Special Issue "Neurotoxins: Health Threats and Biological Tools"


A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter S. Spencer
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Global Health Center, and Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, L356, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Website: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/croet/faculty/profiles.cfm?facultyID=520
E-Mail: spencer@ohsu.edu
Phone: +1 503 494 2517
Interests: neurotoxinology (plant, fungal); neurotoxicology; systems biology; human disease

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Neurotoxicity is a direct or indirect effect of chemical substances that disrupt nervous system function. Substances with these properties—“neurotoxins”—include the products, secretions and contents of certain bacteria, endophyte and exophyte fungi, ancient and modern plants, coelenterates, insects, arachnids, molluscs, amphibia, reptilia, fish, and mammals. Hundreds of naturally occurring toxins with systemic neurotoxic potential in humans and animals are known, but rarely does human and veterinary medicine connect, let alone synergize. Many neurotoxins are used as experimental tools to explore cellular function and dysfunction. Neurotoxins may act at the level of DNA, coding and non-coding RNAs, protein, and other macromolecules. Some directly perturb neural function; others interfere with metabolic processes on which the nervous system is especially dependent, and amino acid neurotoxins might even be incorporated into brain proteins with unknown functional outcomes. The effects of neurotoxins find expression in nervous system dysfunction in the presence or absence visible structural damage. Perturbations may appear and disappear rapidly, or may evolve and regress over days, weeks, years, or even decades. This special issue seeks papers that illuminate the mechanisms of natural neurotoxins and those that bridge neurotoxin mechanisms with associated human and animal disease.

Prof. Dr. Peter Spencer
Guest Editor


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  • chemical structure of naturally occurring neurotoxins
  • molecular mechanisms of neurotoxin action
  • gene/protein-neurotoxin interactions
  • neurotoxins as biological tools
  • neurotoxins linked human neurological disease
  • neurotoxins linked to veterinary neurology

Published Papers (5 papers)

by ,  and
Toxins 2014, 6(6), 1813-1836; doi:10.3390/toxins6061813
Received: 28 January 2014; in revised form: 17 May 2014 / Accepted: 28 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
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by , , ,  and
Toxins 2014, 6(2), 624-635; doi:10.3390/toxins6020624
Received: 24 December 2013; in revised form: 15 January 2014 / Accepted: 5 February 2014 / Published: 12 February 2014
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by  and
Toxins 2013, 5(12), 2533-2571; doi:10.3390/toxins5122533
Received: 8 October 2013; in revised form: 2 December 2013 / Accepted: 10 December 2013 / Published: 17 December 2013
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by ,  and
Toxins 2013, 5(5), 1010-1031; doi:10.3390/toxins5051010
Received: 1 March 2013; in revised form: 9 April 2013 / Accepted: 24 April 2013 / Published: 21 May 2013
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by ,  and
Toxins 2013, 5(4), 821-840; doi:10.3390/toxins5040821
Received: 12 February 2013; in revised form: 27 March 2013 / Accepted: 12 April 2013 / Published: 23 April 2013
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Last update: 3 March 2014

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