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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138410/pla2-like-proteins-myotoxic-mechanism-a-dynamic-model-description
#1
Rafael J Borges, Ney Lemke, Marcos R M Fontes
Phospholipase A2-like (PLA2-like) proteins contribute to the development of muscle necrosis in Viperidae snake bites and are not efficiently neutralized by current antivenom treatments. The toxic mechanisms of PLA2-like proteins are devoid of catalytic activity and not yet fully understood, although structural and functional experiments suggest a dimeric assembly and that the C-terminal residues are essential to myotoxicity. Herein, we characterized the functional mechanism of bothropic PLA2-like structures related to global and local measurements using the available models in the Protein Data Bank and normal mode molecular dynamics (NM-MD)...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133665/a-rare-case-of-bilateral-tractional-retinal-detachment-following-snakebite
#2
Nicey Roy Thomas, Debmalya Das, Kumar Saurabh, Rupak Roy
A 13-year-old female presented with diminution of vision in both eyes for 3 months following snakebite. Best-corrected visual acuities were hand movement in both eyes. Fundoscopy showed vitreous hemorrhage, and B-scan ultrasonography revealed an underlying tractional retinal detachment (TRD) involving the macula in both eyes. Patient underwent 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy in conjunction with belt buckling, endolaser, and silicone oil tamponade in the left eye. At 6 weeks postoperatively, best-corrected visual acuity of the left eye was noted to be 20/200 with settled TRD and attached retina...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124975/ulnar-artery-pseudoaneurysm-and-compartment-syndrome-formation-after-snake-bite-to-the-left-forearm
#3
Lan Pin, Xie Lutao, Fang Weijun, Pan Feng, Chen Chaohui, Wu Jianrong
OBJECTIVE: To report the outcome of a patient who developed pseudoaneurysms and compartment syndrome after a Deinagkistrodon acutus snakebite. CASE REPORT: A 61-year-old man, bitten by Deinagkistrodon acutus in his left forearm, came to the hospital eight hours after the bite. Despite the use of antivenom and supportive therapy, the patient developed compartment syndrome of the left forearm, the tissue pressure was elevated and fasciotomy was arranged. During the initial surgery, part of the necrotic tissues was removed...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123851/a-lethal-case-of-mamushi-gloydius-blomhoffii-bite-severe-bowel-symptoms-as-a-lethal-sign
#4
Osamu Okamoto, Ryuta Nakashima, Soichiro Yamamoto, Takuzo Hashimoto, Tomomi Takasaki, Hayato Tokuda, Seiichi Sato, Ayako Gamachi, Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Nobuhiro Inagaki
Case: We report a lethal case of a mamushi (Gloydius blomhoffii) bite. An 84-year-old woman was bitten by a mamushi snake on her right elbow. She was initially treated at another hospital, however, because the swelling expanded and her renal function worsened, she was transferred to our hospital. Compartment syndrome, thrombocytopenia, respiratory arrest, and elevated creatinine kinase and lactose dehydrogenase levels were seen; renal failure progressed, and ileus and peritonitis due to colon perforation occurred...
January 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111117/identification-of-b-cell-recognized-linear-epitopes-in-a-snake-venom-serine-proteinase-from-the-central-american-bushmaster-lachesis-stenophrys
#5
M Madrigal, A Alape-Girón, E Barboza-Arguedas, W Aguilar-Ulloa, M Flores-Díaz
Snake venom serine proteinases are toxins that perturb hemostasis acting on proteins from the blood coagulation cascade, the fibrinolytic or the kallikrein-kinin system. Despite the relevance of these enzymes in envenomations by viper bites, the characterization of the antibody response to these toxins at the molecular level has not been previously addressed. In this work surface-located B cell recognized linear epitopes from a Lachesis stenophrys venom serine proteinase (UniProt accession number Q072L7) were predicted using an artificial neuronal network at the ABCpred server, the corresponding peptides were synthesized and their immunoreactivity was analyzed against a panel of experimental and therapeutic antivenoms...
October 27, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105506/genome-based-analysis-of-virulence-determinants-of-a-serratia-marcescens-strain-from-soft-tissues-following-a-snake-bite
#6
Yao-Ting Huang, Jan-Fang Cheng, Yi-Ting Liu, Yan-Chiao Mao, Meng-San Wu, Po-Yu Liu
AIM: Serratia marcescens wound infection after snakebite is often associated with aggressive presentations. However, the virulence determinants remain understudied. MATERIALS & METHODS: Whole-genome sequencing was performed on S. marcescens VGH107, an isolate from wound infection secondary to Trimeresurus mucrosquamatus bite. Comparative genomics approach coupled with multivirulent-locus sequencing typing was applied to systematically predict potential virulence factors...
November 6, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102099/white-lipped-tree-viper-cryptelytrops-albolabris-envenomation-in-an-american-viper-keeper
#7
Spencer Greene, Laura Ann Galdamez, Richard Tomasheski
BACKGROUND: Snakebites are common in many regions of the United States. Bites from exotic species, however, are rare. The white-lipped tree viper, Cryptelytrops (formerly Trimeresurus) albolabris, is a pit viper native to Southeast Asia. Bites are common in countries such as Myanmar, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and China. In this report, we describe an envenomation in an American viper keeper. CASE REPORT: A healthy 28-year-old right-handed man who collects venomous snakes experienced a bite to the distal left thumb from a neonatal C...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100935/immunomodulatory-effects-of-a-bioactive-fraction-of-strobilanthes-crispus-in-nmu-induced-rat-mammary-tumor-model
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Hassan Muhammad Yankuzo, Yusha'u Shu'aibu Baraya, Zulkarnain Mustapha, Kah Keng Wong, Nik Soriani Yaacob
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Strobilanthes crispus Blume is traditionally consumed among local Malay and indigenous communities for the treatment of cancer and other ailments such as gastrointestinal disorders, inflammatory wounds of snake bite and immune system activation amongst others. We previously demonstrated that a bioactive fraction of S. crispus leaves (F3) was cytotoxic to breast cancer cells in vitro and inhibited tumor growth in N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (NMU)-induced breast cancer rat model...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082854/acute-myocardial-infarction-associated-with-thrombotic-microangiopathy-following-a-hump-nosed-viper-bite-a-case-report
#9
Nipun Lakshitha de Silva, Lalindra Gooneratne, Eranga Wijewickrama
BACKGROUND: Hump-nosed viper bite is the commonest cause of venomous snakebite in Sri Lanka. Despite initially being considered a moderately venomous snake more recent reports have revealed that it could cause significant systemic envenoming leading to coagulopathy and acute kidney injury. However, myocardial infarction was not reported except for a single case, which occurred immediately after the snakebite. CASE PRESENTATION: A 50-year-old previously healthy Sri Lankan woman had a hump-nosed viper bite with no evidence of systemic envenoming during initial hospital stay...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068939/watch-out-for-wild-animals-a-systematic-review-of-upper-extremity-injuries-caused-by-uncommon-species
#10
REVIEW
Jacqueline S Israel, James E McCarthy, Katherine R Rose, Venkat K Rao
BACKGROUND: Across the world, many species of nondomesticated animals dwell among humans in metropolitan areas. Rare animal bites pose a dilemma for hand surgeons, as they often result in operative injuries and recalcitrant infections. The authors treated an 85-year-old man who experienced severe cellulitis of the index finger following an opossum bite. This case prompted a systematic review of upper extremity injuries caused by species other than dogs, cats, snakes, and insects. METHODS: The authors conducted a systematic review of PubMed and Scopus databases to identify relevant articles published between 1980 and 2016...
November 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055136/the-rhinoceros-among-serpents-comparative-anatomy-and-experimental-biophysics-of-calabar-burrowing-python-calabaria-reinhardtii-skin
#11
Dawei Han, Bruce A Young
The Calabar burrowing python (Calabaria reinhardtii) has a unique combination of marked thickness of the integumentary layers, a highly organized lamellate arrangement of the dermal collagen bundles, and a reduction in the size of the interscale hinge region of the integument. Biomechanical testing demonstrates that the skin of C. reinhardtii is more resistant to penetration than the skin of other snakes. The laminar arrangement of the collagen bundles provides for penetrative resistance, even while maintaining the flexibility characteristic of snake skin...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024773/an-improved-technique-for-the-assessment-of-venom-induced-haemorrhage-in-a-murine-model
#12
Timothy P Jenkins, Andrés Sánchez, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, María Herrera, Trenton K Stewart, Guillermo León, José María Gutiérrez
Haemorrhage is a common clinical manifestation in envenomings caused by bites from snakes of the family Viperidae. Therefore, knowing the haemorrhagic potential of venoms and the capacity of antivenoms to neutralise this effect are of paramount relevance in toxinology. The most widely used method for quantifying haemorrhage involves the intradermal injection of venom (or a mixture of venom/antivenom) in mice, and the assessment of the resulting haemorrhagic area in the inner side of the skin. Although this method allows a straightforward assessment of the haemorrhagic activity of a venom, it does not account for haemorrhagic lesions having a similar area but differing in the depth and intensity of haemorrhage...
December 1, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988729/allergic-reactions-to-antivenom-in-a-patient-bitten-twice-by-the-same-snake-within-a-month-a-rare-case-report-and-literature-review
#13
Fan-Jie Zeng, Cong Chen, Ming-Hua Liu
Antivenom is the most effective method currently available for the treatment of poisonous snake bite. Allergic reactions to antivenom have been reported in the past. Here we shared a case of allergic reactions to antivenom in an old male patient who was bitten twice by the same snake (probably same one) at the same biting site within a month whereas the patient did not show any allergic disorder in the first bitten. Envenomations twice in a short period time by the same kind of snake are very rare. Physician should be alert to the occurrence of allergic reactions in treating this type of patients with antivenom...
July 13, 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975491/the-epidemiology-clinical-course-and-management-of-snakebites-in-the-north-american-snakebite-registry
#14
Anne-Michelle Ruha, Kurt C Kleinschmidt, Spencer Greene, Meghan B Spyres, Jeffrey Brent, Paul Wax, Angela Padilla-Jones, Sharan Campleman
The American College of Medical Toxicology established the North American Snakebite Registry (NASBR), a national database of detailed, prospectively collected information regarding snake envenomation in the United States, in 2013. This report describes the epidemiology, clinical course, and management of snakebites in the NASBR. All cases entered into the NASBR between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015 were identified. Descriptive statistics are used to report results. Fourteen sites in 10 states entered 450 snakebites...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959667/a-hospital-based-epidemiological-study-of-snakebite-in-paschim-medinipur-district-west-bengal-india
#15
Sumana Sarkhel, Rituparna Ghosh, Koushik Mana, Kripasindhu Gantait
OBJECTIVE: Snakebite is a serious medical problem in Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal, India. In the present study, hospital based data on snakebite cases and deaths were collected from 10 blocks of the district to obtain a picture of this neglected public health issue. METHODS: Retrospective data of snakebite and deaths from 2012 to 2016 was collected from the 5 Rural hospitals (RH) and 5 Block level Primary Health Centres(BPHC) of the ten blocks of Paschim Medinipur district in a prescribed format addressing issues including the demographic factors regarding the victims, seasonal pattern, history of snakebite in previous 5 years, outcome of the bite, any reporting of death...
2017: Toxicology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942553/clinacanthus-nutans-mitigates-neuronal-apoptosis-and-ischemic-brain-damage-through-augmenting-the-c-ebp%C3%AE-driven-ppar-%C3%AE-transcription
#16
Jui-Sheng Wu, Mei-Han Kao, Hsin-Da Tsai, Wai-Mui Cheung, Jin-Jer Chen, Wei-Yi Ong, Grace Y Sun, Teng-Nan Lin
Clinacanthus nutans Lindau (C. nutans) is a traditional herbal medicine widely used in Asian countries for treating a number of remedies including snake and insect bites, skin rashes, viral infections, and cancer. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms for its action and whether C. nutans can offer protection on stroke damage in brain remain largely unknown. In the present study, we demonstrated protective effects of C. nutans extract to ameliorate neuronal apoptotic death in the oxygen-glucose deprivation model and to reduce infarction and mitigate functional deficits in the middle cerebral artery occlusion model, either administered before or after hypoxic/ischemic insult...
September 23, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920799/presumptive-pit-viper-envenomation-in-psittacines-in-a-brazilian-zoo
#17
Mathias Dislich, Peter Wohlsein, Anna Sophie Croukamp, Ulrich Neumann
Snake bites represent a serious public health risk in many regions of the globe, especially in tropical areas. Clinical signs and postmortem changes are well described in human and other mammalian species. However, detailed case reports about venomous snake attacks in avian species are limited. This report describes presumptive fatal envenomations in three psittacines caused by pit vipers in a Brazilian zoo. In one case, a Brazilian lancehead (Bothrops moojeni) was captured in the aviary. In all three cases the dermis around the suspected snake bite area exhibited hemorrhages and edema...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913414/diversity-of-aerobic-bacteria-isolated-from-oral-and-cloacal-cavities-from-free-living-snakes-species-in-costa-rica-rainforest
#18
Allan Artavia-León, Ariel Romero-Guerrero, Carolina Sancho-Blanco, Norman Rojas, Rodolfo Umaña-Castro
Costa Rica has a significant number of snakebites per year and bacterial infections are often complications in these animal bites. Hereby, this study aims to identify, characterize, and report the diversity of the bacterial community in the oral and cloacal cavities of venomous and nonvenomous snakes found in wildlife in Costa Rica. The snakes where captured by casual encounter search between August and November of 2014 in the Quebrada González sector, in Braulio Carrillo National Park. A total of 120 swabs, oral and cloacal, were taken from 16 individuals of the Viperidae and Colubridae families...
2017: International Scholarly Research Notices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878925/severe-japanese-mamushi-gloydius-blomhoffii-bite
#19
Ezekiel Wong Toh Yoon, Yuichiro Otani, Syu Kabuto
Venomous snake bites can be life threatening, occasionally requiring intensive care. For Mamushi bites, conservative treatment may be possible in mild cases but for severe cases or in cases where symptoms do not improve, a horse-derived antivenom is indicated.
September 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876572/haemoperitoneum-secondary-to-snake-bite
#20
S Rahim
BACKGROUND: Literature supports that very rarely the venom of "Hemotoxic Snake" (Russell's Vipers) affect haemostasis by secreting thrombin-like enzyme which promotes formation of unstable clots. Such clots could lead to fibrin deposition in micro circulation that in turn consume platelets and coagulation factors (consumption coagulopathy). Clinical presentation is mainly spontaneous bleeding and coagulopathy. In this case the significant effects of altered coagulation were observed in retropetitoneum and the patient presented in casuality as acute abdomen...
September 2017: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
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