RECENTLY we showed1 that the four ergot alkaloids (ergotoxine, ergotinine, ergotamine and ergotaminine) by treatment with alcoholic potassium hydroxide give rise to a crystalline base ergine, which constitutes about half the parent molecule.

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    J. Chem. Soc., 1543; 1932.

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    J. Biol. Chem., 104, 547; 1934.

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