Saxitoxin and Related Paralytic Shellfish Poisons

Authored by: Leanne A. Pearson , Brett A. Neilan

Manual of Security Sensitive Microbes and Toxins

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466553965
eBook ISBN: 9781466553989
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Saxitoxin and its analogues are neurotoxic alkaloids produced by certain strains of marine dinoflagellates and freshwater cyanobacteria. Collectively known as paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs), these heterocyclic guanidine compounds are the causative agents of the condition known as paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

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