Nanoparticle Toxicity Mechanisms: Oxidative Stress and Inflammation

  • Béatrice L’AzouEmail author
  • Francelyne Marano


Toxicology plays a key role in understanding the potentially harmful biological effects of nanoparticles, since epidemiological studies are still difficult to implement given the lack of data concerning exposure. For this reason, in 2005, Günter Oberdörster coined the term ‘nanotoxicology’ to specify the emerging discipline that dealt with ultrafine particles (UFP). It involves in vivo or in vitro studies under controlled conditions to establish the dose–response relationship, so difficult to expose by epidemiological studies. It also aims to determine the thresholds below which biological effects are no longer observed. It is concerned with the role played by properties specific to nanoparticles in the biological response: size, surface reactivity, chemical composition, solubility, etc.


Reactive Oxygen Species Reactive Oxygen Species Production Allergic Rhinitis Ultrafine Particle Atmospheric Particle 
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  1. 1.EA3672 Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2Bordeaux CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire des réponses moléculaires et cellulaires aux xénobiotiques (RMCX) Unité de biologie fonctionnelle et adaptative (BFA) CNRS EAC 4413 case 7073 Bâtiment BuffonUniversité Paris Diderot-Paris 7Paris Cedex 13France

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