Changes in lung permeability correlate with lung histology in a chronic exposure model

Allison M. Hays, Julieta Tinajero, Brian Tollinger, Mark L. Witten, Grace Parliman, R. C. Lantz, Jack N. Hall, John K. Pfaff

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In a simulated military flight-line exposure protocol, the effects of JP-8 jet fuel exposure on lung epithelial permeability were evaluated in male Fischer 344 rats (F344). Exposures were nose-only and for one hour daily. Groups were exposed for 7, 28, and 56 days. A protocol for administering a low dose (500mg/m3/hr) and a high dose (813-1094mg/m 3 /hr) of JP-8 jet fuel was used. Longitudinal sham-exposure groups (no jet fuel) for 7, 28, and 56 days were included in the protocol. Lung epithelial permeability was measured by clearance of technetium-labeled diethylenetriamine pentaacetate (99mTcDTPA, molecular weight = 492 daltons, physical half-life = 6.02 hours). The percent clearance of 99mTcDTPA per minute was calculated. Alveolar epithelial clearance for JP-8-exposed rats was dependent on both exposure concentration and duration. It was noted that at low-dose exposure concentrations alveolar epithelial clearance of 99mTcDTPA returned to low levels (LD56 = 1.09% per min; LC56 = 0.98% per min), suggesting recovery as evidenced by microscopic exam. The corresponding 56-day high-dose group (n = 10) had a significantly higher (p < 0.05) value of 2.25% per minute. The 28-day low-dose (n = 15) and high-dose (n = 20) groups had clearance values that were significantly increased from their longitudinal control group (n = 17). The alveolar epithelial permeability values were 2.51, 1.95, and 1.20, respectively. The seven-day longitudinal control, low-dose, and high-dose groups had alveolar permeability values of 1.57, 2.16, and 2.07, respectively. The lung histology correlated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-336
Number of pages12
JournalToxicology and Industrial Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • JP-8
  • diethylenetriamine pentaacetate (99mTcDTPA)
  • jet fuel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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