Special Issue "Phthalates and Bisphenol-A: Determinations, Levels and Effects on Human Health and Environment"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2020) | Viewed by 14114
Interests: phthalates; bisphenol-A; plasticizers; microplastics; environment; human health; endocrine disruptors
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Plastic materials are one of the most practical and economical ways to contain food, healthcare, cosmetics and other products today. The development and wide use of plastic materials as containers has led the packaging industry to significantly modify the chemical composition of plastics in recent years. In fact, chemical additives are added to their composition to increase their malleability, shine and workability. Among these additives, the most widely used are phthalates and bisphenol-A (BP-A). Phthalates (PAEs) are compounds synthesized by double esterification of 1,2 benzendicarboxylic acid (phthalic acid) with linear or branched alcohols, whereas BP-A is a pseudo-persistent chemical and, despite its short half-life, it is omnipresent in the environment due to its release. Both of them are dangerous for humans: PAEs are endocrine disruptors, and BP-A is an xenoestrogen disturbing endocrine system functions. Even though different studies have been set up to determine PAE/BP-A presence in (micro)plastics and/or in samples as result of migration process, analytical determination is still a difficult issue and, consequently, risk assessment could be affected by errors.
This Special Issue would like to deepen our understanding of the effects of PAEs and BP-A on human health. Contributions are wellcome in different fields, some of which could be the development of new analytical strategies, effects on biological systems, deepening of the toxicological aspects, risk assessment, new guidelines for legislators, and so on.
Prof. Pasquale Avino
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- human health
- endocrine disruptors