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Neurotoxic potential of swainsonine and related toxins

Swainsonine is an alkaloid deriving from astragalus species that specifically inhibits lysosomal mannosidase. The intoxication leads to so-called locoism that constituts a massive problem for livestock in the USA, New Zealand, and other countries. Swainsonine is used as a model substance for lysosomal storage disease in children. In coperation with the University of Yangling, the neurotoxic potential of swainsonine and neuroprotection against locoism will be studied in cell cultures.
Project leader
Rausch Wolf-Dieter
Type of Research
Basic research
Vetmed Research Units
Institute for Medical Biochemistry
Projekt partner
LKV Austria Qualit├Ątsmanagement GmbH, Dresdner Stra├če 89/19, 1200 Wien, Austria
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