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Hailong Hu, Li Li, Qian Guo, He Zong, Yuheng Yan, Yao Yin, Yu Wang, Yuri Oh, Yujie Feng, Qiong Wu, Ning Gu
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) constitute the top five NPs in use today. In this study, oral administration of 50, 100, and 200 mg/kg body weight (b.w.) TiO2 NPs increases plasma glucose in mice, whereas 10 and 20 mg/kg b.w. TiO2 NPs did not. RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) technology was used to investigate genome-wide effects of TiO2 NPs. Clustering analysis of the RNA-seq data showed the most significantly enriched gene ontology terms and KEGG pathways related to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and ER stress...
March 6, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Susana I L Gomes, Carlos P Roca, Natália Pegoraro, Tito Trindade, Janeck J Scott-Fordsmand, Mónica J B Amorim
The current testing of nanomaterials (NMs) via standard toxicity tests does not cover many of the NMs specificities. One of the recommendations lays on understanding the mechanisms of action, as these can help predicting long-term effects and safe-by-design production. In the present study, we used the high-throughput gene expression tool, developed for Enchytraeus crypticus (4 × 44k Agilent microarray), to study the effects of exposure to several copper (Cu) forms. The Cu treatments included two NMs (spherical and wires) and two copper-salt treatments (CuNO3 spiked and Cu salt field historical contamination)...
March 5, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Yu-Hong Cui, Zi-Xuan Hu, Zi-Xun Gao, Xi-Ling Song, Qing-Yang Feng, Guang Yang, Zhi-Jie Li, Hong-Wei Pan
BACKGROUND: Cornea is the outmost structure of the eye and exposed directly to the air pollution. However, little is known about the effect of PM2.5 on corneal epithelium, which is critical for maintenance of cornea homeostasis and visual function. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the influence of PM2.5 exposure on corneal epithelial migration and the possible mechanisms involved in the process. METHODS: We observed wound healing in mouse model of cornea abrasion, evaluated the migration and mobility of cultured corneal epithelial cells with wound scratch assay and Transwell migration assay, detected the phosphorylation and interaction of FAK/paxillin with immunofluorescence and immunoprecipitation, and determined the RhoA activity and actin reorganization, in response to PM2...
February 20, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Kamonwad Ngamchuea, Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Richard G Compton
The physicochemical properties of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in human whole saliva are investigated herein. In authentic saliva samples, AgNPs exhibit a great stability with over 70% of the nanomaterial remaining intact after a 24-h incubation in the presence of ∼0.3 mM dissolved oxygen. The small loss of AgNPs from the saliva sample has been demonstrated to be a result of two processes: agglomeration/aggregation (not involving oxygen) and oxidative dissolution of AgNPs (assisted by oxygen). In authentic saliva, AgNPs are also shown to be more inert both chemically (silver oxidative dissolution) and electrochemically (electron transfer at an electrode) than in synthetic saliva or aqueous electrolytes...
February 16, 2018: Nanotoxicology
J Lebedová, Z Nováková, Z Večeřa, M Buchtová, J Dumková, B Dočekal, L Bláhová, P Mikuška, I Míšek, A Hampl, K Hilscherová
Lead nanoparticles (NPs) are released into air from metal processing, road transport or combustion processes. Inhalation exposure is therefore very likely to occur. However, even though the effects of bulk lead are well known, there is limited knowledge regarding impact of Pb NPs inhalation. This study focused on acute and subchronic exposures to lead oxide nanoparticles (PbO NPs). Mice were exposed to PbO NPs in whole body inhalation chambers for 4-72 h in acute experiment (4.05 × 10 6 PbO NPs/cm 3 ), and for 1-11 weeks in subchronic experiment (3...
February 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Merisa B Faiz, Rose Amal, Christopher P Marquis, Elizabeth J Harry, Georgios A Sotiriou, Scott A Rice, Cindy Gunawan
Nanosilver (Ag NPs) is currently one of the most commercialized antimicrobial nanoparticles with as yet, still unresolved cytotoxicity origins. To date, research efforts have mostly described the antimicrobial contribution from the leaching of soluble silver, while the undissolved solid Ag particulates are often considered as being microbiologically inert, serving only as source of the cytotoxic Ag ions. Here, we show the rapid stimulation of lethal cellular oxidative stress in bacteria by the presence of the undissolved Ag particulates...
February 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Nileshkumar Dubey, Kassapa Ellepola, Fanny E D Decroix, Julien L P Morin, A H Castro Neto, Chaminda J Seneviratne, Vinicius Rosa
The time needed for the osseointegration of titanium implants is deemed too long. Moreover, the bacterial colonization of their surfaces is a major cause of failure. Graphene can overcome these issues but its wet transfer onto substrates employs hazardous chemicals limiting the clinical applications. Alternatively, dry transfer technique has been developed, but the biological properties of this technique remain unexplored. Here, a dry transfer technique based on a hot-pressing method allowed to coat titanium substrates with high-quality graphene and coverage area >90% with a single transfer...
February 6, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Jeremie Zander Lindeque, Alnari Matthyser, Shayne Mason, Roan Louw, Cornelius Johannes Francois Taute
Studies on the safety of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are plentiful due to their successful application in drug delivery and treatment of diseases in trials. Cytotoxicity caused by GNPs has been studied on the physiological and biochemical level; yet, the effect of GNPs (particularly gold nano-spheres) on the metabolome of living organisms remains understudied. In this investigation, metabolomics was used to comprehensively study the metabolic alterations in HepG2 cells caused by GNPs; and to investigate the role of representative GNP coatings...
February 2, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Renato Bacchetta, Nadia Santo, Irene Valenti, Daniela Maggioni, Mariangela Longhi, Paolo Tremolada
The acute toxicity of three differently shaped carbon nanomaterials (CNMs) was studied on Daphnia magna, comparing the induced effects and looking for the toxic mechanisms. We used carbon nano-powder (CNP), with almost spherical primary particle morphology, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs), tubes of multi-graphitic sheets, and cubic-shaped carbon nanoparticles (CNCs), for which no ecotoxicological data are available so far. Daphnids were exposed to six suspensions (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 mg L-1) of each CNM, and then microscopically analyzed...
February 1, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Young Hun Kim, Mi Seong Jo, Jin Kwon Kim, Jae Hoon Shin, Jin Ee Baek, Hye Seon Park, Hyo Jin An, Jong Seong Lee, Boo Wook Kim, Hoi Pin Kim, Kang Ho Ahn, KiSoo Jeon, Seung Min Oh, Ji Hyun Lee, Tomomi Workman, Elaine M Faustman, Il Je Yu
Graphene oxides possess unique physicochemical properties with important potential applications in electronics, pharmaceuticals, and medicine. However, the toxicity following inhalation exposure to graphene oxide has not yet been clarified. Therefore, this study conducted a short-term graphene oxide inhalation toxicity analysis using a nose-only inhalation exposure system and male Sprague-Dawley rats. A total of four groups (15 rats per group) were exposed: (1) control (fresh air), (2) low concentration (0...
February 1, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Je-Won Ko, Na-Rae Shin, Ji-Won Park, Sung-Hyeuk Park, In-Chul Lee, Joong-Sun Kim, Jong-Choon Kim, Kyung-Seop Ahn, In-Sik Shin
Use and application of nanoparticles has increased in recent years. Copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONPs) are one of the most common types of nanoparticles, and they are mainly used as catalysts and preservatives. However, limited toxicity data are available on the toxicity of CuONPs to the respiratory system. We investigated fibrotic responses induced by CuONPs in the respiratory tract and elucidated its underlying mechanism of action in vivo and in vitro experiments. In the mouse model, CuONPs exposure markedly increased transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and collagen I expression and Smad3 phosphorylation, combined with elevation of inflammatory mediators including interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
January 31, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Santosh Phuyal, Mayes Kasem, Oskar Knittelfelder, Animesh Sharma, Davi de Miranda Fonseca, Vaineta Vebraite, Sergey Shaposhnikov, Geir Slupphaug, Vidar Skaug, Shanbeh Zienolddiny
The effects of long-term chronic exposure of human lung cells to multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and their impact upon cellular proteins and lipids were investigated. Since the lung is the major target organ, an in vitro normal bronchial epithelial cell line model was used. Additionally, to better mimic exposure to manufactured nanomaterials at occupational settings, cells were continuously exposed to two non-toxic and low doses of a MWCNT for 13-weeks. MWCNT-treatment increased ROS levels in cells without increasing oxidative DNA damage and resulted in differential expression of multiple anti- and pro-apoptotic proteins...
January 19, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Jie Dong, Qiang Ma
Pulmonary exposure to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) induces fibrosing lesions in the lungs that manifest rapid-onset inflammatory and fibrotic responses, leading to chronic fibrosis in animals and health concerns in exposed humans. The mechanisms underlying CNT-induced fibrogenic effects remain undefined. Macrophages are known to play important roles in immune regulation and fibrosis development through their distinct subsets. Here we investigated macrophage polarization and activation in mouse lungs exposed to multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs)...
January 16, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Yuxiang Sun, Hui Dai, Shaopeng Chen, Ming Xu, Xuanyu Wang, Yajun Zhang, Shengmin Xu, An Xu, Jian Weng, Sijin Liu, Lijun Wu
To extend the applications of engineered nanomaterials, such as graphene oxide (GO), it is necessary to minimize cytotoxicity. However, the mechanisms underlying this cytotoxicity are unclear. Dynamic chromosomal interactions have been used to illustrate the molecular bases of gene expression, which offers a more sensitive and cutting-edge technology to elucidate complex biological processes associated with epigenetic regulations. In this study, the role of GO-triggered chromatin interactions in the activation of cox2, a hallmark of inflammation, was investigated in normal human cells...
January 16, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Xiaochuan Ma, Sangyun Lee, Xingshu Fei, Ge Fang, Tien Huynh, Yu Chong, Zhifang Chai, Cuicui Ge, Ruhong Zhou
Due to its hydrophobicity and other unique physicochemical properties, graphene oxide (GO) has been extensively utilized in various biological applications. However, introducing nanomaterials into the biological environment may raise serious risk in terms of nanotoxicity, leading to some unintended changes to the structure and the function of other biomolecules. This study investigates the interaction of GO with the ubiquitin-proteasome system, one of the essential machineries in the cellular metabolism, using a combination of experimental and computational approaches...
January 16, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Neza Repar, Hao Li, Jose S Aguilar, Qingshun Quinn Li, Damjana Drobne, Yiling Hong
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are among the most extensively used nanoparticles and are found in a variety of products. This ubiquity leads to inevitable exposure to these particles in everyday life. However, the effects of AgNPs on neuron and astrocyte networks are still largely unknown. In this study, we used neurons and astrocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells as a cellular model to study the neurotoxicity that is induced by citrate-coated AgNPs (AgSCs). Immunostaining with the astrocyte and neuron markers, glial fibrillary acidic protein and microtubule-associated protein-2 (MAP2), respectively, showed that exposure to AgSCs at the concentration of 0...
January 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Herbert Juch, Liudmila Nikitina, Sabine Reimann, Martin Gauster, Gottfried Dohr, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Denise Hoch, Karin Kornmueller, Rainer Haag
A thorough understanding of nanoparticle bio-distribution at the feto-maternal interface will be a prerequisite for their diagnostic or therapeutic application in women of childbearing age and for teratologic risk assessment. Therefore, the tissue interaction of biocompatible dendritic polyglycerol nanoparticles (dPG-NPs) with first- trimester human placental explants were analyzed and compared to less sophisticated trophoblast-cell based models. First-trimester human placental explants, BeWo cells and primary trophoblast cells from human term placenta were exposed to fluorescence labeled, ∼5 nm dPG-NPs, with differently charged surfaces, at concentrations of 1 µM and 10 nM, for 6 and 24 h...
January 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Mikael T Ekvall, Jonas Hedberg, Inger Odnevall Wallinder, Lars-Anders Hansson, Tommy Cedervall
As the production and usage of nanomaterials are increasing so are the concerns related to the release of the material into nature. Tungsten carbide (WC) is widely used for its hard metal properties, although its use, in for instance tyre studs, may result in nano-sized particles ending up in nature. Here, we evaluate the potential long-term exposure effects of WC nanoparticles on a pelagic (Daphnia magna) and a benthic (Asellus aquaticus) organism. No long-term effects were observed in the benthic system with respect to population dynamics or ecosystem services...
January 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Lin Zhao, Yifang Zhu, Zhangjian Chen, Huadong Xu, Jingwen Zhou, Shichuan Tang, Zhizhen Xu, Fanling Kong, Xinwei Li, Yifei Zhang, Xianzuo Li, Ji Zhang, Guang Jia
Although some toxicological studies have reported that exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) may elicit adverse cardiopulmonary effects, related data collected from human are currently limited. The purpose of this study is to explore cardiopulmonary effects among workers who were exposed to nano-TiO2 and to identify biomarkers associated with exposure. A cross-sectional study was conducted in a nano-TiO2 manufacturing plant in eastern China. Exposure assessment and characterization of TiO2 particles were performed in a packaging workshop...
January 11, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Seta Noventa, Christian Hacker, Darren Rowe, Christine Elgy, Tamara Galloway
Dissolution and bandgap paradigms have been proposed for predicting the ability of metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs) to induce oxidative stress in different in vitro and in vivo models. Here, we addressed the effectiveness of these paradigms in vivo and under conditions typical of the marine environment, a final sink for many NPs released through aquatic systems. We used ZnO and MnO2 NPs as models for dissolution and bandgap paradigms, respectively, and CeO2 NPs to assess reactive oxygen radical (ROS) production via Fenton-like reactions in vivo...
December 20, 2017: Nanotoxicology
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