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- n. A toxic and carcinogenic non-proteinogenic amino acid structurally related to methionine, with an ethyl group in place of the methyl group.
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Furthermore, animals treated with ethionine, an inhibitor of cellular methylation reactions, develop acute pancreatitis.
Toxins Toxins, especially drugs, can damage or destroy beneficial bacteria, allowing harmful bacteria to take over producing by-products like ammonia, purines, and ethionine, which can cause cancer.