Special Issue "Toxic Metals, Chronic Diseases and Related Cancers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: epidemiology of cadmium toxicity; genetic and nutritional influence of cadmium toxicity outcomes; cadmium toxicity in at-risk subpopulations; novel methods of measuring cadmium in tissues; reverse dosimetry
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Special Issue in Stresses: Responses and Defense Mechanisms against Toxic Metals
It is estimated that 70–90% of the risk of acquiring chronic diseases such as kidney disease, type-2 diabetes, and cancers can be attributed to environmental exposures. The toxic heavy metals, cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), and mercury (Hg) are of particular public health concern and this is reflected by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) listing them as priority substances.
Years of production and industrial use have led to the widespread presence of these metals in the environment. Being non-biodegradable, they persist in the environment and readily enter food chains. The continued use of contaminated fertilizers by the agricultural sector has further increased their levels in the food we eat. Total diet studies have shown that Cd and Pb are present in virtually all foodstuffs, while mercury is present in seafood in the form of methylmercury. Foods that are frequently consumed in large quantities such as rice, potatoes, wheat, leafy salad vegetables, and other cereal crops are the most significant dietary sources, while shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, offal, and spinach are additional dietary sources.
Given the globally rising incidence of chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type-2 diabetes, and cancer of various sites, this Toxics Special Issue calls for reports on epidemiologic and laboratory investigations that may help prioritize efforts to assess toxicities and the impact of these environmental toxicants on public health. Topics may include intestinal absorption, transport, cellular uptake, metabolic effects, novel toxicity targets, toxic threshold levels, toxic mechanisms, detoxification, speciation, mitigation of soil-to-plant transference, and environmental exposure minimization strategies. Authors are invited and welcome to submit original research papers, reviews, and short communications.
Prof. Soisungwan Satarug
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- Chronic diseases
- Metal transporters
- Metabolic syndrome
- Soil-to-plant transfer
- Tolerable intake levels
- Total diet studies