Plastic additives produce oxidative stress in human and animal cells

9 September 2020

Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) and the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM) have reviewed the latest scientific publications about the cellular, hormonal and reproductive damage caused by plastic additives on human and animal cells

The work focuses on plastic additives or plasticisers: chemical compounds that are added to plastics during their synthesis and provide greater elasticity, resistance or durability.

The main harmful effect of plasticisers on cells is oxidative stress. This is produced by the accumulation of free radicals, which accelerates aging and contributes to the development of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, among others.


Elisabet Pérez-Albaladejo, Montserrat Solé, Cinta Porte. Plastics and plastic additives as inducers of oxidative stress. Current Opinion in Toxicology 10.1016/j.cotox.2020.07.002


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