Domoic acid: a neurotoxic amino acid produced by the marine diatom Nitzschia pungens in culture

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1139/f88-241
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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
ISSN0706-652X
1205-7533
Volume45
Issue12
Pages20762079
AbstractDuring late 1987, an outbreak of poisoning resulting from the ingestion of cultivated blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) from a localized area in eastern Canada (Cardigan Bay, Prince Edward Island) was assocd. with massive blooms of N. pungens, a widely distributed diatom not previously known to produce toxins; human fatalities resulted. The causative agent, domoic acid, is indeed produced by this diatom. Although no domoic acid could be detected (<2 ng/mL) in culture medium prepd. from Cardigan River water, it was found in cultures of N. pungens grown in this medium at concns. ranging from 0.03 to 0.8 pg/cell in various sep. cultures harvested for chem. anal. 7-68 days after inoculation.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Marine Biosciences; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number23000891
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Record created2016-11-07
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