Manganese Exposure and Cognition Across the Lifespan: Contemporary Review and Argument for Biphasic Dose–Response Health Effects

Kaitlin Vollet, Erin N. Haynes, Kim N. Dietrich

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Abstract

Manganese (Mn) is both an essential micronutrient and potential neurotoxicant. This dual role underlies a growing body of literature demonstrating that Mn exhibits a biphasic dose–response relationship with neurocognitive outcomes. We reviewed recent epidemiologic studies from 2007 to 2016 that investigated the relationship between Mn exposure and cognitive outcomes across the lifespan: early life, school-aged children, and adulthood. In total, 27 research articles were included in this review: 12 pediatric and 15 adult studies (10 occupational and five environmental exposures). The majority of these studies provided evidence of the negative effects of Mn exposure on cognition. The pediatric literature provides evidence that both high and low levels of Mn are negatively associated with intellectual development. Future Mn research should include examination of non-linear relationships and multiple neurotoxicants across the lifespan and particularly during critical developmental windows.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-404
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent environmental health reports
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer International Publishing AG.

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Dose–response
  • Literature review
  • Manganese
  • Occupational
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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