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Exploring the Immunotoxicity of Carbon Nanotubes

Author(s): Yu Yanmei | Zhang Qiu | Mu Qingxin | Zhang Bin | Yan Bing

Journal: Nanoscale Research Letters
ISSN 1931-7573

Volume: 3;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 271;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Nanotube | Nanoparticle | Nanomaterial | Immunity | Cytokine | Macrophage | Animal study | Cell culture | Nano-combinatorial chemistry | Nanotoxicity

Abstract Mass production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and their applications in nanomedicine lead to the increased exposure risk of nanomaterials to human beings. Although reports on toxicity of nanomaterials are rapidly growing, there is still a lack of knowledge on the potential toxicity of such materials to immune systems. This article reviews some existing studies assessing carbon nanotubes’ toxicity to immune system and provides the potential mechanistic explanation.
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