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Biomarkers of Environmental Pollutants

Call for Papers

The environment is continuously loaded with thousands of pollutants originating from diverse anthropogenic sources. Risk assessment of these pollutants to organisms and ecosystems is challenging because of the diversities in sensitivities of the organisms to pollutants. Diverse patterns of deposition and transfer of the pollutants through food chain also complicate the assessment. Low, relatively innocuous concentration of pollutants often produces deleterious effects on organisms only after prolonged exposure.

In this special issue, we would like to highlight researches on applications of biomarkers that easily reflect adverse biological responses of the anthropogenic environmental pollutants and can effectively serve as early warning signals to ensure protection of the organisms and integrity of the ecosystem. Reviews that summarize uses of biomarkers to understand mechanisms of toxicity are also welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biomarkers of exposures
  • Biomarkers of physiological and oxidative stress
  • Molecular and cellular biomarkers
  • Toxicogenomic, proteomic, and metabolomic biomarkers
  • Metallothioneins
  • Evaluation of disease risk and safety signals

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/bep/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 14 February 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 9 May 2014
Publication DateFriday, 4 July 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Anilava Kaviraj, Department of Zoology, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, West Bengal 741235, India

Guest Editors

  • Erhan Unlu, Department of Biology, University of Dicle, 21280 Diyarbakir, Turkey
  • Abhik Gupta, School of Environmental Science, Assam University, Silchar 788011, India
  • Ahmed El Nemr, Marine Pollution Department, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Kayet Bey, El Anfoushy, Alexandria, Egypt