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Identification of Systemic Markers from A Pulmonary Carbon Nanotube Exposure

Erdely, Aaron PhD; Liston, Angie BS; Salmen-Muniz, Rebecca AAS; Hulderman, Tracy BS, MT; Young, Shih-Houng PhD; Zeidler-Erdely, Patti C. PhD; Castranova, Vincent PhD; Simeonova, Petia P. MD, PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: June 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue - p S80–S86
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821ad724
Epidemiologic Research: Original Article

Objective: Interest exists for early monitoring of worker exposure to engineered nanomaterials. Here, we highlight quantitative systemic markers of early effects after carbon nanotube (CNT) exposure.

Methods: Mice were exposed by pharyngeal aspiration to 40-μg CNT and harvested 24 hours, 7 days, and 28 days postexposure for measurements of whole blood, lung and extrapulmonary tissue gene expression, blood and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) differentials, and serum protein profiling.

Results: Early effects included increased inflammatory blood gene expression and serum cytokines followed by an acute phase response (eg, CRP, SAA-1, SAP). Beyond 24 hours, there was a consistent increase in blood and BAL eosinophils. At 28 day, serum acute phase proteins with immune function including complement C3, apolipoproteins A-I and A-II, and α2-macroglobulin were increased.

Conclusions: Carbon nanotube exposure resulted in measurable systemic markers but lacked specificity to distinguish from other pulmonary exposures.

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From the Toxicology and Molecular Biology Branch (Dr Erdely, Dr Simeonova, Ms Liston, Ms Salmen-Muniz, Ms Hulderman), Pathology and Physiology Research Branch (Dr Young, Dr Zeidler-Erdely, Dr Castranova), and Laboratory of Occupational Cardiovascular Toxicology (Dr Erdely, Dr Castranova, Ms Salmen-Muniz, Ms Hulderman), Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WVa.


Address correspondence to: Aaron Erdely, PhD, NIOSH/HELD/TMBB, 1095 Willowdale Rd, MS-3014, Morgantown, WV 26505 (

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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