domoic acid

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do·mo·ic acid

A water-soluble amino acid found in various marine algae that is a potent, often deadly neurotoxin to humans when consumed in contaminated mussels, clams, crabs, and anchovies.

[From Japanese dialectal (Tokunoshima Island) domoi, seaweed (Chondria armata) in which the toxin is found.]

domoic acid

an amino acid found in shellfish that can cause food poisoning
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Noun1.domoic acid - a neurotoxin that is deadly for humans; found in various marine algae
neurolysin, neurotoxin - any toxin that affects neural tissues
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To Benitez-Nelson, the most important next step now is to work out in more detail how much longer the domoic acid sticks around and into how many more organisms it gets.
BACKGROUND: California sea lions have a large body burden of organochlorine pesticides, and over the last decade they have also been subject to domoic acid poisoning.
ABSTRACT Domoic acid (DA) is a potent toxin produced by bloom-forming phytoplankton in the genus Pseudo-nitzschia, which is responsible for causing amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP) in humans.
She already has extended it to the entire California coast for marine animal emergencies because of the domoic acid outbreak.
The marine toxin research program at IMB started when the laboratory found domoic acid to be responsible for "Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning" (ASP) of some consumers of Prince Edward Island mussels in 1987.
Pathologists quickly linked this shellfish poisoning to domoic acid, an amino acid produced by the algae.
9, 1998--The Washington Department of Health and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife jointly announced today that the proposed razor clam season has been postponed due to elevated levels of a marine toxin called domoic acid, which causes Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning in people and Domoic Acid Poisoning in animals.
The blob's algal toxin, domoic acid, is moving up the food chain.
Old-fashioned observation underpins high-tech efforts to anticipate domoic acid contamination in shellfish in the Pacific Northwest.
ABSTRACT Domoic acid (DA) the toxin responsible for amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP) has proven problematic for king scallop Pecten maximus fisheries and aquaculture in Ireland.
Because it was badly decomposed, officials could not say what might have killed it, but the death raised concerns about algae-produced domoic acid that has been poisoning sea lions recently off the Ventura County coast.
Canadian researchers traced the outbreak to a toxin, domoic acid, produced by a diatom.