BIO/14 - 8 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Via S. Sofia 97 Catania
Phone: 095/4781199
Office Hours: Merc-Ven 10-13, previo appuntamento

Learning Objectives

To provide relevant information to the knowledge of the toxic effects of substances of considerable environmental importance and their impact on organs and systems

Course Structure

Traditional lecture. Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.


Detailed Course Content

1° module: Risk assessment and toxicity

Biomonitoring of populations exposed to environmental xenobiotics. Bioindicators and biomarkers as sensors of biological response. Biotic indices.
Mechanisms of toxicity: genotoxicity, embryotoxicity, carcinogenesis, cell death and apoptosis.


2° module: Food toxicology

The food chain and its key role in the transfer of xenobiotics from the environment to living organisms.


3° module: Toxic substances of considerable environmental relevance

Textbook Information

1) Galli, Corsini, Marinovich, Tossicologia – Piccin

2) Hodgson, Tossicologia- Edises

3) Casarett & Doull's: Tossicologia EMSI

Texts for insights

4) Paoletti, Nicosia, Clementi, Fumagalli: Ecotossicologia UTET

5) Paoletti, Nicosia, Clementi, Fumagalli: Tossicologia molecolare e cellulare UTET

6) Paoletti, Nicosia, Clementi, Fumagalli: Tossicologia degli alimenti UTET

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