Submitted to: Association Official Analytical Chemists Annual Intrl Meeting & Exposition
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: April 6, 2006
Publication Date: September 17, 2006
Citation: Maragos, C.M., Appell, M.D. 2006. Materials for binding mycotoxins and their use in toxin detection [abstract]. Association Official Analytical Chemists Annual Intrl Meeting & Exposition. S(401):58. Technical Abstract: Materials capable of binding mycotoxins find numerous uses. These include components of test kits for toxin detection, as agents for isolation of toxins from foods or toxin purification, and as binding agents to prevent toxin uptake and thereby protect domestic animals. There is no shortage of materials that bind and interact with mycotoxins. Toxin-binding materials are plentiful and range from readily available and inexpensive natural materials, such as clays and silica, to natural biological materials such as antibodies, and man-made materials such as molecularly imprinted polymers. Because of the varied potential applications of toxin binding materials many different types of interactions, both high and low affinity are useful. The mechanisms by which toxins interact with such materials are the basis of upon which much of the analytical technology of toxin isolation and detection is predicated. As the development of improved mycotoxin binding materials has advanced these new materials have been incorporated into improved mycotoxin assays. The continued development of improved materials will prove relevant to future detection strategies for mycotoxins in foods.