Exposure to traffic exhausts and oxidative DNA damage

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  • C-H Lai
  • S-H Liou
  • H-C Lin
  • T-S Shih
  • P-J Tsai
  • J-S Chen
  • T Yang
  • PT Strickland


AIMS: To assess the relations between exposure to traffic exhausts and indicators of oxidative DNA damage among highway toll station workers. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 47 female highway toll station workers exposed to traffic exhausts and 27 female office workers as a reference group. Exposure assessment was based on average and cumulative traffic density and a biomarker of exposure, urinary 1-hydroxypyrene-glucuronide (1-OHPG). Urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) was used as a biomarker of oxidative DNA damage. Plasma nitric oxide (NO) was measured as an indicator of oxidative stress related to traffic exhaust exposure. RESULTS: The mean concentration of urinary 8-OHdG was substantially higher among the exposed non-smokers (13.6 microg/g creatinine) compared with the reference non-smokers (7.3 microg/g creatinine; difference 6.3, 95% CI 3.0 to 9.6). The mean concentration of NO among the exposed (48.0 micromol/l) was also higher compared with the reference non-smokers (37.6 micromol/l; difference 10.4, 95% CI -0.4 to 21.2). In linear regression adjusting for confounding, a change in log(8-OHdG) was statistically significantly related to a unit change in log(1-OHPG) (beta = 0.372, 95% CI 0.081 to 0.663). CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that exposure to traffic exhausts increases oxidative DNA damage. Urinary 8-OHdG is a promising biomarker of traffic exhaust induced oxidative stress.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005