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The number of dinoflagellate cells per litre of water needed to contaminate shellfish is also variable. Until biotoxunas, five groups of shellfish toxins have been distinguished, namely:.

Since these incidents, global awareness of DA and its producing sources has been raised Wright and Quilliam, Some species produce basically harmless water discolorations.

However, as yet it is unclear whether the increase is narinas, whether it could be a consequence of improved identification, detection and medical registration, or whether it is due to expanded shellfish culture and consumption. This diatom was consumed by anchovies that in turn were eaten by the birds. biotoxihas

In the past, the ciguatera food poisoning in humans was highly localized to coastal, often island communities of indigenous peoples. They are probably used by their producers as a way to compete for space, fight predation or as a defence against the overgrowth of other organisms Botana et al. DSP symptoms are diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain starting 30 minutes to a few hours after ingestion and complete recovery occurs within three days.

Neurologic or neurotoxic shellfish poisoning NSP is caused by polyether brevetoxins produced by the unarmoured dinoflagellateGymnodinium breve also called Ptychodiscus breve, since called Karenia brevis. However, mid-water exchange within regional seas for example the North Sea, Irish Sea or English Channel is less efficient than within oceanic waters.

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It was then that azaspiracid formerly called Killary Toxin-3 or KT3 was identified and the new toxic syndrome was called azaspiracid poisoning AZP. During the past two decades, the frequency, intensity and geographic distribution of harmful algal blooms has increased, along with the number of toxic compounds found in the marine food chain.

The causative toxins, the ciguatoxins, accumulate through the food chain, from small herbivorous fish grazing on the coral reefs into organs of bigger carnivorous fish that feed on them Angibaud and Rambaud, ; Lehane, DSP incidences, or at least the presence of DSP toxins, appear to be increasing and DSP toxins producing algae and toxic bivalves are frequently reported from new areas.


These incidents prompted the regulatory authorities in the United States to conduct a massive survey of many marine species for the presence of DA. Ina major Florida bloom event was dispersed by the Gulf Stream northward into North Carolina waters where it has since continued to be present. These PSP toxins are accumulated by shellfish grazing on algae producing these toxins.

The conditions for an algal bloom are not yet fully elucidated but the phenomenon is probably influenced by climatic and hydrographic circumstances Van Egmond and Speijers, The explosive growths sometimes appear during changes in weather conditions but important contributing causes may be variations in upwellings, temperature, transparency, turbulence or salinity of the water, the concentration of dissolved nutrients, wind or surface illumination Bower et al.

As a result, blooms can suddenly appear in surface waters that are devoid of nutrients and seem incapable of supporting such prolific growth Anderson, The known organisms producing DSP toxins were not observed in water samples collected at that time.

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Other algal species can be harmful to fish and invertebrates especially in intensive aquaculture systems by damaging or clogging their gills. Some algal species already produce toxins at low abundances of some hundreds of cells per giotoxinas, while other marinsa species must occur in some millions of cells per litre in order to cause any harm.

Shellfish grazing on these algae can accumulate the toxins but the shellfish itself is rather resistant to the harmful effects of these toxins.

These cysts sink to the bottom of the sea and accumulate at the borderline of water and sediment where they over-winter. The resting cyst or hypnozygote is the immobile form of some biitoxinas. It is not clear why some micro-algal species produce toxins. These toxins are secondary metabolites with no explicit role in the internal economy of the organisms that produce them and with very specific activities in mammals. Endemic areas are mainly the tropical and subtropical Pacific and Indian Ocean insular regions and the tropical Caribbean, but continental reef areas are also affected Legrand, The bkotoxinas soluble DSP toxins accumulate in the fatty tissue of the bivalves.


Mmarinas first group, acidic toxins, includes okadaic acid OA and its derivatives named dynophysistoxins DTXs. An unusual feature of Gymnodinium breve is the formation by wave action of toxic aerosols which can lead to asthma-like symptoms in humans. Mid-water exchange in regional seas may reduce the risk from polluted European harbour waters but may result in the transportation of potentially harmful phytoplankton species from the regional seas Macdonald and Davidson, The transportation of dinoflagellate resting cysts, especially from paralytic maronas poisoning toxin producers McMinn et al.

When favourable growth conditions return, the cysts may germinate and reinoculate the water with swimming cells that can subsequently bloom.

The symptoms included abdominal cramps, vomiting, disorientation and marjnas loss amnesia. The PSP toxins are a group of 21 closely related tetrahydropurines see Figure 2.

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Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning DSP in humans is caused by the ingestion of contaminated bivalves such as mussels, scallops, oysters or clams. At present, ciguatera is the most common type of marine food poisoning worldwide and, with an estimated 10 to 50 people worldwide suffering from the disease annually, it constitutes a global health problem De Fouw et al. Acid precipitation can further increase the mobility of humic substances and trace metals in soils Hallegraeff, The causative toxin the excitatory amino acid biooxinas acid or DA was produced by the diatom species Pseudo-nitzschiapungens f.

DSP toxins are produced usually by dinoflagellates that belong to the genera Dinophysis spp.

DSP toxins can be divided into different groups depending on chemical structure. In Octoberextracts of razor clams from the coast of Oregon were found to induce DA acid-like symptoms in mice.