Special Issue "Mycotoxins Study: Toxicology, Identification and Control"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: The determination of mycotoxins in food, their daily intake, and toxicity are the basis to assess the risk associated with contaminated food and to contribute protecting consumers´ health. Professor Dr. Cristina Juan García main research interest lies in the analysis of mycotoxins in food and feed, through effective extraction and sensitive determination methods to help and contribute to the risk assessment of such contaminants, with a focus on human health. She is also interested in researching factors that influence the intestinal bioavailability and methods to decrease mycotoxins effects through natural compounds or decontaminating procedures. She is also interested in studying the application of new advanced techniques that provide knowledge or help to evaluate the risk assessment of mycotoxins through different matrices.
The evaluation of the presence of mycotoxins in different matrices is achieved through different analytical tools (including quantitative or qualitative determinations). Studies of mycotoxins used QuEChERS, solid–liquid, liquid–liquid, and solid-phase extraction or inmunoaffinity colums for micotoxins isolation, in combination with chromatographyc equipments (GC or LC) coupled to spectrometry detectors (QTrap-MS/MS, MS/MS tandem, QTOF-MS/MS). All these studies represent key steps in the establishment of the limits of detection, limits of quantification, points of identification, accuracy, reproducibility, and/or repeatability of different procedures. The maximum permitted or recommended levels for mycotoxins in different matrices are comprised within a wide range (including the levels tolerated by infants and animals). In addition, the climatic changes influence the growth of fungi in different matrices, therefore, their control and evaluation are demanded by authorities and safety food systems.
These authorities are concerned not only with the determination of mycotoxins presence but also with the toxicological effects of mycotoxins, and in vivo or in vitro assays are necessary for a complete evaluation. In fact, these assays are the basis for the control and prevention of population exposure to mycotoxins in dietary exposure studies. The last surveys focused on regulated mycotoxins (aflatoxins, fumonisins, and trichothecenes) and emerging toxins such as enniatins and beauvericin in adult consumers, while very few studies have monitored mycotoxins levels in infant products.
The focus of this Special Issue of Toxins is to gather the most recent reports on the toxicological effects of single or combined mycotoxins (genotoxicity, neurotoxicity, or metabolomics effects), the identification of known and unknown mycotoxins, masked mycotoxins, and biometabolized mycotoxins in different matrices (including food, feed, and biological samples), and the development of analytical skills to control their presence. Research papers and review articles describing novelties or overviews, respectively, are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Cristina Juan García
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- in vivo
- in vitro
- food safety
- mycotoxin analysis