A semi-automated instrument for cellular oxidative potential evaluation (SCOPE) of water-soluble extracts of ambient particulate matter

Sudheer Salana, Yixiang Wang, Joseph V. Puthussery, Vishal Verma

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Several automated instruments exist to measure the acellular oxidative potential (OP) of ambient particulate matter (PM). However, cellular OP of the ambient PM is still measured manually, which severely limits the comparison between two types of assays. Cellular assays could provide a more comprehensive assessment of the PM-induced oxidative stress, as they incorporate more biological processes involved in the PM-catalyzed reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Considering this need, we developed a semi-automated instrument, the first of its kind, for measuring the cellular OP based on a macrophage ROS assay using rat alveolar macrophages. The instrument named SCOPE - semi-automated instrument for cellular oxidative potential evaluation - uses dichlorofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) as a probe to detect the OP of PM samples extracted in water. SCOPE is capable of analyzing a batch of six samples (including one negative and one positive control) in 5ĝ€¯h and is equipped to operate continuously for 24ĝ€¯h with minimal manual intervention after every batch of analysis, i.e., after every 5ĝ€¯h. SCOPE has a high analytical precision as assessed from both positive controls and ambient PM samples (coefficient of variation (CoV)<17ĝ€¯%). The results obtained from the instrument were in good agreement with manual measurements using tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BOOH) as the positive control (slopeĝ€¯Combining double low line0.83 for automated vs. manual, R2Combining double low line0.99) and ambient samples (slopeĝ€¯Combining double low line0.83, R2Combining double low line0.71). We further demonstrated the ability of SCOPE to analyze a large number of both ambient and laboratory samples and developed a dataset on the intrinsic cellular OP of several compounds, such as metals, quinones, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and inorganic salts, commonly known to be present in ambient PM. This dataset is potentially useful in future studies to apportion the contribution of key chemical species in the overall cellular OP of ambient PM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7579-7593
Number of pages15
JournalAtmospheric Measurement Techniques
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 7 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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