Acute exposure to ozone does not influence neuroreceptor density and sensitivity in guinea pig lung.

H.J.M. van Hoof, F.A.A. van Acker, H.P. Voss, L. van Bree, A. Bast

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Abstract

The effects of acute exposure of guinea pigs to 3 ppm of ozone for 2 h on the receptor density and sensitivity of the muscarinergic-, the histaminergic- and the β-adrenergic receptor systems were studied, in order to provide more insight in the complex mechanisms underlying the well known ozone-induced changes in receptor functionality. The exposure to ozone did not change either the total amount of receptors present in lung tissue, nor the receptor sensitivity of the systems studied. Although no effects were observed, this does not yet fully exclude the receptor system for being a target of ozone exposure. The receptor function can be changed after exposure to ozone, e.g., the coupling with the G-protein can be influenced. Furthermore, the G-protein itself may have been altered or changes can occur at lower levels in the receptor signal transmission route leading to functional changes after stimulation of the receptor with an agonist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-60
JournalToxicology Letters
Volume90
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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