Thought, fact and quote for the day 8/5/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 8/5/12

Thought 4the day:One thing in life is that i feel all horses and ponies deserve that happiness. Most find it pretty quick others it takes sometime but hopefully they get there. Look at Puzzle she came in wanting to bite and kick and corner people as that was her defence mode. Mickey and Riddles came in not wantint any human contact at all same with Indie yet his was so much worse. Then you have others that crave that attention and you could almost call them an in your face horse! We have some that want to be with you but then are they really sure they want to they just can't decide they are still a little unsure but then when you go to them their faces literally light up as they want a leader and they just want to follow. Each horse is unique and none i have ever met are the same!
 
 
Quote 4the day: horses are for life not just for christmas besides they don't like being in boxes long!!!
 
 
Fact 4the day: Abrus precatorius, known commonly as Jequirity, Crab's Eye, Rosary Pea, John Crow Bead, Precatory bean, Indian Licorice, Akar Saga, Giddee Giddee or Jumbie Bead in Trinidad & Tobago, is a slender, perennial climber that twines around trees, shrubs, and hedges. It is a legume with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves.

The plant is best known for its seeds, which are used as beads and in ...percussion instruments, and which are toxic due to the presence of abrin. The plant is native to Indonesia and grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world where it has been introduced. It has a tendency to become weedy and invasive where it has been introduced.

Toxin

The toxin abrin is a dimer consisting of two protein subunits, termed A and B. The B chain facilitates abrin's entry into a cell by bonding to certain transport proteins on cell membranes, which then transport the toxin into the cell. Once inside the cell, the A chain prevents protein synthesis by inactivating the 26S subunit of the ribosome. One molecule of abrin will inactivate up to 1,500 ribosomes per second.

Symptoms are identical to those of ricin, except abrin is more toxic by almost two orders of magnitude; the fatal dose of abrin is approximately 75 times smaller than the fatal dose of ricin. Abrin can kill with a circulating amount of less than 3 micrograms.[citation needed]Abrin has an estimated human fatal dose of 0.1-1 mug/kg. Ingesting the intact seeds typically results in no clinical findings, as they pass through the gastrointestinal tract due to their hard shell.

Abrus precatorius, called kudri mani in Tamil and guru ginja in Telugu, has been used in Siddha medicine for centuries. The Tamil Siddhars knew about the toxic effects in plants and suggested various methods which is called "suththi seythal" or purification. This is done by boiling the seeds in milk and then drying them. The protein is denatured when subjected to high temperatures which removes it toxicity.

In March 2012 a recall was issued for bracelets made using Jequirity Beans sold by the Eden Project and other outlets in the UK.

This plant is also poisonous to horses.
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