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Nurshad Ali, Meinolf Blaszkewicz, Khaled Hossain, Gisela H Degen
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), a hepatocarcinogen and highly toxic mycotoxin, is a contaminant of food commodities, especially in hot and humid climates that favour the growth of aflatoxin-producing fungi. As data on AFB1 contamination of food and feed in Bangladesh are scarce, we conducted an initial screening by ELISA on the occurrence of the metabolite and biomarker aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in urines from Bangladesh which indicated frequent exposure. This finding led us to conduct a follow-up study where we applied a more sensitive method (IAC clean-up and HPLC-FD analysis) to determine AFM1 concentrations in a larger set of urine samples...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Yungang Liu, Keqi Hu, Hansi Jia, Guifang Jin, Hansruedi Glatt, Hao Jiang
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been classified as human carcinogens. Mutagenicity of lower chlorinated biphenyls as well as activation of transcription factors by some other congeners may contribute to the carcinogenicity of PCBs. Recently, we reported that human CYP2E1 activates mono- and dichlorobiphenyls to mutagens. However, mutagenicity of other PCBs and the involvement of other CYPs remained unknown. In this study, Chinese hamster V79-derived cell lines genetically engineered for expression of individual human CYP enzymes and a human hepatocyte (L-02) line endogenously expressing various CYPs were used to determine the activities of several tri- and tetrachlorobiphenyls to induce micronuclei and gene mutations...
December 2, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Bin Wang, Xiaoyun Han, Youhuang Bai, Zhenguo Lin, Mengguang Qiu, Xinyi Nie, Sen Wang, Feng Zhang, Zhenhong Zhuang, Jun Yuan, Shihua Wang
Aflatoxins (AFs), produced mainly by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, are strongly toxic and carcinogenic. Here, we showed that glutamine is the optimal nitrogen source for AF-production in A. flavus grown in Czapek Dox medium. Additionally, 4mM glutamine was the threshold for high production of aflatoxin B1. However, no significant impact of glutamine synthetase inhibitor was detected for on AF biosynthesis. In contrast, rapamycin could significantly suppress the glutamine inducing effect on AFs production, simultaneously inhibiting the fungal growth and conidiation...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Jelka Pleadin, Manuela Zadravec, Dragan Brnić, Irena Perković, Mario Škrivanko, Dragan Kovačević
The aim of this study was to investigate the surface-to-interior mycotoxin contamination of the regional speciality meat product "Slavonski Kulen", occurring during a 12- month period, and to identify moulds present on its surface in the final production stage. In total, 15 pieces of "Slavonski Kulen" were produced and sampled at production months 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 (three samples per piece). Concentrations of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) and ochratoxin A (OTA) were determined using the ELISA method, while the identification of moulds made use of both traditional and molecular methods...
November 30, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Hongxia Zhao, Xiuying Chen, Chen Shen, Baocheng Qu
A simple and efficient method for determining multiple mycotoxins was developed using a QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe) based extraction procedure in vegetable oils. High performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MSMS) was used for the quantification and confirmation of 16 chemically diversified mycotoxins. Different extraction procedures were studied and optimized by spiking 16 analytes into blank matrix, and the extraction with 85% MeCN solution and C18 as cleaning sorbent allowed an efficient recovery of 72...
November 28, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Vladimir Ostry, Frantisek Malir, Jakub Toman, Yann Grosse
Humans are constantly exposed to mycotoxins (e.g. aflatoxins, ochratoxins), mainly via food intake of plant and animal origin. The health risks stemming from mycotoxins may result from their toxicity, in particular their carcinogenicity. In order to prevent these risks, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon (France)-through its IARC Monographs programme-has performed the carcinogenic hazard assessment of some mycotoxins in humans, on the basis of epidemiological data, studies of cancer in experimental animals and mechanistic studies...
November 25, 2016: Mycotoxin Research
Hyeonheui Ham, Sosoo Kim, Min-Hee Kim, Soohyung Lee, Sung Kee Hong, Jae-Gee Ryu, Theresa Lee
To investigate contamination of ground red pepper with fungi and mycotoxin, we obtained 30 ground red pepper samples from 15 manufacturers in the main chili-pepper-producing areas in Korea. Fungal contamination was evaluated by spreading diluted samples on potato dextrose agar plates. The total fungi counts ranged from 0 to 7.3 × 10(3) CFU/g. In the samples, the genus Aspergillus had the highest incidence, while Paecilomyces was isolated most frequently. The next most frequent genera were Rhizopus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Alternaria...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
A O Lala, O L Ajayi, A O Oso, M O Ajao, O O Oni, N Okwelum, O M O Idowu
This study was carried out to investigate the effect of dietary supplementation with molecular or nano-clay binders on biochemical and histopathological examination of organs of turkeys fed diets contaminated with aflatoxin B1. Two hundred and sixteen unsexed 1-day-old British United Turkeys were randomly allotted to nine diets in a 3 × 3 factorial arrangement of diets supplemented with no toxin binder, molecular toxin binder (MTB) and nano-clay toxin binder, each contaminated with 0, 60 and 110 ppb aflatoxin B1 respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Mohamed F Abdallah, Rudolf Krska, Michael Sulyok
This study was conducted to investigate the natural co-occurrence of multiple toxic fungal and bacterial metabolites in sugarcane grass and juice intended for human consumption in Upper Egypt. Quantification of the target analytes has been done using the "dilute and shoot" approach followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). A total number of 29 and 33 different metabolites were detected in 21 sugarcane grass and 40 juice samples, respectively, with a trend of concentrations being higher in grass than in juice...
November 18, 2016: Toxins
Yi Wang, Chunxia Zhao, Dongdong Zhang, Mingming Zhao, Dan Zheng, Yucai Lyu, Wei Cheng, Peng Guo, Zongjun Cui
We constructed a novel thermophilic microbial consortium, TADC7, with stable and efficient aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) degradation activity. The microbial consortium degraded more than 95% of the toxin within 72h when cultured with AFB1, and the optimum temperature was 55-60°C. TADC7 tolerated high doses of AFB1, with no inhibitory effects up to 5000μgL(-1) AFB1; moreover, the degradation kinetics fit well with the Monod model. The proteins or enzymes in the TADC7 cell-free supernatant played a major role in AFB1 degradation...
November 9, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Binlong Chen, Diyan Li, Miao Li, Sichen Li, Kenan Peng, Xian Shi, Lanyun Zhou, Pu Zhang, Zhongxian Xu, Huadong Yin, Yan Wang, Xiaoling Zhao
Aflatoxins have been shown to induce hepatotoxicity in animal models, but the effects of aflatoxin B2 (AFB2) on broiler hepatocytes is unclear. This study aimed to investigate the effects of AFB2 on apoptosis and autophagy to provide an experimental basis for understanding the mechanism of aflatoxin-induced hepatotoxicity. One hundred-twenty Cobb500 broilers were allocated to four groups and exposed to 0 mg/kg, 0.2 mg/kg, 0.4 mg/kg, and 0.8 mg/kg of AFB2 per day for 21 d. AFB2 exerted potent proapoptotic and proautophagic effects on hepatocytes, with increased numbers of apoptotic and autophagic hepatocytes...
November 15, 2016: Oncotarget
S Umesha, H M Manukumar, B Chandrasekhar, P Shivakumara, J Shiva Kumar, Sri Raghava, P Avinash, M Shirin, T R Bharathi, S B Rajini, M Nandhini, G Vinaya Rani, M Shobha, H S Prakash
Globally disease outbreaks are due to consumption of contaminated food and feedstuff is regular primary problem. The foremost elements contributing to contamination are microorganisms particularly fungi, which produce low-molecular-weight secondary metabolites, with demonstrated toxic properties referred to as mycotoxins. Aflatoxins contaminate agricultural commodities and may cause sickness or fatality in human and animals. Moreover, the terrible conditions of storage and deficiency in regulatory measures in food quality control aggravate the main issue within the country...
November 18, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Lori Shayne Alamo Busa, Saeed Mohammadi, Masatoshi Maeki, Akihiko Ishida, Hirofumi Tani, Manabu Tokeshi
The development of a competitive immunoassay system for colorimetric detection on microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) is reported. The μPADs were fabricated via photolithography to define hydrophilic flow channels and consisted of three main elements: the control and test zones, where target detection was performed, the sample introduction zone, and the competitive capture zone located between the sample introduction zone and the test zone. The chromogenic substrate 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) was deposited at the control and test zones...
November 18, 2016: Analyst
Navya Hulikunte Mallikarjunaiah, Naveen Jayapala, Hariprasad Puttaswamy, Niranjana Siddapura Ramachandrappa
In the present study, nine non-aflatoxigenic Aspergillus flavus strains were evaluated for their potential to reduce A. flavus infection and aflatoxin contamination in groundnut. Genetic characterization of these strains revealed six different deletion patterns (A-F) for thirteen examined genes from the aflatoxin biosynthesis pathway. Strain AFGS5 recorded maximum number of gene deletion (F) which included 12 out of 13 tested genes. Our findings indicated that aflR was the most frequently absent gene among the observed deletion patterns...
November 14, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Fereshte Sadat Sabet, Morteza Hosseini, Hossein Khabbaz, Mehdi Dadmehr, Mohammad Reza Ganjali
Aflatoxins are potential food pollutants produced by fungi. Among them, Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is the most toxic. Therefore, a great deal of concern is associated with AFB1 toxicity. In this work, utilizing a FRET-based method, we have developed a nanobiosensor for detection of AFB1 in agricultural foods. Aptamer-conjugated Quantum dots (QDs) are adsorbed to Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) due to interaction of aptamers with AuNPs leading to quenching effect on QDs fluorescence. Upon the addition of AFB1, the specific aptamers are attracted to AFB1, getting distance from AuNPs which result in fluorescence recovery...
April 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Xiaojun Qiao, Jinbao Jiang, Xiaotong Qi, Haiqiang Guo, Deshuai Yuan
It's well-known fungi-contaminated peanuts contain potent carcinogen. Efficiently identifying and separating the contaminated can help prevent aflatoxin entering in food chain. In this study, shortwave infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral images for identifying the prepared contaminated kernels. Feature selection method of analysis of variance (ANOVA) and feature extraction method of nonparametric weighted feature extraction (NWFE) were used to concentrate spectral information into a subspace where contaminated and healthy peanuts can have favorable separability...
April 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Yichen Hu, Jinming Zhang, Weijun Kong, Gang Zhao, Meihua Yang
The antifungal activity and potential mechanisms in vitro as well as anti-aflatoxigenic efficiency in vivo of natural essential oil (EO) derived from turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) against Aspergillus flavus was intensively investigated. Based on the previous chemical characterization of turmeric EO by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, the substantially antifungal activities of turmeric EO on the mycelial growth, spore germination and aflatoxin production were observed in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, these antifungal effects were related to the disruption of fungal cell endomembrane system including the plasma membrane and mitochondria, specifically i...
April 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Tadahiro Suzuki, Yumiko Iwahashi
Aflatoxin (AF) is a harmful secondary metabolite that is synthesized by the Aspergillus species. Although AF detection techniques have been developed, techniques for detection of AF synthetic fungi are still required. Techniques such as plate culture methods are continually being modified for this purpose. However, plate culture methods require refinement because they suffer from several issues. In this study, activated charcoal powder (carbon) was added to a culture medium containing cyclodextrin (CD) to enhance the contrast of fluorescence and improve the detection efficiency for AF synthetic fungi...
November 15, 2016: Toxins
Sharaf S Omar
The incidence of contamination of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in milk samples collected from the Jordanian market was investigated by using the competitive enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique. A total of 175 samples were collected during 2014-2015. All tested samples were contaminated with various levels of AFM1 ranging from 9.71 to 288.68 ng/kg. The concentration of AFM1 in 66% of fresh milk samples was higher than the maximum tolerance limit accepted by the European Union (50 ng/kg) and 23% higher than the maximum tolerance limit accepted by the US (500 ng/kg)...
June 3, 2016: Italian Journal of Food Safety
Ying-Chih Lin, Nichole Owen, Irina G Minko, Sabine S Lange, Liang Li, Michael P Stone, Richard D Wood, Amanda K McCullough, R Stephen Lloyd
Routine dietary consumption of foods that contain aflatoxins is the second leading cause of environmental carcinogenesis worldwide. Aflatoxin-driven mutagenesis is initiated through metabolic activation of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) to its epoxide form that reacts with N7 guanine in DNA. The resulting AFB1-N7-dG adduct undergoes either spontaneous depurination or imidazole-ring opening yielding formamidopyrimidine AFB1 (AFB1-Fapy-dG). Because this latter adduct is known to persist in human tissues and contributes to the high frequency G-to-T mutation signature associated with many hepatocellular carcinomas, we sought to establish the identity of the polymerase(s) involved in processing this lesion...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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