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Cadmium in Health and Disease
Editor: Narasaiah Kolliputi

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2023 (Status: Closed)

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Narasaiah Kolliputi      Email   |   Website
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Interests: oxidative stress; cadmium; apoptosis; inflammation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal for humans. Apart of industrial workers, the most common exposure to cadmium is cigarette smoking. Smoking exposes human lungs to cadmium where it begins to increase reactive oxygen species and cause inflammation. Due to its long half-life and extremely poor endocrine clearance, cadmium toxicity is essentially permanent. Common heavy metal therapies like chelators are ineffective at reducing cadmium toxicity. Moreover, cadmium hijacks proteins allow zinc to enter the cell. Thus, Zinc’s role in the immune system is greatly reduced as a result, and cadmium is able to prolong its toxic effects. Cadmium’s toxicity mechanism needs to be better understood so that effective therapeutic targets can be elucidated. Currently, the most prevalent evidence for a mechanism is programmed cell death (PCD). Multi-arm cell death complex is an emerging concept in PCD that is the simultaneous activation of well-known PCD pathways (pyroptosis, apoptosis, and necroptosis). Cadmium is known to activate PCD regulators, but the precise mechanism of this is still unknown. Lung cancer, osteoarthritis, COPD, neural inflammation, and other diseases continue to persist in patients that have a history of cigarette smoking.

Narasaiah Kolliputi
Guest Editor


cadmium; heavy metal toxicity; oxidative stress; free radicals; apoptosis; inflammation; lung inflammation; lung injury and cell signaling

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