ricin toxicity

Chuck Miller rellim at MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU
Thu Oct 12 08:56:51 EST 1995

Hi Scary Gary and other Bionet.toxicology fans,

I am a little puzzled by the meaning of "albumin actions" in your subject

Ricin does have agglutination properties, but this is not related to toxicity.

Ricin is a lectin that comes from the seed (bean) of Ricinus communis.
Ricin is composed of two protein chains. One protein facilitates entry of
the toxin across the cell membrane. Once inside the cell the toxic protein
component binds to ribosomes and inhibits protein synthesis, causing cell
death. The Merck Index states that ricin is one of the most toxic
substances known, producing lethality (by i.p. injection) at doses of 1 ng
ricin nitrogen/g body weight in mice. 

Virtually yours,


Dr. Charles A. Miller,  rellim at mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu 
Bionet.Toxicology News Group Discussion Leader
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School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
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