

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