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Characterization Of Interaction Between Brevetoxin And Its Native Receptor And Identification Of The Role Of Brevetoxin In Karenia Brevis, Wei Chen Nov 2016

Characterization Of Interaction Between Brevetoxin And Its Native Receptor And Identification Of The Role Of Brevetoxin In Karenia Brevis, Wei Chen

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Algae are important to marine and fresh-water ecosystems. However, some species of algae are harmful or even toxic. They can consume oxygen or block sunlight that is essential for other organisms to live. Indeed, some algae blooms can produce toxins that damage the health of the environment, plants, animals, and humans. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) which are often more green, brown, or dark-colored than red have spread along the coastlines and in the surface waters of the United States. Therefore, scientists are making great efforts to study HABs in order to maintain human and ecosystem health.

Karenia brevis, the major ...


Characterization Of An Epoxide Hydrolase From The Florida Red Tide Dinoflagellate, Karenia Brevis, Pengfei Sun Jun 2015

Characterization Of An Epoxide Hydrolase From The Florida Red Tide Dinoflagellate, Karenia Brevis, Pengfei Sun

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Polyether compounds are a subgroup of natural products with regular occurrence of multiple C-O-C motifs. The biosynthetic origin of polycylic polethers has been studied and the majority of them are derived from polyketide or terpene pathways. Normally, the polycyclic polyethers can be divided into two groups based on their structural features: the first group features multiple rings that are interconnected by carbon-carbon single bond, which are produced by a biosynthetic cascade of exo epoxide-opening reactions; the other group has multiple fused cyclic ethers and are formed by an cascade of endo epoxide-opening reactions.

Karenia brevis (K. brevis) is known as ...