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Cyanobacterial Blooms and the Occurrence of the neurotoxin beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) in South Florida Aquatic Food Webs.
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PMID:  21057660     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recent studies demonstrate that most cyanobacteria produce the neurotoxin beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) and that it can biomagnify in at least one terrestrial food chain. BMAA has been implicated as a significant environmental risk in the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We examined several blooms of cyanobacteria in South Florida, and the BMAA content of resident animals, including species used as human food. A wide range of BMAA concentrations were found, ranging from below assay detection limits to approximately 7000 μg/g, a concentration associated with a potential long-term human health hazard.
Larry E Brand; John Pablo; Angela Compton; Neil Hammerschlag; Deborah C Mash
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Harmful algae     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1568-9883     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
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Created Date:  2010-11-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101128968     Medline TA:  Harmful Algae     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  620-635     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries and NSF/NIEHS Oceans and Human Health Center, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
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P50 ES012736-05//NIEHS NIH HHS

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