(Science: protein) A potent neurotoxin (319 D) from the Japanese puffer fish. It binds to the sodium channel, blocking the passage of action potentials. Its activity closely resembles that of saxitoxin.
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Generally, I like them, although I'm not quite fond of Vibrio cholerae. Members of this family also synthesize tetrodotoxin, an ancient marine alkaloid and powerful neurotoxin. Always make sure you have a large dose of tetracycline in case anything goes wrong. Vibrio fischeri ...
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