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Toxins 2017, 9(8), 251;

Studies on the Presence of Mycotoxins in Biological Samples: An Overview

Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Av. Vicent Andrés Estellés s/n, 46100 Burjassot, Spain
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Academic Editor: Laura Anfossi
Received: 21 July 2017 / Revised: 10 August 2017 / Accepted: 14 August 2017 / Published: 18 August 2017
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Mycotoxins are fungal secondary metabolites with bioaccumulation levels leading to their carry-over into animal fluids, organs, and tissues. As a consequence, mycotoxin determination in biological samples from humans and animals has been reported worldwide. Since most mycotoxins show toxic effects at low concentrations and considering the extremely low levels present in biological samples, the application of reliable detection methods is required. This review summarizes the information regarding the studies involving mycotoxin determination in biological samples over the last 10 years. Relevant data on extraction methodology, detection techniques, sample size, limits of detection, and quantitation are presented herein. Briefly, liquid-liquid extraction followed by LC-MS/MS determination was the most common technique. The most analyzed mycotoxin was ochratoxin A, followed by zearalenone and deoxynivalenol—including their metabolites, enniatins, fumonisins, aflatoxins, T-2 and HT-2 toxins. Moreover, the studies were classified by their purpose, mainly focused on the development of analytical methodologies, mycotoxin biomonitoring, and exposure assessment. The study of tissue distribution, bioaccumulation, carry-over, persistence and transference of mycotoxins, as well as, toxicokinetics and ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) were other proposed goals for biological sample analysis. Finally, an overview of risk assessment was discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: mycotoxins; biological samples; extraction; determination; chromatography-mass spectrometry; bioaccumulation mycotoxins; biological samples; extraction; determination; chromatography-mass spectrometry; bioaccumulation

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Escrivá, L.; Font, G.; Manyes, L.; Berrada, H. Studies on the Presence of Mycotoxins in Biological Samples: An Overview. Toxins 2017, 9, 251.

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