Exploring the structural basis of neurotoxicity in C(17)-polyacetylenes isolated from water hemlock.


Water hemlock, Cicuta virosa, belonging to the Umbelliferae, is well-known as a toxic plant responsible for lethal poisonings in humans as well as animals, causing tonic and clonic convulsions and respiratory paralysis. Cicutoxin (1), being a major violent toxin of the plant, is a chemical in the class of C(17)-polyacetylenes bearing a long pi-bond… (More)


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