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Assessment of Sensitive Biomarkers as an Early-Warning System in Molecular Ecotoxicology

Call for Papers

In recent years, environmental contamination by toxicants is required intensively to be investigated in toxicological researches. Toxicants reach the ecosystems as a consequence of industrial, agricultural, and anthropogenic sources, such as an urban runoff, sewage treatment plants, and domestic garbage dumps. Finally they can affect different ecosystems which can create potential threat for organisms. For instance, aquatic environments are important biotopes that should be controlled sensitively because of increased contamination.

Xenobiotics are able to disturb the integrity of the physiological and biochemical mechanisms in organisms and finally human health through food chain. Organisms have developed several protective mechanisms to eliminate the toxicity before the detrimental effects occur in cell. In addition specific molecular, biochemical, physiological, or morphological responses are exhibited particularly. Therefore studies aimed to investigate the new approaches for assessing the toxicity before the occurrence of irreversible effects have gained considerable interest in the field of ecotoxicology.

In this purpose, original research articles and reviews linked with the topic are invited to this special issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Osmoregulatory dysfunction in molecular ecotoxicology
  • Metal toxicity mechanisms in physiology of bioindicator organisms
  • Antioxidant systems response to toxicants in different ecosystems
  • Toxicity mechanisms in aquatic biota
  • Oxidative stress and related enzymatic responses with reflections on their gene level
  • In vivo and in vitro toxicity tests: Acute and chronic durations
  • Toxic effects on membrane transport systems
  • Toxicity risk assessment in molecular toxicology
  • Biomarkers/bioindicators

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/toxicology/asb/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 4 October 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 27 December 2013
Publication DateFriday, 21 February 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Guluzar Atli, Department of Biology, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey

Guest Editors

  • Mustafa Canli, Department of Biology, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey
  • Oksana Stolyar, Department of Chemistry, Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Ternopil, Ukraine