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Feature Papers in Environmental Exposure and Toxicology

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 2803

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Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epidemiology and Hygiene, Istituto Nazionale Assicurazione Infortuni sul Lavoro (INAIL), 00144 Roma, Italy
Interests: pulmonary disease; toxicology; forensic sciences; mass spectrometry; analytical techniques; cancer research; chemical and cell biology
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Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epidemiology and Hygiene, Istituto Nazionale Assicurazione Infortuni sul Lavoro (INAIL), 00144 Roma, Italy
Interests: occupational and environmental hygiene; biological monitoring; clinical biochemistry; toxicology; oxidative damage to nucleic acids; analytical techniques; mass spectrometry
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National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL), Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epidemiology and Hygiene (Dimeila), 00078 Monteporzio Catone, RM, Italy
Interests: biological monitoring; biomarkers; endocrine disruptors; occupational exposure; environmental exposure; antiblastic drugs

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Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epidemiology and Hygiene, INAIL-National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work, 00078 Monteporzio Catone, Italy
Interests: occupational and environmental exposure to chemicals; clinical toxicology; endocrine disrupters; reprotoxicity; biological monitoring
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce this Special Issue entitled “Feature Papers in Environmental Exposure and Toxicology”.

Growing amounts of evidence have shown that the presence of toxicants in the environment could lead to adverse health effects for humans. From cardiovascular abnormalities to dementia, from interaction with genes to the interaction with the endocrine system, from respiratory diseases to the onset of specific pathologies such cancer and much more were recorded.

Environmental toxicology is a field of great interest and great concern in the scientific community, and calls for studies able to highlight the chemicals involved, the sources of exposure, the organ targets and the possible effects.

This Special Issue focuses on the current state of knowledge regarding toxicology and the links with environmental (but also occupational) exposure.

The Special Issue will be a collection of high-quality papers and articles of different fields of science are required: epidemiological, methodological, analytical, experimental ones.

Both original research articles and comprehensive review papers are welcome, addressing current critical issues in the field, grounded in sound science and providing authoritative commentary and novel concepts.

All papers will be published with fully open access after successful peer review.

Dr. Diana Poli
Dr. Daniela Pigini
Dr. Paola Castellano
Dr. Lidia Caporossi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • environmental and occupational exposure
  • public health
  • risk assessment
  • biomarkers
  • analytical chemistry
  • sensoristic application
  • in vivo and in vitro studies/models
  • epidemiology

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A Case–Control Study on the Effects of Plasticizers Exposure on Male Fertility
by Lidia Caporossi, Paola Viganò, Enrico Paci, Silvia Capanna, Alessandra Alteri, Daniela Pigini, Giovanna Tranfo and Bruno Papaleo
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(1), 235; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20010235 - 23 Dec 2022
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Male infertility is a serious concern for public health, and the possible role of exposure to plasticizers such as phthalates and bisphenol A in contributing to the condition is widely debated. We have herein enrolled 155 infertility cases attending an infertility center and [...] Read more.
Male infertility is a serious concern for public health, and the possible role of exposure to plasticizers such as phthalates and bisphenol A in contributing to the condition is widely debated. We have herein enrolled 155 infertility cases attending an infertility center and 211 controls (fathers of a spontaneously conceived newborn) to investigate this issue. The urinary levels of seven phthalates and BPA were analyzed through HPLC/MS/MS. All data were statistically elaborated considering information about clinical situation, life habits, occupational activity, and, for cases, semen parameters (volume, sperm concentration, total count of spermatozoa, and sperm motility). Results showed significantly higher urinary concentrations for all the phthalates in cases compared to controls, except for monoethylphthalate and BPA. In total, 90.07% of cases had sperm motility lower than the WHO reference value (2010), while 53.69%, 46.31%, and 16.56% had sperm total number, concentration, and volume, respectively, out of the reference range. Regarding the possible source of exposure, the use of scents seems to be a significant source of DEP (diethylphthalate). When considering occupational settings, industrial workers, dental technicians, artisans, and farmers using chemicals showed higher risk (OR = 2.766, 95% CI 1.236–6.185), particularly in relation to DnBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEHP (di-ethyl-hexyl phthalate) exposure. No clear quantitative correlation between specific plasticizers and sperm parameters could be demonstrated but these findings call for future studies about the risks associated with exposure to their mixture. Full article
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