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  • 1.
    Blom, K G
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Qazi, M Rahman
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Matos, J B Noronha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Nelson, B D
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, J W
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, M
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Isolation of murine intrahepatic immune cells employing a modified procedure for mechanical disruption and functional characterization of the B, T and natural killer T cells obtained.2009In: Clinical and experimental immunology, ISSN 1365-2249, Vol. 155, no 2, p. 320-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Intrahepatic immune cells (IHIC) are known to play central roles in immunological responses mediated by the liver, and isolation and phenotypic characterization of these cells is therefore of considerable importance. In the present investigation, we developed a simple procedure for the mechanical disruption of mouse liver that allows efficient isolation and phenotypic characterization of IHIC. These cells are compared with the corresponding cells purified from the liver after enzymatic digestion with different concentrations of collagenase and DNase. The mechanical disruption yielded viable IHIC in considerably greater numbers than those obtained following enzymatic digestion. The IHIC isolated employing the mechanical disruption were heterogeneous in composition, consisting of both innate and adaptive immune cells, of which B, T, natural killer (NK), NK T cells, granulocytes and macrophages were the major populations (constituting 37.5%, 16.5%, 12.1%, 7.9%, 7.9% and 7.5% of the total number of cells recovered respectively). The IHIC obtained following enzymatic digestion contained markedly lower numbers of NK T cells (1.8%). The B, T and NK T cells among IHIC isolated employing mechanical disruption were found to be immunocompetent, i.e. they proliferated in vitro in response to their specific stimuli (lipopolysaccharide, concanavalin A and alpha-galactosylceramide respectively) and produced immunoglobulin M and interferon-gamma. Thus, the simple procedure for the mechanical disruption of mouse liver described here results in more efficient isolation of functionally competent IHIC for various types of investigation.

  • 2.
    Bogdanska, Jasna
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Borg, Daniel
    Sundström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK), Environmental Chemistry.
    Bergström, Ulrika
    Halldin, Krister
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Bergman, Åke
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK), Environmental Chemistry.
    Nelson, Buck
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Nobel, Stefan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Tissue distribution of (35)S-labelled perfluorooctane sulfonate in adult mice after oral exposure to a low environmentally relevant dose or a high experimental dose2011In: Toxicology, ISSN 0300-483X, E-ISSN 1879-3185, Vol. 284, no 1-3, p. 54-62Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The widespread environmental pollutant perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), detected in most animal species including the general human population, exerts several effects on experimental animals, e.g., hepatotoxicity, immunotoxicity and developmental toxicity. However, detailed information on the tissue distribution of PFOS in mammals is scarce and, in particular, the lack of available information regarding environmentally relevant exposure levels limits our understanding of how mammals (including humans) may be affected. Accordingly, we characterized the tissue distribution of this compound in mice, an important experimental animal for studying PFOS toxicity. Following dietary exposure of adult male C57/BL6 mice for 1-5 days to an environmentally relevant (0.031 mg/kg/day) or a 750-fold higher experimentally relevant dose (23 mg/kg/day) of (35)S-PFOS, most of the radioactivity administered was recovered in liver, bone (bone marrow), blood, skin and muscle, with the highest levels detected in liver, lung, blood, kidney and bone (bone marrow). Following high daily dose exposure, PFOS exhibited a different distribution profile than with low daily dose exposure, which indicated a shift in distribution from the blood to the tissues with increasing dose. Both scintillation counting (with correction for the blood present in the tissues) and whole-body autoradiography revealed the presence of PFOS in all 19 tissues examined, with identification of thymus as a novel site for localization for PFOS and bone (bone marrow), skin and muscle as significant body compartments for PFOS. These findings demonstrate that PFOS leaves the bloodstream and enters most tissues in a dose-dependent manner.

  • 3.
    Bogdanska, Jasna
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Sundström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Bergström, Ulrika
    Institutionen för miljötoxikologi, Uppsala universitet.
    Borg, Daniel
    Institutet för miljömedicin, Karolinska institutet.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Mauchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Bergman, Åke
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Nelson, Buck
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph
    Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Nobel, Stefan
    Department of molecular medicin and surgery, Karolinska institutet.
    Tissue distribution of 35S-labelled perfluorobutane sulfonic acid in adult mice following dietary exposure for 1-5 daysManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 4. Kretova, Miroslava
    et al.
    Sabova, Ludmila
    Hodny, Zdenek
    Bartek, Jiri
    Kollarovic, Gabriel
    Nelson, Buck D.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Hubackova, Sona
    Luciakova, Katarina
    TGF-beta/NF1/Smad4-mediated suppression of ANT2 contributes to oxidative stress in cellular senescence2014In: Cellular Signalling, ISSN 0898-6568, E-ISSN 1873-3913, Vol. 26, no 12, p. 2903-2911Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Oxidative stress and persistent activation of DNA damage response (DDR) are causally involved in the development of cellular senescence, a phenomenon implicated in fundamental (patho)physiological processes such as aging, fetal development and tumorigenesis. Here, we report that adenine nucleotide translocase-2 (ANT2) is consistently down-regulated in all three major forms of cellular senescence: replicative, oncogene-induced and drug-induced, in both normal and cancerous human cells. We previously reported formation of novel NF1/Smad transcription repressor complexes in growth-arrested fibroblasts. Here we show that such complexes form in senescent cells. Mechanistically, binding of the NF1/Smad complexes to the NF1-dependent repressor elements in the ANT2 gene promoter repressed ANT2 expression. Etoposide-induced formation of these complexes and repression of ANT2 were relatively late events co-incident with production and secretion of, and dependent on, TGF-beta. siRNA-mediated knock-down of ANT2 in proliferating cells resulted in increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and activation of the DDR. Knock-down of ANT2, together with etoposide treatment, further intensified ROS production and DNA damage signaling, leading to enhanced apoptosis. Together, our data show that TGF-beta-mediated suppression of ANT2 through NF1/Smad4 complexes contributes to oxidative stress and DNA damage during induction of cellular senescence.

  • 5. Luciakova, Katarina
    et al.
    Kollarovic, Gabriel
    Barath, Peter
    Nelson, B. Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Growth-dependent repression of human adenine nucleotide translocator-2 (ANT2) transcription: evidence for the participation of Smad and Sp family proteins in the NF1-dependent repressor complex2008In: Biochemical Journal, ISSN 0264-6021, E-ISSN 1470-8728, Vol. 412, p. 123-130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    NF1 (nuclear factor 1) binds to two upstream elements of the human ANT2 (adenine nucleotide translocator-2) promoter and actively represses expression of the gene in growth-arrested diploid skin fibroblasts [Luciakova, Barath, Poliakova, Persson and Nelson (2003) J. Biol. Chem. 278, 30624-30633]. ChIP (chromatin immunoprecipitation) and co-immunoprecipitation analyses of nuclear extracts from growth-arrested and growth-activated diploid cells demonstrate that NF1, when acting as a repressor, is part of a multimeric complex that also includes Smad and Sp-family proteins. This complex appears to be anchored to both the upstream NF1-repressor elements and the proximal promoter, Sp1-dependent activation elements in growth-arrested cells. In growth-activated cells, the repressor complex dissociates and NF1 leaves the promoter. As revealed by co-immunoprecipitation experiments, NF1-Smad4-Sp3 complexes are present in nuclear extracts only from growth-inhibited cells, suggesting that the growth-state-dependent formation of these complexes is not an ANT2 promoter-specific event. Consistent with the role of Smad proteins in the repression complex, TGF-beta (transforming growth factor-beta) can fully repress ANT2 transcription in normally growing fibroblasts. Finally, pull-down experiments of in vitro transcribed/translated NF1 isoforms by GST (glutathione transferase)-Smad and GST-Smad MH fusion proteins indicate direct physical interactions between members of the two families. These findings suggest a possible functional relationship between the NF1 and Smad proteins that has not been previously observed.

  • 6. Luciakova, Katarina
    et al.
    Kollarovic, Gabriel
    Kretova, Miroslava
    Sabova, Ludmila
    Nelson, B. Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    TGF-beta signals the formation of a unique NF1/Smad4-dependent transcription repressor-complex in human diploid fibroblasts2011In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications - BBRC, ISSN 0006-291X, E-ISSN 1090-2104, Vol. 411, no 3, p. 648-653Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We earlier reported the formation of a unique nuclear NF1/Smad complex in serum-restricted fibroblasts that acts as an NF1-dependent repressor of the human adenine nucleotide translocase-2 gene (ANT2) [K. Luciakova, G. Kollarovic, P. Barath, B.D. Nelson, Growth-dependent repression of human adenine nucleotide translocator-2 (ANT2) transcription: evidence for the participation of Smad and Sp family proteins in the NF1-dependent repressor complex, Biochem. J. 412 (2008) 123-130]. In the present study, we show that TGF-beta, like serum-restriction: (a) induces the formation of NF1/Smad repressor complexes, (b) increases binding of the complexes to the repressor elements (Go elements) in the ANT2 promoter, and (c) inhibits ANT2 expression. Repression of ANT2 by TGF-beta is eliminated by mutating the NF1 binding sites in the Go repressor elements. All of the above responses to TGF-beta are prevented by inhibitors of TGF-beta RI and MAPK p38. These inhibitors also prevent NF1/Smad4 repressor complex formation and repression of ANT2 expression in serum-restricted cells, suggesting that similar signaling pathways are initiated by TGF-beta and serum-restriction. The present finding that NF1/Smad4 repressor complexes are formed through TGF-beta signaling pathways suggests a new, but much broader, role for these complexes in the initiation or maintenance of the growth-inhibited state.

  • 7.
    Qazi, Mousumi R
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Bogdanska, Jasna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Butenhoff, John L
    Nelson, B Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph W
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    High-dose, short-term exposure of mice to perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) or perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) affects the number of circulating neutrophils differently, but enhances the inflammatory responses of macrophages to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a similar fashion.2009In: Toxicology, ISSN 1879-3185, Vol. 262, no 3, p. 207-14Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Having found previously that high-dose, short-term dietary exposure of mice to perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) or perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) suppresses adaptive immunity, in the present study we characterize the effects of these fluorochemicals on the innate immune system. Male C57BL/6 mice receiving 0.02% (w/w) PFOS or PFOA in their diet for 10 days exhibited a significant reduction in the numbers of total white blood cells (WBC), involving lymphopenia in both cases, but neutropenia only in response to treatment with PFOA. Moreover, both compounds also markedly reduced the number of macrophages (CD11b(+) cells) in the bone marrow, but not in the spleen or peritoneal cavity. The ex vivo production of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) by peritoneal macrophages isolated from animals treated with PFOA or PFOS was increased modestly. Moreover, both fluorochemicals markedly enhanced the ex vivo production of these same cytokines by peritoneal and bone marrow macrophages stimulated either in vitro or in vivo with lipopolysaccharide (LPS); whereas there was no such effect on splenic macrophages. The serum levels of these inflammatory cytokines observed in response to in vivo stimulation with LPS were elevated substantially by prior exposure to PFOA, but not by PFOS. None of these parameters of innate immunity were altered in animals receiving a dietary dose of these compounds that was 20-fold lower (0.001%, w/w). These findings reveal that in addition to suppressing adaptive immunity, high-dose, short-term exposure of mice to either PFOS or PFOA augments inflammatory responses to LPS, a potent activator of innate immunity.

  • 8.
    Qazi, Mousumi Rahman
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi, M. R.
    Nelson, Buck Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, J. W.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Characterization of the Hepatic and Splenic Immune Status and Immunoglobulin Synthesis in Aged Male Mice Lacking the Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-Alpha (PPAR alpha)2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 73, no 3, p. 198-207Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is now well established that the nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPAR alpha) is expressed in different types of immune cells and plays a pivotal role in the regulation of age-related production of inflammatory cytokines. However, the role(s) of this receptor in the regulation of immune cell homoeostasis in ageing non-lymphoid and lymphoid organs has not yet been resolved. We examine this issue here by evaluating the hepatic and splenic immune status and immunoglobulin (Ig) production in male PPAR alpha-null mice and their wild-type littermates at one and 2 years of age. In comparison with the age-matched control animals, PPAR alpha-null mice exhibited age-related elevations in the numbers of total, as well as of phenotypically distinct subpopulations of intrahepatic immune cells (IHIC) and splenocytes. Moreover, at 2 years of age, these alterations in hepatic immune cells were accompanied by significant increases in hepatic levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), in combination with the development of hepatic inflammatory loci containing mixtures of leucocytes. Alterations in splenocytes of old PPAR alpha-null mice were also accompanied by increases in cellularity of both white and red pulps of the spleen. Furthermore, these same animals exhibited pronounced increases in the numbers of splenic plasma cells and enhanced production of Ig of different isotypes, including IgG1, IgG2a and IgE. Thus, our findings indicate that upon ageing, PPAR alpha plays a crucial role in regulating the total numbers, compositions and functions of immune cells in both lymphoid and non-lymphoid immune organs of mice.

  • 9.
    Qazi, Mousumi Rahman
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi, Mohammad R
    Nelson, B Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph W
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Dietary exposure to perfluorooctanoate or perfluorooctane sulfonate induces hypertrophy in centrilobular hepatocytes and alters the hepatic immune status in mice2010In: International Immunopharmacology, ISSN 1567-5769, E-ISSN 1878-1705, Vol. 10, no 11, p. 1420-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is well established that exposure of mice to perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) induces hepatomegaly and, concurrently, immunotoxicity. However, the effects of these perfluorochemicals on the histology and immune status of the liver have not been yet investigated and we have examined these issues here. Dietary treatment of male C57BL/6 mice with 0.002% (w/w) PFOA or 0.005% (w/w) PFOS for 10 days resulted in significant reductions in serum levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, a moderate increase in the serum activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and hepatomegaly, without affecting other immune organs. This hepatomegaly was associated with marked hypertrophy of the centrilobular hepatocytes, with elevated numbers of cytoplasmic acidophilic granules and occasional mitosis. Furthermore, dietary exposure to PFOA or PFOS altered the hepatic immune status: whereas exposure to PFOA enhanced the numbers of total, as well as of phenotypically distinct subpopulations of intrahepatic immune cells (IHIC), and in particular the presumptive erythrocyte progenitor cells, treatment with PFOS enhanced only the numbers of hepatic cells that appear immunophenotypically to be erythrocyte progenitors, without affecting other types of IHIC. In addition, exposure to these compounds attenuated hepatic levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) and interleukin-4 (IL-4). Furthermore, the exposed animals exhibited a significant increase in hepatic levels of erythropoietin, a hormone required for erythropoiesis. Thus, in mice, PFOA- and PFOS-induced hepatomegaly is associated with significant alterations in hepatic histophysiology and immune status, as well as induction of hepatic erythropoiesis.

  • 10. Qazi, Mousumi Rahman
    et al.
    Hassan, Moustapha
    Nelson, B. Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph W.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Both sub-acute, moderate-dose and short-term, low-dose dietary exposure of mice to perfluorooctane sulfonate exacerbates concanavalin A-induced hepatitis2013In: Toxicology Letters, ISSN 0378-4274, E-ISSN 1879-3169, Vol. 217, no 1, p. 67-74Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Exposure of rodents to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) induces pronounced hepatomegaly associated with significant alterations in hepatic histophysiology and immune status. The present investigation was designed to evaluate the effects of this perfluorochemical on immune-mediated liver damage. Accordingly, the influence of both sub-acute (10 days), moderate-dose (0.004%, w/w = 6 +/- 1.3 mg/kg body weight/day) or short-term (28 days), low-dose (0.0001%, w/w = 144 +/- 4 mu g/kg body weight/day) dietary pretreatment with PFOS on the development of concanavalin A (Con A)-induced liver damage in mice was examined. With either regimen of exposure, PFOS exacerbated the acute liver damage caused by Con A, i.e., elevated serum levels of transaminases and led to more pronounced damage of hepatic tissue. This exacerbation was associated with either reduced (moderate dose) or unaltered (low dose) hepatic levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon gamma (IFN-gamma). Moreover, hepatic DNA fragmentation was enhanced, particularly following short-term exposure to a low-dose. Our findings suggest that exposure to PFOS may sensitize hepatic parenchymal cells to other insults that activate the hepatic immune system and thereby exacerbate liver damage during acute inflammation.

  • 11.
    Qazi, Mousumi Rahman
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Hassan, Moustapha
    Nelson, B. Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph W.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Karolinska Institutet.
    Sub-acute, moderate-dose, but not short-term, low-dose dietary pre-exposure of mice to perfluorooctanoate aggravates concanavalin A-induced hepatitis2013In: Toxicology Letters, ISSN 0378-4274, E-ISSN 1879-3169, Vol. 219, no 1, p. 1-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Exposure of mice to perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) evokes pronounced hepatomegaly along with significant alterations in both the histological structure and immune status of the liver. The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of this perfluorochemical on immune-mediated liver damage. In this connection, the influence of both sub-acute (10 days), moderate-dose (0.002% w/w = 3 +/- 0.7 mg/kg body weight/day) and short-term (28 days), low-dose (0.00005% w/w = 70 +/- 2 mu g/kg body weight/day) dietary pretreatment with PFOA on the development of concanavalin A (Con A)-induced liver damage in mice was examined. With sub-acute, moderate, but not short-term, low-dose exposure, PFOA aggravated the acute liver damage caused by Con A, i.e., elevated serum levels of transaminases and led to more pronounced damage of hepatic tissue. This aggravation was associated with significantly enhanced hepatic level of interleukin-6 (IL-6), but unaltered hepatic levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and interleukin-4 (IL-4). Moreover, hepatic DNA fragmentation was not changed by subacute exposure to the moderate-dose. Our findings imply that exposure to PFOA may sensitize hepatic parenchymal cells to other toxicants that activate the hepatic immune system and thereby aggravate liver injury during acute inflammation. 

  • 12.
    Qazi, Mousumi Rahman
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Nelson, B. Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph W.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    28-Day dietary exposure of mice to a low total dose (7 mg/kg) of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) alters neither the cellular compositions of the thymus and spleen nor humoral immune responses: Does the route of administration play a pivotal role in PFOS-induced immunotoxicity?2010In: Toxicology, ISSN 0300-483X, E-ISSN 1879-3185, Vol. 267, no 03-jan, p. 132-139Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Short-term exposure of mice to high doses of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS), an ubiquitous and highly persistent environmental contaminant, induces various metabolic changes and toxic effects, including immunotoxicity. However, extrapolation of these findings to the long-term, low-dose exposures to which humans are subject is highly problematic. In this connection, recent studies have concluded that sub-chronic (28-day) exposure of mice by oral gavage to doses of PFOS that result in serum levels comparable to those found in general human populations suppress adaptive immunity. Because of the potential impact of these findings on environmental research and monitoring, we have examined here whether sub-chronic dietary exposure (a major route of human exposure) to a similarly low-dose of PFOS also suppress adaptive immune responses. Dietary treatment of male B6C3F1 mice for 28 days with a dose of PFOS that resulted in a serum concentration of 11 mu g/ml (ppm) significantly reduced body weight gain and increased liver mass. However, this treatment did not alter the cellular compositions of the thymus and spleen; the number of splenic cells secreting IgM antibodies against sheep red blood cell (SRBC); serum levels of IgM and IgG antibodies specifically towards SRBC; or circulating levels of IgM antibodies against the T-cell-independent antigen trinitrophenyl conjugated to lipopolysaccharide (TNP-LPS). These findings indicate that such sub-chronic dietary exposure of mice to PFOS resulting in serum levels approximately 8-85-fold greater than those observed in occupationally exposed individuals does not exert adverse effects on adaptive immunity.

  • 13.
    Qazi, Mousumi Rahman
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Nelson, Buck Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph W.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    High-dose dietary exposure of mice to perfluorooctanoate or perfluorooctane sulfonate exerts toxic effects on myeloid and B-lymphoid cells in the bone marrow and these effects are partially dependent on reduced food Consumption2012In: Food and Chemical Toxicology, ISSN 0278-6915, E-ISSN 1873-6351, Vol. 50, no 9, p. 2955-2963Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is well established that exposure of mice to perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) exerts adverse effects on the thymus and spleen. Here, we characterize the effects of a 10-day dietary treatment with these compounds (0.001-0.02%, w/w) on the bone marrow (BM) of mice. At a dose of 0.02%, both compounds reduced food consumption and caused atrophy of the thymus and spleen. At this same dose, histopathological and flow cytometric analysis revealed that (i) the total numbers of BM as well as the numbers of myeloid, pro/pre B, immature B and early mature B cells were all reduced significantly; and (ii) these adverse effects were reversed either partially or completely 10 days after withdrawal of these compounds. At the lower dose of 0.002%, only PFOA reduced the B-lymphoid cell population. Finally, mice fed an amount of diet equivalent to that consumed by the animals exposed to 0.02% PFOA also exhibited atrophy of the thymus and spleen, and a reduction in the number of B-lymphoid population, without affecting myeloid cells. Thus, in mice, immunotoxic doses of PFOA or PFOS induce adverse effects on the myeloid and B-lymphoid cells in the BM, in part as a consequence of reduced food consumption.

  • 14.
    Qazi, Mousumi Rahman
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Xia, Zhenlei
    Bogdanska, Jasna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Chang, Shu-Ching
    Ehresman, Dave J
    Butenhoff, John L
    Nelson, B Dean
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    DePierre, Joseph W
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    The atrophy and changes in the cellular compositions of the thymus and spleen observed in mice subjected to short-term exposure to perfluorooctanesulfonate are high-dose phenomena mediated in part by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPARalpha).2009In: Toxicology, ISSN 1879-3185, Vol. 260, no 1-3, p. 68-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have previously shown that short-term, high-dose exposure of mice to the environmentally persistent perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) results in thymic and splenic atrophy and the attenuation of specific humoral immune responses. Here we characterize the effects of a 10-day treatment with different dietary doses (1-0.001%, w/w) of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS), a similar fluorochemical, on the immune system of male C57BL/6 mice. At doses greater than 0.02%, PFOS induced clinical signs of toxicity in the animals, whereas at the concentration of 0.02%, this compound caused weight loss, hepatomegaly and atrophy of the thymus, spleen and adipose tissue without toxicity. With this latter dose, histopathological and flow-cytometric analysis revealed that (i) the thymic cortex was virtually depleted of cells; (ii) the total numbers of thymocytes and splenocytes were reduced by 84 and 43%, respectively; (iii) although all populations of thymocytes and splenocytes were smaller, the thymic CD4(+)CD8(+) cells and the splenic B-lymphocytes were most decreased. These alterations resembled those evoked by analogous exposure to PFOA, but were less pronounced. At lower doses (less than 0.02%), PFOS induced hepatomegaly without affecting the thymus or spleen. Finally, comparison of male wild-type 129/Sv mice and the corresponding knock-outs lacking peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPARalpha) indicated that these effects of PFOS are not strain-dependent. More importantly, hepatomegaly is independent of PPARalpha, the thymic changes are partially dependent on this receptor, and splenic responses are largely eliminated in its absence. Thus, immunomodulation caused by PFOS is a high-dose phenomenon partially dependent on PPARalpha.

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