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Neurotoxicity of Metals

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Chapter title
Aluminum and Alzheimer's Disease.
Chapter number 9
Book title
Neurotoxicity of Metals
Published in
Advances in neurobiology, January 2017
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60189-2_9
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Book ISBNs
978-3-31-960188-5, 978-3-31-960189-2
Authors

Colomina, Maria Teresa, Peris-Sampedro, Fiona, Maria Teresa Colomina, Fiona Peris-Sampedro

Abstract

Aluminum (Al) is one of the most extended metals in the Earth's crust. Its abundance, together with the widespread use by humans, makes Al-related toxicity particularly relevant for human health.Despite some factors influence individual bioavailability to this metal after oral, dermal, or inhalation exposures, humans are considered to be protected against Al toxicity because of its low absorption and efficient renal excretion. However, several factors can modify Al absorption and distribution through the body, which may in turn progressively contribute to the development of silent chronic exposures that may lately trigger undesirable consequences to health. For instance, Al has been recurrently shown to cause encephalopathy, anemia, and bone disease in dialyzed patients. On the other hand, it remains controversial whether low doses of this metal may contribute to developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), probably because of the multifactorial and highly variable presentation of the disease.This chapter primarily focuses on two key aspects related to Al neurotoxicity and AD, which are metabolic impairment and iron (Fe) alterations. We discuss sex and genetic differences as a plausible source of bias to assess risk assessment in human populations.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Malaysia 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Iceland 1 <1%
Unknown 120 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 14%
Researcher 17 14%
Student > Master 14 11%
Student > Bachelor 11 9%
Professor 10 8%
Other 22 18%
Unknown 33 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 18 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 8%
Chemistry 7 6%
Neuroscience 6 5%
Other 32 26%
Unknown 39 31%