Pb exposure is a well-known risk factor for inflammation including vessels. In our study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between Pb levels of exposed workers and the severity of inflammation/endothelial dysfunction. We analyzed the correlation between blood lead level and the markers of endothelial damage. There was a significant correlation between blood lead levels and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). Elevated levels of blood lead also show correlation with soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L). The strongest correlation was with sE-selectin. Association between lead exposure and markers of cardiovascular injury may help to predict cardiovascular effects of lead earlier and to protect workers who are exposed to lead.
Lead exposure, inflammation, Endothelial Dysfunction, vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L)