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Mycotoxin Res. 1998 Jun;14(2):60-73. doi: 10.1007/BF02945095.

Toxicity screening of materials from buildings with fungal indoor air quality problems (Stachybotrys chartarum).

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Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dep. Community Medicine, Eastern New York Occupational and Environmental Health Center, Albany, N.Y., johanni2@knick.net.

Abstract

Samples of building materials visibly contaminated with moisture-related fungi (drywall, fiberglass, wallpaper, wood) were tested with indirect (FFL) and direct (MTT) cytotoxicity screening tests that are particularly sensitive toStachybotrys chartarum toxins. In addition, microscopic, chemical, immunochemical (Roridin A enzyme immunoassay) and mycological culture analyses were performed. In all cases in which building occupants had reported verifiable skin, mucous membrane, respiratory, central nervous system or neuropsychological abnormalities, cytotoxicity was identified. Results of a cytotoxicity screening test of field samples, such as the direct MTT test method, will give investigators of health problems related to indoor air quality problems important toxicity information.

PMID:
23605062
DOI:
10.1007/BF02945095
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