Special Issue "Effects of Environmental Pollutants on Human Reproductive Health"

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Marina Piscopo
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology, University of Naples Federico II, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Interests: histones; sperm proteins; environmental pollution; heavy metals; reproductive health; sperm chromatin; epigenetic modifications; marine organisms; human spermatogenesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Successful reproduction is a determining factor for the survival of species, but the development of modern technology and the rapid industrialization have allowed the entry of a wide range of synthetic organic compounds and heavy metals into the environment. These anthropogenic pollutants can be found in air, soil, and water and can have negative effects on the reproductive health of various organisms. There is a growing amount of literature on the effects of these pollutants on the reproductive health of bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals; particularly chemicals with hormone-disrupting properties. There is a need for a greater awareness and vigilance of the effects of environmental pollution on reproductive health, since only a fraction of these chemicals have been adequately examined for toxicity and for synergistic effects due to multiple exposures.

We cordially invite authors to contribute to this Special Issue with original research articles and reviews on how different types of air, water, and soil pollutants induce negative effects on human reproductive health. Data collected on this issue may represent a new opportunity to answer basic questions on conservation and sustainability and better understand the underlying physiological changes in the reproductive system induced by exposure to pollutants and establish a link between the dose and response of individual or a mixture of pollutants. New molecular environmental pollution markers linked to reproduction, pollutant molecular mechanisms of action, alterations in sperm proteins and their interaction with DNA, sperm chromatin structure alterations, epigenetic modifications, impact of nutrition on reproductive health and clinical implications for male and female reproduction also fall within the scope of this Special Issue.

Prof. Marina Piscopo
Guest Editor

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  • human reproductive health
  • spermatozoa
  • environmental pollution
  • sperm proteins
  • sperm chromatin
  • heavy metals
  • reproduction
  • oocyte
  • epigenetic modifications
  • nutrition

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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