Genotoxicity of aflatoxin B1 and ochratoxin A after simultaneous application of the in vivo micronucleus and comet assay
Keywords: 
Aflatoxin B1
Ochratoxin A
Mycotoxins
Micronucleus
Comet assay
Combined exposure
Issue Date: 
2014
Publisher: 
Elsevier
ISSN: 
0278-6915
Citation: 
Corcuera L.A, Vettorazzi A, Arbillaga L, Pérez N, Gil A.G, Azqueta A, et al. Genotoxicity of aflatoxin B1 and ochratoxin A after simultaneous application of the in vivo micronucleus and comet assay. Food Chem Toxicol 2014 Dec;18(76):116-124
Abstract
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) and Ochratoxin A (OTA) are genotoxic mycotoxins that can contaminate a variety of foodstuffs, the liver and the kidney being their target organ, respectively. The micronucleus (MN) assay (bone marrow) and the comet assay (liver and kidney) were performed simultaneously in F344 rats, treated with AFB1 (0.25 mg/kg b.w.), OTA (0.5 mg/kg b.w.) or both mycotoxins. After AFB1 treatment, histopathology and biochemistry analysis showed liver necrosis, focal inflammation and an increase in Alanine Aminotransferase and Aspartate Aminotransferase. OTA alone did not cause any alteration. The acute hepatotoxic effects caused by AFB1 were less pronounced in animals treated with both mycotoxins. With regard to the MN assay, after 24h, positive results were obtained for AFB1 and negative results were obtained for OTA, although both toxins caused bone marrow toxicity. In the combined treatment, OTA reduced the toxicity and the number of MN produced by AFB1. In the comet assay, after 3h, positive results were obtained for AFB1 in the liver and for OTA in the kidney. The combined treatment reduced DNA damage in the liver and had no influence in the kidney. Altogether, these results may be indicative of an antagonistic relationship regarding the genotoxicity of both mycotoxins.

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