The development of abdominal aortic aneurysms in mice is enhanced by benzo(a)pyrene

Yong Zhang, Kenneth Ramos

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Abstract

Cigarette smoking has been strongly associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), but the components of tobacco smoke involved in AAA have not been identified. Benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) is an important constituent in cigarette smoke capable of induction of alterations strikingly similar to the pathological changes seen during AAA development. We therefore hypothesized that BaP exposure contributes to the development of AAA. In this study, C57/B6J mice were treated with vehicle, angiotensin II (AngII) (0.72 mg/kg/day), BaP (10 mg/kg/week), or the combination of AngII and BaP, for 5 weeks, and then examined for incidence of AAA and pathological changes of the aortic wall. Results showed that incidence of AAA formation in C57/B6J mice treated with Bal? and AngII was significantly higher than that in AngII-treated mice (7 of 12 compared to 2 of 12). Further, five mice in the group treated with AngII/BaP and one in the group treated with AngII exhibited AAA rupture and hematoma. BaP caused macrophage infiltration, disarray of elastic lamella, and loss of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). We conclude that BaP aggravates AAA formation and rupture in C57/B6J mice by promoting macrophage infiltration, degeneration of elastic lamella, and loss of VSMCs in the aortic wall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1095-1102
Number of pages8
JournalVascular Health and Risk Management
Volume4
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Benzo(a)pyrene
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Angiotensin II
Aortic Rupture
Vascular Smooth Muscle
Smoke
Smooth Muscle Myocytes
Macrophages
Incidence
Tobacco Products
Hematoma
Tobacco
Smoking

Keywords

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Aorta
  • Benzo(a)pyrene
  • C57B/6J mice
  • Cigarette smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Hematology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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The development of abdominal aortic aneurysms in mice is enhanced by benzo(a)pyrene. / Zhang, Yong; Ramos, Kenneth.

In: Vascular Health and Risk Management, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2008, p. 1095-1102.

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