Fibrin clot structure remains unaffected in young, healthy individuals after transient exposure to diesel exhaust

Sofian Metassan, Michael N. Routledge, Andrew J. Lucking, Shirley Uitte de Willige, Helen Philippou, Nicholas L. Mills, David E. Newby, Robert A. S. Ariens

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Exposure to urban particulate matter has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and thrombosis. We studied the effects of transient exposure to diesel particles on fibrin clot structure of 16 healthy individuals (age 21-44). The subjects were randomly exposed to diesel exhaust and filtered air on two separate occasions. Blood samples were collected before exposure, and 2 and 6 hours after exposure. There were no significant changes on clot permeability, maximum turbidity, lag time, fibre diameter, fibre density and fibrinogen level between samples taken after diesel exhaust exposure and samples taken after filtered air exposure. These data show that there are no prothrombotic changes in fibrin clot structure in young, healthy individuals exposed to diesel exhaust.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages4
JournalParticle and Fibre Toxicology
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2010

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