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Special Issue "Human Exposure to Freshwater Toxins: Assessment, Potential, Consequences and Prevention"

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine and Freshwater Toxins".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Piotr Rzymski

Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Department of Environmental Medicine, Poznan, Poland
Interests: toxicology in vitro; biosynthesis, toxicity, and physiological role of cyanotoxins; water quality assessment; human health risks assessment
Guest Editor
Dr. Halina Falfushynska

Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University, Ternopil, Ukraine
Interests: Toxicology in vitro; Toxicology in vivo; Cancer research; Toxinology; Aquatic biota

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last decades, there has been a substantial effort to understand the mechanisms of the various actions of freshwater toxins derived from in vitro and in vivo models. Particular attention has been paid to the toxic metabolites produced by cyanobacteria, namely microcystins, cylindrospermopsin, anatoxin-a, saxitoxins, beta-methyl-amino-L-alanine, and polymethoxy-alkenes. The presence of selected compounds of this group has also been monitored in surface waters, freshwater biota, and food. There is still, however, a need to fully assess the risks of exposure in human via the recreational use of water, drinking water, and diet, as well as to estimate the potential effects of such exposure.

This Special Issue will welcome original and review manuscripts that focus on the following:

- cases of human intoxications with freshwater toxins

- assessment of dietary risks of exposure to freshwater toxins

- assessment of exposure to freshwater toxins during recreational activities

- assessment of potential associations between presence of freshwater toxins and human disease

- suggestions for clinical interventions in poisonings with freshwater toxins

Dr. Piotr Rzymski
Dr. Halina Falfushynska
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Freshwater toxins
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Cyanotoxins
  • Drinking water
  • Dietary exposures
  • Microcystins
  • Cylindrospermopsin
  • Anatoxin-a
  • Saxitoxins
  • Beta-methyl-amino-l-alanine
  • Polymethoxy-alkenes

Published Papers

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