Beauvericin: Chemistry, Biology and Significance

  • Antonio Logrieco
  • Antonio Moretti
  • Alberto Ritieni
  • Maria F. Caiaffa
  • Luigi Macchia


Mycotoxin contamination of cereal crops is of a worldwide concern since about 35% of cereal crop products contain measurable amount ofmycotoxins. Beauvericin is one toxic metabolite recently reported as product of some important phytopathogenic Fusarium species. We have described in this multidisciplinary and collaborative report the chemistry, the biological toxicity, the natural occurrence as contaminant of cereals and the main Fusarium species involved in their production. This chapter strongly addresses that a great attention should be directed to this toxin and that studies on its synergistic effects with other food-toxins should be carried out.


Date Palm Fusarium Species Cholesterol Acyltransferase Trypan Blue Exclusion Method Artemia Salina 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Logrieco
    • 1
  • Antonio Moretti
    • 1
  • Alberto Ritieni
    • 2
  • Maria F. Caiaffa
    • 3
  • Luigi Macchia
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto Tossine e Micotossine da Parassiti VegetaliC. N. R.BariItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze degli AlimentiUniversita’ di Napoli “Federico II”Portici (NA)Italy
  3. 3.Dept. of Clinical Immunology and AllergologyUniversity of BariBariItaly

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