Topical Collection "Environmental and Health Risks of Nanotechnology"

A topical collection in Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This collection belongs to the section "Risk Assessment and Management".

Editors

Dr. Laura Braydich-Stolle
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Collection Editor
Molecular Bioeffects Branch, Bioeffects Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, AFRL, USA
Interests: toxicology, in vitro, exposure, nanomaterials
Prof. Dr. Saber M. Hussain
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Collection Editor
Molecular Bioeffects Branch, Bioeffects Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, AFRL, USA
Interests: toxicology, risk assessment, exposure, nanobiotechnology, nanotoxicology

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanotechnology has great potential for medical and consumer applications, such as targeted drug delivery, optical imaging diagnostics, antimicrobials for wound dressings, and cosmetics, etc. Furthermore, nanomaterial (NM) applications are also being realized in clean energy, water treatment, pollution reduction, and the design of improved materials. Currently, over 1,600 consumer products are on the market that have incorporated NMs in order to enhance product capabilities. In addition to the small size of NMs, several parameters contribute to NM-enhanced magnetic, electrical, optical, mechanical, and structural properties. Many of these characteristics, such as elemental composition, charge, shape, crystallinity, surface area, solubility, degree and pattern of aggregation, and surface chemistry have the potential to also generate toxicity. In view of the increasing application of NMs, there is a growing level of exposure to NMs. Consequently, it is important to answer questions regarding the safety of these materials. In this Special Issue, we invite authors to submit manuscripts that have evaluated the environmental health and safety of nanomaterials. We require detailed characterizations of the nanomaterials used in studies.

Dr. Laura Braydich-Stolle
Prof. Dr. Saber M. Hussain
Collection Editors

Submission

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Keywords

  • nanomaterials
  • exposure
  • toxicity
  • nanotoxicology
  • risk assessment
  • characterization

Published Papers (5 papers)

2021

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Open AccessArticle
Disturbance in Mammalian Cognition Caused by Accumulation of Silver in Brain
Toxics 2021, 9(2), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9020030 - 03 Feb 2021
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The influence of daily prolonged administration of silver nanoparticles on the cognitive functions of a model mammal was studied. The accumulation of silver in the whole brain and the hippocampus, cerebellum, cortex and residual brain tissue of the mouse was investigated by highly [...] Read more.
The influence of daily prolonged administration of silver nanoparticles on the cognitive functions of a model mammal was studied. The accumulation of silver in the whole brain and the hippocampus, cerebellum, cortex and residual brain tissue of the mouse was investigated by highly precise and representative neutron activation analysis, and histological studies were conducted. Here, we show that long-term memory impairments were caused by the accumulation of silver nanoparticles in the brain and its subregions, such as the hippocampus, cerebellum and cortex, in a step-like manner by disturbance of hippocampal cell integrity. Three different approaches allowed us to observe this phenomenon and discover the reasons it occurred. Full article
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Effects of Sub-Lethal Doses of Selenium Nanoparticles on the Health Status of Rats
Toxics 2021, 9(2), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9020028 - 03 Feb 2021
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Selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) are fast becoming a key instrument in several applications such as medicine or nutrition. Questions have been raised about the safety of their use. Male rats were fed for 28 days on a monodiet containing 0.5, 1.5, 3.0 and 5.0 [...] Read more.
Selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) are fast becoming a key instrument in several applications such as medicine or nutrition. Questions have been raised about the safety of their use. Male rats were fed for 28 days on a monodiet containing 0.5, 1.5, 3.0 and 5.0 mg Se/kg. Se content in blood and liver, liver panel tests, blood glucose, total antioxidant capacity (TAC), the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) were analysed. Liver and duodenum were subjected to histopathology examination. The weight gain of rats showed no differences between tested groups. Se content in blood was higher in all treated groups compared to the control group. The liver concentration of Se in the treated groups varied in the range from 222 to 238 ng/g. No differences were observed in the activity of AST (aspartate aminotransferase), ALP (alkaline phosphatase) and TAS (total antioxidant status). A significant decrease in ALT activity compared to the control group was observed in the treated groups. GPx activity varied from 80 to 88 U/mL through tested groups. SOD activity in liver was decreased in the SeNP-treated group with 5 mg Se/kg (929 ± 103 U/mL). Histopathological examination showed damage to the liver parenchyma and intestinal epithelium in a dose-dependent manner. This study suggests that short-term SeNP supplementation can be safe and beneficial in Se deficiency or specific treatment. Full article
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2020

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Open AccessArticle
Astrocytes Are More Vulnerable than Neurons to Silicon Dioxide Nanoparticle Toxicity in Vitro
Toxics 2020, 8(3), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8030051 - 29 Jul 2020
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Some studies have shown that silicon dioxide nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs) can reach different regions of the brain and cause toxicity; however, the consequences of SiO2-NPs exposure on the diverse brain cell lineages is limited. We aimed to investigate the neurotoxic [...] Read more.
Some studies have shown that silicon dioxide nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs) can reach different regions of the brain and cause toxicity; however, the consequences of SiO2-NPs exposure on the diverse brain cell lineages is limited. We aimed to investigate the neurotoxic effects of SiO2-NP (0–100 µg/mL) on rat astrocyte-rich cultures or neuron-rich cultures using scanning electron microscopy, Attenuated Total Reflection-Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), FTIR microspectroscopy mapping (IQ mapping), and cell viability tests. SiO2-NPs were amorphous particles and aggregated in saline and culture media. Both astrocytes and neurons treated with SiO2-NPs showed alterations in cell morphology and changes in the IR spectral regions corresponding to nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. The analysis by the second derivative revealed a significant decrease in the signal of the amide I (α-helix, parallel β-strand, and random coil) at the concentration of 10 µg/mL in astrocytes but not in neurons. IQ mapping confirmed changes in nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids in astrocytes; cell death was higher in astrocytes than in neurons (10–100 µg/mL). We conclude that astrocytes were more vulnerable than neurons to SiO2-NPs toxicity. Therefore, the evaluation of human exposure to SiO2-NPs and possible neurotoxic effects must be followed up. Full article
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2017

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Open AccessReview
Exposure to Inorganic Nanoparticles: Routes of Entry, Immune Response, Biodistribution and In Vitro/In Vivo Toxicity Evaluation
Toxics 2017, 5(4), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics5040029 - 17 Oct 2017
Cited by 70 | Viewed by 4164
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The development of different kinds of nanoparticles, showing different physico-chemical properties, has fostered their large use in many fields, including medicine. As a consequence, inorganic nanoparticles (e.g., metals or semiconductors), have raised issues about their potential toxicity. The scientific community is investigating the [...] Read more.
The development of different kinds of nanoparticles, showing different physico-chemical properties, has fostered their large use in many fields, including medicine. As a consequence, inorganic nanoparticles (e.g., metals or semiconductors), have raised issues about their potential toxicity. The scientific community is investigating the toxicity mechanisms of these materials, in vitro and in vivo, in order to provide accurate references concerning their use. This review will give the readers a thorough exploration on the entry mechanisms of inorganic nanoparticles in the human body, such as titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2NPs), silicon dioxide nanoparticles (SiO2NPs), zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs), silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and quantum dots (QDsNPs). In addition, biodistribution, the current trends and novelties of in vitro and in vivo toxicology studies will be discussed, with a particular focus on immune response. Full article
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2015

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Open AccessReview
Nanotoxicology and Metalloestrogens: Possible Involvement in Breast Cancer
Toxics 2015, 3(4), 390-413; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics3040390 - 28 Oct 2015
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As the use of nanotechnology has expanded, an increased number of metallic oxides have been manufactured, yet toxicology testing has lagged significantly. Metals used in nano-products include titanium, silicon, aluminum, silver, zinc, cadmium, cobalt, antimony, gold, etc. Even the noble metals, platinum and [...] Read more.
As the use of nanotechnology has expanded, an increased number of metallic oxides have been manufactured, yet toxicology testing has lagged significantly. Metals used in nano-products include titanium, silicon, aluminum, silver, zinc, cadmium, cobalt, antimony, gold, etc. Even the noble metals, platinum and cerium, have been used as a treatment for cancer, but the toxicity of these metals is still unknown. Significant advances have been made in our understanding and treatment of breast cancer, yet millions of women will experience invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. The pathogenesis of breast cancer can involve multiple factors; (1) genetic; (2) environmental; and (3) lifestyle-related factors. This review focuses on exposure to highly toxic metals, (“metalloestrogens” or “endocrine disruptors”) that are used as the metallic foundation for nanoparticle production and are found in a variety of consumer products such as cosmetics, household items, and processed foods, etc. The linkage between well-understood metalloestrogens such as cadmium, the use of these metals in the production of nanoparticles, and the relationship between their potential estrogenic effects and the development of breast cancer will be explored. This will underscore the need for additional testing of materials used in nano-products. Clearly, a significant amount of work needs to be done to further our understanding of these metals and their potential role in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. Full article
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