Potential toxicity of polystyrene microplastic particles

Jangsun Hwang, Daheui Choi, Seora Han, Se Yong Jung, Jonghoon Choi, Jinkee Hong

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Environmental pollution arising from plastic waste is a major global concern. Plastic macroparticles, microparticles, and nanoparticles have the potential to affect marine ecosystems and human health. It is generally accepted that microplastic particles are not harmful or at best minimal to human health. However direct contact with microplastic particles may have possible adverse effect in cellular level. Primary polystyrene (PS) particles were the focus of this study, and we investigated the potential impacts of these microplastics on human health at the cellular level. We determined that PS particles were potential immune stimulants that induced cytokine and chemokine production in a size-dependent and concentration-dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7391
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 1

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