Phycotoxins: Chemistry and Biochemistry presents the mostupdated information available on phycotoxins. Major emphases aregiven to chemistry and biochemistry, while minor emphases are givento the aspects of origin, toxicology, or analytical methodology.The book discusses 16 phycotoxins, 7 on those affecting the nervoussystems, 4 affecting other body systems; and 4 with undefinedtargets.
An alphabetical listing of toxins presented includes:Azaspiracids; Brevetoxins; Cyanobacterial toxins; Domoic acid;Gambierols; Gymnodimines, prorocentrolides, spirolides, pinnatoxinsand cyclic imines in general; Maitotoxin; Okadaic acid anddinophysistoxins; Palytoxins and ostreocins; Pectenotoxins;Polycavernosides; and Yessotoxins. In addition, several mechanisticaspects of newer or emerging toxins are covered such as amphidinolsor gymnocine. Information presented and coverage of each toxinfollows the following distribution: background and toxicology(10%); chemistry, biochemistry and metabolism (75%); mechanism ofaction (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 whichresearch in other areas such as toxicology, mechanism of action,analytical methodology and pharmacology can be successfullydeveloped and expanded.