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Wednesday 1 August 2007

Aflatoxins are toxic and carcinogenic to animals, including humans. After entering the body, aflatoxins are metabolized by the liver to an intermediate reactive, aflatoxin-M1, an epoxide. The metabolite aflatoxin-M1 can intercalate into DNA and alkylate the bases through its epoxide moiety. L’aflatoxin mycotoxin binds to the N7 position of guanine.

See also

- aflatoxins

  • aflatoxin-B1