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Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089771/extended-therapeutic-window-for-post-exposure-treatment-of-ricin-intoxication-conferred-by-the-use-of-high-affinity-antibodies
#1
Tal Noy-Porat, Ron Alcalay, Eyal Epstein, Tamar Sabo, Chanoch Kronman, Ohad Mazor
The plant toxin ricin is considered a potential bioterror agent against which there is no available antidote. To date, neutralizing antibodies are the most promising post-exposure treatment for ricin intoxication, yet so far they were shown to be effective only when given within several hours post exposure. As part of an ongoing effort to develop efficient ricin-countermeasures, we tested whether high-affinity antibodies that were previously isolated from immunized non-human primates, may confer effective post-exposure therapy for ricin-intoxicated mice treated at late time-points after exposure...
January 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089770/structural-pierce-into-molecular-mechanism-underlying-clostridium-perfringens-epsilon-toxin-function
#2
Saeed Khalili, Abolfazl Jahangiri, Zahra Sadat Hashemi, Bahman Khalesi, Meysam Mardsoltani, Jafar Amani
Epsilon toxin of the Clostridium perfringens garnered a lot of attention due to its potential for toxicity in humans, extreme potency for cytotoxicity in mice and lack of any approved therapeutics prescribed for human. However, the intricacies of the Epsilon toxin action mechanism are yet to be understood. In this regard, various in silico tools have been exploited to model and refine the 3D structure of the toxin and its two receptors. The receptor proteins were embedded into designed lipid membranes within an aqueous and ionized environment...
January 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088478/comparison-of-the-adjuvant-activity-of-emulsions-with-different-physicochemical-properties-on-the-antibody-response-towards-the-venom-of-west-african-carpet-viper-echis-ocellatus
#3
Juan Manuel Valverde, Karina Rodríguez, María Herrera, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Mavis Montero, Jose María Gutiérrez, Guillermo León
Adjuvant emulsions are widely used to enhance the antibody response of the animals used as immunoglobulin source for producing antivenoms. Usually, the adjuvant activity of emulsions is attributed both to their ability to trigger "danger" signals from cells in which they induce death, and to form depots from which immunogens are slowly released. However, there is contradictory evidence suggesting that adjuvant activity of emulsions is independent of the dispersion type and the rate of immunogen release. In order to test how physical properties of emulsions, composed of mineral oil and water, affect their ability to enhance the antibody response towards snake venoms, we compared water-in-oil (W/O) emulsions prepared at volume ratios of 70/30, 50/50 or 30/70, a 50/50 oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion, and a water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) multiple emulsion...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088477/selected-scorpion-toxin-exposures-induce-cytokine-release-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#4
Gerardo Corzo, Gerardo Pavel Espino-Solis
A cytokine screening on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with selected scorpion toxins (ScTx's) was performed in order to evaluate their effect on human immune cells. The ScTx's chosen for this report were three typical buthid scorpion venom peptides, one with lethal effects on mammals Centruroides suffussus suffusus toxin II (CssII), another, with lethal effects on insects and crustaceans Centruroides noxius toxin 5 (Cn5), and one more without lethal effects Tityus discrepans toxin (Discrepin)...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088476/a-chimeric-protein-of-abrin-and-abrus-precatorius-agglutinin-that-neutralizes-abrin-mediated-lethality-in-mice
#5
Vinita Tiwari, Shradha Bagaria, Anjali A Karande
Abrin, a type II ribosome inactivating protein from the Abrus precatorius plant, is extremely toxic. It has been shown to be 75 times more potent than its infamous sister toxin, ricin and their potential use in bio-warfare is a cause of major concern. Although several vaccine candidates are under clinical trials for ricin, none are available against abrin. The present study proposes a chimeric protein, comprising of 1-123 amino acids taken from the A chain of abrin and 124-175 amino acids from Abrus precatorius agglutinin A chain, as a vaccine candidate against abrin intoxication...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088475/role-of-some-vasoactive-mediators-in-scorpion-envenomed-children-possible-relation-to-envenoming-outcome
#6
Sahar E M El-DeeK, Ayat A Sayed, Ahmed Y Nassar, Zeynab M Mohey-Eldeen, Hussein M Eldeeb, Abdel-Raheim M A Meki
Scorpion envenomation causes an autonomic storm resulting in changes in the vasoactive mediators' levels which lead to myocardial damage, cardiovascular disturbances, peripheral circulatory failure, pulmonary edema, multi-system-organ-failure and death. The study aimed to determine the circulating levels of adrenaline, noradrenaline, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), Angiotensin II (Ang II), kallikrein enzyme, nitric oxide (NO), aldosterone, and electrolytes Na(+), K(+) and Ca(+2) in scorpion envenomed children and to evaluate the potential relation between these vasoactive mediators, the severity of scorpion envenoming and the clinical outcome of envenomed children...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077339/st20-a-new-venomous-animal-derived-natural-peptide-with-immunosuppressive-and-anti-inflammatory-activities
#7
Min Xiao, Li Ding, Weishan Yang, Lin Chai, Yuwen Sun, Xianyi Yang, Dandan Li, Hua Zhang, Wenxin Li, Zhijian Cao, Yingliang Wu, Jian Li, Shan Li, Zongyun Chen
Peptide toxins from venomous animals are natural resources with diverse biological functions and therapeutic potential towards human diseases. For venomous scorpions, many valuable peptide toxins have been discovered from Buthidae scorpions, but few works were done about non-buthidae scorpions. Here, we cloned and characterized the first disulfide-bridged toxin peptide St20 from the non-buthidae scorpion Scorpiops tibetanus. St20 has a putative 23-residue signal peptide, followed by a presumed 34-residue mature peptide including 8 cysteines...
January 8, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069354/bufadienolides-from-amphibians-a-promising-source-of-anticancer-prototypes-for-radical-innovation-apoptosis-triggering-and-na-k-atpase-inhibition
#8
REVIEW
Lívia Queiroz de Sousa, Kátia da Conceição Machado, Samara Ferreira de Carvalho Oliveira, Lidiane da Silva Araújo, Evaldo Dos Santos Monção-Filho, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo-Cavalcante, Gerardo Magela Vieira-Júnior, Paulo Michel Pinheiro Ferreira
Amphibians present pharmacologically active aliphatic, aromatic and heterocyclic molecules in their skin as defense against microorganisms, predators and infections, such as steroids, alkaloids, biogenic amines, guanidine derivatives, proteins and peptides. Based on the discovered bioactive potential of bufadienolides, this work reviewed the contribution of amphibians, especially from members of Bufonidae family, as source of new cytotoxic and antitumor molecules, highlighting the mechanisms responsible for such amazing biological potentialities...
January 6, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063838/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
#9
L M Resende, J R Almeida, R Schezaro-Ramos, R C O Collaço, L R Simioni, D Ramírez, W González, A M Soares, L A Calderon, S Marangoni, S L da Silva
Phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) constitute a class of extensively studied toxins, isolated from snake venoms. Basic PLA2 isoforms mediate various toxicological effects, while the acidic isoforms generally have higher enzymatic activities, but do not promote evident toxic effects. The functions of these acidic isoforms in snake venoms are still not completely understood and more studies are needed to characterize the biological functions and diversification of acidic toxins in order to justify their abundant presence in these secretions...
January 4, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062165/daboialectin-a-c-type-lectin-from-russell-s-viper-venom-induces-cytoskeletal-damage-and-apoptosis-in-human-lung-cancer-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro
#10
Jigni Pathan, Sukanta Mondal, Angshuman Sarkar, Dibakar Chakrabarty
'Daboialectin', a low molecular weight C-type lectin (18.5 kDa) isolated from Russell's viper venom showed cytotoxic effects on human broncho-alveolar carcinoma derived (A549) cell lines. Daboialectin induced inhibition of A549 cell growth was time and concentration dependent with severe morphological changes by altering the functions of small GTPases such as Rac, Rho and cdc42. ROS induced DNA damage may result in apoptosis by inducing disruption of membrane integrity, blebbing and nuclear disintegration by activating caspases...
January 3, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062164/two-rare-case-reports-of-confirmed-ceylon-krait-bungarus-ceylonicus-envenoming-in-sri-lanka
#11
R M M K Namal Rathnayaka, S A M Kularatne, K D M Kumarasinghe, K Jeganadan, P E A Nishanthi Ranathunga
The Ceylon krait (Bungarus ceylonicus) is a deadly venomous elapid snake endemic to Sri Lanka. Its habitat is mainly in the wet zone of the island. Despite its frequent encounters in and near human dwellings, reports of envenoming are rare and limited to four in the literature. The first and last fatal reports envenoming by B. ceylonicus was in 1993. After over two decades, we report two confirmed cases of B. ceylonicus bites-one a dry bite and the other with signs and symptoms of moderate envenoming. The envenoming occurred at night while the victim was asleep, causing tightness in the chest and dyspnoea on waking up, followed by neuromuscular paralysis that did not cause respiratory failure and complete recovery was observed three days following the bite...
January 3, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057513/enterolobium-contortisiliquum-is-a-cause-of-acute-ruminal-acidosis-in-sheep
#12
Rayane C Pupin, Paula V Leal, Stephanie C Lima, Gleice Kelli A Melo, Arnildo Pott, Marcelo A Araújo, Claudio S L Barros, Ricardo A A Lemos
The ingestion of pods of Enterolobium contortisiliquum is associated with digestive disturbances, photosensitivity and abortion in domestic ruminants. This experiment was designed to test the hypothesis that digestive disturbances in this toxicosis are really caused by acute ruminal acidosis. Three sheep fed large doses (10-15 g/kg/body weight [bw]) of E. contortisiliquum pods developed ruminal acidosis and were treated with sodium bicarbonate to try to control this metabolic disturbance, thus providing additional evidence of the involvement of ruminal acidosis in the pathogenesis of toxicosis...
January 3, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057514/systemic-effects-of-subtilase-cytotoxin-produced-by-escherichia-coli-o113-h21
#13
E Abril Seyahian, Gisela Oltra, Federico Ochoa, Santiago Melendi, Ricardo Hermes, James C Paton, Adrienne W Paton, Nestor Lago, Mauricio Castro Parodi, Alicia Damiano, Cristina Ibarra, Elsa Zotta
: Subtilase cytotoxin (SubAB) is a member of the AB5 cytotoxin family and is produced by certain strains of Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli. The toxin is known to be lethal to mice, but the pathological mechanisms that contribute to Uremic Hemolytic Syndrome (HUS) are poorly understood. In this study we show that intraperitoneal injection of a sublethal dose of SubAB in rats triggers a systemic response, with ascitic fluid accumulation, heart hypertrophy and damage to the liver, colon and kidney...
January 2, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017694/pitfalls-to-avoid-when-using-phage-display-for-snake-toxins
#14
Andreas Hougaard Laustsen, Line Præst Lauridsen, Bruno Lomonte, Mikael Rørdam Andersen, Brian Lohse
Antivenoms against bites and stings from snakes, spiders, and scorpions are associated with immunological side effects and high cost of production, since these therapies are still derived from the serum of hyper-immunized production animals. Biotechnological innovations within envenoming therapies are thus warranted, and phage display technology may be a promising avenue for bringing antivenoms into the modern era of biologics. Although phage display technology represents a robust and high-throughput approach for the discovery of antibody-based antitoxins, several pitfalls may present themselves when animal toxins are used as targets for phage display selection...
December 23, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017693/microcystins-activate-nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-factor-2-nrf2-in-human-liver-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro-implications-for-an-oxidative-stress-induction-by-microcystins
#15
Johan Lundqvist, Heidi Pekar, Agneta Oskarsson
Microcystins, a potential threat to drinking water quality, are hepatotoxic but it has remained unclear if microcystins induce oxidative stress. We investigated if four microcystins could activate the Nrf2 pathway, a regulator of oxidative stress response. Nrf2 activity was significantly increased by microcystin-LR and -RR at 10 μM, by microcystin-LY at 3 μM, by [D-Asp3]-LR and by microcystin-LR at 1 μM. Our results lend support to the suggestion that microcystins may induce oxidative stress response.
December 23, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012802/some-pharmacological-effects-of-tityus-obscurus-venom-in-rats-and-mice
#16
Andria de Paula Santos-da-Silva, Denise Maria Candido, Ana Leonor A Nencioni, Louise F Kimura, José P Prezotto-Neto, Katia Cristina Barbaro, Hipócrates M Chalkidis, Valquíria Abrão Coronado Dorce
There are a great number of studies about Brazilian scorpions. However, little is known about the venom of scorpions of northern Brazil, mainly about Tityus obscurus, which is responsible for the most number of accidents in the Amazon. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate some pharmacological effects of T. obscurus venom in rats and mice. In rats, the venom (10 mg/kg i.p.) caused hemorrhagic patches in the lung parenchyma but did not lead to pulmonary edema. There was a decrease in general activity, observed in the activity box after venom injection...
December 22, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012801/occurrence-and-variation-of-lipophilic-shellfish-toxins-in-phytoplankton-shellfish-and-seawater-samples-from-the-aquaculture-zone-in-the-yellow-sea-china
#17
Meihui Li, Geng Sun, Jiangbing Qiu, Aifeng Li
Lipophilic shellfish toxins (LSTs) produced by diverse microalgae have become a potential threat to the marine aquaculture industry in coastal regions throughout the world. In this study, phytoplankton, scallop, and seawater samples were collected and monitored in the aquaculture zone of Liuqing Bay located in the coast of Qingdao, Yellow Sea, in 2014 and 2015. Dissolved LSTs in seawater were adsorbed by solid phase adsorption toxin tracking (SPATT) bags and solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridges, respectively...
December 22, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003128/structural-and-binding-studies-of-a-c-type-galactose-binding-lectin-from-bothrops-jararacussu-snake-venom
#18
Marco A Sartim, Matheus P Pinheiro, Ricardo A P de Pádua, Suely V Sampaio, M Cristina Nonato
BJcuL is a snake venom galactoside-binding lectin (SVgalL) isolated from Bothrops jararacussu and is involved in a wide variety of biological activities including triggering of pro-inflammatory response, disruption of microbial biofilm structure and induction of apoptosis. In the present work, we determined the crystallographic structure of BJcuL, the first holo structure of a SVgalL, and introduced the fluorescence-based thermal stability assay (Thermofluor) as a tool for screening and characterization of the binding mechanism of SVgalL ligands...
December 19, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974231/fatal-self-envenomation-in-a-brown-tree-snake-boiga-irregularis-from-south-east-queensland
#19
Andrew Gordon Hill, Lewis McKillop
The case history and clinical signs of a fatal self-envenomation event by a brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis, in South-east Queensland, Australia, are presented. Clinical signs began 20 minutes post-envenomation with muscle twitching, ataxia, and heat seeking behavior which progressed to partial paralysis by 6 hours, generalised paralysis and respiratory arrest at 10 hours and cardiac arrest by 12 hours post-envenomation. Clinical signs are suggestive of potent neurotoxicity for B. irregularis to its own venom...
December 11, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956245/neurotoxins-in-a-water-supply-reservoir-an-alert-to-environmental-and-human-health
#20
Sabrina Loise de Morais Calado, Juliana Wojciechowski, Gustavo Souza Santos, Valéria Freitas de Magalhães, André Andrian Padial, Marta Margarete Cestari, Helena Cristina da Silva de Assis
Reservoirs are important source of power generation, recreation, and water supply. Nevertheless, human activities have favored the bloom of toxic cyanobacteria in many reservoirs, which has resulted in environmental, social, and economic problems. This study aims to evaluate the water quality of a reservoir in South Brazil through the analysis of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins PSTs (Paralytic Shellfish Toxins) and biomarkers of environmental contamination in fish. For this purpose, water samples and fish (Geophagus brasiliensis) (Perciformes: Cichlidae) were collected from September 2013 to May 2014...
December 10, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
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