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Research Article

Comparing Heat-treated Silica Particle with Silica Particles for the Ability to Induce Superoxide Release from Rat Alveolar Macrophages

Masayuki Ohyama1*, Hideki Tachi2, Chika Minejima3 and Takayuki Kameda4

1Department of Environmental Health, Osaka Prefectural Institute of Public Health, Japan

2Department of Textile & Polymer Section, Technology Research Institute of Osaka Prefecture, Japan

3Department of Material Science, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University, Japan

4Department of Socio-Environmental Energy Science, Kyoto University, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Ohyama Masayuki
Osaka Prefectural Institute of Public Health
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Received Date: May 03, 2014; Accepted Date: June 02, 2014; Published Date: June 05, 2014

Citation: Ohyama M, Tachi H, Minejima C, Kameda T (2014) Comparing Heat-treated Silica Particle with Silica Particles for the Ability to Induce Superoxide Release from Rat Alveolar Macrophages. J Clin Toxicol 4:199. doi: 10.4172/2161-0495.1000199

Copyright: © 2014 Masayuki O, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Crystalline silica can devitrify with the formation of cristobalite and other crystalline silica species when exposed to prolonged high temperatures, which is of potential concern because crystalline silica is classified as carcinogenic. Silica particles activate macrophages to release oxidants, which contribute to inflammation and injury in the lower respiratory tract. Our aim was to compare silica particles with heat-treated silica particles for their ability to induce superoxide release from rat alveolar macrophages. We estimated the ability of four types of silica particle samples and heat-treated silica particles with different number average particle diameter to induce lucigenin-dependent chemiluminescence (CL) from macrophages based on the number of silica particles. A strong positive correlation was observed between particle diameter and the ability to induce CL in both the silica and heat-treated silica samples. Moreover, the ability of heat-treated silica samples to induce CL was approximately 43% of that of the silica samples. These results suggest that heat-treated silica reduces superoxide release from macrophages, and that the heat-treated reduces the biological effects of silica.


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