Abrin Poisoning

  title={Abrin Poisoning},
  author={Kirsten J Dickers and S. Bradberry and P. Rice and G. Griffiths and J. A. Vale},
  journal={Toxicological Reviews},
Abrin is a toxic protein obtained from the seeds of Abrus precatorius (jequirity bean), which is similar in structure and properties to ricin. Abrin is highly toxic, with an estimated human fatal dose of 0.1–1 µg/kg, and has caused death after accidental and intentional poisoning. Abrin can be extracted from jequirity beans using a relatively simple and cheap procedure. This satisfies one criterion of a potential chemical warfare agent, although the lack of large scale production of jequirity… Expand
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