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Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223048/vegetative-insecticidal-protein-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-blb459-and-its-efficiency-against-lepidoptera
#1
Hanen Boukedi, Saoussen Ben Khedher, Rania Hadhri, Samir Jaoua, Slim Tounsi, Lobna Abdelkefi-Mesrati
Bacillus thuringiensis strain BLB459 supernatant showed a promising activity against Lepidopteran pests with extremely damages in the larvae midgut. Investigations of the genes that encode secreted toxin demonstrated that this strain harbored a vip3-type gene named vip3(459). Based on its original nucleotide and amino acid sequences, this gene was cloned into pET-14b vector and overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The expressed protein was purified and tested against different insects and interestingly the novel toxin demonstrated a remarkable activity against the stored products pest Ephestia kuehniella and the polyphagous insects Spodoptera littoralis and Agrotis segetum...
February 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223047/diversity-in-sequences-post-translational-modifications-and-expected-pharmacological-activities-of-toxins-from-four-conus-species-revealed-by-the-combination-of-cutting-edge-proteomics-transcriptomics-and-bioinformatics
#2
Michel Degueldre, Marion Verdenaud, Garikoitz Legarda, Rebeca Minambres, Sheila Zuniga, Mathieu Leblanc, Nicolas Gilles, Frederic Ducancel, Edwin De Pauw, Loic Quinton
Venomous animals have developed a huge arsenal of reticulated peptides for defense and predation. Based on various scaffolds, they represent a colossal pharmacological diversity, making them top candidates for the development of innovative drugs. Instead of relying on the classical, low-throughput bioassay-guided approach to identify innovative bioactive peptides, this work exploits a recent paradigm to access to venom diversity. This strategy bypasses the classical approach by combining high-throughput transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics cutting-edge technologies to generate reliable peptide sequences...
February 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219625/a-novel-%C3%AE-conotoxin-from-worm-hunting-conus-tessulatus-that-selectively-inhibit-rat-ttx-resistant-sodium-currents
#3
Manyi Yang, Shuang Zhao, Xiaoli Min, Meiying Shao, Yongheng Chen, Zhuchu Chen, Maojun Zhou
μ-conotoxins are a group of marine Conus peptides that inhibit sodium currents, so μ-conotoxins are valuable in sodium channel research and new analgesic drug discovery. Here, a novel μ-conotoxin TsIIIA was identified from a worm-hunting Conus tessulatus. TsIIIA was chemical synthesized according to its amino acid sequence GCCRWPCPSRCGMARCCSS and identified by mass spectrum. Patch clamp on rat dorsal root ganglion cells showed that 10 μM TsIIIA specifically inhibit TTX-resistant sodium currents but has no effect on TTX-sensitive sodium currents...
February 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216410/coagulopathy-and-extensive-local-swelling-following-green-pit-viper-trimeresurus-trigonocephalus-envenoming-in-sri-lanka
#4
R M M K Namal Rathnayaka, S A M Kularatne, P E A Nishanthi Ranathunga
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (Sri Lankan Green pit viper) is a moderately venomous arboreal snake endemic to Sri Lanka. Even though, its bites are not uncommon, published reports of such cases are limited to three in literature. We report three cases of coagulopathy following Green pit viper bites and treatment with fresh frozen plasma.
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216409/structure-and-activity-of-contryphan-vc2-importance-of-the-d-amino-acid-residue
#5
Stephen B Drane, Samuel D Robinson, Christopher A MacRaild, Sandeep Chhabra, Balasubramanyam Chittoor, Rodrigo A V Morales, Eleanor W W Leung, Alessia Belgi, Samuel S Espino, Baldomero M Olivera, Andrea J Robinson, David K Chalmers, Raymond S Norton
In natural proteins and peptides, amino acids exist almost invariably as L-isomers. There are, however, several examples of naturally-occurring peptides containing D-amino acids. In this study we investigated the role of a naturally-occurring D-amino acid in a small peptide identified in the transcriptome of a marine cone snail. This peptide belongs to a family of peptides known as contryphans, all of which contain a single D-amino acid residue. The solution structure of this peptide was solved by NMR, but further investigations with molecular dynamics simulations suggest that its solution behaviour may be more dynamic than suggested by the NMR ensemble...
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216408/neuroprotective-property-of-low-molecular-weight-fraction-from-b-jararaca-snake-venom-in-h2o2-induced-cytotoxicity-in-cultured-hippocampal-cells
#6
Samyr Machado Querobino, Daniel Carneiro Carrettiero, Maricilia Silva Costa, Carlos Alberto-Silva
In central nervous system cells, low molecular weight fractions (LMWF) from snake venoms can inhibit changes in mitochondrial membrane permeability, preventing the diffusion of cytochrome c to the cytoplasm, inhibiting the activation of pro-apoptotic factors. Here, we evaluated the neuroprotective activity of LMWF from Bothrops jararaca (Bj) snake venom in H2O2-induced cytotoxicity in cultured hippocampal cells. SDS-PAGE, FT-IR and MALDI-TOF analysis of LMWF (<14 kDa) confirmed the absence of high-molecular-weight proteins in the fraction...
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209481/botulinum-toxin-type-a-reduces-inflammatory-hypernociception-induced-by-arthritis-in-the-temporomadibular-joint-of-rats
#7
Victor Ricardo Manuel Muñoz Lora, Juliana Trindade Clemente-Napimoga, Henrique Ballassini Abdalla, Cristina Gomes Macedo, Giancarlo de la Torre Canales, Celia Marisa Rizzatti Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the antinociceptive effects of Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) on persistent inflammatory hypernociception induced by arthritis in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Wistar rats were induced to persistent inflammatory hypernociception in the left TMJ. Then, animals were treated with intra-TMJ injections of BoNT-A, using doses of 3.5, 7 and 14 U/kg. Saline was used as control group. Behavioral tests were applied to evaluated the effect of BoNT-A in the inflammatory hypernociception...
February 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209480/thermal-stabilization-of-anti-%C3%AE-cobratoxin-single-domain-antibodies
#8
George P Anderson, Jessica H Liu, Dan Zabetakis, Jinny L Liu, Ellen R Goldman
There is an unmet need for snake antivenoms that can be stored ready to use near the point of care. To address that need we have taken two anti-α-cobratoxin single domain antibodies and increased their thermal stability to improve their ambient temperature shelf-life. The anti-α-cobratoxin single domain antibodies C2 and C20 were first isolated, and demonstrated to be toxin neutralizing by Richard et al., 2013 (Richard, G., Meyers, A.J., McLean, M.D., Arbabi-Ghahroudi, M., MacKenzie, R., Hall, J.C., 2013...
February 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209479/subacute-immunotoxicity-of-the-marine-phycotoxin-yessotoxin-in-rats
#9
Sara F Ferreiro, Natalia Vilariño, Cristina Carrera, M Carmen Louzao, Germán Santamarina, Antonio G Cantalapiedra, J Manuel Cifuentes, Andrés C Vieira, Luis M Botana
Yessotoxin (YTX) is a marine phycotoxin produced by dinoflagellates and accumulated in filter feeding shellfish. YTX content in shellfish is regulated by many food safety authorities to protect human health, although currently no human intoxication episodes have been unequivocally related to YTX presence in food. The immune system has been proposed as one of the target organs of YTX due to alterations of lymphoid tissues and cellular and humoral components. The aim of the present study was to explore subacute immunotoxicity of YTX in rats by evaluating the haematological response, inflammatory cytokine biomarkers and the presence of YTX-induced structural alterations in the spleen and thymus...
February 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209476/the-role-of-a-psp-producing-alexandrium-bloom-in-an-unprecedented-diamondback-terrapin-malaclemys-terrapin-mortality-event-in-flanders-bay-new-york-usa
#10
Theresa K Hattenrath-Lehmann, Robert J Ossiboff, Craig A Burnell, Carlton D Rauschenberg, Kevin Hynes, Russell L Burke, Elizabeth M Bunting, Kim Durham, Christopher J Gobler
Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are a threatened or endangered species in much of their range along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Over an approximately three-week period from late April to mid-May 2015, hundreds of adult diamondback terrapins were found dead on the shores of Flanders Bay, Long Island, New York, USA. Concurrent with the mortality event, elevated densities of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST)-producing dinoflagellate, Alexandrium fundyense (>10(4) cells L(-1)) and high levels of PST in bivalves (maximal levels = 540 μg STX eq...
February 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209478/algal-bloom-response-and-risk-management-on-site-response-tools
#11
Susan B Watson, Arthur Zastepa, Gregory L Boyer, Eric Matthews
Harmful algal blooms caused by cyanobacteria can present a risk to the safety of drinking- and recreational waters and beachfronts through the production of toxins, particularly microcystin, which are highly resilient to degradation. These blooms are difficult to predict, vary in appearance and toxicity, and can show significant spatial heterogeneity: wind- and current-borne scums can produce an order of magnitude range in toxin levels along shorelines. The growing demand for reliable, cost-effective and rapid methods to detect toxins in bloom material and reduce the risk of public exposure cannot be met by most analytical lab turnaround times...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209477/characterizing-the-biological-and-biochemical-profile-of-six-different-scorpion-venoms-from-the-buthidae-and-scorpionidae-family
#12
Sebastian Estrada-Gómez, Lyz Gomez-Rave, Leidy Vargas-Muñoz, Arie van der Meijden
The objective of this study was to characterize a selection of six different scorpion venoms using biological and biochemical methods, including a preliminary MS/MS and a post-translational modifications analysis. Despite the diversity of scorpion species of medical importance in Africa and Colombia, the venoms of these arachnids have been poorly studied in these two regions. We report the biochemical, electrophoretic, chromatographic profile, internal peptide sequences with a post-translational modification report, and a preliminary antitumor activity of five different scorpions of the Buthidae family, Androctonus amoreuxi, Babycurus jacksoni, Grosphus grandidieri, Hottentotta gentili and Tityus fuhrmanni, and one of the Scorpionidae family Pandinus imperator...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209475/quantification-of-psp-toxins-in-toxic-shellfish-matrices-using-post-column-oxidation-liquid-chromatography-and-pre-column-oxidation-liquid-chromatography-methods-suggests-post-column-oxidation-liquid-chromatography-as-a-good-monitoring-method-of-choice
#13
Verónica Rey, Ana M Botana, Luis M Botana
Different shellfish samples were analyzed by Pre- and Post-Column Oxidation Liquid Chromatography to compare the toxins profiles and get information about the degree of accomplishment of both methods. Comparison of the results obtained, the linear correlation coefficient (r(2) = 0.94) and the paired t test (two tails, α = 0.05), indicated that there were not significant differences between both sets of data. Nevertheless, important differences related to toxins profiles were found: it was remarkable the difference in results for both Gonyautoxins 1 and 4 and Decarbamoylgonyautoxins 2 and 3, depending on the method of choice, due to an overestimation in the Pre-Column method...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202363/identifying-different-transcribed-proteins-in-the-newly-described-theraphosidae-pamphobeteus-verdolaga
#14
Sebastian Estrada-Gómez, Leidy Johana Vargas-Muñoz, Mónica Saldarriaga-Córdoba, Yeimy Cifuentes, Carlos Perafan
Theraphosidae spider venoms are well known for possess a complex mixture of protein and non-protein compounds in their venom. The objective of this study was to report and identify different proteins translated from the venom gland DNA information of the recently described Theraphosidae spider Pamphobeteus verdolaga. Using a venom gland transcriptomic analysis, we reported a set of the first complete sequences of seven different proteins of the recenlty described Theraphosidae spider P. verdolaga. Protein analysis indicates the presence of different proteins on the venom composition of this new spider, some of them uncommon in the Theraphosidae family...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202361/pre-clinical-evaluation-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-blockers-derived-from-the-spider-p-%C3%A2-nigriventer-in-glioma-progression
#15
Natália Fontana Nicoletti, Thaís Cristina Erig, Rafael Fernandes Zanin, Marcelo Ricardo Roxo, Nelson Pires Ferreira, Marcus Vinicius Gomez, Fernanda Bueno Morrone, Maria Martha Campos
This study investigated the effects of P/Q- and N-type voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) blockers derived from P. nigriventer in glioma progression, by means of in vitro and in vivo experiments. Glioma cells M059J, U-138MG and U-251MG were used to evaluate the antiproliferative effects of P/Q- and N-type VGCC inhibitors PhTx3-3 and Phα1β from P. nigriventer (0.3-100 pM), in comparison to MVIIC and MVIIA from C. magus (0.3-100 pM), respectively. The toxins were also analyzed in a glioma model induced by implantation of GL261 mouse cells...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202362/effects-of-crude-extracts-of-a-saxitoxin-producer-strain-of-the-cyanobacterium-cylindrospermopsis-raciborskii-on-the-swimming-behavior-of-wild-and-laboratory-reared-guppy-poecilia-vivipara
#16
Karina C Lopes, Aloysio da S Ferrão-Filho, Everton G N Dos Santos, Rodolfo A Cunha, Cláudia P Santos
The cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii is an invasive species in water supply reservoirs worldwide, which can produces cylindrospermopsins and saxitoxins. In the wild, guppy (Poecilia vivipara) can be exposed to cyanotoxins, but those born and reared in laboratory are free of this contact. The aim of this paper was to comparatively measure the locomotor activity of 'wild' and 'lab' P. vivipara before and after exposure to crude extracts of two different cultures of C. raciborskii (CYRF-01), a saxitoxin-procucer strain...
February 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192687/corrigendum-to-the-first-report-on-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-venom-gland-of-iranian-scorpion-hemiscorpius-lepturus-toxicon-125-2017-123-130
#17
Elham Torabi, Saeme Asgari, Vahid Khalaj, Mahdi Behdani, Fatemeh Kazemi-Lomedasht, Kamran Pooshang Bagheri, Delavar Shahbazzadeh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185673/corrigendum-to-exploring-and-understanding-the-functional-role-and-biochemical-and-structural-characteristics-of-an-acidic-phospholipase-a2-apltx-i-purified-from-agkistrodon-piscivorus-leucostoma-snake-venom-toxicon-127-2017-22-36
#18
L M Resende, J R Almeida, R S Ramos, R C O Collaço, L R Simioni, D Ramírez, W González, A M Soares, L A Calderon, S Marangoni, S L da Silva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161121/expression-analysis-of-micrornas-and-mrnas-in-ovarian-granulosa-cells-after-microcystin-lr-exposure
#19
Xiaoyan Li, Xin Zhuang, Tianchi Xu, Min Mao, Cong Wang, Yabing Chen, Xiaodong Han, Jiang Wu
Microcystin is a cyclic heptapeptide compounds which could cause female mammals' reproductive toxicity. Ovarian granulosa cells (GCs) are essential for the growth and development of follicles. In this study, after mouse granulosa cells (mGCs) treated with microcystin-LR (MC-LR) for 48 h, microRNAs (miRNAs) and mRNAs microarray technology were adopted to detect the expression of miRNAs and mRNAs. The results showed that 125 miRNAs and 283 mRNAs changed significantly, including 50 miRNAs down-regulated (fold change < -1...
February 2, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161122/acute-and-repeated-dose-28-days-toxicity-studies-in-rats-and-dogs-of-recombinant-batroxobin-a-snake-venom-thrombin-like-enzyme-expressed-from-pichia-pastoris
#20
Ok Hwan Kim, Kil-Sang Cho, Young Seomun, Jong-Tak Kim, Kwang-Hoe Chung
Recombinant batroxobin is a thrombin-like enzyme of Bothrops atrox moojeni venom. To evaluate its toxicological effect, it was highly expressed in Pichia pastorisand successfully purified to homogeneity from culture broth supernatant following Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). The maximum tolerated dose of the recombinant batroxobin was examined in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat and Beagle dogs following Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations. The approximate lethal dose of recombinant batroxobin was 10 National Institute of Health (NIH) u/kg in male and female rats...
February 1, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
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