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Biomonitoring of Aflatoxin B1 Exposed by Herbal Medicine Intake
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Biomonitoring of Aflatoxin B1 Exposed by Herbal Medicine Intake
Lee, Jin-Hee; Ryu, Heui-Young; Kim, Hyun-Kyung; Kim, Do-Jung; Lee, Young-Joo; Jung, Su-Hee; Jang, Dong-Deuk; Kim, Hyung-Su; Hong, Yeon-Pyo; Yoon, Hae-Seong;
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 Abstract
Aflatoxin , a known human carcinogen, is the member of aflatoxin subfamily that is most frequently found in contaminated foods. Epidemiological studies have suggested that aflatoxins may be associated with human liver cancer and acute hepatitis. Recently it was reported that the traditional medical herbs sold in domestic markets are contaminated with aflatoxins. Long-term administration of these contaminated medicines could result in adverse health effects. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the levels of exposure to aflatoxin in people who ingest traditional herbal medicines. Blood samples were collected, before and after the herbal medicine intake, from 151 subjects who visited the hospital. The metabolite of aflatoxin in blood, aflatoxin -albumin (aflatoxin -lysine), is reportedly an appropriate internal exposure indicator, and its levels in the collected bloods were therefore analyzed using a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The analytical method of aflatoxin -lysine in blood was firstly optimized in Korea and the levels were detected below quantification limits (2 pg/mg albumin) in this study population. Consequently, the exposure levels of aflatoxin by ingestion of herbal medicines were low but it is important to monitor routinely due to the possibility of risk on the aflatoxin exposure.
 Keywords
aflatoxin B;biomonitoring;blood;herbal medicine;
 Language
Korean
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