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Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811248/development-of-an-elisa-for-the-diagnosis-of-reactive-ige-antibodies-anti-therapeutic-horse-sera
#1
Salvatore Giovanni De-Simone, Andre Luis Almeida Souza, Aniesse Silva Aguiar, Anibal Raphel Melgarejo, David William Provance-Jr
Hypersensitive diseases that involve IgE reactivity are important concern of public, especially those encompassing the potential pathogenesis from the administration of horse serum-based therapeutics such as antivenoms. A method for the definitive diagnosis of reactive IgE is important for identifying allergic patients to control severe collateral effects during planned and emergency application of immunotherapies when the allergy source cannot be avoided for treatment. To date, no tests have been developed to accompany the wide range of antivenoms produced from horse sera...
August 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811247/pharmacological-analysis-of-poecilotheria-spider-venoms-in-mice-provides-clues-for-human-treatment
#2
Alexander Andreev-Andrievskiy, Anfisa Popova, Evgeniia Lagereva, Daniil Osipov, Antonina Berkut, Eugene Grishin, Alexander Vassilevski
Bites of tiger spiders belonging to Poecilotheria genus cause moderate to severe pain and long-lasting local or generalized muscle cramps in humans. Bites occur in regions of the spiders' natural habitat, India and Sri Lanka, but the popularity of these colorful tarantulas as pets leads to reports of envenomation cases worldwide. Treatment is predominantly symptomatic and often inadequate since there is almost no clinical or toxicology research data available, and physicians outside India or Sri Lanka typically have no experience in treating such cases...
August 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803761/an-in-silico-perspective-on-the-toxicodynamic-of-tetrodotoxin-and-analogues-a-tool-for-supporting-the-hazard-identification
#3
Luca Dellafiora, Gianni Galaverna, Chiara Dall'Asta
Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a potent neurotoxin naturally found in terrestrial and marine animals targeting the voltage-gated sodium channels. Historically, TTX has raised food safety concerns mainly in the Asian countries due to the consumption of the typical pufferfish-derived delicacy fugu. However, the diffusion of TTX is getting wider today, reasonably threating in a close future a broader number of consumers than before. The understanding of TTX group toxicity is still incomplete as most of the analogues and metabolites found together with TTX are largely understudied...
August 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803760/mechanism-of-action-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-unexpected-consequences
#4
REVIEW
Mark Hallett
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is a widely used therapeutic in part because its mechanism of action is much wider than initially expected. Since BoNT is taken up more avidly in active presynaptic terminals, there is some selectivity for weakening muscles involved in frequent involuntary movements. BoNT blocks gamma motoneurons as well as alpha motoneurons, hence reducing afferent spindle activity which appears to have a favorable effect. Some BoNT is retrogradely transported in the motor axons, leading at least to reduction in recurrent inhibition mediated by the Renshaw cell...
August 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803056/analysis-of-microcystin-lr-and-nodularin-using-triple-quad-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-histopathology-in-experimental-fish
#5
Daljit Vudathala, Stephen Smith, Lester Khoo, David D Kuhn, Mary E Mainous, James Steadman, Lisa Murphy
Microcystins (MCs) are hepatotoxic cyanobacterial metabolites produced sporadically in aquatic environments under favorable environmental conditions. Affinity of these toxins to covalently bind with protein phosphatases poses a challenge in their detection. Lemieux oxidation to release 2-methyl-3-methoxy-4-phenylbutyric acid (MMPB), a common moiety to all MCs congeners, has been used in detection of these compounds, however a lack of sensitivity has limited the usefulness of the method. In this study, modifications of the oxidation and solid phase extraction procedures, combined with a sensitive LC/MS/MS (liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry) detection, have resulted in 25 ng/g method detection limits in both liver and plasma samples...
August 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803058/survey-of-ferns-and-clinico-pathological-studies-on-the-field-cases-of-enzootic-bovine-haematuria-in-himachal-pradesh-a-north-western-himalayan-state-of-india
#6
Sarvesh K Rai, Rinku Sharma, Alka Kumari, Lars H Rasmussen, Rajendra D Patil, Rasbehari Bhar
Enzootic bovine haematuria (EBH) in cattle occurs in upland areas of the world. In India, the disease is present in isolated pockets in the Himalayas and in the Nilgiri Hills. The variation in the disease incidence has been attributed to different environmental conditions and animal rearing practices followed in the different regions. The aim of the study was to conduct field surveys in parts of EBH endemic regions of Himachal Pradesh, a north-western Himalayan state of India. Out of the total 103 plant samples collected, a total of 95 samples were identified as ferns...
August 9, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803057/cross-reactivity-and-cross-immunomodulation-between-venoms-of-the-snakes-bothrops-asper-crotalus-simus-and-lachesis-stenophrys-and-its-effect-in-the-production-of-polyspecific-antivenom-for-central-america
#7
Cynthia Arroyo, Sergio Solano, Álvaro Segura, María Herrera, Ricardo Estrada, Mauren Villalta, Mariángela Vargas, José María Gutiérrez, Guillermo León
A mixture of the venoms of Bothrops asper, Crotalus simus and Lachesis stenophrys is used as immunogen to produce the polyspecific Central American antivenom (PoliVal-ICP). In this work, we studied the ability of each of these venoms to modulate the antibody response induced by the other two venoms included in the immunization mixture. For that, equine monospecific, bispecific and polyspecific antivenoms were prepared and compared regarding their ability to neutralize the phospholipase A2, coagulant and lethal activities of each venom, and their anti-venom antibodies concentration...
August 9, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803055/aristolochic-acid-and-its-derivatives-as-inhibitors-of-snake-venom-l-amino-acid-oxidase
#8
Payel Bhattacharjee, Indrani Bera, Subhamoy Chakraborty, Nanda Ghoshal, Debasish Bhattacharyya
Snake venom L-amino acid oxidase (LAAO) exerts toxicity by inducing hemorrhage, pneumorrhagia, pulmonary edema, cardiac edema, liver cell necrosis etc. Being well conserved, inhibitors of the enzyme may be synthesized using the template of the substrate, substrate binding site and features of the catalytic site of the enzyme. Previous findings showed that aristolochic acid (AA), a major constituent of Aristolochia indica, inhibits Russell's viper venom LAAO enzyme activity since, AA interacts with DNA and causes genotoxicity, derivatives of this compound were synthesized by replacing the nitro group to reduce toxicity while retaining the inhibitory potency...
August 9, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801157/toxin-production-growth-kinetics-and-molecular-characterization-of-ostreopsis-cf-ovata-isolated-from-todos-os-santos-bay-tropical-southwestern-atlantic
#9
Maria Cristina de Q Mendes, José Marcos C Nunes, Mariângela Menezes, Santiago Fraga, Francisco Rodríguez, José A Vázquez, Juan Blanco, José M Franco, Pilar Riobó
The toxin profile and hemolytic activity of a strain of Ostreopsis cf. ovata (UFBA013) isolated from Todos os Santos Bay (northeastern Brazil) were evaluated under different levels of N and P. Phylogenetic analyses based on ITS rDNA region (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2) placed UFBA013 within the Atlantic/Mediterranean/Pacific clade of O. cf. ovata. Growth experiments were conducted in f/2 medium modified by adding N and P (P: 0-36 μM; N: 0-882 μM). The growth kinetics was adequately described by logistic equations. The best growth (highest Gm) was recorded under levels of N/P = 0/18, 129/5 and 441/36, while one of the lowest Gm was obtained under P-depletion...
August 8, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797629/molecular-and-morphological-survey-of-saxitoxin-producing-cyanobacterium-dolichospermum-circinale-anabaena-circinalis-isolated-from-geographically-distinct-regions-of-australia
#10
Joao P A Pereyra, Paul M D'Agostino, Rabia Mazmouz, Jason N Woodhouse, Russell Pickford, Ian Jameson, Brett A Neilan
The cyanobacterium Dolichospermum circinale (formerly Anabaena circinalis) is responsible for neurotoxic saxitoxin-producing blooms in Australia. Previous studies have reported distinct isolates of toxic D. circinale producing different saxitoxin analogues at varying amounts, but the mechanisms responsible remain poorly understood. To assess the characteristics that may be responsible for this variance, a morphological, molecular and chemical survey of 28 Anabaena isolates was conducted. Morphological characteristics, presence or absence of saxitoxin biosynthetic genes and toxin amount and profile were assessed...
August 7, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789838/comparison-of-biochemical-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-extracts-obtained-from-dorsal-spines-and-caudal-fin-of-adult-and-juvenile-non-native-caribbean-lionfish-pterois-volitans-miles
#11
Aránzazu Sáenz, Natalia Ortiz, Bruno Lomonte, Alexandra Rucavado, Cecilia Díaz
Pterois volitans/miles lionfish (adult and juvenile) dorsal spines and caudal fin extracts were compared in their general composition, enzymatic activities and hemolytic and cytotoxic effects on bovine aortic endothelial cells and murine myoblasts, to distinguish between the activities present in the venom and epidermal mucus. Intradermal and intramuscular injections were also administered in mice to determine in vivo effects. This work shows that crude venom of Caribbean species of lionfish, present in dorsal spines, induces several in vitro effects including hemolysis, weak cytotoxicity, proteolytic and hyaluronidase activities, whereas in vivo, it is not hemorrhagic nor myotoxic, but causes edema, plasma extravasation and a thrombotic-associated lesion on the skin...
August 5, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782568/assessing-survival-of-wild-caught-snakes-in-open-venom-production-systems
#12
Mahmood Sasa, Jazmín Arias Ortega, Fabián Bonilla-Murillo
We evaluate adaptation of eleven species of wild-caught snakes maintained in captivity for venom production using two procedures for estimating survival rates. Kaplan-Meier estimations of survival time provide a better account of subsistence in captivity than estimations based solely on mean time to death. Highland and mid-elevation species are better adapted to our captive settings, but factors such as body condition at admission, locality of origin, seasonality, and maintenance protocol, affect the studied species differently...
August 4, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779996/presence-of-azaspiracids-in-bivalve-molluscs-from-northern-spain
#13
Juan Blanco, Fabiola Arévalo, Ángeles Moroño, Jorge Correa, Susana Muñíz, Carmen Mariño, Helena Martín
Low concentrations of azaspiracids have been found in bivalve molluscs all over the Northern and Northwestern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The detections started in June 2016 and lasted until March 2017. The observed toxin profile was dominated by AZA2, followed by AZA1 and some other AZAs that were detected only in some samples. Some compounds producing fragments characteristics of AZAs but that do not fit with any of the known ones were also found. The causative agent has not been identified but, in sight of the toxin profile in the bivalves, it seems that it should be a new species or strain...
August 2, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774677/conorfamide-sr3-a-structurally-novel-specific-inhibitor-of-the-shaker-k-channel
#14
Elba Campos-Lira, Elissa Carrillo, Manuel B Aguilar, Joanna Gajewiak, Froylán Gómez-Lagunas, Estuardo López-Vera
Conorfamides (CNFs) are toxins initially characterized from the venom duct of the venomous marine snail Conus spurius from the Gulf of Mexico; at their C-termini, these toxins are amidated and have high sequence similarity with the molluskan cardioexcitatory tetrapeptide Phe-Met-Arg-Phe-NH2 (FMRFamide or FMRFa) and other FMRFa-related peptides (FaRPs) found in the five molluskan classes, and in other invertebrate and vertebrate phyla. These peptides were the first FaRPs found to be present in any venom, and they are biologically active in mice, limpets, and/or freshwater snails...
July 31, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760510/structural-cutaneous-adaptations-for-defense-in-toad-rhinella-icterica-parotoid-macroglands
#15
Eduardo Regis-Alves, Simone G S Jared, Beatriz Maurício, Pedro L Mailho-Fontana, Marta M Antoniazzi, Maria Cecília Fleury-Curado, Edmund D Brodie, Carlos Jared
Toads have a pair of glandular accumulations on each side of the dorsal region of the head known as parotoid macroglands. These macroglands consist of secretory units (granular glands), each one capped with an epithelial plug. When threatened, toads point one of the parotoids toward the aggressor, and if the aggressor squeezes the parotoid with its teeth, jets of poison will come out of the secretory units and hit the predator's oral mucosa, thereby causing poisoning. Our study focused on the mechanism of parotoid function by comparing parotoids from toads naturally attacked by dogs with those manually compressed...
July 29, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760509/pulmonary-mechanic-and-lung-histology-induced-by-crotalus-durissus-cascavella-snake-venom
#16
Joselito de Oliveira Neto, João Alison de Moraes Silveira, Daniel Silveira Serra, Daniel de Araújo Viana, Diva Maria Borges-Nojosa, Célia Maria Souza Sampaio, Helena Serra Azul Monteiro, Francisco Sales Ávila Cavalcante, Janaina Serra Azul Monteiro Evangelista
This study have analyzed the pulmonary function in an experimental model of acute lung injury, induced by the Crotalus durissus cascavella venom (C. d. cascavella) (3.0 μg/kg - i.p), in pulmonary mechanic and histology at 1 h, 3 h, 6 h, 12 h and 24 h after inoculation. The C. d. cascavella venom led to an increase in Newtonian Resistance (RN), Tissue Resistance (G) and Tissue Elastance (H) in all groups when compared to the control, particularly at 12 h and 24 h. The Histeresivity (η) increased 6 h, 12 h and 24 h after inoculation...
July 28, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759785/in%C3%A2-vitro-cleavage-of-bioactive-peptides-by-peptidases-from-bothrops-jararaca-venom-and-its-neutralization-by-bothropic-antivenom-produced-by-butantan-institute-major-contribution-of-serine-peptidases
#17
Alexandre Kazuo Kuniyoshi, Roberto Tadashi Kodama, Luis Henrique Ferreira Moraes, Bruno Duzzi, Leo Kei Iwai, Ismael Feitosa Lima, Daniela Cajado-Carvalho, Fernanda Vieira Portaro
In Brazil, envenomation by Bothrops pitvipers is responsible for over 73% of snakebites, and their venom is a rich source of proteolytic enzymes. Most studies have demonstrated that Bothrops jararaca venom acts on macromolecular substrates, causing an imbalance in the victim's hemostatic system. In contrast, fewer studies have examined the proteolytic activity on small molecules such as peptides. In this study, we used a set of bioactive peptides (insulin B chain, Met-enkephalin, Leu-enkephalin, neuropeptide Y, peptide YY, pancreatic polypeptide, substance P and somatostatin) to identify new peptide substrates for the metallopeptidases and serine peptidases from the B...
July 28, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755852/noxious-newts-and-their-natural-enemies-experimental-effects-of-tetrodotoxin-exposure-on-trematode-parasites-and-aquatic-macroinvertebrates
#18
Dana M Calhoun, Gary M Bucciarelli, Lee B Kats, Richard K Zimmer, Pieter T J Johnson
The dermal glands of many amphibian species secrete toxins or other noxious substances as a defense strategy against natural enemies. Newts in particular possess the potent neurotoxin tetrodotoxin (TTX), for which the highest concentrations are found in species within the genus Taricha. Adult Taricha are hypothesized to use TTX as a chemical defense against vertebrate predators such as garter snakes (Thamnophis spp.). However, less is known about how TTX functions to defend aquatic-developing newt larvae against natural enemies, including trematode parasites and aquatic macroinvertebrates...
July 27, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746861/investigation-of-the-inhibitory-potential-of-phospholipase-a2-inhibitor-gamma-from-sinonatrix-annularis-to-snake-envenomation
#19
Shengwei Xiong, Yunyun Luo, Lipeng Zhong, Huixiang Xiao, Hong Pan, Keren Liao, Mengxue Yang, Chunhong Huang
SaPLIγ is a novel gamma phospholipase A2 inhibitor (PLI) recently isolated from Sinonatrix annularis, a Chinese endemic non-venomous snake. To explore the neutralization effects of saPLIγ in snakebite envenomation, a dose equivalent to LD50 of Deinagkistrodon acutus, Agkistrodon halys and Naja atra venom with/without saPLIγ was inoculated into the gastrocnemius muscle of female Kunming mice. The ability of saPLIγ to inhibit myonecrosis and systemic toxicity were evaluated through investigations of muscle histopathology, and determination of the serum levels of creatine kinase (CK), lactate dehydrogenase isoenzyme1 (LDH1) and aspartate transferase (AST)...
July 23, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735968/epidemiology-and-clinical-features-of-green-pit-viper-trimeresurus-trigonocephalus-envenoming-in-sri-lanka
#20
R M M K Namal Rathnayaka, P E A N Ranathunga, S A M Kularatne
Green pit viper is a venomous endemic snake in Sri Lanka. But little is known regarding its envenoming in the country. This study was carried out in order to find out epidemiology and clinical profile of its bites. A series of 17 patients with Sri Lankan Green pit viper (Trimeresurus trigonocephalus) bites was prospectively studied over 4 years. The mean age was 36 ½ years (range 12-61 years) and comprised 14 (82%) males. Except one case, all bites occurred during day time (0600 h-1800 h) due to inadvertent provocation...
July 21, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
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