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Main Title Effects of formaldehyde on xenotransplanted human respiratory epithelium /
Author Klein-Szanto, A. J. P. ; Ura, H. ; Momiki, S. ; Bonfil, D. ; Litwin, S.
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Klein-Szanto, Andres J. P.
CORP Author Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, PA.;Health Effects Inst., Cambridge, MA.
Publisher Health Effects Institute,
Year Published 1992
Report Number HEI/RR-92/51
Stock Number PB93-179950
Subjects Formaldehyde--Physiological effect ; Pulmonary toxicology ; Trachea--drug effects ; Nasal Mucosa--drug effects ; Tracheal Neoplasms--chemically induced ; Epithelium--drug effects ; Formaldehyde--toxicity
Additional Subjects Formaldehyde ; Trachea ; Air pollution effects(Humans) ; Air pollution effects(Animals) ; Epithelium ; Heterologous transplantation ; Rats ; Mice ; Benzo(a)pyrene ; Hyperplasia ; Kinetics ; Autoradiography
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NTIS  PB93-179950 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 37 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Abstract A laboratory animal model that permits the exposure of xenotransplanted human respiratory epithelium to formaldehyde was used to study the effects of formaldehyde alone or in combination with a carcinogenic metabolite of benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(a)pyrene diol epoxide. Epithelial cells obtained from autopsies of 20 full-term human fetuses or infants less than one year old were isolated, amplified in vitro, inoculated into rat tracheas from which the epithelial layer had been removed, and then transplanted subcutaneously into irradiated athymic nude mice. Four weeks after transplantation, the tracheal transplants were implanted with silastic devices containing 0, 0.5, 1, or 2 mg of powdered formaldehyde (Study 1). The tracheal transplants were examined histologically 2, 4, 8, or 16 weeks after transplantation. Before killing, all animals were injected with a single pulse of tritiated thymidine. A maximum effect was visible two weeks after exposure; 2 mg of formaldehyde produced numerous areas of epithelial erosion and inflammation. All doses produced areas of hyperplastic epithelium and areas of atrophic epithelium. The labeling indices showed dose dependence between two and four weeks after the initiation of exposure. These studies show that low doses of formaldehyde can elicit a proliferative response in human infant tracheobronchial epithelium that is not preceded by a massive toxic effect. Similar studies using xenotransplanted human adult nasal respiratory epithelium (Study 2) showed a response pattern similar to that of Study 1. In Study 3, using cells from 11 human infants, formaldehyde applied simultaneously or sequentially with benzo(a)pyrene diol epoxide did not induce epithelial alterations different from those observed with formaldehyde alone. This indicated that, under the doses and exposure conditions used, it was not possible to observe any cocarcinogenic or promoting effects of formaldehyde on the human infant tracheobronchial epithelium.
Notes Cover title. "Includes the commentary of the Institute's Health Review Committee." "July 1992." Includes bibliographical references. "Research report August 1986-April 1991." Microfiche.
Place Published Cambridge, MA :
Supplementary Notes Sponsored by Health Effects Inst., Cambridge, MA.
Corporate Au Added Ent Health Effects Institute. Health Review Committee.
Title Ser Add Ent Research report (Health Effects Institute) ;
PUB Date Free Form {c1992}
Series Title Untraced Research report ; no. 51
NTIS Prices PC A03/MF A01
BIB Level m
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
OCLC Time Stamp 20010327172148
Language eng
Origin NTIS
OCLC Rec Leader 01515nam 2200385Ka 45020