INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, cilt.207, ss.455-462, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
In miners exposed to coal dusts, coal worker's pneumoconiosis (CWP) can occur. The purpose of the present study is to better understand the relations between coal dust exposure and activities of blood plasma antioxidant enzymes, namely, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), and lipid peroxidation end product malondialdehyde (NIDA) concentration in coal workers with early and low grade simple CWP diagnosed by high resolution computed tomography (HRCT). Forty-three coal workers who had profusions of 0/1-2/2 according to ILO 1980 chest X-ray (CXR) classification, 43 coal workers without CWP (control group 1) and 44 healthy subjects (control group 2) who were randomly selected from the population register or recruited from the hospital staff were enrolled. Coal workers were reevaluated by HRCT (Hosoda-Shida classification) due to its higher sensitivity than standard CXR. Then, blood plasma SOD and GSH-Px activities and MDA plasma levels were measured. CWP was found positive in 46 of 89 coal workers by HRCT evaluation. Profusion 0 (PO, CWP not present), profusion 1 (P1, early CWP) and profusion 2 (P2, low grade CWP) were found in 43, 23 and 19 of patients found to have CWP by HRCT, respectively. We had no worker with profusion 3 (P3). Complicated CWP was shown in four of 46 patients and thesecases were excluded as the study was restricted to early and low-grade pneumoconiosis. In respect to the plasma levels of MDA and plasma activities of SOD and GSH-Px, statistically significant differences were found between CWP cases and control groups (p < 0.01, p < 0.01, p < 0.001 respectively). Statistical differences were also obtained for the plasma activities of SOD and GSH-Px and levels of MDA in relation to HRCT profusions (p < 0.05). In conclusion, these findings suggest an oxidative stress due to increased free radicals and reactive oxygen metabolite production in early stages and low grades of simple CWP diagnosed by HRCT.