Pulmonary toxicity study in rats with three forms of ultrafine-TiO

DuPont Haskell Laboratory for Health and Environmental Sciences, Newark, DE 19714-0050, USA.
Toxicology (Impact Factor: 3.62). 02/2007; 230(1):90-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.tox.2006.11.002
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Surface properties are critical to assess effects of ultrafine-TiO(2) particles. The aim of this study was to assess lung toxicity in rats of newly developed, well characterized, ultrafine-TiO(2) particles and compare them to TiO(2) samples in two different size ranges and surface modifications. Groups of rats were intratracheally instilled with doses of 1 or 5mg/kg of either two ultrafine rutile TiO(2) particles (uf-1 or uf-2); rutile R-100 fine-TiO(2) (F-1); 80/20 anatase/rutile P25 ultrafine-TiO(2) (uf-3); or alpha-quartz particles. Phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution instilled rats served as vehicle controls. Following exposures, the lungs of PBS and particle-exposed rats were evaluated for bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid inflammatory markers, cell proliferation, and by histopathology at post-instillation time points of 24h, 1 week, 1 and 3 months. The ranking of lung inflammation/cytotoxicity/cell proliferation and histopathological responses was quartz>uf-3>F-1=uf-1=uf-2. Exposures to quartz and to a lesser degree, uf-3 anatase/rutile TiO(2) particles produced pulmonary inflammation, cytotoxicity and adverse lung tissue effects. In contrast, exposures to F-1 fine-TiO(2) particles or to uf-1/uf-2 ultrafine-TiO(2) particle-types produced transient inflammation. We conclude that differences in responses to anatase/rutile uf-3 TiO(2) particles versus the rutile uf-1 and uf-2 TiO(2) particles could be related to crystal structure, inherent pH of the particles, or surface chemical reactivity. Thus, based on these results, inhaled rutile ultrafine-TiO(2) particles are expected to have a low risk potential for producing adverse pulmonary health effects. Finally, the results demonstrate that exposures to ultrafine-TiO(2) particle-types can produce differential pulmonary effects, based upon their composition, and crystal structure. Thus, the lung toxicity of anatase/rutile uf-3 should not be viewed as representative for all ultrafine-TiO(2) particle-types.

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