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Chemical structure of holothurin A
Chemical structure of holothurin B

The holothurins are a group of toxins originally isolated from the sea cucumber Actinopyga agassizi.[1] The holothurins belong to the class of compounds known as saponins.[2]


  1. ^ Chanley, J. D.; Ledeen, R.; Wax, J.; Nigrelli, R. F.; Sobotka, Harry (1959). "Holothurin. I. Isolation, properties, and sugar components of holothurin A". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 81 (19): 5180–5183. doi:10.1021/ja01528a040. 
  2. ^ Kitagawa, I (1979). "Structure of holothurin A a biologically active triterpene-oligoglycoside from the sea cucumber holothuria leucospilota brandt". Tetrahedron Letters. 20 (16): 1419. doi:10.1016/S0040-4039(01)86166-9.