Holothurin & Holotoxin from Sea Cucumbers??

Toxic Tom G. toxictomg at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 22 23:28:36 EST 2004


I have some questions that I can't find by Googling:

1.  Sea cucumbers are widely reported to produce holothurin
and holotoxin when threatened, dying, or spawning.  
Does anyone know the LD50 for these toxins...how toxic
complared to other biotoxins?

2.  I've read that, since the Sea cucumber (like Sea Apple)
contains these toxins within their body: a. a person could simply
blender the creature in menthanol; b.the menthanol would absorb
the toxins; c. filter the solids out, and d. reduce the liquid
to some type of powder or other concentrate.

Does anyone have any experience doing this?

One source said the toxin could be destroyed by boiling...how warm
can one make the liquid without affecting the toxins?

One source said the toxin worked via ingestion and another said
that stomach acids kill the toxins.  Does anyone have a definitive
answer?

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Thank you very much,

Toxoic Tom G




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