Special Issue "Persistent Organic Pollutants and Human Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: environmental toxicology; biomonitoring; persistent organic pollutant; heavy metals; emerging pollutants; pesticides; mechanisms of action of pollutants
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are a group of substances characterized by their high resistance to environmental degradation, their lipophilic nature, and their ability to alter physiological systems of living beings, specifically the endocrine systems. They are substances which were used as pesticides (organochlorine pesticides like DDT), as flame retardants (polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or polybromodiphenyl ethers (PBDEs)), and they have other uses mainly associated to the industry (dioxins). Due to their potential damage to the environment and people, most of these substances were included in different annexes of the Stockholm Convention and banned, mostly, for decades. Despite this, biomonitoring studies show that the world’s population still has detectable levels of many of these substances. In addition, it has been seen that persistent organic pollutants are associated with different human diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases or diabetes. Moreover, many of these compounds seem to alter fat metabolism and be partially responsible for the obesity epidemic that plagues the planet. It is a topic of total relevance which affects humans as a species and the total environment of the planet and that, therefore, still requires continuous research to answer the many questions that are not clarified.
Dr. Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández
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- persistent organic pollutants
- endocrine disruptors
- organochlorine pesticides
- polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
- polybromodiphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
- human health