|SRN-592 nerve agent|
125,000,000 Credits per unit
|Physical and technical specifications|
|Usage and history|
The SRN-592 nerve agent was a biological weapon designed for combat by Sareno Industries. It was odorless, colorless and highly dangerous. Anything with the organ system of a human would be affected by the agent, although testing on other species hasn't been done yet.
Like other nerve agents, sarin(SRN) attacks the nervous system of a living organism. It is an extremely potent irreversible cholinesterase inhibitor.
Sarin disrupts the nervous system by inhibiting the cholinesterase enzyme by forming a covalent bond with the particular serine residue in the enzyme which forms the site where acetylcholine normally undergoes hydrolysis; the fluorine of the phosphonyl fluoride group reacts with the hydroxyl group on the serine side-chain, forming a phosphoester and releasing HF. With the enzyme inhibited, acetylcholine builds up in the synapse and continues to act so that any nerve impulses are, in effect, continually transmitted.
Initial symptoms following exposure to sarin are a runny nose, tightness in the chest and constriction of the pupils. Soon after, the victim has difficulty breathing and experiences nausea and drooling. As the victim continues to lose control of bodily functions, the victim vomits, defecates and urinates. This phase is followed by twitching and jerking. Ultimately, the victim becomes comatose and suffocates in a series of convulsive spasms.
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The short- and long-term symptoms experienced by those affected included:
- difficulty breathing
- disturbed sleep and nightmares
- extreme sensitivity to light
- foaming at the mouth
- high fevers
- influenza-like symptoms
- loss of consciousness
- loss of memory
- loss of bowel control
- nausea and vomiting
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- respiratory problems
- uncontrollable trembling
- vision problems, both temporary and permanent.