This discipline is directed to students who wish to initiate studies in Environmental Biochemistry through various approaches and concepts based on existing knowledge of biochemistry, cell biology and toxicology. In this discipline it is intended that students acquire the fundamentals of environmental biochemistry, including the f biochemical processes in the biosphere, environmental toxicology, the effects of toxic substances in organisms, metabolism of toxic substances, among others. But also to deepen some more recent information particularly in the area of human and environmental toxicology. Students must obtain knowledge on toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of xenobiotics. Thy must understand the main approaches and experimental design in environmental biochemistry studies. The toxicity mechanisms will be discussed as well as the processes of absorption, distribution and excretion. Emphasis will be given to the toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic of xenobiotics and to biotransformation processes and ecotoxicology. Students will be familiar with the concepto of toxicological risks. Case studies on the various applications will be used to explain the general and specific concepts of environmental biochemistry. Through seminars prepared and presented by students, it is intended that students deepen specific parts of the course. The course will allow students to develop work in diverse areas related with environmental biochemistry.
Mário Emanuel Campos de Sousa Diniz
Weekly - 2
Total - 29
Casarett and Doull´s Toxicology, The Basic Science of Poisons, Sixt Edition. Int. Ed, McGraw-Hill, NY 2001.
Hodgson, Ernest. A textbook of modern toxicology / Ernest Hodgson.—4th ed. 2010. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey
Manham SE. Toxicological chemistry and biochemistry / by Stanley E. Manahan.-- 3rd ed. CRC- Lewish Press, Boca raton, Florida. 2003
Environmental Biochemistry, Volume 3. Neelima Rajvaidya, Dilip Kumar Markandey. APH Publishing, 2005, 435pp.
Environmental Chemistry: Fundamentals. Springer Science & Business Media, 2007, 334 pp.
Environmental Biochemistry. Sanju Kumari, Random Pub., 2012, 304pp.
1. Introduction toenvironmentalbiochemistry
1.1.Relationship between biochemistryandthe environment
II. Biochemical Processesin the Biosphere
2.2.Interrelationships betweenbiogeochemical cycles
2.3.The pollutantsin the biosphere
2.3.1.Conceptof pollutants andtoxic substances
2.3.2. Effects of pollutantsin the biosphere:biodegradability, toxicity andrisk
2.3.3. Risk assessmentin HumanHealth
III. Biochemical processesand metabolism
3.Metabolismof toxic substances
3.1.Mechanisms(oxidation, hydrolysis, reductionandconjugation)
3.2.Influence ofenzyme action
3.3.Thelevel of DNAdamage
3.4.Toxicology andeffects ofwater, soil and atmospheric pollutantsin organisms
IV. Biochemistry andToxicity
4.1.Exposure to toxic substances
4.2.Routes of entryandactionin living organisms
4.3.Absorption, distribution and excretion
4.4.Biotransformationof toxic substances