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Microplastics: A Threat for Male Fertility

Department of Movement Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Naples Parthenope, 80133 Naples, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2392; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052392
Received: 31 January 2021 / Revised: 22 February 2021 / Accepted: 23 February 2021 / Published: 1 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Environment and Reproductive Health: Feature Papers)
Much of the planet is swimming in discarded plastic, which is harming animal and possibly human health. Once at sea, sunlight, wind, and wave action break down plastic waste into small particles: the microplastics (MPs). Currently, particular attention has been drawn to their effects on aquatic environments but the health risks, especially in mammals, are poorly known. These non-biodegradable materials can act as a vector for environmental pollutants, can be ingested by humans in food and water, and can enter and accumulate in human tissues with a possible risk for heath. Recent studies revealed the deleterious effects of MPs exposure in male reproduction and sperm quality, making them a potential hazard to reproductive success. This manuscript summarizes the main changes in sperm quality along the lifespan and the upcoming studies on the effects of MPs in male fertility in mammals. View Full-Text
Keywords: microplastics; endocrine disrupting chemicals; reproduction; spermatogenesis; spermatozoa microplastics; endocrine disrupting chemicals; reproduction; spermatogenesis; spermatozoa
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D'Angelo, S.; Meccariello, R. Microplastics: A Threat for Male Fertility. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2392. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052392

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D'Angelo S, Meccariello R. Microplastics: A Threat for Male Fertility. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2392. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052392

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