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Microbial degradation of aflatoxin B1: Current status and future advances

Verheecke, C., Liboz, T., Mathieu, F.
International journal of food microbiology 2016 v.237 pp. 1-9
adsorption, aflatoxin B1, animal and human health, biodegradation, decontamination, enzymes, food availability, food chain, fungi, metabolites, natural toxicants, toxicity
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is a natural toxin produced by many food-contaminant fungi and is a threat to human and animal health. This review summarizes current knowledge of the different ways to limit AFB1 in the food chain. We start by introducing current data and reviews available on the prevention of AFB1 occurrence, on AFB1 non-biological decontamination and biological adsorption. We then focus on microbial AFB1-degradation. The latter has already been well studied using living organisms, supernatants or purified enzymes. This review compiles information on the variety of protocols and the efficacy of the different sub-kingdoms or classes of microorganisms or their enzymes. We pay particular attention to publications closest to in vivo applications of microbial AFB1-degradation.In addition, this review also provides a summary of the currently known microbial degradation metabolites of AFB1 and their levels of toxicity, and provides recommendations on the most promising techniques to pursue the aim of minimizing ABF1 in the food supply.