Toxins 2010, 2(4), 809-839; doi:10.3390/toxins204809
Review

Ochratoxin A in Ruminants–A Review on Its Degradation by Gut Microbes and Effects on Animals

1 Institute of Animal Science, University of Bonn, Endenicher Allee 15, 53115 Bonn, Germany 2 Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, 24098 Kiel, Germany
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Received: 9 March 2010; in revised form: 12 April 2010 / Accepted: 19 April 2010 / Published: 21 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ochratoxins)
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Abstract: Ruminants are much less sensitive to ochratoxin A (OTA) than non-ruminants. The ruminal microbes, with protozoa being a central group, degrade the mycotoxin extensively, with disappearance half lives of 0.6–3.8 h. However, in some studies OTA was detected systemically when using sensitive analytical methods, probably due to some rumen bypass at proportions of estimated 2–6.5% of dosage (maximum 10%). High concentrate proportions and high feeding levels are dietary factors promoting the likeliness of systemic occurrence due to factors like shifts in microbial population and higher contamination potential. Among risk scenarios for ruminants, chronic intoxication represents the most relevant.
Keywords: OTA; mycotoxin; enzymatic degradation; diet; protozoa; carry over; milk

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Mobashar, M.; Hummel, J.; Blank, R.; Südekum, K.-H. Ochratoxin A in Ruminants–A Review on Its Degradation by Gut Microbes and Effects on Animals. Toxins 2010, 2, 809-839.

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Mobashar M, Hummel J, Blank R, Südekum K-H. Ochratoxin A in Ruminants–A Review on Its Degradation by Gut Microbes and Effects on Animals. Toxins. 2010; 2(4):809-839.

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Mobashar, Muhammad; Hummel, Jürgen; Blank, Ralf; Südekum, Karl-Heinz. 2010. "Ochratoxin A in Ruminants–A Review on Its Degradation by Gut Microbes and Effects on Animals." Toxins 2, no. 4: 809-839.

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