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Snake venom

Carla C Uranga, Majid Ghassemian, Rufina Hernández-Martínez
Many basic science questions remain regarding protein functions in the pathogen: host interaction, especially in the trunk disease fungi family, the Botryosphaeriaceae, which are a global problem for economically important plants, especially fruiting trees. Proteomics is a highly useful technology for studying protein expression and for discovering novel proteins in unsequenced and poorly annotated organisms. Current fungal proteomics approaches involve 2D SDS-PAGE and extensive, complex, protein extraction methodologies...
June 2017: Biochimie Open
S Tamura, Y Suga, M Tanamura, M Murata-Kawakami, Y Takagi, Y Hottori, M Kakihara, S Suzuki, A Takagi, T Kojima
INTRODUCTION: Antithrombin resistance (ATR) is a novel thrombotic risk in abnormal prothrombins. A manual ATR assay using Oxyuranus scutellatus (Ox) venom as a prothrombin activator was established for detecting antithrombin-resistant prothrombin. However, this assay was limited because of Ox snake venom availability and its throughput capacity. Here, we have improved the ATR assay using bovine factors Xa and Va (FXa/Va) as prothrombin activators and have optimised assay conditions for an automated instrument (ACL TOP 500)...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Shengwei Xiong, Chunhong Huang
Synergism is a significant phenomenon present in snake venoms that may be an evolving strategy to potentiate toxicities. Synergism exists between different toxins or toxin complexes in various snake venoms, with phospholipaseA 2 s (PLA 2 s) (toxins or subunits) the main enablers. The predominant toxins, snake venom PLA 2 s, metalloproteases (SVMPs), serine proteases (SVSPs) and three-finger toxins (3FTxs), play essential roles in synergistic processes. The hypothetical mechanisms of synergistic effect can be generalized under the effects of amplification and chaperoning...
February 8, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Carolina Alves Nicolau, Alyson Prorock, Yongde Bao, Ana Gisele da Costa Neves-Ferreira, Richard Hemmi Valente, Jay William Fox
Snake venoms are sources of molecules with proven and potential therapeutic applications. However, most activities assayed in venoms (or their components) are of hemorrhagic, hypotensive, edematogenic, neurotoxic or myotoxic natures. Thus, other relevant activities might remain unknown. Using functional genomics coupled to the connectivity map (C-map) approach, we undertook a wide range indirect search for biological activities within the venom of the South American pit viper Bothrops jararaca . For that effect, venom was incubated with human breast adenocarcinoma cell line (MCF7) followed by RNA extraction and gene expression analysis...
February 6, 2018: Toxins
Maylein C Juan-Rivera, Magaly Martínez-Ferrer
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the third highest cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the U.S. The development of chemotherapeutic agents that can bind PCa tumor cells with high specificity is critical in order to increase treatment effectiveness. Integrin receptors and their corresponding ligands have different expression patterns in PCa cells. They have been identified as promising targets to inhibit pathways involved in PCa progression. Currently, several compounds have proven to target specific integrins and their subunits in PCa cells...
February 6, 2018: Cancers
Suchaya Sanhajariya, Stephen B Duffull, Geoffrey K Isbister
Understanding snake venom pharmacokinetics is essential for developing risk assessment strategies and determining the optimal dose and timing of antivenom required to bind all venom in snakebite patients. This review aims to explore the current knowledge of snake venom pharmacokinetics in animals and humans. Literature searches were conducted using EMBASE (1974-present) and Medline (1946-present). For animals, 12 out of 520 initially identified studies met the inclusion criteria. In general, the disposition of snake venom was described by a two-compartment model consisting of a rapid distribution phase and a slow elimination phase, with half-lives of 5 to 48 min and 0...
February 7, 2018: Toxins
Tarek Mohamed Abd El-Aziz, Sawsan Al Khoury, Lucie Jaquillard, Mathilde Triquigneaux, Guillaume Martinez, Sandrine Bourgoin-Voillard, Michel Sève, Christophe Arnoult, Rémy Beroud, Michel De Waard
Background: Sperm contains a wealth of cell surface receptors and ion channels that are required for most of its basic functions such as motility and acrosome reaction. Conversely, animal venoms are enriched in bioactive compounds that primarily target those ion channels and cell surface receptors. We hypothesized, therefore, that animal venoms should be rich enough in sperm-modulating compounds for a drug discovery program. Our objective was to demonstrate this fact by using a sperm-based phenotypic screening to identify positive modulators from the venom of Walterinnesia aegyptia...
2018: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Kok Keong Tan, Boon Huat Bay, Ponnampalam Gopalakrishnakone
L-amino acid oxidase (LAAO) is a protein toxin commonly found in snake venom. It has many applications, ranging from biotechnology to potential anticancer therapeutics. LAAO converts L-amino acid into α-keto acid and release ammonia and hydrogen peroxide as by-products. Induction of oxidative stress in cancer cells is one of the cancer treatment strategies as controlled and targeted release of hydrogen peroxide can theoretically induce sufficient oxidative stress to kill cancer cells. Furthermore, L-amino acid oxidase has been shown to selectively bind to cell membranes of specific phospholipid composition and deliver the hydrogen peroxide to localized regions on the cell surface...
January 30, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Gabriela Solano, Aarón Gómez, Greivin Corrales, Danilo Chacón, Ricardo Estrada, Guillermo León
PoliVal-ICP antivenom is produced from plasma of horses immunized toward the venoms of Bothrops asper, Crotalus simus and Lachesis stenophrys. The antibody response induced by these venoms confers PoliVal-ICP the capacity to neutralize the venoms of the most important Central American viperids, including not only homologous venoms (i.e., venoms used as immunogen), but many heterologous venoms (i.e., venoms not used as immunogen). In this work, the individual contributions of homologous venoms to the paraspecificity of PoliVal-ICP were inferred from the capacity of experimental monospecific antivenoms toward venoms of B...
January 30, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
María E Girón, Vanessa Padrón, María I Ramos, Elda E Sánchez, Belsy Guerrero, Alberto García, Néstor L Uzcátegui, Luis F Navarrete, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta
Bothrops venezuelensis snake venoms, from five localities in the North-Central Venezuelan regions, showed biochemical and haemostatic differences. In this study, bioactivities of B. venezuelensis venoms from different regions (Aragua state; Waraira Repano (Capital District); Baruta, La Boyera and Lagunetica (Miranda state) were compared using both natural and synthetic substrates. The protein contents of these venoms were Lagunetica 89%, La Boyera 79%, Baruta 71%, Waraira Repano 68% and Aragua 64%. Toxic activities effects were: Intraperitoneal LD50s: Aragua-14 mg/kg; Waraira Repano-6...
January 30, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Robert K Needleman, Isabelle P Neylan, Timothy Erickson
INTRODUCTION: Climate change has been scientifically documented, and its effects on wildlife have been prognosticated. We sought to predict the overall impact of climate change on venomous terrestrial species. We hypothesize that given the close relationship between terrestrial venomous species and climate, a changing global environment may result in increased species migration, geographical redistribution, and longer seasons for envenomation, which would have repercussions on human health...
January 29, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Bryce LaFoya, Jordan A Munroe, Alison Miyamoto, Michael A Detweiler, Jacob J Crow, Tana Gazdik, Allan R Albig
The traditional view of integrins portrays these highly conserved cell surface receptors as mediators of cellular attachment to the extracellular matrix (ECM), and to a lesser degree, as coordinators of leukocyte adhesion to the endothelium. These canonical activities are indispensable; however, there is also a wide variety of integrin functions mediated by non-ECM ligands that transcend the traditional roles of integrins. Some of these unorthodox roles involve cell-cell interactions and are engaged to support immune functions such as leukocyte transmigration, recognition of opsonization factors, and stimulation of neutrophil extracellular traps...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Subraya Krishna Holla, Harish A Rao, Damodara Shenoy, Archith Boloor, Manaswitha Boyanagari
Snakebite associated with a venom-induced consumption coagulopathy (VICC) is a major public health problem. Our study aims to evaluate if fresh frozen plasma (FFP), administered after anti-snake venom (ASV), restores coagulability rapidly. At admission, all snakebite victims with a whole blood clotting time (WBCT) >20 min received ten vials of ASV according to World Health Organization criteria. After 6 h, at the discretion of the physician, patients with WBCT >20 min were divided into two groups...
January 1, 2018: Tropical Doctor
Isabela Pacheco Borges, Mariana Ferreira Silva, Fernanda Maria Santiago, Lucas Silva de Faria, Álvaro Ferreira Júnior, Rafaela José da Silva, Mônica Costa Soares, Vitor de Freitas, Kelly Aparecida Geraldo Yoneyama, Eloísa Amália Vieira Ferro, Daiana Silva Lopes, Renata Santos Rodrigues, Veridiana de Melo Rodrigues
Activities of phospholipases (PLAs) have been linked to pathogenesis in various microorganisms, and implicated in cell invasion and so the interest in these enzymes as potential targets that could contribute to the control of parasite survival and proliferation. Chicken eggs immunized with BnSP-7, a Lys49 phospholipase A2 (PLA2) homologue from Bothrops pauloensis snake venom, represent an excellent source of polyclonal antibodies with potential inhibitory activity on parasite PLAs. Herein, we report the production, characterization and anti-parasitic effect of IgY antibodies from egg yolks of hens immunized with BnSP-7...
January 29, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Jaime Felipe Guerrero-Garzón, Melisa Bénard-Valle, Rita Restano-Cassulini, Fernando Zamudio, Gerardo Corzo, Alejandro Alagón, Alejandro Olvera-Rodríguez
The three-finger toxins (3FTxs) represent an extremely diverse protein family in elapid venoms, where the short chain α-neurotoxins are the most relevant toxin group from the clinical point of view. Essentially, the 3FTxs variability and the low proportions of α-neurotoxins in the venoms of North American coral snakes make it difficult to obtain effective elapid antivenoms against the envenomation symptoms caused mainly by these α-neurotoxins. In this work, thirty 3FTx transcript sequences were obtained from the venom glands of four coral snake species from Mexico (M...
January 29, 2018: Biochimie
Daniel Dashevsky, Bryan G Fry
Coral snakes, most notably the genus Micrurus, are the only terrestrial elapid snakes in the Americas. Elapid venoms are generally known for their potent neurotoxicity which is usually caused by Three-Finger Toxin (3FTx) proteins. These toxins can have a wide array of functions that have been characterized from the venom of other elapids. We examined publicly available sequences from Micrurus 3FTx to show that they belong to 8 monophyletic clades that diverged as deep in the 3FTx phylogenetic tree as the other clades with characterized functions...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Mo Li, Zhi-Hui Xie, An-Yong Yu, Dong-Po He
BACKGROUND: Snakebites are a neglected threat to global human health with a high morbidity rate. The present study explored the efficacy of antivenom with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) intervention on snakebites, which could provide the experimental basis for clinical adjuvant therapy. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 96) were randomized into four groups: the poison model was established by injecting Deinagkistrodon acutus (D. acutus) venom (0.8 LD50) via the caudal vein; the antivenom group was injected immediately with specific antivenom via the caudal vein after successful establishment of the envenomation model; and the antivenom + HBO group was exposed to HBO environment for 1 h once at predetermined periods of 0 h, 4 h, 12 h, and 23 h after antivenin administration...
February 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Míriam Camargo Guarnieri, Jeanne Claíne de Albuquerque Modesto, Carlos Daniel Pérez, Tatiana Fontes Ottaiano, Rodrigo da Silva Ferreira, Fabrício Pereira Batista, Marlon Vilela de Brito, Ikaro Henrique Mendes Pinto Campos, Maria Luiza Vilela Oliva
Palythoa caribaeorum is a very common colonial zoanthid in the coastal reefs of Brazil. It is known for its massive production of mucus, which is traditionally used in folk medicine by fishermen in northeastern Brazil. This study identified biologically active compounds in P. caribaerum mucus. Crude mucus was collected during low tides by the manual scraping of colonies; samples were maintained in an ice bath, homogenized, and centrifuged at 16,000 g for 1 h at 4 °C; the supernatant (mucus) was kept at -80 °C until use...
January 19, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Vanessa Neale, Michael J Smout, Jamie E Seymour
For the first time the impedance-based xCELLigence real-time cell analysis system was used to measure the myotoxicity of sea snake venom. With a focus on the spine-bellied sea snake (Hydrophis curtus), the venom of four sea snake species and three terrestrial snake species were compared for myotoxicity against a human skeletal muscle cell line (HSkMC). Hydrophis curtus venom was also tested on a human cardiac muscle cell line (HCM). Surprisingly, all four sea snake venoms tested on HSkMC produced an initial 100-280% rise in xCELLigence cell index that peaked within the first two hours before falling...
January 17, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Mazène Hochane, Denis Raison, Catherine Coquard, Claire Béraud, Sabrina Danilin, Audrey Bethry, Thierry Massfelder, Mariette Barthelmebs
Proliferative glomerulonephritis is characterized by local inflammation and mesangial cell deterioration, followed by mesangial proliferation and glomerular healing. Parathyroid-hormone-related peptide (PTHrP) is a mesangial cytokine-like growth factor implicated in mesangial proliferation and survival. No data are available about its role in glomerulonephritis. Herein, we analyzed the expression and role of PTHrP in glomerular inflammation and healing in an experimental model of glomerulonephritis induced by intravenous injection of Habu-snake venom in mice...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
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