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The Novichok nerve agents cause harm by crippling the action of cholinesterase, an enzyme involved in the normal and essential breakdown of some neurotransmitters.
Agents like Novichok can enter the body by being eaten or inhaled, or through the skin, and block the action of cholinesterase, an enzyme that breaks down a nervous-system protein called acetylcholine.
Suppression of cholinesterase can cause nerve impulses to be continuously transmitted, preventing muscle contractions from stopping—causing muscle spasms and, eventually, death.
These nerve poisons can inhibit an enzyme called cholinesterase, which breaks down a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
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medical Definition of cholinesterase
- The acetylcholine released by cholinergic fibers is rapidly decomposed by the action of cholinesterase.
- —John W. Hole, Human Anatomy & Physiology, 1981
- As a cholinesterase inhibitor, it increases parasympathetic nervous system activity.
- —T. A. Farley et. al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2 June 1999
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