Metals and Autophagy in Neurotoxicity

Peng Su, Michael Aschner, Jingyuan Chen, Wenjing Luo

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Metal ions have a great effect on the function of the central nervous system. Exposure to abnormal concentrations of essential metals, such as manganese, copper, and iron, or heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, and mercury, will trigger neurotoxicity. Mounting evidence implicated metal neurotoxicity in the progress of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, etc. Autophagy plays a significant role in maintaining cellular homeostasis and protects cells from varying insults, including misfolded and aggregated proteins and damaged organelles, which is particularly crucial in neuronal survival. Autophagy has also been found to affect neurotoxicity induced by exposure to metals. This review examines current literature on the role of metals in the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis among common neurodegenerative disorders and role of autophagy in metal-induced neurotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiometals in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Subtitle of host publicationMechanisms and Therapeutics
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128045633
ISBN (Print)9780128045626
StatePublished - Apr 28 2017


  • Autophagy
  • Metals
  • Neurodegenerative disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Medicine


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