Biochemical studies of rat lung following exposure to potassium dichromate or chromium-rich welding fume particles.

Toxicology Letters (Impact Factor: 3.15). 05/1982; 11(1-2):159-63. DOI: 10.1016/0378-4274(82)90122-9
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ABSTRACT Rats were examined for biochemical changes at the lung surface and in lung tissue 1, 4, and 13 weeks after a single instillation of the soluble of insoluble fraction of stainless steel welding particles, or potassium dichromate containing concentrations of hexavalent chromium (CrVI) equivalent to those found in the welding particles. Most of the toxicity of the welding particles 1 week after instillation could be related to the content of soluble CrVI, though the insoluble particles also produced changes at the alveolar surface. The regression of inflammatory changes 4 and 13 weeks after instillation was probably due to the removal of soluble components such as CrVI from the lung.

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