Corn – A Source of AFLATOXIN for Turkey and Quail

Aflatoxin, produced by Aspergillus flavus or Aspergillus parasiticus, causes altered protein synthesis by inhibiting nucleic acid transcription and interfering with RNA translation. Aflatoxins interact with the basic metabolic pathways of the cell disrupting key enzyme processes including carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and protein synthesis (Cheeke and Shull, 1985). The Krebs cycle and phosphorylation of substrates also are inhibited via alterations in mitochondrial function (Cheeke and Shull, 1985). By virtue of the multiplicity of actions aflatoxins have on the liver and other cells containing mixed function oxidase systems, the effects of these toxins on animals are profound and far-reaching. Read More

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