Effect of tracheal insufflation of deferoxamine on acute ozone toxicity in rats

Samuel Louie, Michael A. Arata, Sharon D. Offerdahl, Barry Halliwell

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To test the hypothesis that deferoxamine (DFO) may protect the lung against the acute toxicity of ozone (O3), male Sprague-Dawley rats (250 to 300 gm) were tracheally insufflated before exposure to O3 (2 ppm for 4 hours) with DFO (25 mg/kg), ferric-DFO, or sterile water. Measurements of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) protein, ascorbate, hydrogen peroxide, and lipid hydroperoxides were made immediately after O3 exposure and 12 and 24 hours later. DFO (25 mg/kg) decreased BALF protein concentration (p < 0.05) and was associated with higher BALF ascorbate concentrations (p < 0.01) in O3-exposed animals. Ferrlc-DFO did not show these protective effects. No peroxides were found in BALF from any control or O3-exposed animals (detection limit: H2O2, 1 pmol; lipid hydroperoxides, 0.3 pmol). Higher DFO doses (50 mg/kg and 100 mg/kg) did not decrease BALF protein concentration immediately after O3 exposure or 12 hours later. Indeed, the highest dose was toxic to O3-exposed animals. Although DFO is able to protect against O3-induced lung damage in rats, apparently by chelating iron, its effective dose range appears to be narrow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-509
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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