Special Issue "Marine and Freshwater Toxins"
A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2013
Prof. Dr. Luis M. Botana
Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Veterinary, University of Santiago of Compostela, 27002 Lugo, Spain
The chemical diversity of marine and freshwater toxins grows at a high rate every year. This is important for the several implications derived: potential food safety warnings, analytical challenges and increased chemical richness for the scientific knowledge. Many of these compounds are potent drugs with therapeutic use as lead compounds, although in many cases their mechanism of action, hence their toxicology, is not understood. From an ecological point of view, cyanobacteria are present in freashwater and marine waters, and both marine toxins and freshwater toxins are showing a quick change in their geographical profiles due to climate change. These are many challenges for scientists which this issue will try to cover.
Prof. Dr. Luis M. Botana
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- marine toxin
- freshwater toxin
- climate change
- food safety
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of paper: Review
Title: Risk Assessment of Shellfish Toxins
Author: Rex Munday
Affiliation: AgResearch, Ruakura Research Centre, Private Bag 3123, Hamilton, New Zealand; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Complex secondary metabolites, some of which are highly toxic to mammals, are produced by many marine organisms. Some of these organisms are important food sources for shellfish and other seafoods, and, when ingested, the toxins that they produce may be absorbed and stored in the tissues of the predators, which then become toxic to animals higher up the food chain. This is a particular problem with shellfish, and many cases of poisoning are reported in shellfish consumers each year. At present, there is no practicable means of preventing uptake of the toxins by shellfish or of removing them after harvesting. Assessment of the risk posed by such toxins is therefore required so that regulations on the levels in shellfish that are unlikely to cause adverse effects in humans can be set. In the present review, the basic principles of risk assessment are described, and the progress made toward robust risk assessment of seafood toxins is discussed. While good progress has been made, it is clear that further toxicological studies are required before this goal is fully achieved.
Last update: 27 May 2013