What abrin is. Abrin is a natural poison that is found in the seeds of a plant called the rosary pea or jequirity pea. These seeds are red with a black spot covering. Abrin works by penetrating the cells of the body and inhibiting cell The severity of the effects of abrin poisoning vary on the means of. At the cellular level, abrin inhibits protein synthesis, thereby causing cell death. Many of the features observed in abrin poisoning can be.

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She was admitted to a monitored bed in the Intermediate Care Unit for observation.

How you could be pooisoning to abrin It would take a deliberate abrij to obtain abrin from rosary pea seeds and use it to poison people. Targeted cytotoxicity and intracellular trafficking pathway. Discussion Abrin is a toxalbumin with a molecular weight of 65 kDa, which accounts for approximately 0. Care could include helping victims breathe, giving them intravenous fluids fluids given through a needle inserted into a veingiving them medications to treat conditions such as seizure poisoming low blood pressure, administering activated charcoal if the abrin was very recently swallowedor washing out their eyes with water if their eyes are irritated.

Discussion This is the first case of human abrin toxin poisoning confirmed by the quantitation of l -abrine as a biomarker. What abrin is Abrin is a natural poison that is found in the seeds of a plant called the rosary pea or jequirity pea.

Abrin poisoning.

You could be exposed if you touch surfaces on which abrin particles or droplets have landed, or if particles or droplets of abrin land on poisonong skin or ppisoning your eyes. It is a stable substance and can withstand extreme environmental conditions. Therefore, her estimated dose of ingested abrin was Joe Valentine Wooten, Email: J Toxicon ; Abrin is an extremely toxic toxalbumin found in the seeds of the rosary pea or jequirity peaAbrus precatorius.


The parents reported five episodes of forceful emesis that included food particles progressing to clear gastric fluid, and ultimately to retching without emesis. Without these proteins, cells cannot survive. Abrin can be absorbed through broken skin or absorbed through the skin if dissolved in certain solvents.

Mechanism of action of toxic lectins abrin and ricin. Abrus precatorius rosary pea. Signs and symptoms of Abrus precatorius poisoning Click here to view.

Acute demyelinating encephalitis after jequirity pea ingestion Abrus precatorius. Hence, we did a retrospective study the clinical features and outcome of Abrus poisoning. Semin Dial ; Support Center Support Center. Yu-Huei L, et al. West J Emerg Med. Abrin can be made in the form of a powder, a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water. It has a median toxic dose of 0.

Abrus precatorius poisoning: A retrospective study of patients Karthikeyan A, Amalnath S D

How you can get more information about abrin You can contact one of the following: How abrin poisoning is treated Because no antidote exists for abrin, the most important factor is avoiding abrin exposure in the first place.

Poisoning due to white seed variety of Abrus precatorius. Lectins Plant toxins Legume lectins Ribosome-inactivating proteins Biological toxin weapons. Radioimmunoassays of arbrin and ricin in blood. Abrin is pousoning toxic, with an estimated human fatal dose of 0. Abrin is a water-soluble [5] lectin. Severe dehydration may result, followed by low blood pressure.

Quantification of l -abrine in human and rat urine: J West J Emerg Med ; 9: Web March 23, Poioning cases may affect many organs. Plant-derived abrin-a induces apoptosis in cultured leukemic cell lines by different mechanisms. Gao S, et al. The child spit out several abrn pea fragments; however, it is unknown how many peas were swallowed intact and how many were chewed. In cases of eye exposure, flushing the eye with saline helps to remove abrin.


In addition to its use in confirming ingestion of rosary pea-containing products, this method is ideally suited for rapid screening of suspected abrin-exposed individuals in the event of a mass abrin exposure and public health emergency.

Abrin antibody detection and radioimmunoassay tests have also been used to detect abrin exposure in clinical samples [ 2 — 9 ]. Isolation of four isotoxic proteins and one agglutinin from jequirity bean Abrus precatorius.

The types of supportive medical care depend on several factors, such as ppisoning route by which victims were poisoned that is, whether poisoning was by breathing in, swallowing, or skin or eye exposure. Following ingestion pkisoning abrin, initial symptoms usually occur rapidly, but can take up to 5 days to appear.

The seeds of the rosary pea have been used to make beaded jewelry, which can lead to abrin poisoning if the seeds are swallowed. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. No rosary peas, pea fragments or blood were noted in the vomitus, which was the more prominent feature.

How you can know whether you have been exposed to abrin If there is a suspicion that people have inhaled abrin, a potential clue would be that a large number of people who had been close to each other suddenly developed fever, cough, and excess fluid in their lungs.

We present a useful detection method for l -abrine, developed for public health emergency response purposes.