A Pyridoxal-β-Cyanoalanine Relation in the Rat

@article{Ressler1964APR,
  title={A Pyridoxal-β-Cyanoalanine Relation in the Rat},
  author={C. Ressler and J. Nelson and M. Pfeffer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1964},
  volume={203},
  pages={1286-1287}
}
DURING the past few years, three neurotoxic principles that are amino-acid in nature, 2,4-diaminobutyric acid1, β-N-oxalyl-2,3-diaminopropionic acid2, and β-cyanoalanine in both free and peptide forms3,4 have been isolated from seeds of Lathyrus and vetch plants. This is of interest because lathyrism, a neurological disease in man and certain animals, has at times been associated with excessive consumption of certain peas containing these compounds5. Little is known about the biological basis… Expand
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