23 Mar 2017
Microbiota and food contaminants: a mycotoxin amplifies the genotoxic effects of intestinal bacteria
Using animal models, INRA researchers and their collaborators1 have been studying the interactions between the bacterial microbiota and a common food contaminant: the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON). They found that the presence of DON enhances the genotoxic effects of certain bacteria. More specifically, it increases the damage caused to the DNA of intestinal cells, contributing to the appearance of cancerous cells.