Aflatoxins: Food Sources, Occurrence and Toxicological Effects


Adina G. Faulkner (Editor)

Series: Food Science and Technology
BISAC: SCI045000

Progress in understanding the biology of Aspergillus has greatly improved with the new techniques in genome sequencing and the developed molecular tools that enable rapid genetic analysis of individual genes. Particularly, the genetics of aflatoxin synthesis is regarded as a model to gain insight into fungal secondary metabolism. This compilation discusses topics that include the prevalence of aflatoxin B1 in cereals; contamination exposure, toxicology and control of aflatoxins in food and feed; immunosuppressive actions of aflatoxin; hazards and regulations; toxicological effects, risk assessment and legislation for aflatoxins; and the threat aflatoxins have on the economy and health. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Bio-Prevalence, Determination and Reduction of Aflatoxin B1 in Cereals (pp. 1-34)
Jelka Pleadin, Ksenija Markov, Jadranka Frece, Ana Vulić and Nina Perši (Croatian Veterinary Institute, Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry, Zagreb, Croatia, and others)

Chapter 2 – Aflatoxin Occurrence (pp. 35-62)
Elham Esmaeilishirazifard and Tajalli Keshavarz (Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Westminster, London)

Chapter 3 – Aflatoxins in Food and Feed: Contamination Exposure, Toxicology and Control (pp. 63-90)
Marta Herrera, Antonio Herrera and Agustín Ariño (University of Zaragoza, Department of Animal Production and Food Science, Veterinary Faculty, Zaragoza, Spain)

Chapter 4 – Immunosuppressive Actions of Aflatoxin and Its Role in Disease Susceptibility (pp. 91-106)
Johanna C. Bruneau, Orla Hayden, Christine E. Loscher and Richard O’Kennedy (Applied Biochemistry Group, School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland, and others)

Chapter 5 – Aflatoxins Hazards and Regulations Impacts on Brazil Nuts Trade (pp. 107-124)
Otniel Freita-Silva, Renata Galhardo Borguini and Armando Venâncio (EMBRAPA Food Technology, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 6 – Polymorphisms of DNA Repair Genes and Toxicological Effects of Aflatoxin B1 Exposure (pp. 125-156)
Xi-Dai Long, Jin-Guang Yao, Qian Yang, Cen-Han Huang, Pinhu Liao, Le-Gen Nong, Yu-Jin Tang, Xiao-Ying Huang, Chao Wang, Xue-Ming Wu, Bing-Chen Huang, Fu-Zhi Ban, Li-Xia Zeng, Yun Ma, Bo Zhai, Jian-Jun Zhang, Feng Xue, Cai-Xia Lu and Qiang Xia (Department of Liver Surgery, Ren Ji Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (RJHSJTM), P.R. China, and others)

Chapter 7 – Incidence of Aspergillus Section Flavi and Interrelated Mycoflora in Peanut Agroecosystems in Argentina (pp. 157-190)
María Alejandra Passone, Andrea Nesci, Analía Montemarani and Miriam Etcheverry (Laboratorio de Ecología Microbiana, Departamento de Microbiología e Inmunología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físico Químicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina, and others)

Chapter 8 – Toxicological Effects, Risk Assessment and Legislation for Aflatoxins (pp. 191-232)
Marina Goumenou, Dimosthenis Axiotis, Marilena Trantallidi, Dionysios Vynias, Ioannis Tsakiris, Athanasios Alegakis, Josef Dumanov and Aristidis Tsatsakis (General Chemical State Laboratory, D Division of Athens, Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 9 – Food Sources and Occurrence of Aflatoxins: The Experience in Greece (pp. 233-258)
Ioannis N. Tsakiris, Elisavet Maria Renieri, Maria Vlachou, Eleftheria Theodoropoulou, Marina Goumenou and Aristides M. Tsatsakis (Department of Agricultural Products Marketing and Quality Control, Terma Kontopoulou, Florina, Greece, and others)

Chapter 10 – Aflatoxins As Serious Threats to Economy and Health (pp. 259-286)
Lipika Sharma, Bhawana Srivastava, Shelly Rana, Anand Sagar and N. K. Dubey (G.B. Pant Institute for Himalayan Environment & Development Himachal Unit, Mohal- Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India, and others)



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