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Title: Investigating the immunomodulatory potential of metals present in Sudbury Particulate Matter (SPaM)
Authors: Fraleigh, Nya L.
Keywords: Particulate matter;Inhalation intolerance;Sudbury Particulate Matter;Nickel;Copper;Estrogen
Issue Date: 26-Jan-2015
Abstract: The incidence of allergic disease has risen dramatically over the last century. This increase cannot simply be attributed to genetics, and so environmental contributions to allergic disease must be considered. Airborne particulate matter is recognized as a contributing factor in the initiation and exacerbation of allergic respiratory diseases due to its ability to act as an adjuvant and irritant. Particulate matter is heterogeneous in composition, and different components contribute to its adjuvant effects, including metals. This thesis investigates whether metals contained in Sudbury Particulate Matter (SPaM) are potential immunomodulators. We investigated the ability of metals in SPaM to influence inflammation both in vivo and in vitro. We demonstrate that the metals are able to alter the inflammatory profile after physiologically relevant exposure levels, suggesting that some of the metals present in SPaM are immunomodulatory in nature and may influence allergic disease. Key Words
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