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Special Issue "Immunotoxicological Effects of Micro and Nanoplastics and Role in Infectious Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Toxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alberto Cuesta
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Guest Editor
Department of Cell Biology and Histology, Faculty of Biology, Campus Regional de Excelencia Internacional “Campus Mare Nostrum”, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: fish immunology; vaccines; virus; immunostimulants; immunotoxicology
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Dr. Carmen González-Fernández
Guest Editor
Department of Cell Biology and Histology, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain
Interests: microplastics; nanoplastics; shellfish; fish; toxicology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Micro and nanoplastics are probably the most abundant nanomaterials in the environment. Although many studies are arising daily about their potential toxicological effects and mechanisms, very little is known about the immunotoxicological impact on living organisms and how they impact on infectious diseases. Thus, this Special Issue is devoted to studies dealing with exposure studies at in vitro, ex vivo or in vivo levels determining the impact on immune tissues, cells or molecules in any living system. Greater interest will be paid to the expositions affecting infectious diseases and the mechanisms underlying the altered resistance. The exposure could involve aquatic, air or land organisms, from unicellular to multicellular. Immunotoxicological effects including, but not limited to, lymphocytes, dendritic cells, macrophages, neutrophils, antigen-presentation, cytokines, chemokines, immunoglobulins, complement, antimicrobial peptides, inflammation, phagocytosis or cell-mediated cytotoxicity of plastics are welcomed. Furthermore, more importantly, alteration of the disease resistance to bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites is of great interest. Any kind of study related to plastic toxicity regarding immunity or related function, original or review, would be considered.

Dr. Alberto Cuesta
Dr. Carmen González-Fernández
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 single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. 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.


  • microplastics
  • nanoplastics
  • immunity
  • immunotoxicology
  • infectious diseases
  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • parasites

Published Papers

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