Special Issue "Paralytic Shellfish Toxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)
Dr. Andrew D. Turner
Paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) are a highly potent family of neurotoxins, all members of the saxitoxin (STX) family. Saxitoxin, together with a wide range of analogues, accumulate in a large number of aquatic organisms, most notably in bivalve molluscs and have been responsible for human intoxications including fatalities over many years. There is evidence that the geographical extent of PST occurrence may be increasing. In addition to bivalve molluscs, there are potential risks from PST contamination in a wide range of other species including gastropods, echinoderms and crustacean. In parallel with these findings, the methodology used for analysing marine organisms for PST has undergone significant change in recent decades. Further investigations are required to establish the presence of PST and elucidate uptake pathways into a variety of species throughout the world.
This Special Issue aims to report on new findings in the field of this highly important marine toxin, in particular but not exclusively: (i) PST occurrence in new aquatic environments and geographies, (ii) new methods for the quantitation of PST, (iii) new findings concerning the detection of PST in non-bivalve shellfish, (iv) links between toxins, phytoplankton and environmental factors including climatic change, (v) uptake and effects on cetaceans and other mammals, (vi) risk assessment and management related to the presence of PST in edible marine organisms, (vii) PST of freshwater origin, (viii) new PST analogues and/or toxin biotransformation studies, and (ix) therapeutic or novel uses for saxitoxin.
Dr. Andrew D. Turner
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- Paralytic shellfish poisoning
- Marine species