vrijdag 28 oktober 2011

Fungus and estrogenic chemical zearalenone

A fungus Fusarium sp., which infests corn and other grain in storage, is known to produce a potent estrogenic chemical called zearalenone. Rather than a phytoestrogen, zearalenone is a mycotoxin estrogen. In much the same way as the Setchell group did with the cheetah, Mirocha and colleagues sought the material responsible for cessation of lactation and hyperestrogenization in female pigs that ate corn infested with Fusarium. The condition in pigs was called the moldy corn syndrome by farm veterinarians. Knowing that the symptoms were those of hyperestrogenization, they sought a fungal product with that activity and found it. It is estimated that humans consume approximately 3 (g/person per day of zearalenone in North

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