Paralytic toxins in a ribbon worm Cephalothrix species (Nemertean) adherent to cultured oysters in Hiroshima Bay, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

@article{Asakawa2000ParalyticTI,
  title={Paralytic toxins in a ribbon worm Cephalothrix species (Nemertean) adherent to cultured oysters in Hiroshima Bay, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.},
  author={Manabu Asakawa and Tadayoshi Toyoshima and Yasuo Shida and Tamao Noguchi and Keisuke Miyazawa},
  journal={Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology},
  year={2000},
  volume={38 6},
  pages={763-73}
}
In 1998, during the surveillance of the toxicity of various marine fouling organisms in Hiroshima Bay, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, specimens of the ribbon worm, "himomushi" Cephalothrix sp. (Nemertean) adherent to the shells of cultured oysters hanging onto floating culture rafts were found to contain toxins which showed strong paralytic action in mice throughout the survey period, February to May. The maximum toxicity (as tetrodotoxin, TTX) was 14,734 MU/g whole body. Attempts were made to… CONTINUE READING

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