cycasin


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cycasin

/cy·ca·sin/ (si´kah-sin) a toxic principle from the seeds of several species of Cycas, native to Guam; it is neoplastic to the liver, kidneys, intestine, and lungs after hydrolysis by intestinal bacteria.

cycasin

(sī′kă-sĭn)
A carcinogenic substance present in cycad plants.

cycasin

a toxic glycoside found in Cycas spp. and other cycads.
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This has been suggested after the discovery of cycasin from Cycas in 1979 (Matsushima et al.
As early as the 1960s, researchers knew that the bacterial enzyme beta-glucoronidase converts a plant chemical called cycasin into a carcinogen.
Because he's failed to produce the full, progressive disease in monkeys by dosing them with BMAA, he's now pursuing cycasin, another cycad compound.
You cycad fans can relax: properly washing cycad nuts removes the "possibly" carcinogenic cycasin.
Compounds being tested include methylmethoxymethanol, which comes from the naturally occurring toxin cycasin (from a plant in the cycad family), as well as N-methyl-N-nitrosourea and methyl methane sulfonate, both of which are synthetic compounds found in grilled foods and smoke.
neurotoxins cycasin and BMAA in cycad flour prepared by Guam Chamorros.