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Analysis of protein and metabolic profiles of serum from sugar cane workers and persons living in sugar cane plantation areas


The National Alcohol Program (Proálcool) is a successful Brazilian renewable fuel innitiative aiming to reduce the country's oil dependence. Producing ethanol from sugar cane, the program has shown positive results although accompanied by potential damage. The environmental impact mainly derives from the particulate matteremissions due to sugarcane burning, which is potentially harmful to human health. The physical activity of sugarcane workers is repetitive and exhaustive and is carried out in presence of dust, smoke and soot. The efforts by the sugarcaneworkers during the labor process result in increased risks of nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular system diseases and also in premature death. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of occupational stress on serum proteome and metabolome profile of sugarcane workers. (AU)

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