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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534833/coagulating-colubrids-evolutionary-pathophysiological-and-biodiscovery-implications-of-venom-variations-between-boomslang-dispholidus-typus-and-twig-snake-thelotornis-mossambicanus
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Jordan Debono, James Dobson, Nicholas R Casewell, Anthony Romilio, Bin Li, Nyoman Kurniawan, Karine Mardon, Vera Weisbecker, Amanda Nouwens, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
Venoms can deleteriously affect any physiological system reachable by the bloodstream, including directly interfering with the coagulation cascade. Such coagulopathic toxins may be anticoagulants or procoagulants. Snake venoms are unique in their use of procoagulant toxins for predatory purposes. The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) and the twig snakes (Thelotornis species) are iconic African snakes belonging to the family Colubridae. Both species produce strikingly similar lethal procoagulant pathologies. Despite these similarities, antivenom is only produced for treating bites by D...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529485/hydrostatin-sn1-a-sea-snake-derived-bioactive-peptide-reduces-inflammation-in-a-mouse-model-of-acute-lung-injury
#2
Guosheng Wu, Junjie Wang, Pengfei Luo, An Li, Song Tian, Hailong Jiang, Yongjun Zheng, Feng Zhu, Yiming Lu, Zhaofan Xia
Snake venom has been used for centuries as a traditional Chinese medicine. Hydrostatin-SN1 (H-SN1), a bioactive peptide extracted from the Hydrophis cyanocinctus venom gland T7 phage display library, was reported to have the ability to reduce inflammation in a dextran sulfate sodium-induced murine colitis model. In this study, we sought to investigate the inhibitory potential of H-SN1 on inflammation in a murine model of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI), and elucidate the anti-inflammatory mechanism in LPS-stimulated RAW 264...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528674/sodium-channels-and-venom-peptide-pharmacology
#3
Mathilde R Israel, Bryan Tay, Jennifer R Deuis, Irina Vetter
Venomous animals including cone snails, spiders, scorpions, anemones, and snakes have evolved a myriad of components in their venoms that target the opening and/or closing of voltage-gated sodium channels to cause devastating effects on the neuromuscular systems of predators and prey. These venom peptides, through design and serendipity, have not only contributed significantly to our understanding of sodium channel pharmacology and structure, but they also represent some of the most phyla- and isoform-selective molecules that are useful as valuable tool compounds and drug leads...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528176/production-and-preclinical-assessment-of-camelid-immunoglobulins-against-echis-sochureki-venom-from-desert-of-rajasthan-india
#4
P D Tanwar, S K Ghorui, S K Kochar, Raghvendar Singh, N V Patil
Snakebite is a significant cause of death and disability in subsistent farming populations of rural India. Antivenom is the most effective treatment of envenoming and is manufactured from IgG of venom-immunised horses. Because of complex fiscal reasons, the production, testing and delivery of antivenoms designed to treat envenoming by the most medically-important snakes in the region has been questioned time to time. In this study, we report successful immunisation of dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) against the venom of Indian saw-scaled Viper- Echis carinatus sochureki...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527998/molecular-cloning-and-structural-modelling-of-gamma-phospholipase-a2-inhibitors-from-bothrops-atrox-and-micrurus-lemniscatus-snakes
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Carina G Picelli, Rafael J Borges, Carlos A H Fernandes, Fabio M Matioli, Carla F C Fernandes, Juliana C Sobrinho, Rudson J Holanda, Luiz S Ozaki, Anderson M Kayano, Leonardo A Calderon, Marcos R M Fontes, Rodrigo G Stábeli, Andreimar M Soares
Phospholipases A2 inhibitors (PLIs) produced by venomous and non-venomous snakes play essential role in this resistance. These endogenous inhibitors may be classified by their fold in PLIα, PLIβ and PLIγ. Phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) develop myonecrosis in snake envenomation, a consequence that is not efficiently neutralized by antivenom treatment. This work aimed to identify and characterize two PLIs from Amazonian snake species, Bothrops atrox and Micrurus lemniscatus. Liver tissues RNA of specimens from each species were isolated and amplified by RT-PCR using PCR primers based on known PLIγ gene sequences, followed by cloning and sequencing of amplified fragments...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516321/evaluating-local-adaptation-of-a-complex-phenotype-reciprocal-tests-of-pigmy-rattlesnake-venoms-on-treefrog-prey
#6
Sarah A Smiley-Walters, Terence M Farrell, H Lisle Gibbs
Theory predicts that predator-prey interactions can generate reciprocal selection pressures on species pairs, which can result in local adaptation, yet the presence and pattern of local adaptation is poorly studied in vertebrate predator-prey systems. Here, we used a reciprocal common garden (laboratory) experimental design involving comparisons between local and foreign populations to determine if local adaptation was present between a generalist predator-the pigmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius)-and a co-occurring prey-the squirrel treefrog (Hyla squirella)...
May 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513267/self-use-of-snake-venom-the-other-side-of-the-coin
#7
Subramanian Senthilkumaran, Nanjundan Karthikeyan, Narendra Nath Jena, Ponniah Thirumalaikolundusubramanian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507562/antivenomics-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-neutralizing-capacity-of-the-crotalic-antivenom-a-study-with-crotamine
#8
Ricardo Teixeira-Araújo, Patrícia Castanheira, Leonora Brazil-Más, Francisco Pontes, Moema Leitão de Araújo, Maria Lucia Machado Alves, Russolina Benedeta Zingali, Carlos Correa-Netto
BACKGROUND: Snakebite treatment requires administration of an appropriate antivenom that should contain antibodies capable of neutralizing the venom. To achieve this goal, antivenom production must start from a suitable immunization protocol and proper venom mixtures. In Brazil, antivenom against South American rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus) bites is produced by public institutions based on the guidelines defined by the regulatory agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, ANVISA...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505100/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-antivenoms-for-snakebite-envenoming-state-of-the-art-and-challenges-ahead
#9
REVIEW
José María Gutiérrez, Gabriela Solano, Davinia Pla, María Herrera, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Andrés Sánchez, Libia Sanz, Bruno Lomonte, Guillermo León, Juan J Calvete
Animal-derived antivenoms constitute the mainstay in the therapy of snakebite envenoming. The efficacy of antivenoms to neutralize toxicity of medically-relevant snake venoms has to be demonstrated through meticulous preclinical testing before their introduction into the clinical setting. The gold standard in the preclinical assessment and quality control of antivenoms is the neutralization of venom-induced lethality. In addition, depending on the pathophysiological profile of snake venoms, the neutralization of other toxic activities has to be evaluated, such as hemorrhagic, myotoxic, edema-forming, dermonecrotic, in vitro coagulant, and defibrinogenating effects...
May 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503857/recent-developments-in-structural-studies-on-acetylcholinesterase
#10
REVIEW
Israel Silman, Joel L Sussman
This review focuses on several recent developments concerning structure-function relationships in vertebrate acetylcholinesterase. These include studies on high-resolution structures of human acetylcholinesterase and its complexes; the first crystal structure of a snake venom acetylcholinesterase, in which open and closed states of the 'back door' are visualized; a powerful algorithm for redesigning proteins for enhanced expression in prokaryotic systems, as applied to human acetylcholinesterase, which has hitherto been an intractable target; in situ implementation of 'click chemistry' in crystalline acetylcholinesterase, which yields novel insights into the steric and dynamic changes involved in the reaction within the active-site gorge; and a study that demonstrates the effect of crystallization conditions on ligand alignment within a protein complex, in this case the methylene blue-Torpedo californica acetylcholinesterase complex, which highlights the relevance of the precipitant employed to structure-based drug design...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502905/inhibition-of-proinflammatory-mediators-by-coumaroyl-lupendioic-acid-a-new-lupane-type-triterpene-from-careya-arborea-on-inflammation-induced-animal-model
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Rayhana Begum, Manjur Ali Sheliya, Showkat R Mir, Ekta Singh, Manju Sharma
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Careya arborea Roxb. (Lecythidaceae) is a large tree found throughout India in deciduous forests and grasslands. C. arborea is traditionally used in tumors, inflammation, anthelmintic, bronchitis, epileptic fits, astringents, antidote to snake-venom, skin disease, diarrhea, dysentery with bloody stools, dyspepsia, ulcer, tooth ache, and ear pain. AIM OF THE STUDY: In our previous work, the methanolic extract of Careya arborea stem bark showed significant anti-inflammatory activity...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496483/antibacterial-activity-of-isolated-immunodominant-proteins-of-naja-naja-oxiana-venom
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Mahboobeh Talebi Mehrdar, Rasool Madani, Reza Hajihosseini, Soheila Moradi Bidhendi
The aim of this study is to investigate antibacterial effects of immunodominant proteins isolated from the venom of Naja Naja Oxiana snake against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The innate immune system is an important line of defense against bacterial diseases. Antibacterial peptides and proteins produced by snake venoms have recently attracted significant attention due to their relevance to bacterial diseases and the potential of being converted into new therapeutic agents...
2017: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496322/photoresponsive-nanocapsulation-of-cobra-neurotoxin-and-enhancement-of-its-central-analgesic-effects-under-red-light
#13
Qian Yang, Chuang Zhao, Jun Zhao, Yong Ye
Cobra neurotoxin (CNT), a peptide isolated from snake venom of Naja naja atra, shows central analgesic effects in our previous research. In order to help CNT pass through blood-brain barrier (BBB) and improve its central analgesic effects, a new kind of CNT nanocapsules were prepared by double emulsification with soybean lecithin and cholesterol as the shell, and pheophorbide as the photosensitizer added to make it photoresponsive. The analgesic effects were evaluated by hot plate test and acetic acid-induced writhing in mice...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495622/a-new-l-amino-acid-oxidase-from-bothrops-jararacussu-snake-venom-isolation-partial-characterization-and-assessment-of-pro-apoptotic-and-antiprotozoal-activities
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Sante E I Carone, Tássia R Costa, Sandra M Burin, Adélia C O Cintra, Karina F Zoccal, Francine J Bianchini, Luiz F F Tucci, João J Franco, Maria R Torqueti, Lúcia H Faccioli, Sérgio de Albuquerque, Fabíola A de Castro, Suely V Sampaio
A new l-amino acid oxidase (LAAO) from Bothrops jararacussu venom (BjussuLAAO-II) was isolated by using a three-step chromatographic procedure based on molecular exclusion, hydrophobicity, and affinity. BjussuLAAO-II is an acidic enzyme with pI=3.9 and molecular mass=60.36kDa that represents 0.3% of the venom proteins and exhibits high enzymatic activity (4884.53U/mg/mim). We determined part of the primary sequence of BjussuLAAO-II by identifying 96 amino acids, from which 34 compose the N-terminal of the enzyme (ADDRNPLEECFRETDYEEFLEIARNGLSDTDNPK)...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487160/good-vibrations-assessing-the-stability-of-snake-venom-composition-after-researcher-induced-disturbance-in-the-laboratory
#15
Natalie M Claunch, Matthew L Holding, Camilo Escallón, Ben Vernasco, Ignacio T Moore, Emily N Taylor
Phenotypic plasticity contributes to intraspecific variation in traits of many animal species. Venom is an integral trait to the success and survival of many snake species, and potential plasticity in venom composition is important to account for in the context of basic research as well as in human medicine for treating the various symptoms of snakebite and producing effective anti-venoms. Researchers may unknowingly induce changes in venom variation by subjecting snakes to novel disturbances and potential stressors...
May 6, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483391/interfang-distances-of-rattlesnakes-sexual-interspecific-and-body-size-related-variation-and-implications-for-snakebite-research-and-management
#16
William K Hayes, Aaron G Corbit, Michael D Cardwell, Shelton S Herbert
OBJECTIVES: Snakebite severity corresponds to size of snake because the amount of venom a snake injects is positively associated with snake size. Because fang marks are often present on snakebite patients, we tested whether the relationship between snake length and distance between fang puncture wounds can be generalized for rattlesnakes of genus Crotalus. METHODS: We measured 2 interfang distances from 79 rattlesnakes of both sexes, 5 species, and varying body length: 1) distance between fang bases in anesthetized snakes, and 2) distance between fang punctures in a membrane-covered beaker bitten defensively...
May 5, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480350/therapeutic-efficacy-of-the-platelet-glycoprotein-ib-antagonist-anfibatide-in-murine-models-of-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
#17
Liang Zheng, Yingying Mao, Mohammad S Abdelgawwad, Nicole K Kocher, Mandy Li, Xiangrong Dai, Benjamin Li, X Long Zheng
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a potentially fatal blood clot disorder, is primarily caused by severe deficiency of plasma ADAMTS13 activity resulting from acquired autoantibodies. Plasma exchange is the only effective initial therapy. However, the high mortality rate and the complications associated with plasma exchange therapy remain a major concern. To address unmet clinical needs, therapeutic efficacies of anfibatide, a snake venom-derived platelet glycoprotein Ib antagonist, in murine models of spontaneous thrombocytopenia and shigatoxin-induced TTP were determined...
November 29, 2016: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476572/venomics-of-bungarus-caeruleus-indian-krait-comparable-venom-profiles-variable-immunoreactivities-among-specimens-from-sri-lanka-india-and-pakistan
#18
Angeline Mei Feng Oh, Choo Hock Tan, Gnanathasan Christeine Ariaranee, Naeem Quraishi, Nget Hong Tan
The Indian krait (Bungarus caeruleus) is one of the "Big Four" venomous snakes widely distributed in South Asia. The present venomic study reveals that its venom (Sri Lankan origin) is predominated by phospholipases A2 (68.2% of total proteins), in which at least 8.3% are presynaptically-acting β-bungarotoxins. Three-finger toxins (19.0%) are the second most abundant, comprising 15.6% κ-neurotoxins, the potent postsynaptically-acting long neurotoxins. Comparative chromatography showed that venom samples from Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan did not exhibit significant variation...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474628/protection-against-osteoarthritis-in-experimental-animals-by-nanogold-conjugated-snake-venom-protein-toxin-gold-nanoparticle-naja-kaouthia-cytotoxin-1
#19
Antony Gomes, Partha Pratim Saha, Tanmoy Bhowmik, Anjan Kumar Dasgupta, Subir Chandra Dasgupta
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Increased severity of osteoarthritis (OA) and adverse side effects of its treatment led to the search for alternative therapies. It was previously reported that snake venom protein toxin Naja kaouthia cytotoxin 1 (NKCT1) and gold nanoparticle (GNP) individually have potential against excremental arthritis. In this study, we analyzed the protective activity of GNP conjugated protein toxin NKCT1 (GNP-NKCT1) against experimental OA. METHODS: Gold nanoparticle conjugation with NKCT1 (GNP-NKCT1) was done and its physiochemical properties were studied...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465678/protein-species-quantitative-venomics-looking-through-a-crystal-ball
#20
REVIEW
Juan J Calvete, Daniel Petras, Francisco Calderón-Celis, Bruno Lomonte, Jorge Ruiz Encinar, Alfredo Sanz-Medel
In this paper we discuss recent significant developments in the field of venom research, specifically the emergence of top-down proteomic applications that allow achieving compositional resolution at the level of the protein species present in the venom, and the absolute quantification of the venom proteins (the term "protein species" is used here to refer to all the different molecular forms in which a protein can be found. Please consult the special issue of Jornal of Proteomics "Towards deciphering proteomes via the proteoform, protein speciation, moonlighting and protein code concepts" published in 2016, vol...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
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