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Plastic Pollution and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds from Plastics

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Pollution Prevention, Mitigation and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 2438

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1. Non-Governmental Research Organization Biologic, 14 Schitului Str., 032044 Bucharest, Romania
2. Faculty of Medicine, “Vasile Goldis” University, Revoluției Blvd. 94, 310025 Arad, Romania
Interests: microbiology; water pollution; bioremediation; bioprospecting
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College of Nursing and Public Health, South University, 9 Science Ct., Columbia, SC 29203, USA
Interests: environmental health; toxicology; bacteriology; invertebrate zoology

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Dear Colleagues,

Plastic pollution and its impact on environmental sustainability is the focus of this Special Issue, with particular emphasis on the endocrine disrupters often occurring in plastic materials. The plastics that pollute the environment, including microplastics and nanoplastics, contain endocrine disrupters. These pollutants which move into the environment, including soil, water and atmosphere, also have great impacts on animals, plants and microbes as toxics. This Issue will help to provide a focus for the burgeoning research on plastics and direct attention to the disruption of endocrine function and related physiology in organisms. The research topics in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Microplastics and nanoplastics environmental pollution;

- Chemical components of plastics that act as endocrine disruptors;

- How endocrine disrupters leach or are absorbed from plastics;

- Microplastics as carriers of endocrine disruptors into the aquatic environment;

- Plastic endocrine disruptors and effect on microbiomes;

-  Synergism and antagonism of endocrine disrupters and other toxins/toxics;

- Release of toxins from plastic in aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric conditions;

- Global temperature, plastic waste and ichthyofauna;

- Effects of endocrine disruptors on bacteria, plants and invertebrates;

- Achieving sustainable reduction of the toxic impacts of plastics;

- Conditions of the sustainable reuse of plastics and the leaching and impact of toxics;

- Sustainable hazard mitigation of endocrine disruptors;

- Education and awareness to reduce plastic pollution and endocrine disruption;

- Distribution of plastic pollution in the environment, and the release of toxics;

- Challenges of plastic pollution, endocrine disruption, toxicity and sustainability;

- Impact of thin plastic layers such as thermal paper and plastic wrap as pollutants;

- Impact and identification of endocrine-disruptor metabolites;

- Sustainable recycling of plastics and reduction of toxic impacts.

Dr. Sergiu Fendrihan
Prof. Dr. Robert Wolff
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  • plastic
  • microplastics
  • nanoplastics
  • endocrine disrupter
  • bisphenols
  • phthalates
  • toxicity
  • pollutants
  • pollution

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Ingestion of Polyvinylchloride Powder Particles Induces Oxidative Stress and Hepatic Histopathological Changes in Oreochromis niloticus (Nile Tilapia)—A Preliminary Study
by Abdulhusein Jawdhari, Dan Florin Mihăilescu, Miruna S. Stan, Mihnea-Vlad Bălănescu, Raluca-Ioana Vlăsceanu, Cristina A. Staicu, Nicolae Crăciun and György Deák
Sustainability 2023, 15(8), 6494; - 11 Apr 2023
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 1753
Plastic debris is considered an emerging aquatic pollutant as an alarming number of reports are indicating the environmental contamination with such agents. Ichthyofauna has been subjected to increasing plastic pollution over the past years, which has led to detrimental effects in the food [...] Read more.
Plastic debris is considered an emerging aquatic pollutant as an alarming number of reports are indicating the environmental contamination with such agents. Ichthyofauna has been subjected to increasing plastic pollution over the past years, which has led to detrimental effects in the food chain, and consequently to the general health of ecosystems. In this study, we exposed juvenile specimens of Oreochromis niloticus to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in powder form. Specimens and water parameters were closely monitored for 40 days before tissue samples were collected for histological and biochemical analysis. Structural hepatic alterations were observed in specimens from the exposed groups, such as intercellular corridors, dilation of sinusoidal capillaries, hyperchromatic nuclei, nuclear hypertrophy, and cytoplasm vacuolization. Low catalase activity was observed in the case of 1000 mg of PVC/kg feed group, as well as high levels of malondialdehyde compared to the control group, indicating oxidative stress. Glutathione peroxidase activity was also significantly decreased in the 500 and 1000 mg/kg feed group compared to the control group. These findings suggest that a midterm exposure to PVC particles can significantly affect the activity of antioxidative enzymes in O. niloticus specimens and induce changes of hepatic tissue structure. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plastic Pollution and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds from Plastics)
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