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Phycotoxins: Chemistry and Biochemistry presents the most updated information available on phycotoxins. Major emphases are given to chemistry and biochemistry, while minor emphases are given to the aspects of origin, toxicology, or analytical methodology. The book discusses 16 phycotoxins, 7 on those affecting the nervous systems, 4 affecting other body systems; and 4 with undefined targets. An alphabetical listing of toxins presented includes: Azaspiracids; Brevetoxins; Cyanobacterial toxins; Domoic acid; Gambierols; Gymnodimines, prorocentrolides, spirolides, pinnatoxins and cyclic imines in general; Maitotoxin; Okadaic acid and dinophysistoxins; Palytoxins and ostreocins; Pectenotoxins; Polycavernosides; and Yessotoxins. In addition, several mechanistic aspects of newer or emerging toxins are covered such as amphidinols or gymnocine. Information presented and coverage of each toxin follows the following distribution: background and toxicology (10 ); chemistry, biochemistry and metabolism (75 ); mechanism of action (10 ); and analytical methodology (5 ). The detailed information on chemistry in Phycotoxins: Chemistry and Biochemistry provides investigators, regulators, food technologists and toxicologists an updated basis on which research in other areas such as toxicology, mechanism of action, analytical methodology and pharmacology can be successfully developed and expanded.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813827001
ISBN-10: 0813827000
Format: Hardback
(263mm x 187mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Iowa State University Press
Publisher: Iowa State University Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Luis M. Botana

Editor: Dr. Luis M Botana is professor of Pharmacology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. His group is a world leader in the development of new methods to monitor the presence of phycotoxins, having developed methods to date for saxitoxins, yessotoxin, pectenotoxin, ciguatoxins, brevetoxins, okadaic acid and dinophysistoxins Dr. Botana is the editor of Seafood and Freshwater Toxins: Pharmacology, Physiology and Detection, to date the only comprehensive reference book entirely devoted to marine toxins.

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