3rd Edition

Principles of Toxicology

ISBN 9781466503427
Published April 16, 2015 by CRC Press
455 Pages 144 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Reflecting the broad and interdisciplinary nature of toxicology, this third edition of Principles of Toxicology explores the biochemical, physiological, and environmental aspects of the subject.

This new edition is updated and revised to include reference to several major new directions in the science of toxicology, including significant changes in thinking about cancer and carcinogenesis as well as the rapid expansion of toxicogenomics. The book also includes new chapters on topics of timely interest such as radiation, food safety, and natural toxins.

As in previous editions, chapters combine background material in the appropriate discipline—which helps readers review and remember the basics—with new information on toxicology to stress key principles and concepts. Also included is a selection of updated case studies through which principles and concepts are applied to real-world issues.

The book features an extensive cross-referencing system linking all sections and enhancing the integration of material, thus helping readers tie it all together. It also includes an appendix of selected toxicants that describes chemical structure, category of use, and toxicity. These features make specific information quick and easy to find. The easy-to-follow format and clear presentation of information in this book will make this one of the most useful references on your shelf.

Table of Contents

Measuring Toxicity and Assessing Risk
Chemistry of Toxicants
Toxicity Testing Methods
Factors to be Considered in Planning Toxicity Testing
The LD50 (Median Lethal Dose) Experiment
No Observed Adverse Effect Levels
Toxicity, Hazard, and Risk
Case Study: Risk, Perception, and Vaccination

Toxicokinetic Models
Contrasting Kinetics of Lipophilic Substances

Primary Biotransformation (Phase I Reactions): Hydrolysis
Primary Biotransformation (Phase I Reactions): Oxidation
Primary Biotransformation (Phase I Reactions): Reduction
Secondary Metabolism (Phase II Reactions)
Factors that Influence Metabolism

Cellular Sites of Action
Interaction of Toxicants with Proteins
Effects of Toxicants on Lipids
Effects of Toxicants on Nucleic Acids
Mechanisms of Cell Death
Case Study: Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors

Genomics and New Genetics in Toxicology
The Human Genome Project
Personalized Susceptibility and Tailored Therapeutics
Race, Ethics, and Genomics
Systems Toxicology
Case Study: Using GenBank and Online Tools in Genomics

The Epidemiology of Cancer
Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes
Chemical Carcinogens: Initiation
Chemical Carcinogens: Promotion
Protection against the Development of Cancer
Testing Compounds for Carcinogenicity
Critiques of Strategies in Cancer Research
Carcinogenesis: A Complex Process
Case Study: Predicting Carcinogenesis Based upon
Chemistry (QSAR)

Reproductive Toxicology and Teratology
Basic Processes in Reproduction and Development: Cell Division
The Male Reproductive System
The Female Reproductive System
The Effects of Toxicants on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems
The Process of Development
Embryogenesis and Developmental Genetics
Effects of Toxicants on Development: Teratogens and
Testing for Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
Case Study: Thalidomide

Respiratory Toxicology
Function of the Respiratory System
Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System
Pulmonary Ventilation
Effects of Toxicants on the Respiratory System: General Principles
Defense Mechanisms of the Respiratory System
Exposure to Respiratory Toxicants
Immediate Responses to Respiratory Toxicants: Mechanisms
Immediate Responses to Respiratory Toxicants: Effects on
Upper and Lower Airways
Delayed and Cumulative Responses to Respiratory Toxicants
Inhalation Studies
Case study: Nanoparticles

Cardiovascular Toxicology
Function of the Cardiovascular System
Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
Effects of Toxicants on the Heart
The Vascular System
Effects of Toxicants on the Vascular System
The Blood
Effects of Toxicants on the Blood
Effects of Toxicants on Platelets and Coagulation

Function of the Nervous System
Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
Effects of Toxicants on the Nervous System: General Principles
Effects of Toxicants on the Nervous System: General Categories
Effects of Toxicants on Electrical Conduction
Effects of Toxicants on Synaptic Function
Effects of Toxicants Directly on Neurons and Glial Cells
Other Neurotoxicants
Effects on Special Sensory Organs
Developmental Effects
Methods in Neurotoxicology
Case Study: Botulinum Toxin

Hepatic Toxicology
Anatomy and Physiology of the Liver
Function of the Liver
Types of Toxicant-Induced Liver Injury
Response to Liver Injury
Evaluating Liver Injury and Treating Disease
Case Study: Reye’s Syndrome

Renal Toxicology
Function of the Kidneys
Anatomy and Physiology of the Kidneys
Effects of Toxicants on the Kidney: General Principles
Damage to the Glomerulus
Damage to the Proximal Tubule
The Remainder of the Tubule
Measurement of Kidney Function In Vivo
Measurement of Kidney Function In Vitro
Compensation following Renal Damage

Function of the Immune System
Nonspecific Defense Mechanisms
Specific Defense Mechanisms
Effects of Toxicants on the Immune System
Methods for Studying Immunotoxicity

Ecological Toxicology
Effects of Toxicants at the Population Level
Effects of Toxicants at the Community Level
Effects of Toxicants at the Ecosystem Level
Examples of Ecosystems and Vulnerability to Impact by Toxicants
Case Study: Plastic Debris in the Marine Environment
Climate Change and Ecotoxicology
Ecotoxicological Testing Methods

Applications: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Basic Principles of Pharmacology
Drug Development and the Role of Toxicology
Preclinical Studies
Clinical Studies
Generic Drugs
Toxicogenomics and Drug Safety
The Return of Natural Products: Regulatory Issues

Applications: Forensic Toxicology
Analytical Toxicology
Forensic Toxicology and Alcohol Use
Forensic Toxicology and Illegal Drug Use
Criminal Poisonings

Applications: Environmental Toxicology and Pollution
Air Pollution
Water Pollution
Toxic Wastes
Case Study: Pharmaceuticals in the Water Supply

Applications: Radiation
Basic Types of Radiation
Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Biological Tissues
Sources of Ionizing Radiation
Physiological Effects of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
Nonionizing Radiation
Radiation Safety
Case Study: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima

Applications: Food Safety
Food Additives
Chemical Contaminants in Foods
Transgenic Foods
Regulations and Regulatory Agencies

Applications: Toxins
Bacterial Toxins
Protist Toxins
Fungal Toxins
Plant Toxins
Animal Toxins

Appendix: List of Selected Toxicants


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Karen E. Stine, PhD, is a professor of Biology and former dean of the School of Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama, USA. She has also served as the director of the undergraduate toxicology program at Ashland University in Ohio. She earned her PhD in toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Stine is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. At Clemson University, Dr. Stine co-developed and co-taught a Principles of Toxicology course that was open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests are in the area of mechanisms of toxicity and focus on the role of stress proteins in cellular function and dysfunction. Dr. Stine has also authored or co-authored several research publications in the field of toxicology.

Thomas Miller Brown, PhD, is president of Genectar Com LLC in Whitefish, Montana, USA which conducts research in toxicology, genetics, and genomics, now focusing on pigment cell development in the common wood nymph butterfly as a melanoma model. He earned his PhD from Michigan State University. Formerly a professor, Dr. Brown taught Toxicology of Insecticides, Principles of Toxicology, and Insect Biotechnology. He also led the discovery of an actively transposing short interspersed nuclear element (Insect Science 16:219–226). He has published papers on the biochemical toxicology of organophosphorus compounds and on the mechanisms of insecticide resistance in insects. Dr. Brown has also conducted research at Nagoya University and Tsukuba Science City in Japan.


"Well-targeted by the authors for the intended purpose. Online access to material is employed where appropriate… Where relevant the text includes historical examples to assist or amplify the subject matter… One of the strengths of the book is the considerable cross referencing which provides useful assistance to the user to fully understand the wider ramifications of what might at first sight appear relatively isolated or limited problems. Furthermore the case-studies achieve exactly what they are intended to do, namely highlight the important points and place them in a context which is relevant and illustrative" - (Highly Commended, Public Health, BMA Medical Book Awards 2016)