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DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2023.139204
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Title (Primary) Mixtures of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reduce the in vitro activation of human T cells and basophils
Author Maddalon, A.; Pierzchalski, A.; Kretschmer, T. ORCID logo ; Bauer, M.; Zenclussen, A.C.; Marinovich, M.; Corsini, E.; Herberth, G. ORCID logo
Source Titel Chemosphere
Year 2023
Department IMMU
Volume 336
Page From art. 139204
Language englisch
Topic T9 Healthy Planet
Keywords PFAS; Mixtures; Immunotoxicity; T lymphocytes; MAIT cells; Basophils

In the last decades, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), widely used industrial chemicals, have been in the center of attention because of their omnipotent presence in water and soils worldwide. Although efforts have been made to substitute long-chain PFAS towards safer alternatives, their persistence in humans still leads to exposure to these compounds. PFAS immunotoxicity is poorly understood as no comprehensive analyses on certain immune cell subtypes exist. Furthermore, mainly single entities and not PFAS mixtures have been assessed. In the present study we aimed to investigate the effect of PFAS (short-chain, long-chain and a mixture of both) on the in vitro activation of primary human immune cells.

Our results show the ability of PFAS to reduce T cells activation. In particular, exposure to PFAS affected T helper cells, cytotoxic T cells, Natural Killer T cells, and Mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, as assessed by multi-parameter flow cytometry. Furthermore, the exposure to PFAS reduced the expression of several genes involved in MAIT cells activation, including chemokine receptors, and typical proteins of MAIT cells, such as GZMB, IFNG and TNFSF15 and transcription factors. These changes were mainly induced by the mixture of both short- and long-chain PFAS. In addition, PFAS were able to reduce basophil activation induced by anti-FcεR1α, as assessed by the decreased expression of CD63.

Our data clearly show that the exposure of immune cells to a mixture of PFAS at concentrations mimicking real-life human exposure resulted in reduced cell activation and functional changes of primary innate and adaptive human immune cells.

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Maddalon, A., Pierzchalski, A., Kretschmer, T., Bauer, M., Zenclussen, A.C., Marinovich, M., Corsini, E., Herberth, G. (2023):
Mixtures of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reduce the in vitro activation of human T cells and basophils
Chemosphere 336 , art. 139204 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2023.139204