Unique toxic peptides isolated from sawfly larvae in three continents
D-Amino acid containing peptides have been found to be responsible for sawfly larvae poisoning in many parts of the world. These compounds, unique in the animal kingdom, were isolated from three different species of sawfly indigenous to Australia, Denmark and South America. The octapeptide, lophyrotomin, is the major toxin in the Australian and Danish species and is present in small amounts in the South American sawfly. Pergidin, the main toxin in the South American sawfly, is a heptapeptide...[Show more]
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