Exposure to biomass smoke is associated with an increased expression of circulating miRNA-126 and miRNA-155 in Mexican women: a pilot study Article uri icon


  • Household air pollution has been associated as a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the expression of vascular inflammation regulators miR-126 and miR-155 in plasma from women that cook with wood and women that cook with liquid petroleum gas (LPG). A cumulative index of exposure to smoke (CIES) was estimated, urinary 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHP) levels were quantified and miRNAs expression levels were determined by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR). Biochemical clinical parameters were also evaluated. The average values for CIES and 1-OHP were 140 ± 86.8 hours-years (12.0–270 hours-years) and 0.52 ± 0.45 µmol/mol creatinine, respectively. miR-126 and miR-155 expression levels were significantly higher (p < 0.01) in the wood users compared to LPG users. Besides, we found a significant association (p < 0.01) between miR-126 and miR-155 expression levels and CIES and urinary 1-OHP concentrations. These results contribute to the current evidence about the cardiovascular risk related to biomass smoke exposure, from an epigenetic level. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor %26 Francis Group.

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  • 2019-01-01