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Intraperitoneal injection of magnetic Fe3O4-nanoparticle induces hepatic and renal tissue injury via oxidative stress in mice

Authors Ma, Luo, Chen, Gan, Du, Ding, Xi Z, Yang X

Received 29 May 2012

Accepted for publication 23 July 2012

Published 5 September 2012 Volume 2012:7 Pages 4809—4818


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Ping Ma,1,2,* Qing Luo,2,* Jiaoe Chen,1 Yaping Gan,1 Juan Du,2 Shumao Ding,2 Zhuge Xi,3 Xu Yang2

1College of Basic Medical Sciences, Hubei University of Science and Technology, Xianning, People's Republic of China; 2Hubei Key Laboratory of Genetic Regulation and Integrative Biology, College of Life Sciences, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China; 3Tianjin Institute of Health and Environmental Medicine, Tianjin, People's Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Because of its unique magnetic properties, the iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticle has been widely exploited and its application in various fields has promised immense benefits. However, doubts exist over the use of Fe3O4-nanoparticles in human beings. Thus, the aim of the current study was to find out the potential safety range of medical use. Twenty-five Kunming mice were exposed to Fe3O4-nanoparticles via intraperitoneal injection daily for 1 week at doses of 0, 5, 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg. Hepatic and renal tissues were sliced for physiological observation. Injuries were observed in the high-dose groups (20 and 40 mg/kg) compared with the control group (0 mg/kg). Biomarkers of reactive oxygen species, glutathione, malondialdehyde, DNA-protein crosslinks, and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine in the hepatic and renal tissues were detected. Injury to tissues and oxidative damage to cells at the molecular level was found. The safest dose recommended from the results of this study is 5 mg/kg, as we believe this to be an upper limit balancing the benefits and risks for sub-long-term exposure.

Keywords: Fe3O4-nanoparticles, reactive oxygen species, glutathione, malondialdehyde, DNA-protein crosslinks, 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine

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