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Aflatoxin B1 from Aspergillus flavus

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Aspergillus flavus


≥98.0% (HPLC)

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Aflatoxin B1 is a carcinogenic compound that induces transversion of G to T at codon 249 of the p53 tumor suppressor gene. Aflatoxin B1 may be used as an internal standard when testing for aflatoxin contamination in food products.

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Aflatoxin B1 is a carcinogenic compound produced by Aspergillus flavus, a common soil fungus, that induces transversion of G to T at codon 249 of the p53 tumor suppressor gene. Aflatoxin B1 is a food contaminant and a hepatocarcinogen. Aflatoxin is biotransformed to genotoxic intermediates by P450 Phase I enzymes, mainly CYP3A4 via aflatoxin B1 3-hydroxylation. Detoxification depends on Phase II enzymes, such as Glutathione S-Transferase and AFB(1)-aldehyde reductase (AFAR). Aflatoxin B1 is a CYP1A2, CYP2A6, CYP2D6, and CYP3A family substrate.


Possibly carcinogenic.

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Tandem Mass Spectrometry data independently generated by Scripps Center for Metabolomics is available to view or download in PDF. A6636.pdf Tested metabolites are featured on Scripps Center for Metabolomics METLIN Metabolite Database. To learn more, visit


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Acute Tox. 1 Dermal - Acute Tox. 1 Oral - Acute Tox. 2 Inhalation - Carc. 1B - Muta. 1B - Repr. 2

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6.1A - Combustible, acute toxic Cat. 1 and 2 / very toxic hazardous materials



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dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

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S Piekkola et al.
Food additives & contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, analysis, control, exposure & risk assessment, 29(6), 962-971 (2012-03-02)
Mycotoxins such as the aflatoxins and deoxynivalenol (DON) are frequent contaminants of food. Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) and DON affect the immune system and restrict growth; additionally AFB1 is carcinogenic. To date there are limited descriptive biomarker data concerning maternal exposures...
Sharaf S Omar et al.
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In Jordan as in other worldwide countries, mycotoxins are considered a serious national problem in food supplies. As a result, almost all nations are setting and adopting different regulations targeting the control of mycotoxins levels in the domestic food supply...
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