Special Issue "Behavior and Effects of Nanoscale Materials and Plastics—Understanding the Mechanisms of Toxicity"
A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: soil ecotoxicology; nanotoxicology; proteomics/metabolomics; antioxidant system/oxidative damage; nanoscale materials, including nanoplastics
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Interests: aquatic ecotoxicology; emerging contaminants; mixtures of contaminants; genotoxicity; oxidative stress/damage; neurotransmission and behavioral endpoints
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The application of nanomaterials today in a wide range of consumer products results in their continuously release to the environment. Therefore, the effects of nanoscale materials to aquatic and terrestrial organisms require our attention in terms of risk assessment. In addition, the occurrence and toxicity of incidental nanoscale plastic particles (e.g., not caused by the release of intentionally manufactured nanoplastics) is also important. To date, the information available on the current levels of nanoscale materials and plastics in the environment is limited to the predicted concentrations arising from use in consumer products. Additionally, there is a clear need to research the toxicological effects of these nanoscale materials and plastics in the organisms, and their behavior and characteristics’ alterations (e.g., surface charge, size and shape) at environmentally complex matrices, such as soil or water. It is described that the fate, uptake, and biological impact of the nanomaterials are dependent on their characteristics, which are in turn dependent of the medium where they are present.
This Special Issue of the Applied Sciences invites the submission of original research, case studies or up-to-date review papers on environmental risks posed by nanoscale materials and plastics. The study of the interaction between nanomaterials (plastics or others) and biological tissues/organisms would provide crucial data on their potential toxicity and interesting scientific information. In particular, it will welcome studies focused on the following topics:
- Ecotoxicity assessed at individual (e.g., reproduction, behavior), biochemical (e.g., DNA damage, oxidative stress, neurotransmission) and molecular (e.g., gene and protein expressions) levels;
- Long-term exposures with special attention to multigenerational and/or transgenerational effects;
- Advances in characterization and understanding of the biological interactions of nanoscale materials and plastics, and therefore, biological effects;
- The role of these nanoscale materials and plastics as carriers of other contaminants;
- Abiotic characterization of the nanoscale materials and plastics in the media of exposure (e.g., spiked soil/water) or in different environmental compartments;
- Analytical methods to assess environmental samples (monitoring the fate of nanoscale materials and plastics).
Dr. Vera Lúcia Maria
Dr. Ângela Barreto
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- ecotoxicological impact
- gene and protein expressions
- mechanisms of toxicity
- soil and aquatic organisms
- nano–bio interactions
- environmental matrices
- risk assessment