Effects of combustion-derived ultrafine particles and manufactured nanoparticles on heart cells in vitro

Helfenstein, Maria; Miragoli, Michele; Rohr, Stephan; Müller, Loretta; Wick, Peter; Mohr, Martin; Gehr, Peter; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara (2008). Effects of combustion-derived ultrafine particles and manufactured nanoparticles on heart cells in vitro. Toxicology, 253(1-3), pp. 70-8. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.tox.2008.08.018

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Evidence from epidemiological studies indicates that acute exposure to airborne pollutants is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality attributed to cardiovascular diseases. The present study investigated the effects of combustion-derived ultrafine particles (diesel exhaust particles) as well as engineered nanoparticles (titanium dioxide and single-walled carbon nanotubes) on impulse conduction characteristics, myofibrillar structure and the formation of reactive oxygen species in patterned growth strands of neonatal rat ventricular cardiomyocytes in vitro. Diesel exhaust particles as well as titanium dioxide nanoparticles showed the most pronounced effects. We observed a dose-dependent change in heart cell function, an increase in reactive oxygen species and, for titanium dioxide, we also found a less organized myofibrillar structure. The mildest effects were observed for single-walled carbon nanotubes, for which no clear dose-dependent alterations of theta and dV/dt(max) could be determined. In addition, there was no increase in oxidative stress and no change in the myofibrillar structure. These results suggest that diesel exhaust as well as titanium dioxide particles and to a lesser extent also single-walled carbon nanotubes can directly induce cardiac cell damage and can affect the function of the cells.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy > Topographical and Clinical Anatomy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Forschungsbereich Mu50 > Forschungsgruppe Pneumologie (Erwachsene)

UniBE Contributor:

Helfenstein, Maria; Miragoli, Michele; Rohr, Stephan; Müller, Loretta Lina; Gehr, Peter and Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

ISSN:

0300-483X

ISBN:

18824210

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:03

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:19

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.tox.2008.08.018

PubMed ID:

18824210

Web of Science ID:

000261531800048

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/27555 (FactScience: 108819)

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