Special Issue "Heavy Metal Exposure and Gene Expression"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2022) | Viewed by 1984
Despite the global reduction of heavy metal emissions during the last few decades, metal contamination problems still exist in some areas. Metals are often present in the environment as part of chemical contamination mixtures, together with such substances as pesticides, organic and non-organic substances, and dust particles. Furthermore, the effects of metals on organisms may be modified by physical factors on the various paths of metal toxicities. Because metals are not degradable, they are persistent environmental pro-oxidants and can produce a wide variety of detrimental effects in organisms – including oxidative damage to DNA, proteins, and lipids. DNA appears to be the most important target of metal toxicity and gene expression may be disturbed at different steps. On the other hand, some metals, for example, zinc or cadmium, can induce several gene expressions.
For this Special Issue we invite contributions that will address different aspects, such as (a) discussing effects of metals on DNA structure that can cause gene expression disturbance; (b) showing inhibition or induction of genes involved in detoxifying processes; (c) recognizing and discussing effects of metals on other molecules that take part in normal gene expression (d) exploring physical factors of this type of toxicity; (e) showing how gene expression disturbance can affect organism and population levels, as well as other aspects not mentioned in this summary. Contributions that present data obtained in field studies or wild populations are also welcome.
Authors are welcome to submit original research papers, reviews, and short communications. We hope to provide a broad overview of the current work being performed in the field of the effects of heavy metals on gene expressions.
Dr. Renata Swiergosz-Kowalewska
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- heavy metals
- gene expression
- physical factors
- detoxifying processes
- mixture of toxicants