Collotta, M, Bertazzi, PA, Bollati, V, “Epigenetics and pesticides,” Toxicology, 2013, 307, DOI: 10.1016/j.tox.2013.01.017.
ABSTRACT: Pesticides, a wide class of environmental contaminants, may cause both acute and delayed health effects in exposed subjects. These effects can range from simple irritation of the skin and eyes to more severe effects such as affecting the nervous system, the reproductive system and cancer. The molecular mechanisms underlying such effects are still under investigation. Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression that occur without a change in the DNA sequence. Several epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, histone modifications and microRNA expression, can be triggered by environmental factors.We review current evidences i... Read more