Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(12), 2543-2558; doi:10.3390/ijms9122543
Review

Species-specific Fungal DNA in Airborne Dust as Surrogate for Occupational Mycotoxin Exposure?

National Institute of Occupational Health, Department of Chemical and Biological Working Environment, Gydasvei 8, Pb. 8149 Dep., N-0033 Oslo, Norway
Received: 7 November 2008; in revised form: 8 December 2008 / Accepted: 10 December 2008 / Published: 10 December 2008
PDF Full-text Download PDF Full-Text [209 KB, uploaded 10 December 2008 10:50 CET]
Abstract: Possible health risks associated with occupational inhalation of mycotoxin-containing dust remain largely unknown, partly because methods for mycotoxin detection are not sensitive enough for the small dust masses obtained by personal sampling, which is needed for inhalable exposure measurements. Specific and sensitive PCR detection of fungi with mycotoxin-producing potential seem to be a good surrogate for occupational exposure measurements that include all fungal structures independent of morphology and cultivability. Results should, however, be interpreted with caution due to variable correlations with mycotoxin concentrations.
Keywords: Occupational exposure; mycotoxin exposure; inhalation; PCR; fungi

Article Statistics

Load and display the download statistics.

Citations to this Article

Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Halstensen, A.S. Species-specific Fungal DNA in Airborne Dust as Surrogate for Occupational Mycotoxin Exposure? Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9, 2543-2558.

AMA Style

Halstensen AS. Species-specific Fungal DNA in Airborne Dust as Surrogate for Occupational Mycotoxin Exposure? International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2008; 9(12):2543-2558.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Halstensen, Anne S. 2008. "Species-specific Fungal DNA in Airborne Dust as Surrogate for Occupational Mycotoxin Exposure?" Int. J. Mol. Sci. 9, no. 12: 2543-2558.

Int. J. Mol. Sci. EISSN 1422-0067 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert