[Cytogenetic and other cariological parameters of exfoliative buccal cells in Vietnamese children from areas where dioxin-containing herbicides were applied].
ABSTRACT In a cohort of 69 South Vietnam children, full cariological analysis of buccal epithelial cells was performed. In order to evaluate the significance of cariological changes, all the parameters under study were divided into three groups: cytogenetic indices, apoptotic indices, and indirect indices of proliferation; integral indexes in each group were determined and the relations between them were found while assessing the effects of environment pollution on public health. The number of cells with cytogenetic alterations (micronuclei and protrusions) was increased, the process of tissue proliferation was intensified, and the apoptotic process was decelerated in children li-ing in areas polluted with Agent Orange/dioxins, which evidenced that the complex of environmental factors these superecotoxicants were part of had a harmful effect on the population. The parameters studied did not depend on age and sex of the children; the number of congenital morphogenetic variants per one child significantly correlated with the sum of cells with cytogenetic alterations.
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ABSTRACT: The Amazon represents an area of 61% of Brazilian territory and is undergoing major changes resulting from disorderly economic development, especially the advance of agribusiness. Composition of the atmosphere is controlled by several natural and anthropogenic processes, and emission from biomass burning is one with the major impact on human health. The aim of this study was to evaluate genotoxic potential of air pollutants generated by biomass burning through micronucleus assay in exfoliated buccal cells of schoolchildren in the Brazilian Amazon region. The study was conducted during the dry seasons in two regions of the Brazilian Amazon. The assay was carried out on buccal epithelial cells of 574 schoolchildren between 6-16 years old. The results show a significant difference between micronucleus frequencies in children exposed to biomass burning compared to those in a control area. The present study demonstrated that in situ biomonitoring using a sensitive and low cost assay (buccal micronucleus assay) may be an important tool for monitoring air quality in remote regions. It is difficult to attribute the increase in micronuclei frequency observed in our study to any specific toxic element integrated in the particulate matters. However, the contribution of the present study lies in the evidence that increased exposure to fine particulate matter generates an increased micronuclei frequency in oral epithelial cells of schoolchildren.BMC Oral Health 03/2012; 12:6. · 1.34 Impact Factor