Seaweed dermatitis: structure of lyngbyatoxin A

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Science  13 Apr 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4389, pp. 193-195
DOI: 10.1126/science.107586


A highly inflammatory and vesicatory substance, lyngbyatoxin A, has been isolated from the lipid extract of a Hawaiian shallow-water variety of Lyngbya majuscula Gomont; its gross structure was determined from chemical and spectral data. Lyngbyatoxin A is closely related to teleocidin B, a poisonous substance associated with several strains of Streptomyces.