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{{refimprove science|date=February 2016}}{{chembox| Verifiedfields = changed| Watchedfields = changed| verifiedrevid = 456484184| ImageFile=Tetrodotoxin.svg| ImageSize=| ImageFile2=Tetrodotoxin-based-on-xtal-1970-3D-balls.png| IUPACName= (4R,4aR,5R,6S,7S,8S,8aR,10S,12S)-2-azaniumylidene-4,6,8,12-tetrahydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)-2,3,4,4a,5,6,7,8-octahydro-1H-8a,10-methano-5,7-(epoxymethanooxy)quinazolin-10-olate| OtherNames=anhydrotetrodotoxin, 4-epitetrodotoxin, tetrodonic acid, TTX|Section1={{Chembox Identifiers| PubChem = 11174599
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}}|Section3={{Chembox Hazards| MainHazards=| FlashPt=| AutoignitionPt =
}}Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a potent neurotoxin. Its name derives from Tetraodontiformes, an order that includes pufferfish, porcupinefish, ocean sunfish, and triggerfish; several of these species carry the toxin. Although tetrodotoxin was discovered in these fish and found in several other aquatic animals (e.g., in blue-ringed octopuses, rough-skinned newts, and moon snails), it is actually produced by certain infecting or symbiotic bacteria like Pseudoalteromonas, Pseudomonas, and Vibrio as well as other species found in animals.Tetrodotoxin is a sodium channel blocker. It inhibits the firing of action potentials in neurons by binding to the voltage-gated sodium channels in nerve cell membranes and blocking the passage of sodium ions (responsible for the rising phase of an action potential) into the neuron. This prevents the nervous system from carrying messages and thus muscles from flexing in response to nervous stimulation.JOURNAL, Bane V, Lehane M, Dikshit M, O'Riordan A, Furey A, Tetrodotoxin: Chemistry, Toxicity, Source, Distribution and Detection, Toxins, 6, 2, 693–755, Feb 2014, 24566728, 3942760, 10.3390/toxins6020693, Its mechanism of action, selective blocking of the sodium channel, was shown definitively in 1964 by Toshio Narahashi and John W. Moore at Duke University, using the sucrose gap voltage clamp technique.JOURNAL, Narahashi T, Moore JW, Scott WR, Tetrodotoxin blockage of sodium conductance increase in lobster giant axons, The Journal of General Physiology, 47, 5, 965–74, May 1964, 14155438, 10.1085/jgp.47.5.965, 2195365,

Sources in nature

Apart from their bacterial species of most likely ultimate biosynthetic origin (see below), tetrodotoxin has been isolated from widely differing animal species, including:{{Div col |colwidth=22em}}
  • all octopuses and cuttlefish in small amounts, but specifically several species of the blue-ringed octopus, including Hapalochlaena maculosa (where it was called "maculotoxin"),
  • various pufferfish species,
  • certain angelfish,Sigma-Aldrich Tetrodotoxin (T8024) – Product Information Sheet.
  • species of Nassarius gastropods,
  • species of Naticidae (moon snails),JOURNAL, Hwang DF, Tai KP, Chueh CH, Lin LC, Jeng SS, Tetrodotoxin and derivatives in several species of the gastropod Naticidae, Toxicon, 29, 8, 1019–24, 1991, 1949060, 10.1016/0041-0101(91)90084-5,
  • several starfish, including Astropecten species,
  • several species of xanthid crabs.
  • species of Chaetognatha (arrow worms),
  • species of Nemertea (ribbon worms),
  • a polyclad flatworm,
  • land planarians of the genus Bipalium,JOURNAL, Stokes AN, Ducey PK, Neuman-Lee L, Hanifin CT, French SS, Pfrender ME, Brodie ED, Brodie ED, Confirmation and distribution of tetrodotoxin for the first time in terrestrial invertebrates: two terrestrial flatworm species (Bipalium adventitium and Bipalium kewense), PLOS One, 9, 6, e100718, 2014, 24963791, 4070999, 10.1371/journal.pone.0100718,
  • toads of the genus Atelopus,
  • The Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)JOURNAL, Marion, Zachary, Hay, Mark, Chemical Defense of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens): Variation in Efficiency against Different Consumers and in Different Habitats, PLOS ONE, 2011, 6, 12, 10.1371/journal.pone.0027581,weblink e27581, 22164212, 3229496,
  • western, rough-skinned newts of the genus Taricha (wherein it was originally termed "tarichatoxin"),
{{Div col end}}Tarichatoxin was shown to be identical to TTX in 1964 by Mosher et al.,JOURNAL, Scheuer PJ, Toxins from fish and other marine organisms, Advances in Food Research, 18, 141–61, 4929140, 1970, JOURNAL, Mosher HS, Fuhrman FA, Buchwald HD, Fischer HG, Tarichatoxin – tetrodotoxin: a potent neurotoxin, Science, 144, 3622, 1100–10, May 1964, 14148429, 10.1126/science.144.3622.1100, and the identity of maculotoxin and TTX was reported in Science in 1978,JOURNAL, Sheumack DD, Howden ME, Spence I, Quinn RJ, Maculotoxin: a neurotoxin from the venom glands of the octopus Hapalochlaena maculosa identified as tetrodotoxin, Science, 199, 4325, 188–89, Jan 1978, 619451, 10.1126/science.619451, Maculotoxin, a potent neurotoxin isolated from the posterior salivary glands of the blue-ringed octopus. Hapalochlaena maculosa, has now been identified as tetrodotoxin. This is the first reported case in which tetrodotoxin has been found to occur in a venom., and the synonymity of these two toxins is supported in modern reports (e.g., at PubchemWEB,weblink Tetrodotoxin, PubChem, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and in modern toxicology textbooksBOOK, Stine KE, Brown TM, 2015, Principles of Toxicology, 3rd, 196, 390, Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, 1466503432,weblink ) though historic monographs questioning this continue in reprint.BOOK, Gage, Peter W., Dulhunty, Angela F., vanc, Effects of Toxin from the Blue-Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa) [Chapter III], 85–106, Marine Pharmacognosy: Action of Marine Biotoxins at the Cellular Level, 2012, 1973, Martin, D.F., Padilla, G.M.,weblink 032315560X, Philadelphia, PA [New York, NY], Elsevier [Academic Press], The toxin is variously used by metazoans as a defensive biotoxin to ward off predation, or as both a defensive and predatory venom (e.g., in octopuses, chaetognaths, and ribbon worms).JOURNAL, Spafford, J.David, Spencer, Andrew N., Gallin, Warren J., 27 March 1998, A Putative Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel α Subunit (PpSCN1) from the Hydrozoan Jellyfish, Polyorchis penicillatus: Structural Comparisons and Evolutionary Considerations,weblink Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 244, 3, 772–80, Elsevier, 10.1006/bbrc.1998.8332, Even though the toxin acts as a defense mechanism, some predators such as the common garter snake have developed insensitivity to TTX, which allows them to prey upon toxic newts.JOURNAL, Brodie, Edmund D. III, Brodie, Edmund D. Jr, Tetrodotoxin Resistance in Garter Snakes: An Evolutionary Response of Predators to Dangerous Prey, Evolution, May 1990, 44, 3, 651, 10.2307/2409442, vanc, The association of TTX with consumed, infecting, or symbiotic bacterial populations within the metazoan species from which it is isolated is relatively clear; presence of TTX-producing bacteria within a metazoan's microbiome is determined by culture methods, the presence of the toxin by chemical analysis, and the association of the bacteria with TTX production by toxicity assay of media in which suspected bacteria are grown. As Lago et al. note, "there is good evidence that uptake of bacteria producing TTX is an important element of TTX toxicity in marine metazoans that present this toxin."JOURNAL, Lago J, Rodríguez LP, Blanco L, Vieites JM, Cabado AG, Tetrodotoxin, an Extremely Potent Marine Neurotoxin: Distribution, Toxicity, Origin and Therapeutical Uses, Marine Drugs, 13, 10, 6384–406, 2015, 26492253, 4626696, 10.3390/md13106384, TTX-producing bacteria include Actinomyces, Aeromonas, Alteromonas, Bacillus, Pseudomonas, and Vibrio species; in the following animals, specific bacterial species have been implicated:For a more comprehensive list of TTX-producing bacterial species associated with metazoans from which the toxin has been isolated or toxicity observed, and for a thorough discussion of the research literature regarding bacterial origins (and the remaining contrary perspectives, e.g., in newts), as well as for a thorough speculative discussion regarding biosynthesis, see JOURNAL, Chau R, Kalaitzis JA, Neilan BA, On the origins and biosynthesis of tetrodotoxin, Aquatic Toxicology, 104, 1–2, 61–72, Jul 2011, 21543051, 10.1016/j.aquatox.2011.04.001,weblink
  • Aeromonas species from the puffer fish, Takifugu obscurus,
  • Aeromonas, Pseudomonas, and Vibrio species from the gastropod Nassarius conoidalis,
  • Alteromonas, Bacillus, Pseudomonas, and Vibrio species from the Southern blue-ringed octopus, Hapalochlaena maculosa,JOURNAL, Hwang DF, Arakawa O, Saito T, Noguchi T, Simidu U, Tsukamoto K, Shida Y, Hashimoto K, Tetrodotoxin-producing bacteria from the blue-ringed octopus Octopus maculosus [sic.], Marine Biology, 100, 3, 327–32, 1988, 10.1007/BF00391147,
  • Vibrio alginolyticus, from the starfish species Astropecten polyacanthus,
  • Vibrio species including Vibrio alginolyticus, from the puffer fish, Takifugu vermicularis,JOURNAL, Vibrio alginolyticus, a tetrodotoxin-producing bacterium, in the intestines of the fish Fugu vermicularis vermicularis,weblink 1987, Marine Biology, 625–30, 94, 4, Noguchi, T., Hwang, D.F., Arakawa, O., Sugita, H., Deguchi, Y., Shida, Y., Hashimoto, K., 10.1007/BF00431409, vanc,
  • Vibrio species including Vibrio alginolyticus again, in arrow worms, phylum Chaetognatha,JOURNAL, Bacterial production of tetrodotoxin in four species of Chaetognatha, Thuesen EV, Kogure K, 1989, Biological Bulletin, 191–94, 2, 176,weblink 10.2307/1541587, 1541587,
  • Vibrio species, again, in ribbon worms, phylum Nemertea.JOURNAL, The production of tetrodotoxin-like substances by nemertean worms in conjunction with bacteria, 2003, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 51–63, 288, 1, Carroll, S., McEvoy, E.G., Gibson, R., 10.1016/S0022-0981(02)00595-6, vanc,
The association of bacterial species with the production of the toxin is unequivocal – Lago and coworkers state, "[e]ndocellular symbiotic bacteria have been proposed as a possible source of eukaryotic TTX by means of an exogenous pathway," and Chau and coworkers note that the "widespread occurrence of TTX in phylogenetically distinct organisms… strongly suggests that symbiotic bacteria play a role in TTX biosynthesis" – although the correlation has been extended to most but not all metazoans in which the toxin has been identified. To the contrary, there has been a failure in a single case, that of newts (Taricha granulosa), to detect TTX-producing bacteria in the tissues with highest toxin levels (skin, ovaries, muscle), using PCR methods,JOURNAL, Lehman, EM, Brodie ED, Jr, Brodie ED, 3rd, No evidence for an endosymbiotic bacterial origin of tetrodotoxin in the newt Taricha granulosa, Toxicon, 1 September 2004, 44, 3, 243–49, 10.1016/j.toxicon.2004.05.019, 15302530, although technical concerns about the approach have been raised. Critically for the general argument, Takifugu rubripes puffers captured and raised in laboratory on controlled, TTX-free diets "lose toxicity over time," while cultured, TTX-free Takifugu niphobles puffers fed on TTX-containing diets saw TTX in the livers of the fishes increase to toxic levels. Hence, as bacterial species that produce TTX are broadly present in aquatic sediments, a strong case is made for ingestion of TTX and/or TTX-producing bacteria, with accumulation and possible subsequent colonization and production. Nevertheless, without clear biosynthetic pathways (not yet found in metazoans, but shown for bacteria),As Chau et al., op. cit., note, "Despite its long history and a thorough knowledge of its toxicity and pharmacology, neither the pathway to TTX nor even the biogenic origin of TTX is known. The debate into whether TTX is derived from bacteria or is endogenous to the host animals is on-going and the only published study into the substrates of TTX biosynthesis proved inconclusive." it remains uncertain whether it is simply via bacteria that each metazoan accumulates TTX; the question remains as to whether the quantities can be sufficiently explained by ingestion, ingestion plus colonization, or some other mechanism.


{{Refimprove section|date=April 2016}}Tetrodotoxin binds to what is known as site 1 of the fast voltage-gated sodium channel.JOURNAL, Moczydlowski EG, The molecular mystique of tetrodotoxin, Toxicon, 63, 165–83, Mar 2013, 23261990, 10.1016/j.toxicon.2012.11.026, Site 1 is located at the extracellular pore opening of the ion channel. The binding of any molecules to this site will temporarily disable the function of the ion channel, thereby blocking the passage of sodium ions into the nerve cell (which is ultimately necessary for nerve conduction); neosaxitoxin and several of the conotoxins also bind the same site.The use of this toxin as a biochemical probe has elucidated two distinct types of voltage-gated sodium channels present in humans: the tetrodotoxin-sensitive voltage-gated sodium channel (TTX-s Na+ channel) and the tetrodotoxin-resistant voltage-gated sodium channel (TTX-r Na+ channel). Tetrodotoxin binds to TTX-s Na+ channels with a binding affinity of 5–15 nM, while the TTX-r Na+ channels bind TTX with low micromolar affinity.WEB, Tetrodotoxin,weblink Guide to Pharmacology, IUPHAR/BPS, {{failed verification|date=February 2016}} Nerve cells containing TTX-r Na+ channels are located primarily in cardiac tissue, while nerve cells containing TTX-s Na+ channels dominate the rest of the body.TTX and its analogs have historically been important agents for use as chemical tool compounds, for use in channel characterization and in fundamental studies of channel function.JOURNAL, Kao, C.Y., 1966, Tetrodotoxin, saxitoxin and their significance in the study of excitation phenomenon, Pharm Rev., 18, 2, 997–1049, 5328391, JOURNAL, Blankenship, J.E., 1976, Tetrodotoxin: From Poison to Powerful Tool, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 19, 4, Summer, 509–26, 10.1353/pbm.1976.0071, The prevalence of TTX-s Na+ channels in the central nervous system makes tetrodotoxin a valuable agent for the silencing of neural activity within a cell culture.

Chemical synthesis

In 1964, a team of scientists led by Robert B. Woodward elucidated the structure of tetrodotoxin.JOURNAL, Woodward RB, Robert B. Woodward, The Structure of Tetrodotoxin, Pure Appl. Chem., 9, 1, 49–75, 1964, 10.1351/pac196409010049,weblink The structure was confirmed by X-ray crystallography in 1970. Yoshito Kishi and coworkers reported the first total synthesis of racemic tetrodotoxin in 1972.JOURNAL, Kishi Y, Aratani M, Fukuyama T, Nakatsubo F, Goto T, Synthetic studies on tetrodotoxin and related compounds. 3. A stereospecific synthesis of an equivalent of acetylated tetrodamine, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 94, 26, 9217–19, Dec 1972, 4642370, 10.1021/ja00781a038, JOURNAL, Kishi Y, Fukuyama T, Aratani M, Nakatsubo F, Goto T, Synthetic studies on tetrodotoxin and related compounds. IV. Stereospecific total syntheses of DL-tetrodotoxin, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 94, 26, 9219–21, Dec 1972, 4642371, 10.1021/ja00781a039, M. Isobe and coworkersWEB,weblink Synthesis of (-)-Tetrodotoxin, Taber D, 2005-05-02, Organic Chemistry Portal,, JOURNAL, Ohyabu N, Nishikawa T, Isobe M, First asymmetric total synthesis of tetrodotoxin, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 125, 29, 8798–805, Jul 2003, 12862474, 10.1021/ja0342998, JOURNAL, Nishikawa T, Urabe D, Isobe M, An efficient total synthesis of optically active tetrodotoxin, Angewandte Chemie, 43, 36, 4782–85, Sep 2004, 15366086, 10.1002/anie.200460293, and J. Du Bois reported the asymmetric total synthesis of tetrodotoxin in 2003.JOURNAL, Hinman A, Du Bois J, A stereoselective synthesis of (–)-tetrodotoxin, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 125, 38, 11510–11, Sep 2003, 13129349, 10.1021/ja0368305, The two 2003 syntheses used very different strategies, with Isobe's route based on a Diels-Alder approach and Du Bois's work using C–H bond activation. Since then, methods have rapidly advanced, with several new strategies for the synthesis of tetrodotoxin having been developed.JOURNAL, Chau J, Ciufolini MA, The chemical synthesis of tetrodoxin: an ongoing quest, Marine Drugs, 9, 10, 2046–74, 2011, 22073009, 3210618, 10.3390/md9102046, JOURNAL, Sato K, Akai S, Yoshimura J, Stereocontrolled total synthesis of tetrodotoxin from myo-inositol and D-glucose by three routes: aspects for constructing complex multi-functionalized cyclitols with branched-chain structures, Natural Product Communications, 8, 7, 987–98, Jul 2013, 23980434,



TTX is extremely toxic. The Material Safety Data Sheet for TTX lists the oral median lethal dose (LD50) for mice as 334 Î¼g per kg.WEB, Material Safety Data Sheet Tetrodotoxin ACC# 01139,weblink Acros Organics N.V., For comparison, the oral LD50 of potassium cyanide for mice is 8.5 mg per kg,{{IDLH|cyanides|Cyanides (as CN)}} demonstrating that even orally, TTX is more poisonous than cyanide. TTX is even more dangerous if injected; the amount needed to reach a lethal dose by injection is only 8 μg per kg in mice.BOOK, Gilman, Alfred Goodman, Goodman, Louis Sanford, Gilman, Alfred Zack, vanc, Goodman & Gilman's The pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 1980, McGraw-Hill, New York, 0-07-146891-9, 310, The toxin can enter the body of a victim by ingestion, injection, or inhalation, or through abraded skin.JOURNAL, Jiri, Patockaa, Ladislav, Stredab, Brief Review of Natural Nonprotein Neurotoxins, ASA Newsletter, April 23, 2002, 02-2, 89, 16–23,weblink 26 May 2012, Richard, Price, Applied Science and Analysis inc., 1057-9419, vanc, Poisoning occurring as a consequence of consumption of fish from the order Tetraodontiformes is extremely serious. The organs (e.g. liver) of the pufferfish can contain levels of tetrodotoxin sufficient to produce the described paralysis of the diaphragm and corresponding death due to respiratory failure.JOURNAL, Clark RF, Williams SR, Nordt SP, Manoguerra AS, A review of selected seafood poisonings, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 26, 3, 175–84, 1999, 10485519,weblink Toxicity varies between species and at different seasons and geographic localities, and the flesh of many pufferfish may not be dangerously toxic.The mechanism of toxicity is through the blockage of fast voltage-gated sodium channels, which are required for the normal transmission of signals between the body and brain.BOOK, Humphrey, Rang, James, Ritter, Rod, Flower, Graeme, Henderson, Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 2015, Churchill Livingstone, 9780702053627, 8th, vanc, As a result, TTX causes loss of sensation, and paralysis of voluntary muscles including the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, stopping breathing.WEB, CDC – The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database: Biotoxin: Tetrodotoxin – NIOSH,weblink, 2016-01-03,


(File:Zh pharmacopoeia 1.JPG|thumbnail|upright|A Chinese Pharmacopoeia)The therapeutic uses of puffer fish (tetraodon) eggs were mentioned in the first Chinese pharmacopoea (Pen-T’ so Ching, The Book of Herbs, allegedly 2838–2698 BC by Shénnóng BÄ›n CÇŽo JÄ«ng; but a later date is more likely), where they were classified as having “medium” toxicity, but could have a tonic effect when used at the correct dose. The principle use was “to arrest convulsive diseases”.JOURNAL, Kao CY, Tetrodotoxin, saxitoxin and their significance in the study of excitation phenomena, Pharmacological Reviews, 18, 2, 997–1049, Jun 1966, 5328391, In the Pen-T’ so Kang Mu (Index Herbacea or The Great Herbal by Li Shih-Chen, 1596) some types of the fish Ho-Tun (the current Chinese name for tetraodon) were also recognized as both toxic yet, at the right dose, useful as part of a tonic. Increased toxicity in Ho-Tun was noted in fish caught at sea (rather than river) after the month of March. It was recognized that the most poisonous parts were the liver and eggs, but that toxicity could be reduced by soaking the eggs, noting that tetrodotoxin is slightly water-soluble, and soluble at 1 mg/mL in slightly acidic solutions.WEB, T8024 Sigma Tetrodotoxin,weblink Catalogue, Sigma-Aldrich, 23 August 2015, The German physician Engelbert Kaempfer, in his "A History of Japan" (translated and published in English in 1727), described how well known the toxic effects of the fish were, to the extent that it would be used for suicide and that the Emperor specifically decreed that soldiers were not permitted to eat it.BOOK, Kaempfer, Engelbert, Scheuchzer, Johannes Caspar, trans., The History of Japan …, 1727, J.C. Scheuchzer (ed.), London, England, vol. 1, 134–135,weblink There is also evidence from other sources that knowledge of such toxicity was widespread throughout southeast Asia and India.The first recorded cases of TTX poisoning affecting Westerners are from the logs of Captain James Cook from 7 September 1774. On that date Cook recorded his crew eating some local tropic fish (pufferfish), then feeding the remains to the pigs kept on board. The crew experienced numbness and shortness of breath, while the pigs were all found dead the next morning. In hindsight, it is clear that the crew survived a mild dose of tetrodotoxin, while the pigs ate the pufferfish body parts that contain most of the toxin, thus being fatally poisoned.The toxin was first isolated and named in 1909 by Japanese scientist Dr. Yoshizumi Tahara.JOURNAL, Suehiro, M, [Historical review on chemical and medical studies of globefish toxin before World War II]., Yakushigaku Zasshi, 1994, 29, 3, 428–34, 11613509, It was one of the agents studied by Japan's Unit 731, which evaluated biological weapons on human subjects in the 1930s.BOOK,weblink Weapons of Mass Destruction: Chemical and biological weapons, Eric Croddy, James J. Wirtz, ABC-CLIO, 2005, 9781851094905,

Symptoms and treatment

The diagnosis of pufferfish poisoning is based on the observed symptomatology and recent dietary history.BOOK, Butterton, J.R., Calderwell, S.B., Anthony S., Fauci, Eugene, Braunwald, Kurt J., Isselbacher, Jean D., Wilson, Joseph B., Martin, Dennis L., Kasper, Stephen L., Hauser, Dan L., Longo, vanc, Acute infectious diarrhoea disease and bacterial food poisoning, Harrison's principles of internal medicine, 1998, McGraw-Hill, Health Professions Division, New York, 0070202915, 796–601, 14th, Symptoms typically develop within 30 minutes of ingestion, but may be delayed by up to four hours; however, if the dose is fatal, symptoms are usually present within 17 minutes of ingestion. Paresthesia of the lips and tongue is followed by developing paresthesia in the extremities, hypersalivation, sweating, headache, weakness, lethargy, incoordination, tremor, paralysis, cyanosis, aphonia, dysphagia, and seizures. The gastrointestinal symptoms are often severe and include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain; death is usually secondary to respiratory failure. There is increasing respiratory distress, speech is affected, and the victim usually exhibits dyspnea, cyanosis, mydriasis, and hypotension. Paralysis increases, and convulsions, mental impairment, and cardiac arrhythmia may occur. The victim, although completely paralyzed, may be conscious and in some cases completely lucid until shortly before death, which generally occurs within 4 to 6 hours (range ~20 minutes to ~8 hours). However, some victims enter a coma.WEB, Benzer, Theodore, vanc, Tetrodotoxin Toxicity,weblink Medscape, 23 August 2015, If the patient survives 24 hours, recovery without any residual effects will usually occur over a few days.Therapy is supportive and based on symptoms, with aggressive early airway management. If ingested, treatment can consist of emptying the stomach, feeding the victim activated charcoal to bind the toxin, and taking standard life-support measures to keep the victim alive until the effect of the poison has worn off. Alpha adrenergic agonists are recommended in addition to intravenous fluids to combat hypotension; anticholinesterase agents "have been proposed as a treatment option but have not been tested adequately".No antidote has been developed and approved for human use, but a primary research report (preliminary result) indicates that a monoclonal antibody specific to tetrodotoxin is in development by USAMRIID that was effective, in the one study, for reducing toxin lethality in tests on mice.JOURNAL, Rivera VR, Poli MA, Bignami GS, Prophylaxis and treatment with a monoclonal antibody of tetrodotoxin poisoning in mice, Toxicon, 33, 9, 1231–37, Sep 1995, 8585093, 10.1016/0041-0101(95)00060-Y, {{closed access}}

Geographic frequency of toxicity

Poisonings from tetrodotoxin have been almost exclusively associated with the consumption of pufferfish from waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean regions, but pufferfishes from other regions are much less commonly eaten. Several reported cases of poisonings, including fatalities, involved pufferfish from the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Gulf of California. There have been no confirmed cases of tetrodotoxicity from the Atlantic pufferfish, Sphoeroides maculatus, but in three studies, extracts from fish of this species were highly toxic in mice. Several recent intoxications from these fishes in Florida were due to saxitoxin, which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning with very similar symptoms and signs. The trumpet shell Charonia sauliae has been implicated in food poisonings, and evidence suggests it contains a tetrodotoxin derivative. There have been several reported poisonings from mislabelled pufferfish, and at least one report of a fatal episode in Oregon when an individual swallowed a rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa.JOURNAL, Bradley SG, Klika LJ, A fatal poisoning from the Oregon rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa), JAMA, 246, 3, 247, Jul 1981, 7241765, 10.1001/jama.1981.03320030039026, {{closed access}}In 2009, a major scare in the Auckland Region of New Zealand was sparked after several dogs died eating Pleurobranchaea maculata (grey side-gilled seaslug) on beaches.WEB, McNabb P, Mackenzie L, Selwood A, Rhodes L, Taylor D, Cornelison C, 2009, Review of tetrodotoxins in the sea slug Pleurobranchaea maculata and coincidence of dog deaths along Auckland Beaches., Cawthron Institute for the Auckland Regional Council, Auckland Regional Council Technical Report 2009/108,weblink Children and pet owners were asked to avoid beaches, and recreational fishing was also interrupted for a time. After exhaustive analysis, it was found that the sea slugs must have ingested tetrodotoxin.NEWS,weblink Puffer fish toxin blamed for deaths of two dogs, Gibson, Eloise, vanc, 15 August 2009, The New Zealand Herald, 19 November 2011,
Statistical factors
Statistics from the Tokyo Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health indicate 20–44 incidents of fugu poisoning per year between 1996 and 2006 in the entire country, leading to 34–64 hospitalizations and 0–6 deaths per year, for an average fatality rate of 6.8%.WEB, ja:危険がいっぱい ふぐの素人料理, Danger in fugu amateur cuisine, Tokyo Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, Japanese,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 28 January 2010, yes, Of the 23 incidents recorded within Tokyo between 1993 and 2006, only one took place in a restaurant, while the others all involved fishermen eating their catch. From 2006 through 2009 in Japan there were 119 incidents involving 183 people but only 7 people died.WEB, ja: 自然毒のリスクプロファイル:魚類:フグ毒, Fish: fugu poison risk profile of natural poison, 厚生労働省 (Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare (Japan)), Japanese,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 27 September 2011, no, Only a few cases have been reported in the United States, and outbreaks in countries outside the Indo-Pacific area are rare.{{citation needed|date=July 2015}} In Haiti, tetrodotoxin is thought to have been used in voodoo preparations, in so-called zombie poisons, where subsequent careful analysis has repeatedly called early studies into question on technical grounds, and have failed to identify the toxin in any preparation,JOURNAL, Yasumoto T, Kao CY, Tetrodotoxin and the Haitian zombie, Toxicon, 24, 8, 747–49, 3775790, 10.1016/0041-0101(86)90098-x, 1986, JOURNAL, Kao CY, Yasumoto T, Tetrodotoxin in "zombie powder", Toxicon, 28, 2, 129–32, 2339427, 10.1016/0041-0101(90)90330-a, 1990, JOURNAL, Zombies and Tetrodotoxin, Terence, Hines, vanc,weblink Skeptical Inquirer, 32, 3, May–June 2008, 60–62, such that discussion of the matter has all but disappeared from the primary literature since the early 1990s. Kao and Yasumoto concluded in the first of their papers in 1986 that "the widely circulated claim in the lay press to the effect that tetrodotoxin is the causal agent in the initial zombification process is without factual foundation.”{{rp|748}}Genetic background is not a factor in susceptibility to tetrodotoxin poisoning. This toxicosis may be avoided by not consuming animal species known to contain tetrodotoxin, principally pufferfish; other tetrodotoxic species are not usually consumed by humans.
Fugu as a food
Poisoning from tetrodotoxin is of particular public health concern in Japan, where pufferfish "fugu" is a traditional delicacy. It is prepared and sold in special restaurants where trained and licensed chefs carefully remove the viscera to reduce the danger of poisoning.BOOK,weblink Molecules of death, Rosemary H., Warin, Glyn B., Steventon, Steve C., Mitchell, Imperial College Press, 2007, 390, 1-86094-814-6, There is potential for misidentification and mislabelling, particularly of prepared, frozen fish products.

Food analysis

The mouse bioassay developed for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) can be used to monitor tetrodotoxin in pufferfish and is the current method of choice. An HPLC method with post-column reaction with alkali and fluorescence has been developed to determine tetrodotoxin and its associated toxins. The alkali degradation products can be confirmed as their trimethylsilyl derivatives by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.

Detection in body fluids

Tetrodotoxin may be quantified in serum, whole blood or urine to confirm a diagnosis of poisoning in hospitalized patients or to assist in the forensic investigation of a case of fatal overdosage. Most analytical techniques involve mass spectrometric detection following gas or liquid chromatographic separation.BOOK, Baselt, Randall C., vanc, Disposition of toxic drugs and chemicals in man, 2008, Biomedical Publications, Foster City, California, 978-0-9626523-7-0, 1521–22, 8th,

Modern therapeutic research

Tetrodotoxin has been investigated as a possible treatment for cancer-associated pain. Early clinical trials demonstrate significant pain relief in some patients.JOURNAL, Hagen NA, Lapointe B, Ong-Lam M, Dubuc B, Walde D, Gagnon B, Love R, Goel R, Hawley P, Ngoc AH, du Souich P, A multicentre open-label safety and efficacy study of tetrodotoxin for cancer pain, Current Oncology, 18, 3, e109–16, Jun 2011, 21655148, 3108870, 10.3747/co.v18i3.732, JOURNAL, Hagen NA, du Souich P, Lapointe B, Ong-Lam M, Dubuc B, Walde D, Love R, Ngoc AH, Tetrodotoxin for moderate to severe cancer pain: a randomized, double blind, parallel design multicenter study, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 35, 4, 420–49, Apr 2008, 18243639, 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2007.05.011, In addition to the cancer pain application mentioned, mutations in one particular TTX-sensitive Na+ channel are associated with some migraine headaches,JOURNAL, Nieto FR, Cobos EJ, Tejada MÁ, Sánchez-Fernández C, González-Cano R, Cendán CM, Tetrodotoxin (TTX) as a therapeutic agent for pain, Marine Drugs, 10, 2, 281–305, Feb 2012, 22412801, 3296997, 10.3390/md10020281, although it is unclear as to whether this has any therapeutic relevance for most people with migraine.BOOK, Stimmel, Barry, vanc, Alcoholism, drug addiction, and the road to recovery: life on the edge, Haworth Medical Press, New York, 2002, 12: Heroin Addiction, Tetrodotoxin blocks the sodium currents and is believed to have potential as a potent analgesic and as an effective agent in detoxoification from heroin addiction without withdrawal symptoms and without producing physical dependence., 0-7890-0553-0, Tetrodotoxin has been used clinically to relieve the headache associated with heroin withdrawal.JOURNAL, Song H, Li J, Lu CL, Kang L, Xie L, Zhang YY, Zhou XB, Zhong S, Tetrodotoxin alleviates acute heroin withdrawal syndrome: a multicentre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology, 38, 8, 510–14, Aug 2011, 21575032, 10.1111/j.1440-1681.2011.05539.x,


{{globalize/US|date=February 2017}}In the U.S., tetrodotoxin appears on the select agents list of the Department of Health and Human Services,WEB, HHS and USDA Select Agents and Toxins 7 CFR Part 331, 9 CFR Part 121, and 42 CFR Part 73.,weblink 17 March 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 17 January 2009, yes, and scientists must register with HHS to use tetrodotoxin in their research. However, investigators possessing less than 500 mg are exempt from regulation.WEB,weblink Federal Select Agent Program, Permissible Toxin Amounts, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 Feb 2017,

Popular culture

Tetrodotoxin serves as a plot device for characters to fake death, as in the films Hello Again (1987), The A-Team (2010) and (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) (2014), and in episodes of Miami Vice (1985),Miami Vice (1984–1990) Tale of the Goat. IMDb Nikita, MacGyver Season 7, Episode 6, where the antidote is Datura stramonium leaf, (Season 4, episode 9 "Boo") and Chuck. In Law Abiding Citizen (2009) its paralysis is presented as a method of assisting torture. The toxin is used as a weapon in both the second season of Archer, in Covert Affairs and in the Inside No. 9 episode "The Riddle of the Sphinx".WEB, Kitin, Miranda, vanc, Covert Affairs Recap: Starlings of the Slipstream, Movie News Guide, 26 November 2014,weblink 25 July 2015, WEB, 2015, Covert Affairs: Starlings of the Slipstream (season 5, episode 12, original air date 13 November 2014), USA Networks,weblink 25 July 2015, In episode 16 of Dragon Ball, the characters are inadvertently poisoned by a puffer fish soup. In season 2 episode 11 of The Simpsons, Homer ingests an improperly cut fugu and is given 22 hours to live. In the live-action film Ghost in the Shell (2017), Ouelet is ordered to euthanize Killian with a poison vial labeled with the chemical formula of tetrodotoxin.In the sci-fi series Orphan Black, a half organic, half mechanical "maggot bot" engineered by Evie Cho as a vector for gene therapy delivery to patients, makes use of tetrodotoxin as a defence mechanism to protect the device against tampering.Based on the presumption that tetrodotoxin is not always fatal, but at near-lethal doses can leave a person extremely unwell with the person remaining conscious, tetrodotoxin has been alleged to result in zombieism, and has been suggested as an ingredient in Haitian Vodou preparations. This idea first appeared in the 1938 non-fiction book Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston in which there were multiple accounts of purported tetrodotoxin poisoning in Haiti by a voodoo sorcerer called the Bokor.BOOK, Hurston, Zora Neale, Ishmael, Reed, Henry, Louis, vanc, Tell my horse: Voodoo and life in Haiti and Jamaica, 2009, 336, Harper Perennial, New York, 978-0061695131, 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics, These stories were later popularized by Harvard-trained ethnobotanist Wade DavisBOOK, Davis, Wade, vanc, 'The Serpent and the Rainbow (book), The Serpent and the Rainbow, 1985, Simon and Schuster, New York, 978-0671502478, 1st Touchstone, in his 1985 book{{Oldid|page=The Serpent and the Rainbow (book)|oldid=733067345|label=The Serpent and the Rainbow (book)}} and Wes Craven's 1988 film, both titled The Serpent and the Rainbow. But this theory has been dismissed by the scientific community since the 1990s based on analytical chemistry-based tests of multiple preparations and review of earlier reports (see above).In the 2007 remake of The Wizard of Gore, a mind control drug, referred to as Tetrodotoxin, is used by Montag the Magnificent during his performances in order to create his gory illusions.In the famous Hitman game series, TTX is a signature weapon of Agent 47.{{Citation needed|date=December 2017}}

See also

  • Clairvius Narcisse, a Haitian alleged to have been buried alive under the effect of the drug
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Further reading

  • JOURNAL, Bane V, Lehane M, Dikshit M, O'Riordan A, Furey A, Tetrodotoxin: chemistry, toxicity, source, distribution and detection, Toxins, 6, 2, 693–755, 2014, 24566728, 3942760, 10.3390/toxins6020693,
  • JOURNAL, Lago J, Rodríguez LP, Blanco L, Vieites JM, Cabado AG, Tetrodotoxin, an Extremely Potent Marine Neurotoxin: Distribution, Toxicity, Origin and Therapeutical Uses, Marine Drugs, 13, 10, 6384–406, 2015, 26492253, 4626696, 10.3390/md13106384,
  • JOURNAL, Moczydlowski EG, The molecular mystique of tetrodotoxin, Toxicon, 63, 165–83, 2013, 23261990, 10.1016/j.toxicon.2012.11.026,
  • JOURNAL, Lange WR, Puffer fish poisoning, American Family Physician, 42, 4, 1029–33, 1990, 2220511,
  • JOURNAL, Nagashima Y, Matsumoto T, Kadoyama K, Ishizaki S, Taniyama S, Takatani T, Arakawa O, Terayama M, Tetrodotoxin poisoning due to smooth-backed blowfish, Lagocephalus inermis and the toxicity of L. inermis caught off the Kyushu coast, Japan, Shokuhin Eiseigaku Zasshi. Journal of the Food Hygienic Society of Japan, 53, 2, 85–90, 2012, 22688023, 10.3358/shokueishi.53.85,
  • JOURNAL, Padera RF, Tse JY, Bellas E, Kohane DS, Tetrodotoxin for prolonged local anesthesia with minimal myotoxicity, Muscle & Nerve, 34, 6, 747–53, 2006, 16897761, 10.1002/mus.20618,
  • JOURNAL, Tetrodotoxin poisoning associated with eating puffer fish transported from Japan – California, 1996, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 45, 19, 389–91, 1996, 8609880, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC),
  • JOURNAL, Cole JB, Heegaard WG, Deeds JR, McGrath SC, Handy SM, Tetrodotoxin poisoning outbreak from imported dried puffer fish – Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2014, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 63, 51, 1222–25, 2015, 25551594,
  • JOURNAL, Liu SH, Tseng CY, Lin CC, Is neostigmine effective in severe pufferfish-associated tetrodotoxin poisoning?, Clinical Toxicology, 53, 1, 13–21, 2015, 25410493, 10.3109/15563650.2014.980581,
  • JOURNAL, Rivera VR, Poli MA, Bignami GS, Prophylaxis and treatment with a monoclonal antibody of tetrodotoxin poisoning in mice, Toxicon, 33, 9, 1231–37, 1995, 8585093, 10.1016/0041-0101(95)00060-y,
  • JOURNAL, Chang FC, Spriggs DL, Benton BJ, Keller SA, Capacio BR, 4-Aminopyridine reverses saxitoxin (STX)- and tetrodotoxin (TTX)-induced cardiorespiratory depression in chronically instrumented guinea pigs, Fundamental and Applied Toxicology, 38, 1, 75–88, 1997, 9268607, 10.1006/faat.1997.2328,
  • JOURNAL, Ahasan HA, Mamun AA, Karim SR, Bakar MA, Gazi EA, Bala CS, Paralytic complications of puffer fish (tetrodotoxin) poisoning, Singapore Medical Journal, 45, 2, 73–74, 2004, 14985845,
  • JOURNAL, How CK, Chern CH, Huang YC, Wang LM, Lee CH, Tetrodotoxin poisoning, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 21, 1, 51–54, 2003, 12563582, 10.1053/ajem.2003.50008,

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