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I had to do this little blurb for one of my classes. Every few years some fool poisons himself and most of his family, thinking he’s an expert. As usual–Trust but verify…..
Death Cap mushrooms belong to
a group of fungi called Amanita
phalloides and are considered one
of the most poisonous fungi
As a group, A. phalloides is
responsible for nearly all of the
human poisonings and deaths
related to poison mushroom
Amanita phalloides attacks the
body through RNA polymerase
inhibition and does not produce
immediate symptoms of poisoning.
This is one of the characteristics
the death cap uses to wreak havoc
on the human organism.
Specifically, the toxin attacks the
liver and kidneys with great gusto.
With no known cure or antidote,
a liver transplant is frequently
required, if the patient survives.
By inhibiting RNA polymerase,
the mushroom creates a perfect
storm of events uniquely suited to
destroying body systems on a
cellular level. Without functional
RNA polymerase, the body cannot
produce mRNA, thereby rendering
the body unable to create the
template required to generate new
DNA. In turn, unable to
maintain themselves, systems
begin to fail. As old cells weaken
and die,with no new ones being
generated to replace them, the
body quickly sickens and dies.
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