Abstract Title:

Impact of maternal e-cigarette vapor exposure on renal health in the offspring.

Abstract Source:

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2019 Sep ;1452(1):65-77. Epub 2019 Jul 17. PMID: 31317551

Abstract Author(s):

Gerard Li, Yik L Chan, Long T Nguyen, Crystal Mak, Amgad Zaky, Ayad G Anwer, Ying Shi, Tara Nguyen, Carol A Pollock, Brian G Oliver, Sonia Saad, Hui Chen

Article Affiliation:

Gerard Li


Maternal smoking during pregnancy is a significant risk factor of renal pathology in the offspring. E-cigarettes are perceived to be a safe option and are increasingly used by pregnant women either continuously during pregnancy or as a replacement for tobacco cigarettes. This study aimed to determine the effects of replacing tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes during pregnancy, and continuous e-cigarette use during pregnancy on the offspring's kidneys. Female Balb/c mice were exposed to either air (sham) or tobacco cigarette smoke (SE) for 6 weeks prior to mating, during gestation and lactation. A subset of the"SE group"received e-cigarette vapor (containing nicotine) after mating until pups weaned. Additional female mice were continuously exposed to e-vapor (either with or without nicotine) for 6 weeks prior to mating until pups weaned. Kidneys and urine from the male offspring were assessed at postnatal day 1, day 20 (weaning), and 13 weeks of age (adulthood). E-cigarette replacement was less detrimental to renal development and albuminuria than continuous SE during pregnancy. However, continuous e-vapor exposure during pregnancy increased markers of oxidative stress, inflammation, and fibrosis in the adult offspring, independent of nicotine. E-cigarette use during pregnancy confers future risk to the offspring's kidneys.

Study Type : Animal Study

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