Report for the STRIVE-funded project: 2008-EH-DS-I-S3
Summary: STRIVE Report 85 - I.P. O’Connor, D.A. Healy, A. Allanic, S.Hellebust,J.M. Bell,S.Cashman, J.Sodeau
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Particulate matter (PM) was collected over a period of one year (April 2007 to April 2008) in Cork Harbour, Ireland. A high-volume cascade impactor and polyurethane foam collection substrates were used in the collection process. The inorganic constituents found in the fine fraction of PM obtained at the mid-harbour site (Haulbowline Naval Base) were characterised by inductively coupled plasma- optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and ion chromatography. The ability of the fine PM collected to induce toxic effects on biological systems was experimentally investigated. Oxidative stress, cytotoxicity and inflammatory responses were measured in an in vitro system using A549 human lung epithelial cells.
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