Is microplastic carcinogenic?

The effects of micro- and nanoplastic particles (MNPs) on the human body are being thoroughly investigated for the first time worldwide. From 2022 to 2025, research will be conducted at CBmed with international partners to explain the potential health effects of microplastics.

(Graz / Vienna, March 30, 2022) Every person in the developed world now consumes an average of five grams of plastic per week – the equivalent of a typical credit card. What these micro- and nanoplastic particles (MNPs) do in the intestinal tract has so far been rarely investigated, although preliminary research results indicate that MNP poses health risks. ‘microONE’, a research project that will run until 2025, with a project cost of around four million euros and more than 20 national and international partner organizations, aims to provide a scientifically correct answer to this important question.

Professor Wolfgang Wadsak, PhD, General Manager, Microon, says: “The impact of this research project is huge, because in the end we want to find out if certain microplastic particles lead, for example, to an increase in colon invasiveness. , We may need to change the use of plastics in our food packaging. Through this project, we can start global change as pioneers together with major international partners. “

Professor Lucas Keneer MD, Head of Scientific Micron, on the scientific focus: “Micron will investigate MNP deposits in the human body and find out if it contributes to carcinogenesis or even metastasis in the human body.”

Colorectal cancer (CRC) was chosen as a model system because most of the MNP uptake occurs through the gastrointestinal tract with which CRC is the most prominent variant. Studies have also included the potential effects of MNP on intestinal microbiome.
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