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Recent progress and perspectives on the mechanisms underlying Asbestos toxicity

Akio Kuroda

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Asbestos is composed of bundles of fine silicate fibers and has been industrially used for its fire resistance, heat insulation, and strength. However, asbestos fibers are released into the air as asbestos-containing materials undergo mechanical damage or deterioration over time. The inhalation of asbestos fibers damages the lungs and can cause serious health problems, such as pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer. In this article author summarizes recent researches and studies on the mechanisms underlying Asbestos toxicity.

Read this article: Volume 43, Article number: 46 (2021)

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The critical role of epigenetic mechanism in PM2.5-induced cardiovascular diseases

Qinglin Sun, Xiaoke Ren, Zhiwei Sun & Junchao Duan

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Epidemiological studies have confirmed the occurrence and development of CVD are closely related to air pollution. In particular, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is recognized as an important environmental factor contributing to increased morbidity, mortality and hospitalization rates among adults and children. To provide important clues for exploring the biological mechanisms affecting cardiovascular health, authors summarized the epigenetic mechanisms of PM2.5 causing cardiovascular pathological damage and functional changes, mainly involving DNA methylation, non-coding RNA, histone modification and chromosome remodeling. 

Read this article: Volume 43, Article number: 47 (2021)

Article collections

G&E Best Paper Award collection
Collection published 25 August 2021
Special Issue in memory of Takashi Sugimura 
Collection published 23 July 2021
Asian Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ACEM2019)
Collection published 19 April 2021
Article collection: Meeting Reports: collection of various meeting reports published in G&E
Collection published 23 March 2020 
Article collection: Genotoxicity Tests
Collection published 28 June 2019
JEMS Open Symposia 2017&2018: “Challenges of Young Scientists”
Collection published 14 February 2019
10th Anniversary Special Issue
Collection published 1 July 2016
JEMS Open Symposium 2015: “Life Style and Cancer”
Collection published: 22 January 2016
Asian Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ACEM2014)
Collection published: 1 August 2015

About the Editor

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Masami Yamada studied bacterial genetics and got a PhD degree from Osaka University. Since 1990, using genetic engineering techniques, she has constructed many strains from standard tester strains for the Ames test at the National Institute of Health Sciences, Tokyo. Such strains are useful for research fields on environmental mutagens.
Strain requests come to her every year from domestic, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and other countries. Currently, she teaches Biology and Genetic Engineering at National Defense Academy of Japan.


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About JEMS
The mission of the Japanese Environmental Mutagen and Genome Society (JEMS) is to discover how environmental mutagens affect all organisms, and to promote and apply this knowledge to protect human health and our environment. JEMS was founded in 1972, and since then the society has hosted annual conferences and open symposia on timely topics. The society is a member of the Asian Association of the Environmental Mutagen Societies and the International Association of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Societies.

Aims and scope

Genes and Environment is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to accelerate communications among global scientists working in the field of genes and environment. The journal publishes articles across a broad range of topics including environmental mutagenesis and carcinogenesis, health and biological sciences, environmental genomics and epigenetics, molecular epidemiology, genetic toxicology and regulatory sciences.

Acknowledgement and information

-Publication of Genes and Environment is partly supported by the Japan Society of Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results, aka KAKENHI. (Grant Number 17HP2002).

-Genes and Environment archive of papers published before 2015 are available at:

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29 days to first decision for all manuscripts
81 days from submission to acceptance
18 days from acceptance to publication

Citation Impact
2.085 - 2-year Impact Factor
3.0 - 5-year Impact Factor 
1.062 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
0.627 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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