β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) uptake by the aquatic macrophyte Ceratophyllum demersum.

@article{Esterhuizen2011NMethylaminoLalanineU,
  title={β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) uptake by the aquatic macrophyte Ceratophyllum demersum.},
  author={Marvin Esterhuizen and Stephan Pflugmacher and Timothy Grant Downing},
  journal={Ecotoxicology and environmental safety},
  year={2011},
  volume={74 1},
  pages={74-7}
}
Free-living freshwater cyanobacteria contain BMAA in both free cellular and protein-associated forms. Free BMAA released on bloom collapse or during cellular turnover creates a potential source of the non-proteinogenic amino acid for bioaccumulation and biomagnification in aquatic ecosystems. Uptake of free amino acids is well documented in macrophytes and the potential for aquatic macrophytes to bioaccumulate BMAA therefore poses a potential threat where such macrophytes constitute a food… CONTINUE READING

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