C60 exposure augments cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury and coronary artery contraction in sprague dawley rats

Leslie C. Thompson, Rakhee N. Urankar, Nathan A. Holland, Achini K. Vidanapathirana, Joshua E. Pitzer, Li Han, Susan J. Sumner, Anita H. Lewin, Timothy R. Fennell, Robert M. Lust, Jared M. Brown, Christopher J. Wingard

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The potential uses of engineered C60 fullerene (C60) have expanded in recent decades to include industrial and biomedical applications. Based on clinical findings associated with particulate matter exposure and our datawith multi-walled carbon nanotubes, we hypothesized that ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and pharmacological responses in isolated coronary arteries would depend upon the route of exposure and gender in rats instilled with C60. Male and female Sprague Dawley rats were used to test this hypothesis by surgical induction of cardiac I/R injury in situ 24 h after intratracheal (IT) or intravenous (IV) instillation of 28 μg of C60 formulated in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or PVP vehicle. Serum was collected for quantification of various cytokines. Coronary artery segments were isolated for assessment of vasoactive pharmacology via wire myography. Both IV and IT exposure to C60 resulted in expansion of myocardial infarction in male and female rats following I/R injury. Serum-collected post-I/R showed elevated concentrations of interleukin-6 and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 in male rats exposed to IVC60.Coronary arteries isolated from male rats exposed to IT C60 demonstrated augmented vasocontraction in response to endothelin-1 that was attenuated with Indomethacin. IV C60 exposure resulted in impaired acetylcholine relaxation in male rats and IT C60 exposure resulted in depressed vasorelaxation in response to sodium nitroprusside in female rats. Based on these data, we conclude that IT and IVexposure to C60 results in unique cardiovascular consequences that may favor heightened coronary resistance and myocardial susceptibility to I/R injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-378
Number of pages14
JournalToxicological Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Acetylcholine
  • Cytokines
  • Endothelin-1
  • Fullerene
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Nanotoxicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology

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