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Hexavalent chromium inhibited the expression of RKIP of heart in vivo and in vitro.

Toxicology in vitro : an international journal published in association with BIBRA (2010-07-06)
Huoy-Rou Chang, Der-An Tsao, Wei-Chang Tseng
ABSTRACT

Chromium (Cr) is considered to be a risk factor to the cardiovascular effects of fine particulate matter components to PM2.5 from traffic in highway patrol officers. RKIP (raf kinase inhibitor protein) is a physiological inhibitor of GRK-2 (G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 2) and affects β-adrenergic signaling and contractile activity in cardiomyocytes. In this study, we explored the change of RKIP in heart of chromium (VI)-exposed rats and cultured myocardial cells with chromium (VI) treatment. Wistar rats were divided into six groups which were chronically fed with 250, 500, 750, 1000, and 1250 ppm Na(2)Cr(2)O(7) and water for 60 days, respectively. Na(2)Cr(2)O(7) dose of 0.25, 0.5, 1.5, 3, 4.5, and 0 ppm (control group) was applied in cultured myocardial cells. The level of heart Cr (VI) was determined by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. The expression of RKIP was measured by Western blot method. The MTT assay was used to measure the toxicity of myocardial cells with Cr (VI) treatment. The apoptosis test of myocardial cells was determined by caspase-3 colorimetric assay kit. The result showed that the expression of RKIP in heart (in vivo) and myocardial cells (in vitro) was decreased following Cr (VI) dose-dependent treatment. We suggested that the decrement of RKIP of heart and myocardial cells with Cr (VI) treatment resulted in the function of cardiovascular system decreased.

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Sodium dichromate dihydrate, ACS reagent, ≥99.5%