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Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Vol. 33 (1985) No. 7 P 3059-3061



A Coryneform bacterium, isolated from the digestive gland of the Japanese ivory shell, Babylonia japonica, was shown to produce neosurugatoxin and prosurugatoxin, the causative toxins of a food poisoning outbreak in 1965 following ingestion of the shellfish. This is the first evidence that marine toxins may be produced by bacteria.

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