Abstract Title:

Kupffer cells participate in 2-butoxyethanol-induced liver hemangiosarcomas.

Abstract Source:

Toxicology. 2010 Apr 11;270(2-3):131-6. Epub 2010 Feb 11. PMID: 20153399

Abstract Author(s):

Lisa M Kamendulis, Stacy M Corthals, James E Klaunig

Article Affiliation:

Center for Environmental Health, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine, 980 W. Walnut Street, C132, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA.


2-Butoxyethanol increases hemangiosarcomas selectively in male mouse liver after chronic inhalation through mechanisms that have not fully been elucidated. Hemolysis, a primary toxic effect associated with 2-butoxyethanol exposure in rodents, increased hemosiderin (iron) deposition in Kupffer cells in the liver. These findings, along with the induction of hepatic neoplastic lesions, led to our hypothesis that the induction hemangiosarcomas by 2-butoxyethanol is due to the activation of Kupffer cells, subsequent to hemolysis, that results in the induction of DNA synthesis in target cells (endothelial cells); allowing for the selective proliferation of preneoplastic target cells and/or the promotion of new initiated cells. The present studies were conducted to determine whether Kupffer cells contributed to 2-butoxyethanol-induced endothelial DNA synthesis in the liver, thereby determining whether a linkage exists between these events. Male B6C3F1 mice were treated with 450 and 900 mg/kg 2-butoxyethanol (via daily gavage; 5x/week) for 7 days in the presence or absence of Kupffer cell depletion (via clodronate-encapsulated liposomes). 2-Butoxyethanol (450 and 900 mg/kg/day) increased the number of F4/80 stained cells (Kupffer cells) compared to controls (approximately 1.3- and approximately 1.6-fold over control, respectively). Clodronate liposome treatment reduced the number of Kupffer cells by>90%, as assessed by F4/80 immunohistochemistry. Increased hemolysis, measured by increases in relative spleen weights and decreased hematocrit was confirmed in 2-butoxyethanol treated mice. The percentage of iron-stained endothelial cells increased by approximately 11-fold over control, and endothelial cell DNA synthesis increased approximately 1.7-fold over control in 2-butoxyethanol exposed mice. Importantly, Kupffer cell depletion reduced 2-butoxyethanol-induced iron staining and hepatic endothelial cell DNA synthesis. These studies provide evidence supporting the hypothesis that the Kupffer cell modulates 2-butoxyethanol-induced endothelial cell DNA synthesis, and therefore may contribute to hemangiosarcoma induction by 2-butoxyethanol.

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