Ciguatoxin: Isolation and Chemical Nature

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Science  10 Mar 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3767, pp. 1267-1268
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3767.1267


Ciguatoxin, the agent responsible for ciguatera, a disease produced in humans from ingestion of certain fishes, has been isolated from specimens of the moray eel, Gymnothorax javanicus. The toxin is apparently a lipid containing quaternary nitrogen, hydroxyl, and carbonyl functions.

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