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Marine Snail Toxin Targeted At African Toad Eggs Reveals Novel Impact On The Regulation Of Serotonin

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July 27, 1998
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University Of California, San Francisco
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Researchers have long known that the wily marine snail known as conus geographus uses a toxic venom to stun its prey into submission. Now, researchers led by a UC San Francisco scientist have determined that proteins extracted from the venom prevent serotonin, a key chemical messenger in the nervous system, from acting at a particular molecular gateway, or receptor, in African toad eggs. The receptor is also found in the human brain.

Researchers have long known that the wily marine snail known as conus geographus uses a toxic venom to stun its prey into submission.


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University Of California, San Francisco. "Marine Snail Toxin Targeted At African Toad Eggs Reveals Novel Impact On The Regulation Of Serotonin." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 July 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/07/980727080701.htm>.
University Of California, San Francisco. (1998, July 27). Marine Snail Toxin Targeted At African Toad Eggs Reveals Novel Impact On The Regulation Of Serotonin. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/07/980727080701.htm
University Of California, San Francisco. "Marine Snail Toxin Targeted At African Toad Eggs Reveals Novel Impact On The Regulation Of Serotonin." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/07/980727080701.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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