Still challenging : the ecological function of the cyanobacterial toxin microcystin – What we know so far

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Omidi , A , Esterhuizen-Londt , M & Pflugmacher , S 2017 , ' Still challenging : the ecological function of the cyanobacterial toxin microcystin – What we know so far ' , Toxin Reviews , vol. 37 , no. 2 , pp. 87-105 . https://doi.org/10.1080/15569543.2017.1326059

Title: Still challenging : the ecological function of the cyanobacterial toxin microcystin – What we know so far
Author: Omidi, Azam; Esterhuizen-Londt, Maranda; Pflugmacher, Stephan
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Environmental Sciences
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2017-05-22
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Toxin Reviews
ISSN: 1556-9543
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307829
Abstract: Microcystins (MCs) are the most commonly studied cyanotoxins. While these past studies have mainly focused on the toxicity of MCs, the evolutionary history of life has shown that toxicity can be considered as an assigned role to MCs. Nowadays, there is a growing interest in understanding the importance of cyanotoxins in any of the physiological processes or beyond at the ecological level. This review evaluates variously proposed intracellular and extracellular functions of MCs and how they benefit the producing cyanobacterium. However, the strain-specific and divergent laboratory and field results obtained to date have made it difficult to generalize.
Subject: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
1182 Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
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