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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900054/scorpion-venoms-in-gastric-cancer
#1
Xiao-Ying Zhang, Pei-Ying Zhang
Venom secretions from snakes, scorpions, spiders and bees, have been widely applied in traditional medicine and current biopharmaceutical research. Possession of anticancer potential is another novel discovery for animal venoms and toxins. An increasing number of studies have shown the anticancer effects of venoms and toxins of snakes, and scorpions in vitro and in vivo, which were achieved mainly through the inhibition of cancer growth, arrest of cell cycle, induction of apoptosis and suppression of cancer metastasis...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876598/antithrombotic-activity-of-batroxase-a-metalloprotease-from-bothrops-atrox-venom-in-a-model-of-venous-thrombosis
#2
Anna L Jacob-Ferreira, Danilo L Menaldo, Marco A Sartim, Thalita B Riul, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, Suely V Sampaio
BACKGROUND: Snake venoms are great sources of bioactive molecules, which may be used as models for new drugs. Toxins that interfere in hemostasis have received considerable attention over the years. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at the evaluation of the antithrombotic activity of Batroxase, a P-I metalloprotease from Bothrops atrox venom, in an animal model of venous thrombosis. METHODS: The antithrombotic activity of Batroxase was tested in vivo in a model based on two factors of the Virchow's Triad: blood flow alterations (partial stenosis of the inferior vena cava), and vessel wall injury (10% ferric chloride for 5min), in comparison with sodium heparin (positive control) and saline (negative control)...
November 19, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852804/toxin-resistant-isoforms-of-na-k-atpase-in-snakes-do-not-closely-track-dietary-specialization-on-toads
#3
Shabnam Mohammadi, Zachariah Gompert, Jonathan Gonzalez, Hirohiko Takeuchi, Akira Mori, Alan H Savitzky
Toads are chemically defended by bufadienolides, a class of cardiotonic steroids that exert toxic effects by binding to and disabling the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPases of cell membranes. Some predators, including a number of snakes, have evolved resistance to the toxic effects of bufadienolides and prey regularly on toads. Resistance in snakes to the acute effects of these toxins is conferred by at least two amino acid substitutions in the cardiotonic steroid binding pocket of the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase. We surveyed 100 species of snakes from a broad phylogenetic range for the presence or absence of resistance-conferring mutations...
November 16, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836789/evaluation-of-cytotoxicity-of-a-purified-venom-protein-from-naja-kaouthia-nkct1-using-gold-nanoparticles-for-targeted-delivery-to-cancer-cell
#4
Tanmoy Bhowmik, Partha Pratim Saha, Amrita Sarkar, Antony Gomes
In our earlier report, gold nanoparticle (GNP) and snake venom protein toxin NKCT1 were conjugated and primary characteristics were done. In this communication, further characteristics of GNP-NKCT1 were done with TGA, BET, Zeta potential, ICP-MS, FTIR, XPS, and in vitro release kinetics for its physicochemical, molecular nature and bonding. TGA and ICP-MS showed that the number of conjugation was 40 ± 5 to 90 ± 8 NKCT1 per gold nanoparticles. FTIR and XPS corresponding to (CO), (NH), (SS) reformulated the conjugation of GNP with NKCT1...
November 9, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836642/cylop-1-membrane-active-peptide-with-cell-penetrating-and-antimicrobial-properties
#5
Nisha Ponnappan, Deepthi Poornima Budagavi, Archana Chugh
CyLoP-1 is a cysteine-rich cell-penetrating peptide derived from nuclear localization sequence of snake toxin, crotamine. The peptide has shown cytoplasmic uptake in mammalian cells at lower concentrations. In the present study, the cell-penetrating and antimicrobial activity of the peptide has been studied by employing mammalian cells, plant cells as well as bacterial and fungal pathogens. The study shows that the peptide acts as an effective CPP and a cargo-delivery vector for not only mammalian cells but also for plant cells...
November 9, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826409/the-relaxant-effect-of-the-montivipera-bornmuelleri-snake-venom-on-vascular-contractility
#6
Claudine Accary, Souad Hraoui-Bloquet, Riyad Sadek, Asma Alameddine, Ziad Fajloun, Jean-Claude Desfontis, Yassine Mallem
Molecular richness of snake venoms is an important source of proteins and toxins with potent effects on the cardiovascular system. The alteration of the vascular system in the victim after a venomous snake bite is usually expressed by a significant decrease in blood pressure. Therefore, exploring snake venom to extract and characterize its biomolecules is of considerable medical interest, and formed the basis of this study. We assessed the potential of the venom of Montivipera bornmuelleri, a viper from Lebanon, to induce relaxant effect on isolated Wistar rat aorta via several mechanisms of action...
2016: Journal of Venom Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824133/high-throughput-immuno-profiling-of-mamba-dendroaspis-venom-toxin-epitopes-using-high-density-peptide-microarrays
#7
Mikael Engmark, Mikael R Andersen, Andreas H Laustsen, Jigar Patel, Eric Sullivan, Federico de Masi, Christian S Hansen, Jens V Kringelum, Bruno Lomonte, José María Gutiérrez, Ole Lund
Snakebite envenoming is a serious condition requiring medical attention and administration of antivenom. Current antivenoms are antibody preparations obtained from the plasma of animals immunised with whole venom(s) and contain antibodies against snake venom toxins, but also against other antigens. In order to better understand the molecular interactions between antivenom antibodies and epitopes on snake venom toxins, a high-throughput immuno-profiling study on all manually curated toxins from Dendroaspis species and selected African Naja species was performed based on custom-made high-density peptide microarrays displaying linear toxin fragments...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804880/snake-venom-peptides-and-low-mass-proteins-molecular-tools-and-therapeutic-agents
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J R Almeida L M Resende, R K Watanabe, V C Corassola, S Huancahuire-Vega, C A da S Caldeira, A Coutinho-Neto, A M Soares, N Vale, P A de C Gomes, S Marangoni, L de A Calderon, S L Da Silva
Snake venoms are natural sources of biologically active molecules that are able to act selectively and specifically on different cellular targets, modulating physiological functions. Thus, these mixtures, composed mainly of proteins and peptides, provide ample and challenging opportunities and a diversified molecular architecture to design and develop tools and agents of scientific and therapeutic interest. Among these components, peptides and small proteins play diverse roles in numerous physiological processes, exerting a wide range of pharmacological activities, such as antimicrobial, antihypertensive, analgesic, antitumor, analgesic, among others...
October 28, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777178/proteomic-analysis-of-venom-variability-and-ontogeny-across-the-arboreal-palm-pitvipers-genus-bothriechis
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Davinia Pla, Libia Sanz, Mahmood Sasa, Manuel E Acevedo, Quetzal Dwyer, Jordi Durban, Alicia Pérez, Yania Rodriguez, Bruno Lomonte, Juan J Calvete
: Bothriechis is a genus of eleven currently recognized slender and arboreal venomous snakes, commonly called palm-pitvipers that range from southern Mexico to northern South America. Despite dietary studies suggesting that palm-pitvipers are generalists with an ontogenetic shift toward endothermic prey, venom proteomic analyses have revealed remarkable divergence between the venoms of the Costa Rican species, B. lateralis, B. schlegelii, B. supraciliaris, and B. nigroviridis. To achieve a more complete picture of the venomic landscape across Bothriechis, the venom proteomes of biodiversity of the northern Middle American highland palm-pitvipers, B...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774416/a-randomized-ethnomedicinal-survey-of-snakebite-treatment-in-southwestern-parts-of-bangladesh
#10
Md Nazmul Hasan, Nur Kabidul Azam, Md Nasir Ahmed, Akinori Hirashima
Snakebite is the single most important toxin-related injury, causing substantial mortality in many parts of the Africa, Asia and the Americas. Incidence of snakebite is usually recorded in young people engaged in active physical work in rural areas. The various plant parts used to treat snakebite included whole plant, leaves, barks, roots and seeds. Most bites in Bangladesh are recorded between May and October with highest number in June. Lower and upper limbs are most common sites of snakebite, but it may happen in other sites as well...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763551/the-snake-with-the-scorpion-s-sting-novel-three-finger-toxin-sodium-channel-activators-from-the-venom-of-the-long-glanded-blue-coral-snake-calliophis-bivirgatus
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Daryl C Yang, Jennifer R Deuis, Daniel Dashevsky, James Dobson, Timothy N W Jackson, Andreas Brust, Bing Xie, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Iwan Hendrikx, Wayne C Hodgson, Peter Josh, Amanda Nouwens, Gregory J Baillie, Timothy J C Bruxner, Paul F Alewood, Kelvin Kok Peng Lim, Nathaniel Frank, Irina Vetter, Bryan G Fry
Millions of years of evolution have fine-tuned the ability of venom peptides to rapidly incapacitate both prey and potential predators. Toxicofera reptiles are characterized by serous-secreting mandibular or maxillary glands with heightened levels of protein expression. These glands are the core anatomical components of the toxicoferan venom system, which exists in myriad points along an evolutionary continuum. Neofunctionalisation of toxins is facilitated by positive selection at functional hotspots on the ancestral protein and venom proteins have undergone dynamic diversification in helodermatid and varanid lizards as well as advanced snakes...
October 18, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756538/block-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-by-peptide-toxins
#12
Emmanuel Bourinet, Gerald W Zamponi
Venoms from various predatory species, such as fish hunting mollusks scorpions, snakes and arachnids contain a large spectrum of toxins that include blockers of voltage-gated calcium channels. These peptide blockers act by two principal manners - physical occlusion of the pore and prevention of activation gating. Many of the calcium channel-blocking peptides have evolved to tightly occupy their binding pocket on the principal pore forming subunit of the channel, often rendering block poorly reversible. Moreover, several of the best characterized blocking peptides have developed a high degree of channel subtype selectivity...
October 15, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720976/efficient-muscle-regeneration-after-highly-haemorrhagic-bothropsalternatus-venom-injection
#13
María Emilia Garcia Denegri, Gladys P Teibler, Silvana L Maruñak, David R Hernández, Ofelia C Acosta, Laura C Leiva
Bothrops alternatus snake venom is particularly characterized for inducing a prominent haemorrhage and affecting hemostasis as a consequence of 43.1% of metallo-proteinases and less than 10% of PLA2 (almost all non-myotoxic phospholipases) in its venomics. In addition, myonecrosis is the major local effect in viper envenoming which might lead to permanent sequela. Then, the rebuilding of the microvasculature at the local injured site acquires significance since represents one of the pivotal stages for subsequent skeletal muscle regeneration either at morphological or functional aspects...
October 6, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27702601/towards-universal-approach-for-bacterial-production-of-three-finger-ly6-upar-proteins-case-study-of-cytotoxin-i-from-cobra-n-%C3%A2-oxiana
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M A Shulepko, E N Lyukmanova, Z O Shenkarev, P V Dubovskii, M V Astapova, A V Feofanov, A S Arseniev, Y N Utkin, M P Kirpichnikov, D A Dolgikh
Cytotoxins or cardiotoxins is a group of polycationic toxins from cobra venom belonging to the 'three-finger' protein superfamily (Ly6/uPAR family) which includes small β-structural proteins (60-90 residues) with high disulfide bond content (4-5 disulfides). Due to a high cytotoxic activity for cancer cells, cytotoxins are considered as potential anticancer agents. Development of the high-throughput production methods is required for the prospective applications of cytotoxins. Here, efficient approach for bacterial production of recombinant analogue of cytotoxin I from N...
October 1, 2016: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687602/-ants-a-chemical-library-of-anticancer-molecules
#15
Angélique Vétillard, Wafa Bouzid
Animal venoms are complex mixtures containing simple organic molecules, proteins, peptides, and other bioactive elements with extraordinary biological properties associated with their ability to act on a number of molecular receptors in the process of incapacitating their target organisms. In such a context, arthropod venoms are invaluable sources of bioactive substances, with therapeutic interest but the limited availability of some venom such as those from ants, has restricted the potential that these biomolecules could represent...
2016: Biologie Aujourd'hui
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687601/-amphibian-skin-as-a-source-of-therapeutic-peptides
#16
Mohamed Amiche
The search for new bioactive molecules that could be used in therapeutics is a major public health issue, particularly in the treatment of certain diseases such as cancer. In this context the exploration of the venom of animals (snakes, amphibians, cones, scorpions, insects...) that produce molecules of various structures and biological activities, is a very promising direction. Research in this area led to the discovery of neuropeptides, hormones, toxins, antimicrobial peptides and other extremely potent mediators...
2016: Biologie Aujourd'hui
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681740/polyamines-as-snake-toxins-and-their-probable-pharmacological-functions-in-envenomation
#17
Steven D Aird, Alejandro Villar Briones, Michael C Roy, Alexander S Mikheyev
While decades of research have focused on snake venom proteins, far less attention has been paid to small organic venom constituents. Using mostly pooled samples, we surveyed 31 venoms (six elapid, six viperid, and 19 crotalid) for spermine, spermidine, putrescine, and cadaverine. Most venoms contained all four polyamines, although some in essentially trace quantities. Spermine is a potentially significant component of many viperid and crotalid venoms (≤0.16% by mass, or 7.9 µmol/g); however, it is almost completely absent from elapid venoms assayed...
2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676304/venom-evolution-gene-loss-shapes-phenotypic-adaptation
#18
Nicholas R Casewell
Snake venoms are variable protein mixtures with a multitude of bioactivities. New work shows, surprisingly, that it is the loss of toxin-encoding genes that strongly influences venom function in rattlesnakes, highlighting how gene loss can underpin adaptive phenotypic change.
September 26, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666538/molecular-modeling-and-structural-analysis-of-some-snake-venom-specific-toxin-proteins-and-cognate-non-toxin-proteins-of-other-chordates
#19
Goutam Chandra, Subhamay Panda
Protein three-dimensional structures are very much important in terms of functional and evolutionary context. Present study deals with the evaluation of snake venom constituent cytotoxin, short neurotoxin and related non-toxin proteins of other chordates with reference to structure prediction, validation of the models, distribution of secondary structural elements, hydrophobicity molecular surface analysis, functional annotation and functionally critical binding site identification with the assistance of different bioinformatical tools...
September 23, 2016: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650695/proteomics-and-antivenomics-of-papuan-black-snake-pseudechis-papuanus-venom-with-analysis-of-its-toxicological-profile-and-the-preclinical-efficacy-of-australian-antivenoms
#20
Davinia Pla, Benjamin W Bande, Ronelle E Welton, Owen K Paiva, Libia Sanz, Álvaro Segura, Christine E Wright, Juan J Calvete, José María Gutiérrez, David J Williams
: The Papuan black snake (Pseudechis papuanus Serpentes: Elapidae) is endemic to Papua New Guinea, Indonesian Papua and Australia's Torres Strait Islands. We have investigated the biological activity and proteomic composition of its venom. The P. papuanus venom proteome is dominated by a variety (n≥18) of PLA2s, which together account for ~90% of the venom proteins, and a set of low relative abundance proteins, including a short-neurotoxic 3FTx (3.1%), 3-4 PIII-SVMPs (2.8%), 3 cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISP; 2...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
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