In nature, a huge number of unregulated minerals fibers share the same characteristics as asbestos and therefore have potential adverse health effects. However, in addition to asbestos minerals, only fluoro-edenite and erionite are currently classified as toxic/pathogenic agents by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Mordenite is one of the most abundant zeolites in nature and commonly occurs with a fibrous crystalline habit. The goal of this paper is to highlight how fibrous mordenite shares several common features with the well-known carcinogenic fibrous erionite. In particular, this study has shown that the morphology, biodurability, and surface characteristics of mordenite fibers are similar to those of erionite and asbestos. These properties make fibrous mordenite potentially toxic and exposure to its fibers can be associated with deadly diseases such as those associated with regulated mineral fibers. Since the presence of fibrous mordenite concerns widespread geological formations, this mineral fiber should be considered dangerous for health and the precautionary approach should be applied when this material is handled. Future in vitro and in vivo tests are necessary to provide further experimental confirmation of the outcome of this work.
Characterization of fibrous mordenite: A first step for the evaluation of its potential toxicity / Di Giuseppe, D.. - In: CRYSTALS. - ISSN 2073-4352. - 10:9(2020), pp. 1-15.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Titolo:||Characterization of fibrous mordenite: A first step for the evaluation of its potential toxicity|
|Autore/i:||Di Giuseppe, D.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cryst10090769|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000581515200001|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-85090516158|
|Citazione:||Characterization of fibrous mordenite: A first step for the evaluation of its potential toxicity / Di Giuseppe, D.. - In: CRYSTALS. - ISSN 2073-4352. - 10:9(2020), pp. 1-15.|
|Tipologia||Articolo su rivista|
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