Effects of chronic and acute ozone exposure on lipid peroxidation and antioxidant capacity in healthy young adults

Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Dec;115(12):1732-7. doi: 10.1289/ehp.10294.


Background: There is growing evidence for the role of oxidative damage in chronic diseases. Although ozone (O3) is an oxidant pollutant to which many people are exposed, few studies have examined whether O3 induces oxidative stress in humans.

Objectives: This study was designed to assess the effect of short-and long-term O(3) exposures on biomarkers of oxidative stress in healthy individuals.

Methods: Biomarkers of lipid peroxidation, 8-isoprostane (8-iso-PGF), and antioxidant capacity ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) were analyzed in two groups of healthy college students with broad ranges of ambient O3 exposure during their lifetimes and previous summer recess either in Los Angeles (LA, n = 59) or the San Francisco Bay Area (SF, n = 61).

Results: Estimated 2-week, 1-month, and lifetime O3 exposures were significantly correlated with elevated 8-iso-PGF. Elevated summertime exposures resulted in the LA group having higher levels of 8-iso-PGF than the SF group (p = 0.02). Within each location, males and females had similar 8-iso-PGF. No regional difference in FRAP was observed, with significantly higher FRAP in males in both groups (SF: p = 0.002; LA: p = 0.004). An exposure chamber substudy (n = 15) also showed a significant increase in 8-iso-PGF as well as an inhibition of FRAP immediately after a 4-hr exposure to 200 ppb O3, with near normalization by 18 hr in both biomarkers.

Conclusions: Long-term exposure to O3 is associated with elevated 8-iso-PGF, which suggests that 8-iso-PGF is a good biomarker of oxidative damage related to air pollution.

Keywords: FRAP; antioxidant capacity; isoprostane; lifetime exposure; lipid peroxidation; oxidative injury; ozone; plasma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antioxidants / metabolism*
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Cohort Studies
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Female
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Isoprostanes / blood
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Ozone / poisoning*
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Students


  • 8-isoprostaglandin F1alpha
  • Antioxidants
  • Biomarkers
  • Isoprostanes
  • Ozone