About this Research Topic
Over the past few decades, industrialized countries have faced a significant increase of diseases, such as cancer, allergy, autoimmunity, and neurological disorders, including cognitive and other neurodevelopmental deficiencies that can be all linked to immune and neuronal alterations. For instance, increasing evidence points to a significant role for immune dysregulation in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Moreover, immune molecules have essential functions for several neural developmental processes such as neurogenesis, neuronal migration, axon guidance and synapse formation that if perturbed can lead to dysfunction of the nervous system.
Environmental factors, including hormonally active substances (EDCs), are believed to be a major factor responsible for such increased prevalence. Evidence is accumulating on the existence of multidirectional interactions among immune, nervous and endocrine systems.
The purpose of this special issue is to evaluate experimental evidence supporting the contribution of these interactions in chemical-induced toxicity. Both literature reviews and original scientific articles will be considered. In addition, contributions that consider alternative approaches to animal use, interdisciplinary approaches and mechanistic studies will be considered with much interest.
Keywords: Neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, endocrine active compounds, xenobiotics, in vitro methods
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