The Impact Of Switching To pMRTP On The Development Of Cigarette Smoke - Induced COPD In C57Bl/6 Mice

Authored by  E Veljkovic, B Phillips, M Peck, A Buettner*, G Vuillaume, S Boue, F Martin, J Hoeng, M Peitsch

Presented at SRNT 2015 21st Annual Meeting     
* This author is not affiliated with PMI.


In this study, the impact on the development of emphysema/COPD following inhalation of aerosol from two tobacco products, a reference cigarette (3R4F) and a prototypic modified risk tobacco product (pMRTP), was evaluated in C57Bl/6 mice. The mice were exposed to an aerosol from 3R4F (750 micrograms/liter of total particulate matter – TPM), pMRTP or filtered air for 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, up to 7 months. Aerosols from both tobacco products used had the same nicotine concentration - 34.4 micrograms/liter. After 2 months of exposure to 3R4F, switching and cessation groups were exposed to pMRTP aerosol or filtered air, respectively. To analyze the progression of emphysema, evaluations of inflammation, pulmonary function, and various histopathological and molecular changes (transcriptomics, proteomics and lipidomics) were performed at months 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Exposure to 3R4F induced molecular, cellular and physiological modifications in lungs leading to emphysematous changes. Animals exposed to pMRTP exhibited negligible changes in all parameters assessed. Both cessation and switching groups showed a reversal of the inflammatory and functional responses induced by 3R4F smoke. Histopathological evaluation revealed a slowdown in the progression of emphysematous changes in switching and cessation groups.  Smoking cessation or switching resulted in the rapid recovery at the transcription level. The lipid and protein profiles in lung similarly showed a clear response to 3R4F aerosol exposure, with minimal changes associated with pMRTP exposure, and recovery near to sham-exposed levels following either switching or cessation. Moreover, majority of 3R4F induced gene expression and protein level changes matched. These data demonstrate that exposure to pMRTP for up to 7 months resulted in a response similar to fresh air-exposed animals using a battery of physiological and molecular measures. Furthermore, following a 2 month 3R4F cigarette smoke exposure period, both cessation and switching to a pMRTP aerosol resulted in the reversal or stabilization of parameters assessed.