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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087312/immunisation-choice-of-host-adjuvants-and-boosting-schedules-with-emphasis-on-polyclonal-antibody-production
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REVIEW
Philippe Delahaut
Polyclonal antibodies are frequently used as immunodiagnostic tools in fundamental research. They are also used for routine diagnostic purposes in human and veterinary medicine and for quality control procedures in the food-processing industry. The antibody is a major component of the detection system. It binds with the molecule to be identified. This conjugate is subsequently revealed by means of binding the antibody with a radio-isotope, a fluorescent substance, an enzyme inducing a color change, or a biosensor based analytical system...
January 10, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067855/detection-of-naja-atra-cardiotoxin-using-adenosine-based-molecular-beacon
#2
Yi-Jun Shi, Ying-Jung Chen, Wan-Ping Hu, Long-Sen Chang
This study presents an adenosine (A)-based molecular beacon (MB) for selective detection of Naja atra cardiotoxin (CTX) that functions by utilizing the competitive binding between CTX and the poly(A) stem of MB to coralyne. The 5'- and 3'-end of MB were labeled with a reporter fluorophore and a non-fluorescent quencher, respectively. Coralyne induced formation of the stem-loop MB structure through A₂-coralyne-A₂ coordination, causing fluorescence signal turn-off due to fluorescence resonance energy transfer between the fluorophore and quencher...
January 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063984/protein-toxins-of-the-echis-coloratus-viper-venom-directly-activate-trpv1
#3
Matan Geron, Rakesh Kumar, Henry Matzner, Adi Lahiani, Galit Gincberg, Gadi Cohen, Philip Lazarovici, Avi Priel
BACKGROUND: Peptide and protein toxins are essential tools to dissect and probe the biology of their target receptors. Venoms target vital physiological processes to evoke pain. Snake venoms contain various factors with the ability to evoke, enhance and sustain pain sensation. While a number of venom-derived toxins were shown to directly target TRPV1 channels expressed on somatosensory nerve terminals to evoke pain response, such toxins were yet to be identified in snake venoms. METHODS: We screened Echis coloratus saw-scaled viper venom's protein fractions isolated by reversed phase HPLC for their ability to activate TRPV1 channels...
January 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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
#4
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/28062377/proteomic-analysis-to-unravel-the-complex-venom-proteome-of-eastern-india-naja-naja-correlation-of-venom-composition-with-its-biochemical-and-pharmacological-properties
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Sumita Dutta, Abhishek Chanda, Bhargab Kalita, Taufikul Islam, Aparup Patra, Ashis K Mukherjee
: The complex venom proteome of the eastern India (EI) spectacled cobra (Naja naja) was analyzed using tandem mass spectrometry of cation-exchange venom fractions. About 75% of EI N. naja venom proteins were <18kDa and cationic at physiological pH of blood. SDS-PAGE (non-reduced) analysis indicated that in the native state venom proteins either interacted with each-other or self-aggregated resulting in the formation of higher molecular mass complexes. Proteomic analysis revealed that 43 enzymatic and non-enzymatic proteins in EI N...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
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
#6
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
#7
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/28056488/molecular-dynamics-simulations-reveal-structural-insights-into-inhibitor-binding-modes-and-functionality-in-human-group-iia-phospholipase-a2
#8
Ryung Rae Kim, Alpeshkumar K Malde, Alireza Nematollahi, Kieran F Scott, W Bret Church
Human group IIA phospholipase A2 (hGIIA) promotes inflammation in immune-mediated pathologies by regulating the arachidonic acid pathway through both catalysis-dependent and -independent mechanisms. The hGIIA crystal structure, both alone and inhibitor-bound, together with structures of closely related snake-venom-derived secreted phospholipase enzymes has been well described. However, differentiation of biological and non-biological contacts and the relevance of structures determined from snake venom enzymes to human enzymes are not clear...
January 5, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042812/snake-venom-metalloproteinases-and-their-peptide-inhibitors-from-myanmar-russell-s-viper-venom
#9
Khin Than Yee, Morgan Pitts, Pumipat Tongyoo, Ponlapat Rojnuckarin, Mark C Wilkinson
Russell's viper bites are potentially fatal from severe bleeding, renal failure and capillary leakage. Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) are attributed to these effects. In addition to specific antivenom therapy, endogenous inhibitors from snakes are of interest in studies of new treatment modalities for neutralization of the effect of toxins. Two major snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs): RVV-X and Daborhagin were purified from Myanmar Russell's viper venom using a new purification strategy. Using the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) approach to explore the Myanmar RV venom gland transcriptome, mRNAs of novel tripeptide SVMP inhibitors (SVMPIs) were discovered...
December 30, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034717/crystal-structure-of-a-phospholipase-a2-from-bothrops-asper-venom-insights-into-a-new-putative-myotoxic-cluster
#10
Guilherme H M Salvador, Juliana I Dos Santos, Bruno Lomonte, Marcos R M Fontes
Snake venoms from the Viperidae and Elapidae families often have several phospholipases A2 (PLA2s), which may display different functions despite having a similar structural scaffold. These proteins are considered an important target for the development of drugs against local myotoxic damage because they are not efficiently neutralized by conventional serum therapy. PLA2s from these venoms are generally divided into two classes: (i) catalytic PLA2s (or Asp49-PLA2s) and (ii) non-catalytic PLA2-like toxins (or Lys49-PLA2s)...
December 26, 2016: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012742/minor-snake-venom-proteins-structure-function-and-potential-applications
#11
REVIEW
Johara Boldrini-França, Camila Takeno Cologna, Manuela Berto Pucca, Karla de Castro Figueiredo Bordon, Fernanda Gobbi Amorim, Fernando Antonio Pino Anjolette, Francielle Almeida Cordeiro, Gisele Adriano Wiezel, Felipe Augusto Cerni, Ernesto Lopes Pinheiro-Junior, Priscila Yumi Tanaka Shibao, Isabela Gobbo Ferreira, Isadora Sousa de Oliveira, Iara Aimê Cardoso, Eliane Candiani Arantes
Snake venoms present a great diversity of pharmacologically active compounds that may be applied as research and biotechnological tools, as well as in drug development and diagnostic tests for certain diseases. The most abundant toxins have been extensively studied in the last decades and some of them have already been used for different purposes. Nevertheless, most of the minor snake venom protein classes remain poorly explored, even presenting potential application in diverse areas. The main difficulty in studying these proteins lies on the impossibility of obtaining sufficient amounts of them for a comprehensive investigation...
December 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010961/synthetic-peptide-antigens-derived-from-long-chain-alpha-neurotoxins-immunogenicity-effect-against-elapid-venoms
#12
Guillermo de la Rosa, Nina Pastor, Alejandro Alagón, Gerardo Corzo
Three-finger toxins (3FTXs), especially α-neurotoxins, are the most poorly neutralized elapid snake toxins by current antivenoms. In this work, the conserved structural similarity and motif arrangements of long-chain α-neurotoxins led us to design peptides with consensus sequences. Eight long-chain α-neurotoxins (also known as Type II) were used to generate a consensus sequence from which two peptides were chemically synthesized, LCP1 and LCP2. Rabbit sera raised against them were able to generate partially-neutralizing antibodies, which delayed mice mortality in neutralization assays against Naja haje, Dendrospis polylepis and Ophiophagus hannah venoms...
December 21, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007975/ctdgfinder-a-novel-homology-based-algorithm-for-identifying-closely-spaced-clusters-of-tandemly-duplicated-genes
#13
Juan F Ortiz, Antonis Rokas
Closely spaced clusters of tandemly duplicated genes (CTDGs) contribute to the diversity of many phenotypes, including chemosensation, snake venom, and animal body plans. CTDGs have traditionally been identified subjectively as genomic neighborhoods containing several gene duplicates in close proximity; however, CTDGs are often highly variable with respect to gene number, intergenic distance, and synteny. This lack of formal definition hampers the study of CTDG evolutionary dynamics and the discovery of novel CTDGs in the exponentially growing body of genomic data...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004056/fc-saxatilin-a-snake-venom-disintegrin-suppresses-hypoxia-induced-vascular-leakage-by-regulating-endothelial-occludin-expression
#14
Hyun-Jung Choi, Il Kwon, Na-Eun Kim, Jayoung Kim, Sunho An, Sungsoo Kang, Sung-Yu Hong, Hyo Suk Nam, Ji Hoe Heo
Vascular leakage due to compromised integrity of the endothelial barrier is closely associated with brain damage in several neurological disorders, including ischaemic stroke. Saxatilin, a snake venom disintegrin containing the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif, exerts thrombolytic and antiplatelet effects by interacting with multiple integrins on platelets. Integrin signalling is indispensable for regulation of endothelial permeability. Saxatilin may play a role in vascular leakage after ischaemia because it has high affinity for endothelial integrins...
December 22, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003128/structural-and-binding-studies-of-a-c-type-galactose-binding-lectin-from-bothrops-jararacussu-snake-venom
#15
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/28001223/in-vitro-antischistosomal-activity-of-venom-from-the-egyptian-snake-cerastes-cerastes
#16
Ehssan Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, Mohamed Moussa Ibrahim, Maha Farid Mohamed Soliman
INTRODUCTION: We studied the potential in vitro antischistosomal activity of Cerastes cerastes venom on adult Schistosoma mansoni worms. METHODS: Live specimens of the horned viper snake, C. cerastes were collected from the Aswan Governorate (Egypt). Venom was collected from snakes by manual milking. Worms of S. mansoni were obtained from infected hamsters by perfusion and isolated from blood using phosphate buffer. Mortality rates of worms were monitored after 3 days of exposure to snake venom at LC50 and various sublethal concentrations (10, 5, 2...
November 2016: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001213/an-overview-of-bothrops-erythromelas-venom
#17
Neriane Monteiro Nery, Karla Patrícia Luna, Carla Freire Celedônio Fernandes, Juliana Pavan Zuliani
This review discusses studies on the venom of Bothrops erythromelas published over the past 36 years. During this period, many contributions have been made to understand the venomous snake, its venom, and its experimental and clinical effects better. The following chronological overview is based on 29 articles that were published between 1979 and 2015, with emphasis on diverse areas. The complexity of this task demands an integration of multidisciplinary research tools to study toxinology. This science is in need of renewed conceptual and experimental platforms aimed at obtaining a profound understanding of the highly complex pathophysiology of snakebite envenoming and toxins isolated from snakes...
November 2016: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992592/effects-of-pi-and-piii-snake-venom-haemorrhagic-metalloproteinases-on-the-microvasculature-a-confocal-microscopy-study-on-the-mouse-cremaster-muscle
#18
Cristina Herrera, Mathieu-Benoit Voisin, Teresa Escalante, Alexandra Rucavado, Sussan Nourshargh, José María Gutiérrez
The precise mechanisms by which Snake Venom Metalloproteinases (SVMPs) disrupt the microvasculature and cause haemorrhage have not been completely elucidated, and novel in vivo models are needed. In the present study, we compared the effects induced by BaP1, a PI SVMP isolated from Bothrops asper venom, and CsH1, a PIII SVMP from Crotalus simus venom, on cremaster muscle microvasculature by topical application of the toxins on isolated tissue (i.e., ex vivo model), and by intra-scrotal administration of the toxins (i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989783/the-binding-effectiveness-of-anti-rdisintegrin-polyclonal-antibodies-against-disintegrins-and-pii-and-piii-metalloproteases-an-immunological-survey-of-type-a-b-and-a-b-venoms-from-mohave-rattlesnakes
#19
Esteban Cantú, Sahiti Mallela, Matthew Nyguen, Raúl Báez, Victoria Parra, Rachel Johnson, Kyle Wilson, Montamas Suntravat, Sara Lucena, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta, Elda E Sánchez
Snake venoms are known to have different venom compositions and toxicity, but differences can also be found within populations of the same species contributing to the complexity of treatment of envenomated victims. One of the first well-documented intraspecies venom variations comes from the Mohave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus). Initially, three types of venoms were described; type A venom is the most toxic as a result of ~45% Mojave toxin in the venom composition, type B lacks the Mojave toxin but contains over 50% of snake venom metalloproteases (SVMP)...
October 27, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988438/detection-of-lupus-anticoagulant-in-the-era-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants
#20
REVIEW
Ariela Hoxha, Alessandra Banzato, Amelia Ruffatti, Vittorio Pengo
Lupus anticoagulant (LAC) is an in vitro phenomenon determining a phospholipid-dependent elongation of clotting times. The presence of LAC associated with anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-β2 glycoprotein I (anti-β2GPI) antibodies is strongly associated with thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity. Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) targeting thrombin and factor Xa are currently widely use to prevent and treat venous and arterial thromboembolism. Some concern has, however, been expressed about the possibility of false laboratory results during LAC assessment in patients taking these drugs...
December 15, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
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