© 2012

Methylmercury and Neurotoxicity

  • Sandra Ceccatelli
  • Michael Aschner

Part of the Current Topics in Neurotoxicity book series (Current Topics Neurotoxicity, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jordi Julvez, Takashi Yorifuji, Anna L. Choi, Philippe Grandjean
    Pages 13-35
  3. Edwin van Wijngaarden, Gary J. Myers, Conrad F. Shamlaye, J. J. Strain, Philip W. Davidson
    Pages 37-53
  4. M. Christopher Newland
    Pages 55-90
  5. Nicholas V. C. Ralston, Alexander Azenkeng, Laura J. Raymond
    Pages 91-99
  6. Marcelo Farina, Michael Aschner, João B. T. Rocha
    Pages 101-125
  7. Natalia Onishchenko, Stefan Spulber, Sandra Ceccatelli
    Pages 163-198
  8. Natalia Onishchenko, Nina N. Karpova, Eero Castrén
    Pages 199-218
  9. Lucio G. Costa, Gennaro Giordano
    Pages 219-227
  10. Fusako Usuki, Masatake Fujimura
    Pages 229-240
  11. Parvinder Kaur, Michael Aschner, Tore Syversen
    Pages 241-258
  12. Yin Zhaobao, Marcelo Farina, João B. T. Rocha, Parvinder Kaur, Tore Syversen, Michael Aschner
    Pages 271-285
  13. Karin Edoff, Sandra Ceccatelli
    Pages 287-302
  14. Daniel N. Weber, Rebekah H. Klingler, Michael J. Carvan III
    Pages 335-355

About this book


Mercury (Hg) is a global pollutant that knows no environmental boundaries. Even the most stringent control of anthropogenic Hg sources will not eliminate exposure given its ubiquitous presence. Exposure to Hg occurs primarily via the food chain due to MeHg’s accumulation in fish. Latest US statistics indicate that 46 States have fish consumption advisories. In addition, Hg is a common pollutant in hazardous waste sites, with an estimated 3-4 million children living within one mile of at least one of the 1,300+ active hazardous waste sites in the US. The effects on intellectual function in children prenatally exposed to MeHg via maternal fish consumption have been the subject of two on-going major, prospective, longitudinal studies in the Seychelles and the Faroe Islands. It is important to recognize that the risk for MeHg exposure is not limited only to islanders with high fish consumption.
This book will provide state-of-the-art information to the graduate student training in toxicology, risk assessors, researchers and medical providers at large. It is aimed to bring the reader up to date on contemporary issues associated with exposure to methylmercury, from its effects on stem cells and neurons to population studies.

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Ceccatelli
    • 1
  • Michael Aschner
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of NeuroscienceKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  2. 2., Department of PediatricsVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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