Mycotoxins (literally Mold-Poisons) small, molecular-weight, toxic molecules produced by various species of mold, some of which inhabit water damaged homes or buildings.

Many clinical symptoms and disease states have been associated with human exposure to mycotoxins. The RealTime Lab Mycotoxin test detects 15 different Mycotoxins, including 10 macrocyclic Trichothecenes. These are particularly important as they are known to be highly toxic and are produced by species such as Stachybotrys (“black mold”), shown to be present in mold contaminated buildings. Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive method for detection using antibodies prepared against the Mycotoxins.

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There are two genes responsible for the production of Glutathione S-Transferases (GST): GSTT1 and GSTM1.

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Glutathione is composed of glutamine, cysteine and glycine. In the body, glutathione functions as an antioxidant, Detoxifier and Immune Modifier.

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RealTime Lab uses a modified RAST Test to measure circulating IgE and IgG antibodies and the sensitization to a wide variety of commonly encountered molds.

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Molecular Fungal Testing uses Real Time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and specific, patented DNA probes to accurately and quantitatively determine the presence of a variety of pathogenic and/or toxigenic fungi.

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