Domoic Acid

Domoic acid is a toxic amino acid produced by certain species of algae. Domoic acid binds to a receptor that helps nerve cells control the flow of ions across their cell membranes. The receptor no longer works correctly, and the uncontrolled flux of ions damages and eventually kills the nerve cell.


Symbol
C15H21NO6

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Atomic / Molecular Weight 311.3303 gmol-1Clip
Density 1273 kgm-3Clip
Boiling Point 880.2 KClip
Flash Point 594 KClip
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See also: Glutamate Receptors.

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Subjects: Chemistry