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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906474/non-clinical-studies-for-evaluation-of-8-c-rhamnosyl-apigenin-purified-from-peperomia-obtusifolia-against-acute-edema
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Cinthia I Tamayose, Paulete Romoff, Daniela O Toyama, Henrique H Gaeta, Caroline R C Costa, Mariana N Belchor, Bruna D Ortolan, Leosvaldo S M Velozo, Maria A C Kaplan, Marcelo J P Ferreira, Marcos H Toyama
Compound 8-C-rhamnosyl apigenin (8CR) induced a moderate reduction in the enzymatic activity of secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) from Crotalus durissus terrificus and cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), but the compound also significantly inhibited the enzymatic activity of the enzyme cyclooxygenase. In vitro assays showed that the compound induced a slight change in the secondary structure of sPLA2 from Crotalus durissus terrificus snake venom. In vivo assays were divided into two steps. In the first step, the 8CR compound was administered by intraperitoneal injections 30 min prior to administration of sPLA2...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905944/snakebite-envenoming
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REVIEW
José María Gutiérrez, Juan J Calvete, Abdulrazaq G Habib, Robert A Harrison, David J Williams, David A Warrell
Snakebite envenoming is a neglected tropical disease that kills >100,000 people and maims >400,000 people every year. Impoverished populations living in the rural tropics are particularly vulnerable; snakebite envenoming perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Snake venoms are complex mixtures of proteins that exert a wide range of toxic actions. The high variability in snake venom composition is responsible for the various clinical manifestations in envenomings, ranging from local tissue damage to potentially life-threatening systemic effects...
September 14, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904556/medicinal-plants-for-the-treatment-of-local-tissue-damage-induced-by-snake-venoms-an-overview-from-traditional-use-to-pharmacological-evidence
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REVIEW
Juliana Félix-Silva, Arnóbio Antônio Silva-Junior, Silvana Maria Zucolotto, Matheus de Freitas Fernandes-Pedrosa
Snakebites are a serious problem in public health due to their high morbimortality. Most of snake venoms produce intense local tissue damage, which could lead to temporary or permanent disability in victims. The available specific treatment is the antivenom serum therapy, whose effectiveness is reduced against these effects. Thus, the search for complementary alternatives for snakebite treatment is relevant. There are several reports of the popular use of medicinal plants against snakebites worldwide. In recent years, many studies have been published giving pharmacological evidence of benefits of several vegetal species against local effects induced by a broad range of snake venoms, including inhibitory potential against hyaluronidase, phospholipase, proteolytic, hemorrhagic, myotoxic, and edematogenic activities...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888370/biophysical-and-biological-properties-of-small-linear-peptides-derived-from-crotamine-a-cationic-antimicrobial-antitumoral-toxin-with-cell-penetrating-and-cargo-delivery-abilities
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C Dal Mas, D A Pinheiro, J D Campeiro, B Mattei, V Oliveira, E B Oliveira, A Miranda, K R Perez, M A F Hayashi
Crotamine is a natural polypeptide from snake venom which delivers nucleic acid molecules into cells, besides having pronounced affinity for negatively charged membranes and antifungal activity. We previously demonstrated that crotamine derived short linear peptides were not very effective as antifungal, although the non-structured recombinant crotamine was overridingly more potent compared to the native structured crotamine. Aiming to identify the features necessary for the antifungal activity of crotamine, two linear short peptides, each comprising half of the total positively charged amino acid residues of the full-length crotamine were evaluated here to show that these linear peptides keep the ability to interact with lipid membrane model systems with different phospholipid compositions, even after forming complexes with DNA...
September 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887046/effect-of-amino-acids-near-the-rgd-sequence-on-binding-activities-between-%C3%AE-iib%C3%AE-3-integrin-and-fibrinogen-in-the-presence-of-rgd-containing-synthetic-peptides-from-elegantin-and-angustatin
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Etsuko Oyama, Hidenobu Takahashi, Kazuyuki Ishii
Elegantin and angustatin, which were isolated from the snake venoms of Protobothrops elegans and Dendroaspis angusticeps, markedly inhibit binding between platelet integrins and fibrinogen via the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) sequence. Angustatin, which is a three-finger toxin containing the RGD sequence, inhibits platelet aggregation almost ten times more strongly than disintegrin isolated from the venoms of Viperidae and Crotalidae. The RGD sequences of both polypeptides are located at the top of hairpin loops, and the composition of the RGD loop is very important for binding to integrin...
September 5, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867663/high-density-peptide-microarray-exploration-of-the-antibody-response-in-a-rabbit-immunized-with-a-neurotoxic-venom-fraction
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Mikael Engmark, Martin C Jespersen, Bruno Lomonte, Ole Lund, Andreas H Laustsen
Polyvalent snakebite antivenoms derive their therapeutic success from the ability of their antibodies to neutralize venom toxins across multiple snake species. This ability results from a production process involving immunization of large mammals with a broad suite of toxins present in venoms. As a result of immunization with this wide range of toxins, many polyvalent antivenoms have a high degree of cross-reactivity to similar toxins in other snake venoms - a cross-reactivity which cannot easily be deconvoluted...
September 1, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867438/neuromuscular-paralysis-by-the-basic-phospholipase-a2-subunit-of-crotoxin-from-crotalus-durissus-terrificus-snake-venom-needs-its-acid-chaperone-to-concurrently-inhibit-acetylcholine-release-and-produce-muscle-blockage
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Walter L G Cavalcante, José B Noronha-Matos, Maria A Timóteo, Marcos R M Fontes, Márcia Gallacci, Paulo Correia-de-Sá
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Crotoxin (CTX), a heterodimeric phospholipase A2 (PLA2) neurotoxin from Crotalus durissus terrificus snake venom, promotes irreversible blockade of neuromuscular transmission. Indirect electrophysiological evidence suggests that CTX exerts a primary inhibitory action on transmitter exocytosis, yet contribution of a postsynaptic action of the toxin resulting from nicotinic receptor desensitization cannot be excluded. Here, we examined the blocking effect of CTX on nerve-evoked transmitter release measured directly using radioisotope neurochemistry and video microscopy with the FM4-64 fluorescent dye...
September 1, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864899/detection-of-human-neuronal-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-by-conjugates-of-snake-%C3%AE-neurotoxin-with-quantum-dots
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Ya V Makarova, I V Shelukhina, A K Mukherjee, D V Kuznetsov, V I Tsetlin, Yu N Utkin
Fluorescent derivatives are widely used to study the structure and functions of proteins. Quantum dots (QDs), fluorescent semiconductor nanocrystals, have a high quantum yield and are much more resistant to bleaching compared to organic dyes. Conjugates of α-neurotoxins with QDs were used for visualization of human α7 acetylcholine receptors heterologously expressed in GH4C1 pituitary adenoma cells. Specific staining of cells by the conjugated toxins was observed.
July 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843532/the-medical-threat-of-mamba-envenoming-in-sub-saharan-africa-revealed-by-genus-wide-analysis-of-venom-composition-toxicity-and-antivenomics-profiling-of-available-antivenoms
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Stuart Ainsworth, Daniel Petras, Mikael Engmark, Roderich D Süssmuth, Gareth Whiteley, Laura-Oana Albulescu, Taline D Kazandjian, Simon C Wagstaff, Paul Rowley, Wolfgang Wüster, Pieter C Dorrestein, Ana Silvia Arias, José M Gutiérrez, Robert A Harrison, Nicholas R Casewell, Juan J Calvete
Mambas (genus Dendroaspis) are among the most feared of the medically important elapid snakes found in sub-Saharan Africa, but many facets of their biology, including the diversity of venom composition, remain relatively understudied. Here, we present a reconstruction of mamba phylogeny, alongside genus-wide venom gland transcriptomic and high-resolution top-down venomic analyses. Whereas the green mambas, D. viridis, D. angusticeps, D. j. jamesoni and D. j. kaimosae, express 3FTx-predominant venoms, black mamba (D...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842354/fatal-stroke-after-bothrops-snakebite-in-the-amazonas-state-brazil-a-case-report
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Sâmella Silva de Oliveira, Luciana Aparecida Freitas-de-Sousa, Eliane Campos Alves, Luiz Carlos de Lima Ferreira, Iran Mendonça da Silva, Marcus Vinícius Guimarães de Lacerda, Hui Wen Fan, Ana Maria Moura-da-Silva, Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro
Bothrops atrox is the snake responsible for the majority of snakebites in the Brazilian Amazon. Patients generally evolve to local manifestations such as edema, pain and ecchymoses. Systemic effects of B. atrox venom are usually restricted to blood incoagulability and spontaneous bleeding. However, in a few cases, bleeding in the central nervous system may occur, which can lead to sequels and deaths. Here, we report a case of a 59 year-old woman who presented edema, pain and ecchymoses on the right foot, headache, nausea, diarrhea, hypertension and blood incoagulability after the bite by Bothrops snake in the Brazilian Amazon...
August 24, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828281/genomic-evidence-of-bitter-taste-in-snakes-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-bitter-taste-receptor-genes-in-reptiles
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Huaming Zhong, Shuai Shang, Xiaoyang Wu, Jun Chen, Wanchao Zhu, Jiakuo Yan, Haotian Li, Honghai Zhang
As nontraditional model organisms with extreme physiological and morphological phenotypes, snakes are believed to possess an inferior taste system. However, the bitter taste sensation is essential to distinguish the nutritious and poisonous food resources and the genomic evidence of bitter taste in snakes is largely scarce. To explore the genetic basis of the bitter taste of snakes and characterize the evolution of bitter taste receptor genes (Tas2rs) in reptiles, we identified Tas2r genes in 19 genomes (species) corresponding to three orders of non-avian reptiles...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822684/cross-reactivity-and-inhibition-myotoxic-effects-induced-by-bothrops-snake-venoms-using-specific-polyclonal-anti-bnsp7-antibodies
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Lamartine L Melo, Mirian M Mendes, Lívia M Alves, Thais F Isabel, Sâmela A P B Vieira, Sarah N C Gimenes, Andreimar M Soares, Veridiana M Rodrigues, Luiz F M Izidoro
Polyclonal antibodies raised in Balb-c mice against BnSP-7, a Lys-49 phospholipase A2, were used to measure cross reactivity against other snake venoms. Using ELISA, these antibodies were able to recognize PLA2s isoforms present in venoms of botropic snakes at 1:6400, 1:3200 and 1:100 ratios (w/w). These antibodies highly recognized proteins of low molecular weight (∼14,000) from crude snake venom Bp and Bm by Western Blotting. PLA2 these venoms, by alignment of primary structures demonstrated high identity with BnSP-7 PLA2, especially in the C-terminal region...
August 16, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792493/is-there-more-than-one-way-to-skin-a-newt-convergent-toxin-resistance-in-snakes-is-not-due-to-a-common-genetic-mechanism
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C R Feldman, A M Durso, C T Hanifin, M E Pfrender, P K Ducey, A N Stokes, K E Barnett, E D Brodie, E D Brodie
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2015.73.
August 9, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791474/acetylcholine-nicotinic-receptor-subtypes-in-chromaffin-cells
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REVIEW
Manuel Criado
In the adrenal gland, acetylcholine released on stimulation of the sympathetic splanchnic nerve activates neuronal-type nicotinic receptors (nAChRs) in chromaffin cells and triggers catecholamine secretion. At least two subtypes of nAChRs have been described in bovine chromaffin cells. The main subtype, a heteromeric assembly of α3, β4 and perhaps α5 subunits, is involved in the activation step of the catecholamine secretion process and is not blocked by the snake toxin α-bungarotoxin. The other is α-bungarotoxin-sensitive, and its functional role has not yet been well defined...
August 8, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790503/mast-cells-and-ige-can-enhance-survival-during-innate-and-acquired-host-responses-to-venoms
#15
Stephen J Galli, Philipp Starkl, Thomas Marichal, Mindy Tsai
Mast cells and immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies are thought to promote health by contributing to host responses to certain parasites, but other beneficial functions have remained obscure. Venoms provoke innate inflammatory responses and pathology reflecting the activities of the contained toxins. Venoms also can induce allergic sensitization and development of venom-specific IgE antibodies, which can predispose some subjects to exhibit anaphylaxis upon subsequent exposure to the relevant venom. We found that innate functions of mast cells, including degradation of venom toxins by mast cell-derived proteases, enhanced survival in mice injected with venoms from the honeybee, two species of scorpion, three species of poisonous snakes, or the Gila monster...
2017: Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783135/enzymatic-and-pro-inflammatory-activities-of-bothrops-lanceolatus-venom-relevance-for-envenomation
#16
Marie Delafontaine, Isadora Maria Villas-Boas, Laurence Mathieu, Patrice Josset, Joël Blomet, Denise V Tambourgi
Bothrops lanceolatus, commonly named 'Fer-de-Lance', is an endemic snake of the French Caribbean Island of Martinique. Envenomations by B. lanceolatus present clinical aspects characterized by systemic thrombotic syndrome and important local inflammation, involving edema and pain but limited hemorrhage. To investigate mechanisms of venom-induced inflammation, B. lanceolatus venom was characterized, its cross-reactivity with bothropic antivenom explored, its cytotoxicity on human keratinocytes and vascular cells, and the production of cytokines and chemokines were analyzed...
August 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783084/enter-the-dragon-the-dynamic-and-multifunctional-evolution-of-anguimorpha-lizard-venoms
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Ivan Koludarov, Timothy Nw Jackson, Bianca Op den Brouw, James Dobson, Daniel Dashevsky, Kevin Arbuckle, Christofer J Clemente, Edward J Stockdale, Chip Cochran, Jordan Debono, Carson Stephens, Nadya Panagides, Bin Li, Mary-Louise Roy Manchadi, Aude Violette, Rudy Fourmy, Iwan Hendrikx, Amanda Nouwens, Judith Clements, Paolo Martelli, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
While snake venoms have been the subject of intense study, comparatively little work has been done on lizard venoms. In this study, we have examined the structural and functional diversification of anguimorph lizard venoms and associated toxins, and related these results to dentition and predatory ecology. Venom composition was shown to be highly variable across the 20 species of Heloderma, Lanthanotus, and Varanus included in our study. While kallikrein enzymes were ubiquitous, they were also a particularly multifunctional toxin type, with differential activities on enzyme substrates and also ability to degrade alpha or beta chains of fibrinogen that reflects structural variability...
August 6, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782616/ec-piii-a-novel-non-hemorrhagic-procoagulant-metalloproteinase-purification-and-characterization-from-indian-echis-carinatus-venom
#18
Manisha Choudhury, Kanve Nagaraj Suvilesh, Bannikuppe Sannanayak Vishwanath, Devadasan Velmurugan
Procoagulant snake venom toxins find extensive use as reagents in laboratory tests and diagnostic kits. In the present study we report a novel P-III class procoagulant SVMP, EC-PIII from Echis carinatus venom. EC-PIII was purified using a combination of gel-filtration and anion-exchange chromatography. It has a molecular mass of 110kDa and is a dimeric protein as determined by SDS-PAGE. DLS results show that the protein is homogenous and stable in solution. Peptide mass fingerprinting revealed that the peptides obtained show high homology to the other members of SVMP family...
August 3, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767072/insights-into-the-mechanisms-involved-in-strong-hemorrhage-and-dermonecrosis-induced-by-atroxlysin-ia-a-pi-class-snake-venom-metalloproteinase
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Luciana Aparecida Freitas-de-Sousa, Mônica Colombini, Mônica Lopes-Ferreira, Solange M T Serrano, Ana Maria Moura-da-Silva
Hemorrhage is the most prominent effect of snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) in human envenomation. The capillary injury is a multifactorial effect caused by hydrolysis of the components of the basement membrane (BM). The PI and PIII classes of SVMPs are abundant in viperid venoms and hydrolyze BM components. However, hemorrhage is associated mostly with PIII-class SVMPs that contain non-catalytic domains responsible for the binding of SVMPs to BM proteins, facilitating enzyme accumulation in the tissue and enhancing its catalytic efficiency...
August 2, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759578/heterologous-expression-of-the-antimyotoxic-protein-dm64-in-pichia-pastoris
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Saulo Martins Vieira, Surza Lucia Gonçalves da Rocha, Ana Gisele da Costa Neves-Ferreira, Rodrigo Volcan Almeida, Jonas Perales
Snakebite envenomation is a neglected condition that constitutes a public health problem in tropical and subtropical countries, including Brazil. Interestingly, some animals are resistant to snake envenomation due to the presence of inhibitory glycoproteins in their serum that target toxic venom components. DM64 is an acidic glycoprotein isolated from Didelphis aurita (opossum) serum that has been characterized as an inhibitor of the myotoxicity induced by bothropic toxins bearing phospholipase A2 (PLA2) structures...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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