By Theodor Wieland

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Autumnalis Lepiota 11. L. brunneoincarnata 12. L. 1 Chromatography, colorimetry (Andary et al. 61 TLC, spectrophotometry (Beutler and Vergeer 1980) mg g-l dry weight, figures are rounded. in these mushrooms is, on the average, ca. phalloides. Similar concentrations of amatoxins were found in species of Lepiota, such as L. helveola (Gerault and Girre 1975). Qualitatively, amatoxins have been found in additional Galerina, Lepiota and Pholiotina species: G. sulciceps (Besl 1981), G. badipes, G. beinrothii, G.

25. Thin-Layer Chromatography. Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) has been used in Amanita research since the mid-1960s (Sullivan et al. 1965). virosa) o-AMA Ama"u"'" Proamanullin RF Fig. 2. Schematic paper chromatogram in acetone-butanone-water of an extract of A. phallaides. g. by Palyza and Kulhanek (1970) and Palyza (1972,1974). In the author's laboratory, two systems have proved effective with silica gel (Merck 60F 254): A = sec. butanolethyl acetate-water (14:12:4 vol) and B=chloroform-methanol-water (65:25:4 vol).

This method has been applied to measure amatoxin concentrations in serum, urine, duodenal fluid and gastric juice of patients with Amanita poisoning. The test takes only 2 to 3 h and is useful not only in clinical, but also in forensic cases. Inhibition of RNA Polymerase. e. the enzyme activity is inhibited by 50%, if the medium con- 30 Recognition, Isolation, and Characterization of the Peptide Toxins tains less than 5 ng amatoxin per milliliter. On this basis, a quantitative determination of minimal toxin concentrations has been established by Preston et al.

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