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aflatoxin-B1

Sunday 12 March 2006

Aflatoxin B1 is produced by some strains of the fungus Aspergillus flavus that thrive on improperly stored corn, rice, and peanuts. A strong correlation has been found between the dietary level of this hepatocarcinogen and the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in some parts of Africa and China.

Among the several known chemical carcinogens produced by plants and microorganisms, the potent hepatic carcinogen aflatoxin B1 is particularly important.

The aflatoxin and HBV collaborate in the production of this form of neoplasia.

See also

- aflatoxins
- mycotoxins
- carcinogenesis
- mutagenesis