Special Issue "Neurotoxic Effects of Plastic Contamination in Aquatic Species"

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecotoxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 February 2024 | Viewed by 197

Special Issue Editors

Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, Department of Physiological Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 2187 Mowry Rd. Bldg. 471, P.O. Box 110885, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Interests: molecular toxicology; pesticides; neurotoxicology; environmental science; neurodegeneration; wildlife/human health
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School of Ecology and Environment, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010021, China
Interests: aquatic toxicology; neurotoxicology; microplastics; additives; ecotoxicology; wildlife/human health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plastic contamination is ubiquitous in both marine and freshwater environments. The focus of research has been on the fate, distribution, and toxicity of micro- and nanoplastics in invertebrate and vertebrate species, and several studies have quantified plastics in various tissues of aquatic species. Biological responses to plastic exposure can include oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, metabolic disruption, and other endpoints of toxicity. Research attention has also focused on the neurotoxicity potential of plastics, plastic additives, and plasticizers. This Special Issue will highlight plastic toxicity research conducted in aquatic animal species, with a special emphasis on their neurotoxicology and behavioral effects. Original contributions and reviews that investigate the potentially toxic outcomes of plastic exposure and their additives in invertebrates and vertebrates inhabiting freshwater and marine environments are encouraged. This Special Issue also welcomes any submission focusing on neuronal endpoints in aquatic animal models, in order to better understand how plastic contamination impacts the central nervous system and neurological health. Studies leveraging molecular approaches to discern the mechanisms of neurotoxicity underlying plastics, such as transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, or lipidomics, are encouraged. Please feel free to contact the Guest Editors directly for additional information and direction.

Dr. Christopher J. Martyniuk
Dr. Xuefang Liang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microplastics
  • central nervous system
  • aquatic toxicology
  • neurotransmitters
  • plastic additives
  • tires
  • marine

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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