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Received July 8, 2011; accepted April 13, 2012A major obstacle in the field of nanotoxicology is the development of an in vitro model that accurately predicts an in vivo response. To address this concern, rat liver precision-cut slices were used to assess the impact of 5-nm gold nanoparticles (GNPs) coated with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) on the mammalian liver, following exposure to different concentrations and for a duration of up to 24 h. The presence of GNPs inside endocytotic vesicles of hepatocytes was appreciable within 30 min of their addition. After 2 h, GNPs were clearly visualized inside endosome-like vesicles within the slice, not only in hepatocytes but also in endothelial and Kupffer cells located within the first two cellular layers. This uptake did not translate into modifications of either phase I or phase II of 7-ethoxycoumarin metabolism or alter activities of cytochrome P450 toward marker …
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1 Jul 2012

Stefania Dragoni, Giulia Franco, Marì Regoli, Monica Bracciali, Vittorio Morandi, Giampietro Sgaragli, Eugenio Bertelli, Massimo Valoti

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Volume: 128 Issue: 1 Pages: 186-197
Toxicological Sciences