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Safety evaluation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles by their absorption and elimination profiles.

Sugibayashi, Kenji and Todo, Hiroaki and Kimura, Eriko (2008) Safety evaluation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles by their absorption and elimination profiles. The Journal of toxicological sciences, 33 (3). pp. 293-8. ISSN 1880-3989

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Abstract

If titanium dioxide nanoparticles are inert and non-biodegradable, they must be evaluated similarly to fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and asbestos. We surveyed the titanium level in typical raw food materials, and then intravenously injected titanium dioxide nanoparticles (primary particle diameter: 15 nm; secondary particle size: 220 nm) in mice and determined their tissue distribution and elimination. As a result, an unexpectedly high titanium concentration was observed in several foods. It was also detected in blood and tissues of healthy mice without administration of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Then, forced i.v. injection of the nanoparticles was performed in mice. The titanim level was significantly increased in blood and tissues, but no increase was found in the brain after i.v. injection. Most titanium was concentrated in the liver after injection, but the liver level decreased over time (ca. 30% decrease in 1 month). These data show that titanium must be eliminated from the body, and suggest that we should reconsider an evaluation method for toxicity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Titanium dioxide, Nanoparticle, Absorption, Elimination
Subjects:NanoSafety > Environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:70
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:06 Jan 2009 16:48
Last Modified:06 Jan 2009 16:48

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