Standard mycotoxin panel
Mycotoxins are metabolites of filamentous fungi and are increasingly recognized as important biotoxins throughout the world as they represent a serious threat to human and animal health through contamination of the food supply. These biotoxins may be acutely toxic, but perhaps more important, they also induce serious chronic symptoms resulting from their carcinogenic, teratogenic, immunotoxic, nephrotoxic and estrogenic effects. TEC Biosciences Standard Mycotoxin Panel tests for the most common mycotoxins found in food. This comprehensive mycotoxin panel can highlight exposure to pathological levels of these contaminants.
Mycotoxin Classes Tested
Aflatoxins are commonly produced by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus mold species. These biotoxins are present in many food prodcuts including grains, dairy products, legumes, tree nuts, and spices. Aflatoxin B1 is the most toxic of the series and is considered hepatotoxic and hepatocarcinogenic.
Ochratoxin A is prodcued by Aspergillus and Penicillium species and has been shown to be nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic, carcinogenic, immunotoxic, neurotoxic, and teratogenic. The WHO has set a low exposure limit of 5 ng/kg/day for humans.
Fumonisin BX mycotoxins are produced by Fusarium species molds that contaminate crops, predominantly corn, globally. Fumonisin B1 is the most common of these toxins and the most important from a clinical standpoint. Exposure is associated with an increased risk of carcinogenesis.
Tricothecenes are divided into two groups: macrocyclic and non-macrocyclic. These mycotoxins produced by Fusarium species include T-2, HT-2, diacetoxyscirpenol (DAS), and deoxynivalenol (DON). The toxins have both acute and chronic effects on human health including deleterious effects on the immune system and gastrointestinal tract.
Standard Mycotoxin Analytes