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Title: Exposure to inhaled isobutyl nitrite reduces T cell-dependent responsiveness

Isobutyl nitrite is a drug of abuse popular among male homosexuals and among adolescents. In order to approximate the nitrite exposures of inhalant abusers, mice were treated with 900 ppm isobutyl nitrite in an inhalation chamber for 45 min per day for 14 days. At 72 hr after the last exposure, mice were assayed for immune competence. Under these conditions, mice gained only half the weight of mice exposed to air. The spleens of nitrite exposed mice weighed 15% less and had 24% fewer cells per spleen than controls. Adjusted for equal cell numbers, T cell mitogenic and allogeneic proliferative responses were significantly reduce by 33% and 47%, respectively. Unstimulated spleen cells had elevated levels of IL-2 transcription following exposure to isobutyl nitrite suggesting that nitrite inhalation caused a nonspecific induction of T cells. In contrast, B cell proliferative responses to LPS were unaltered. Exposure to the nitrite reduced the frequency of T-dependent antibody plaque-forming cells (PFC) by 63% and the total number of reduced by 60% after as few as five daily exposures to isobutyl nitrite. Therefore, the data suggest that habitual inhalation of isobutyl nitrite impairs immune competence and that toxicity appears to be directed toward T cellmore » functions.« less
Authors:
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  1. (Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock (United States))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5373927
Report Number(s):
CONF-9104107--
Journal ID: ISSN 0892-6638; CODEN: FAJOE
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: FASEB Journal (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology); (United States); Journal Volume: 5:4; Conference: 75. annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Atlanta, GA (United States), 21-25 Apr 1991
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; LYMPHOCYTES; CELL PROLIFERATION; NITRITES; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; INHALATION; METABOLISM; MICE; SPLEEN CELLS; ANIMAL CELLS; ANIMALS; BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS; BLOOD; BLOOD CELLS; BODY FLUIDS; CONNECTIVE TISSUE CELLS; INTAKE; LEUKOCYTES; MAMMALS; MATERIALS; NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; RODENTS; SOMATIC CELLS; VERTEBRATES 560300* -- Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology