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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544789/determinants-of-recent-aflatoxin-exposure-among-pregnant-women-in-rural-zimbabwe
#1
Laura E Smith, Mduduzi N N Mbuya, Andrew J Prendergast, Paul C Turner, Sandra Ruboko, Jean H Humphrey, Rebecca J Nelson, Ancikaria Chigumira, George Kembo, Rebecca J Stoltzfus
SCOPE: Aflatoxins are toxic secondary metabolites of Aspergillus species that contaminate staple foods such as maize and groundnuts. Aflatoxin exposure during pregnancy has been associated with adverse birth outcomes in limited-scale surveys in sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of this study was to describe the determinants of aflatoxin exposure, using urinary aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) biomarkers and data generated by the Sanitation Hygiene Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) trial for rural Zimbabwean women in early pregnancy...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540749/aflatoxins-contamination-of-maize-in-serbia-the-impact-of-weather-conditions-in-2015
#2
Elizabet Janić Hajnal, Jovana Kos, Jelena Krulj, Saša Krstović, Igor Jajić, Lato Pezo, Bojana Šarić, Nataša Nedeljković
In recent years climate changes recorded in temperate regions of Europe have led to aflatoxin (AF) contamination of maize. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the influence of weather conditions on levels of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), aflatoxin B2 (AFB2), aflatoxin G1 (AFG1) and aflatoxin G2 (AFG2) in 180 maize samples collected from the main maize growing regions (Western Bačka, North Banat, South Banat and Central Serbia) in Serbia after harvest in 2015. The concentrations of aflatoxins were determined by a validated HPLC method with post column derivatization and fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD)...
May 25, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539938/effects-of-medicinal-plant-extracts-and-photosensitization-on-aflatoxin-producing-aspergillus-flavus-raper-and-fennell
#3
Loise M Njoki, Sheila A Okoth, Peter M Wachira
This study was undertaken with an aim of exploring the effectiveness of medicinal plant extracts in the control of aflatoxin production. Antifungal properties, photosensitization, and phytochemical composition of aqueous and organic extracts of fruits from Solanum aculeastrum, bark from Syzygium cordatum, and leaves from Prunus africana, Ocimum lamiifolium, Lippia kituiensis, and Spinacia oleracea were tested. Spores from four-day-old cultures of previously identified toxigenic fungi, UONV017 and UONV003, were used...
2017: International Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535182/characterization-of-liver-injury-oval-cell-proliferation-and-cholangiocarcinogenesis-in-glutathione-s-transferase-a3-knockout-mice
#4
Dana R Crawford, Zoran Ilic, Ian Guest, Ginger L Milne, John D Hayes, Stewart Sell
We recently generated glutathione S-transferase (GST) A3 knockout (KO) mice as a novel model to study the risk factors for liver cancer. GSTA3 KO mice are sensitive to the acute cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), confirming the crucial role of GSTA3 in resistance to AFB1. We now report histopathological changes, tumor formation, biochemical changes and gender response following AFB1 treatment as well as the contribution of oxidative stress. Using a protocol of weekly 0.5 mg AFB1/kg administration, we observed extensive oval (liver stem) cell (OC) proliferation within 1-3 weeks followed by microvesicular lipidosis, megahepatocytes, nuclear inclusions, cholangiomas, and small nodules...
May 23, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534846/doses-of-immunogen-contribute-to-specificity-spectrums-of-antibodies-against-aflatoxin
#5
Peiwu Li, Jing Wu, Li Zhang, Zhiyong Fan, Tingting Yu, Feng Jiang, Xiaoqian Tang, Zhaowei Zhang, Wen Zhang, Qi Zhang
Research about antibody specificity spectra was conducted to develop single-specific antibodies or broad-specific antibodies. Aflatoxins, as one class of high-toxicity mycotoxins, were selected as the research targets to investigate the effect of the immunogen dose on antibody specificity spectra. For this aim, 16 monoclonal antibodies were induced by low or high doses of aflatoxin B₁-BSA, and 34 monoclonal antibodies were induced by low or high doses of aflatoxin M₁-BSA. The specificities of the antibodies induced, whether by aflatoxin B₁ conjugate or aflatoxin M₁ conjugate, indicated that the low dose of the immunogen induced a narrow spectrum of antibody specificity, while the high dose of the immunogen showed an advantage to form a broad spectrum of antibody specificity...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531988/optimization-of-toxic-biological-compound-adsorption-from-aqueous-solution-onto-silicon-and-silicon-carbide-nanoparticles-through-response-surface-methodology
#6
Vinod Kumar Gupta, Ali Fakhri, Sahar Rashidi, Ahmed A Ibrahim, Mohammad Asif, Shilpi Agarwal
The subject of this paper is removal of Aflatoxin B1 as toxic biological compound adsorption onto Silicon (Si) and Silicon carbide (SiC) nanoparticles in aqueous matrices using Response surface methodology. The surface frame of Si and SiC nanoparticles were comminuted by XRD, TEM, SEM, and BET. Experiments were steered well-found by Box-Behnken plan (BBD). Experiments of batch method were performed to prognosticate the reaction equilibrium of Aflatoxin B1 removal. The response surface methodological approach was used...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531611/aflatoxin-m1-levels-in-milk-and-dairy-products-in-greece-relation-to-public-health
#7
Eleni Malissiova, Eymorfia Maraidoni, Dimitra Kyriazi, Michael Gonidakis, Athanasios Manouras, Olga Gortzi, Constantinos Deligiannis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531554/efficacy-of-bacillus-subtilis-and-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-in-the-control-of-aspergillus-parasiticus-growth-and-aflatoxins-production-on-pistachio
#8
Fatemeh Siahmoshteh, Ilenia Siciliano, Houda Banani, Zohreh Hamidi-Esfahani, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh, Maria Lodovica Gullino, Davide Spadaro
Pistachio (Pistacia vera) is an important nut for its economic, nutritional and health aspects but it can be contaminated by aflatoxigenic fungi in the field and during storage. Biological control could be considered as an alternative to chemical treatment. In this study, we evaluated the antifungal and anti-mycotoxigenic capability of two Bacillus spp. both in vitro and on pistachio kernels. In in vitro conditions, both strains were able to reduce the mycelial growth and they were able to degrade the four aflatoxins during the first three days after inoculation...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525761/impact-of-bioactive-packaging-systems-based-on-evoh-films-and-essential-oils-in-the-control-of-aflatoxigenic-fungi-and-aflatoxin-production-in-maize
#9
Eva M Mateo, José V Gómez, Irene Domínguez, Jose V Gimeno-Adelantado, Rufino Mateo-Castro, Rafael Gavara, Misericordia Jiménez
Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus are the most common fungal species associated with aflatoxin (AF) contamination of cereals, especially maize, and other agricultural commodities. AFB1, the most frequent and toxic metabolite, is a powerful hepatotoxic, teratogenic and mutagenic compound. Effective strategies to control these fungal species and AFs in food and feed are required. Active packaging film containing essential oils (EO) is one of the most innovative food packaging concepts. In this study, ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer films incorporating EO from Origanum vulgare (ORE), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CIN) or their major active constituents, carvacrol (CAR) and cinnamaldehyde (CINHO), respectively, were developed and assayed to control growth of A...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524101/development-of-a-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-multi-mycotoxin-determination-in-composite-cereal-based-samples
#10
Barbara De Santis, Francesca Debegnach, Emanuela Gregori, Simona Russo, Francesca Marchegiani, Gabriele Moracci, Carlo Brera
The analytical scenario for determining contaminants in the food and feed sector is constantly prompted by the progress and improvement of knowledge and expertise of researchers and by the technical innovation of the instrumentation available. Mycotoxins are agricultural contaminants of fungal origin occurring at all latitudes worldwide and being characterized by acute and chronic effects on human health and animal wellness, depending on the species sensitivity. The major mycotoxins of food concern are aflatoxin B1 and ochratoxin A, the first for its toxicity, and the second for its recurrent occurrence...
May 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516258/-biomarkers-of-internal-exposure-to-toxicologically-relevant-contaminants-in-food
#11
REVIEW
Klaus Abraham, Bernhard Monien, Alfonso Lampen
The assessment of health risks resulting from the intake of genotoxic carcinogens in food depends essentially on a valid exposure assessment. The reliability of the external exposure estimation is restricted by various factors, e. g. inaccurate data from dietary protocols and variations of food contaminant contents. As an alternative, the individual internal exposure to genotoxic substances may be described by specific biomarkers in different matrices. For example, mercapturic acids formed after glutathione conjugation of electrophilic metabolites can be detected in the urine...
May 17, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514848/structure-and-oxidation-of-pyrrole-adducts-formed-between-aflatoxin-b2a-and-biological-amines
#12
Blake R Rushing, Mustafa I Selim
Aflatoxin B2a has been shown to bind to proteins through a dialdehyde intermediate under physiological conditions. The proposed structure of this adduct has been published showing a Schiff base interaction, but adequate verification using structural elucidation instrumental techniques has not been performed. In this work, we synthesized the aflatoxin B2a amino acid adduct under alkaline conditions, and the formation of a new product was determined using high performance liquid chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
May 24, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513456/aflatoxins-characteristics-and-impact-on-human-health
#13
Anna Kowalska, Katarzyna Walkiewicz, Paweł Kozieł, Małgorzata Muc-Wierzgoń
Some molds commonly occurring in the natural environment produce mycotoxins in the process of secondary metabolism. Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus are species of molds, which are responsible for the production of aflatoxins and are crucial in the pathogenesis of human diseases. Aspergillus species present in decaying plants, the soil and their spores are transferred via air currents and insects to crops and food storages. Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, M1 and M2 are the most common derivatives of aflatoxins...
May 5, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511044/bentonite-modified-with-zinc-enhances-aflatoxin-b1-adsorption-and-increase-survival-of-fibroblasts-3t3-and-epithelial-colorectal-adenocarcinoma-cells-caco-2
#14
Janaína Nones, Anita Solhaug, Gunnar Sundstøl Eriksen, Domingos Lusitâneo Pier Macuvele, Anicleto Poli, Cíntia Soares, Andrea Gonçalves Trentin, Humberto Gracher Riella, Jader Nones
Bentonites are commonly used as feed additives to reduce the bioavailability and thus the toxicity of aflatoxins by adsorbing the toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. Aflatoxins are particular harmful mycotoxins mainly found in areas with hot and humid climates. They occur in food and feedstuff as a result of fungal contamination before and after harvest. The aim of this study was to modify Brazilian bentonite clay by incorporation of zinc (Zn) ions in order to increase the adsorption capacity and consequently reduce the toxicity of aflatoxins...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509392/aflatoxin-b1-exposure-increases-the-risk-of-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-carriers
#15
Yu-Ju Chu, Hwai-I Yang, Hui-Chen Wu, Jessica Liu, Li-Yu Wang, Sheng-Nan Lu, Mei-Hsuan Lee, Chin-Lan Jen, San-Lin You, Regina M Santella, Chien-Jen Chen
The relation between aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) and cirrhosis in chronic carriers of hepatitis B virus (HBV) remains inconclusive. This case-control study nested in a large community-based cohort aimed to assess the effect of AFB1 exposure on cirrhosis and HCC in chronic HBV carriers. Serum AFB1 -albumin adduct levels at study entry were measured in 232 cirrhosis cases, 262 HCC cases and 577 controls. Multivariate-adjusted odds ratios (aORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were estimated using logistic regression...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508953/-mycotoxins-in-food-occurrence-importance-and-health-risk
#16
REVIEW
Gisela H Degen
Mycotoxins are produced by a variety of fungal species on crops or stored commodities; they appear as primary or secondary contaminants and via the carryover effect in the food chain. The global occurrence of many mycotoxins with a wide spectrum of toxicities is the subject of interdisciplinary research and a relevant topic for consumer protection. This overview aims to raise interest with sections of the hazardous properties of important mycotoxins (from aflatoxin to zearalenone) and describes recent developments in the area of exposure assessment and basic principles applied in risk characterization...
May 16, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506119/study-of-the-genetic-diversity-of-the-aflatoxin-biosynthesis-cluster-in-aspergillus-section-flavi-using-insertion-deletion-markers-in-peanut-seeds-from-georgia-usa
#17
Paola C Faustinelli, Edwin R Palencia, Victor S Sobolev, Bruce W Horn, Hank T Sheppard, Marshall C Lamb, Xinye M Wang, Brian E Scheffler, Jaime Martinez Castillo, Renée S Arias
Aflatoxins are among the most powerful carcinogens in nature. The major aflatoxin-producing fungi are Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. Numerous crops, including peanut, are susceptible to aflatoxin contamination by these fungi. There has been an increased use of RNA interference (RNAi) technology to control phytopathogenic fungi in recent years. In order to develop molecular tools targeting specific genes of these fungi for the control of aflatoxins, it is necessary to obtain their genome sequences. Although high-throughput sequencing is readily available, it is still impractical to sequence the genome of every isolate...
April 12, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502747/chicken-egg-fetal-liver-dna-and-histopathologic-effects-of-structurally-diverse-carcinogens-and-non-carcinogens
#18
M J Iatropoulos, T Kobets, J-D Duan, K D Brunnemann, E Vock, U Deschl, G M Williams
Chicken egg fetal livers were evaluated for histopathological changes produced by four genotoxic hepatocarcinogens: 2-acetylaminofluorene (AAF), aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), diethylnitrosamine (DEN); four structurally related non- or weakly- carcinogenic comparators: fluorene (FLU), aflatoxin B2 (AFB2), benzo[e]pyrene (BeP), N-nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA); two epigenetic hepatocarcinogens: clofibric acid (CFA), phenobarbital (PB); and the non-carcinogen, D-mannitol (MAN). CFA, PB and MAN were also assessed for formation of DNA adducts using the (32)P nucleotide postlabeling (NPL) assay and for DNA breaks using the comet assay...
May 11, 2017: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500823/aflatoxin-exposure-during-pregnancy-maternal-anemia-and-adverse-birth-outcomes
#19
Laura E Smith, Andrew J Prendergast, Paul C Turner, Jean H Humphrey, Rebecca J Stoltzfus
AbstractPregnant women and their developing fetuses are vulnerable to multiple environmental insults, including exposure to aflatoxin, a mycotoxin that may contaminate as much as 25% of the world food supply. We reviewed and integrated findings from studies of aflatoxin exposure during pregnancy and evaluated potential links to adverse pregnancy outcomes. We identified 27 studies (10 human cross-sectional studies and 17 animal studies) assessing the relationship between aflatoxin exposure and adverse birth outcomes or anemia...
April 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488100/mycotoxins-in-organic-and-conventional-cereals-and-cereal-products-grown-and-marketed-in-croatia
#20
Jelka Pleadin, Mladenka Malenica Staver, Ksenija Markov, Jadranka Frece, Manuela Zadravec, Vesna Jaki, Igor Krupić, Nada Vahčić
In this study, the levels of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), ochratoxin A (OTA), zearalenone (ZEN), deoxynivalenol (DON) and fumonisins (FUM) in unprocessed cereals (n = 189) and cereal-based products (n = 61) were determined using validated ELISA methods. All samples originated from either conventional or organic production corresponded to the 2015 harvest in Croatia. Based on the mean mycotoxin concentrations, the risk for the consumer to exceed the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for these toxins by the consumption of both types of cereals and cereal-based products was assessed...
May 9, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
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