batrachotoxin


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ba·tra·cho·tox·in

 (bə-trăk′ə-tŏk′sĭn, băt′rə-kō-)
n.
A steroid alkaloid derived from skin secretions of South American poison-dart frogs of the genus Phyllobates. It is one of the most potent venoms known.

[Greek batrakhos, frog + toxin.]
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Congratulations to John Chapman for submitting batrachotoxin from the poison dart frog, Phyllobates terribili, as the poison used in the October 2009 "Lily Robinson and an Assassin's Tracks.
Simply put, the patches I left for him were embedded with a highly lethal concentration of batrachotoxin from the poison-dart frog Phyllobates terribilis.
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Daly and Myers found that they could use the presence of one alkaloid, batrachotoxin, to show that several species had a common ancestor.
Some alkaloids, such as batrachotoxin, have helped neurobiologists study sodium channels -- molecular pores in nerve cell membranes that help control the excitation of nerve cells.
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Members of Central and South American rainforest tribes hunt with darts dipped in batrachotoxins from dart-poison frog skin.
At the time, the alkaloids, called batrachotoxins, had been found in only one other source in nature, the Phyllobates poison dart frogs on the other side of the world--in Colombia and Panama.