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- n. An ichthyotoxin isolated from Euglena sanguinea.
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The toxin, called euglenophycin, has a molecular structure similar to that of solenopsin, an alkaloid from fire ant venom known to inhibit tumor development.
NOAA's Center for Human Health Risk at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., purified the active compounds and mapped the molecular structure of euglenophycin, the algal toxin responsible for the fish kills.
Laboratory tests have since confirmed that euglenophycin, the toxin found in these algae, is deadly to fish.
Laboratory tests have shown that even low concentrations of euglenophycin led to a significant decrease in cancer cell growth, and can kill cancer cells.