Salud Pública de México
versión impresa ISSN 0036-3634
TORRES-SANCHEZ, Luisa y LOPEZ-CARRILLO, Lizbeth. Fumonisin intake and human health. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2010, vol.52, n.5, pp. 461-467. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342010000500014.
Fumonisins are mycotoxins that contaminate maize, disrupt the folate and sphingolipid metabolism, are associated with neural tube defects, and are considered by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as possible human carcinogens. Since maize-based foods are significant components of the Mexican diet and there is a high prevalence of genetic susceptibility for folate deficiency among Mexicans, this essay presents international and national evidence of fumonisin exposure and the relevance that such exposure represents for Mexico.
Palabras llave : fumonisins; mycotoxins; health; Mexico.