Temporal variation of hydroxyl radical generation and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine formation by coarse and fine particulate matter

T. Shi, A.M. Knaapen, J. Begerow, W. Birmili, P.J.A. Borm, R.P. Schins*

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Temporal variation of hydroxyl radical generation and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine formation by coarse and fine particulate matter.

Shi T, Knaapen AM, Begerow J, Birmili W, Borm PJ, Schins RP.

Institut fur umweltmedizinische Forschung (IUF) an der Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf gGmbH, Auf'm Hennekamp 50, D-40225 Dusseldorf, Germany.

AIMS: To determine the induction of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) by fine (<2.5 microm) and coarse (10-2.5 microm) particulate matter (PM) sampled over time at one sampling location, and to relate the observed effects to the hydroxyl radical (*OH) generating activities and transition metal content of these samples, and to meteorological parameters. METHODS: Weekly samples of coarse and fine PM were analysed for H(2)O(2) dependent *OH formation using electron spin resonance (ESR) and formation of 8-OHdG in calf thymus DNA using an immuno-dotblot assay. Immunocytochemistry was used to determine 8-OHdG formation in A549 human epithelial lung cells. To determine temporal effects, samples from six weeks in summer and six weeks in autumn/winter were compared using ESR and the dotblot assay. Concentrations of leachable V, Cr, Fe, Ni, and Cu were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. RESULTS: Both PM fractions elicited *OH generation as well as 8-OHdG formation in calf thymus DNA and in A549 cells. 8-OHdG formation in the naked DNA was significantly related to *OH generation, but not to metal concentrations except for copper. A significantly higher *OH generation was observed for coarse PM, but not fine PM collected during the autumn/winter season; this was not due to differences in sampled mass or metal content. Specific weather conditions under which increased *OH formation in the coarse mode was observed suggest that other, as yet unknown, anthropogenic components might affect the radical generating capacity of PM. CONCLUSIONS: Both coarse and fine PM are able to generate *OH, and induce formation of 8-OHdG. When considered at equal mass, *OH formation shows considerable variability with regard to the fraction of PM, as well as the sampling season. The toxicological implications of this heterogeneity in *OH formation by PM, as can be easily determined by ESR, need further investigation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-321
Number of pages6
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

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