Special Issue "Toxicology of Atmospheric Particulate Matter"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Quality".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Célia Alves
Guest Editor
Department of Environment, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: air quality; source apportionment of atmospheric particulate matter; morbidity; mutagenicity; cytotoxicity
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Dr. Helena Oliveira
Guest Editor
Department of Biology, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Carbon nanomaterials in precision agriculture, inhalation toxicity of carbon-based nanomaterials; assessment of functional parameters in plant and animal cells through flow cytometry; toxicity of metals and metal nanoparticles in in vitro models
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Dr. Nilmara Oliveira Alves Brito
Guest Editor
School of Medicine, Sao Paulo University, Brazil
Interests: oxidative stress; oxidative potential; DNA damage; PM mechanisms; neurotoxicology; carcinogenesis; health risk assessment; prenatal exposure; PM and COVID-19

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2013, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified atmospheric particulate matter (PM) as carcinogenic to human beings. The health burden due to PM air pollution is one of the biggest environmental health concerns around the world. Although it is feasible for epidemiologists to inspect large populations to observe health outcomes, toxicologists usually use exposure levels that are far higher than those experienced by the population to induce measurable effects. Therefore, there might be uncertainty as to the relevance of biological findings in model systems. Planning and implementing new studies on the effects of long-term exposure and improving the relevance of toxicological approaches are important challenges that we face. Although, over recent years, there has been an increasing understanding into the underlying biological mechanisms of toxicity of particles, many aspects remain unclear. A special vexing research challenge has been categorizing the physical and chemical characteristics of PM to assess toxicity. This is critical for establishing links back to the sources of the most harmful particles, thereby contributing to the design of the most effective risk mitigation strategies.

Submissions of reviews, original research articles, and case studies targeting any of these or other novel research questions are welcome. 

Dr. Célia Alves
Dr. Helena Oliveira
Dr. Nilmara Oliveira Alves Brito
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Toxic components from different sources
  • Particle size dependent toxicity
  • Nanotoxicology
  • in vivo and in vitro studies
  • Oxidative damage, inflammatory processes, carcinogenic mechanisms, cytotoxic activity, genotoxicity, and mutagenicity
  • Ecotoxic effects on aquatic and terrestrial organisms
  • Exposure assessment and risk evaluation
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Dosimetry and biodistribution
  • Pathogenesis and mechanism of injury
  • Extrapolation of animal data to humans
  • Effects of inhaled substances on the human respiratory tract
  • Innovative models for predicting human disease

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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