Toxic lectin from seeds of Abrus precatorius that has a binding site for galactose and related residues in carbohydrate but, because it is monovalent, is not an agglutinin for erythrocytes.
Abrin is a highly toxic toxalbumin found in the seeds of the rosary pea (jequirity pea). It has a median toxic dose of 0.7 micrograms per kilogram of body mass when given to mice intravenously. The median toxic dose for humans ranges from 10 to 1000 micrograms per kilogram when ingested and is 3.3 micrograms per kilogram when inhaled. Abrin, like ...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrin
<pharmacology> A highly poisonous protein found in the seeds of Abrus precatorius, the rosary pea. Abrin is toxic because it inhibits protein synthesis, causing symptoms such as internal bleeding, intestinal upset and the irritation of mucous membranes. It was formerly used to treat some chronic eye disorders and it is currently being researc...Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20973
Abrin: A phytotoxin (plant poison) found in the seeds of a plant called the rosary pea or jequirity pea. These seeds are red with a black spot covering one end. Abrin is similar to ricin, a toxin that is also found in the seeds of a plant (the castor bean plant), although abrin is much more poisonous than ricin. Abrin can be made in the form of a p...Found on http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=25568
Type: Term Pronunciation: ab′rin Definitions: 1. A phytotoxin from jequirity seeds or Indian glycyrrhiza, the red seeds (Abrus precatorius); used in ophthalmology.Found on http://www.medilexicon.com/medicaldictionary.php?t=183
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