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The nephrotoxic mycotoxin ochratoxin A (OTA), a common contaminant of cereals, has been implicated in the etiology of endemic nephropathy. It was also frequently found in low concentrations in blood of healthy populations in countries where endemic nephropathy is not known. However, data on regional and seasonal differences in the frequency and(More)
Healthy blood donors from the city of Zagreb were checked for the presence of a nephrotoxic mycotoxin ochratoxin A (OTA) in the plasma. Samples of blood were collected in June, September, and December 1997, and March 1998, totalling 200 or 50 in each round. The concentrations of OTA were measured using high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) method(More)
In order to evaluate the testing proficiency in immunohematological laboratories in Croatia blood samples were prepared and fully examined in the Croatian Institute for Transfusion Medicine and sent to all the transfusion laboratories in the country. The laboratories were asked to perform the following tests: determination of AB0 blood group and Rh(More)
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