Special Issue "Zinc in Health and Disease"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2012)
Prof. Samir Samman (Website)
Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Interests: nutritional science; vitamins; minerals; zinc; biomarkers; chronic disease
Dr. Nicola Lowe (Website)
International Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, PR1 2HE, UK
Phone: 01772 893599
Interests: micronutrient requirements, with a particular interest in Zinc requirements and metabolism
Dr. Arthur Grider (Website)
Department of Foods and Nutrition, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Fax: +1 706 542 5059
Interests: Cellular and tissue zinc metabolism; proteomic analysis of biological samples; nutritional biomarkers; plant polyphenol metabolism
Zinc contributes to the proper functioning of numerous enzymes, the structural integrity of cellular components, and regulation of gene expression. Zinc is widely distributed in foods, and its bioavailability is affected by other dietary constituents. Regulation of zinc metabolism is achieved through a balance of absorption and excretion and involves adaptive mechanisms. Zinc ions influence a number of signal transduction pathways, including insulin signaling, and regulate leptin secretion from adipose tissue, potentially linking cellular zinc metabolism to apoptosis, insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. The aim of this focus issue is to explore zinc bioavailability, biomarkers of zinc status, and the relationships between zinc intake and chronic disease.
Dr. Samir Samman
Dr. Nicola Lowe
Dr. Arthur Grider
- cardiovascular disease
- cognitive function