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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757215/catch-a-tiger-snake-by-its-tail-differential-toxicity-co-factor-dependence-and-antivenom-efficacy-in-a-procoagulant-clade-of-australian-venomous-snakes
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Callum Lister, Kevin Arbuckle, Timothy N W Jackson, Jordan Debono, Christina N Zdenek, Daniel Dashevsky, Nathan Dunstan, Luke Allen, Chris Hay, Brian Bush, Amber Gillett, Bryan G Fry
A paradigm of venom research is adaptive evolution of toxins as part of a predator-prey chemical arms race. This study examined differential co-factor dependence, variations relative to dietary preference, and the impact upon relative neutralisation by antivenom of the procoagulant toxins in the venoms of a clade of Australian snakes. All genera were characterised by venoms rich in factor Xa which act upon endogenous prothrombin. Examination of toxin sequences revealed an extraordinary level of conservation, which indicates that adaptive evolution is not a feature of this toxin type...
July 27, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755852/noxious-newts-and-their-natural-enemies-experimental-effects-of-tetrodotoxin-exposure-on-trematode-parasites-and-aquatic-macroinvertebrates
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Dana M Calhoun, Gary M Bucciarelli, Lee B Kats, Richard K Zimmer, Pieter T J Johnson
The dermal glands of many amphibian species secrete toxins or other noxious substances as a defense strategy against natural enemies. Newts in particular possess the potent neurotoxin tetrodotoxin (TTX), for which the highest concentrations are found in species within the genus Taricha. Adult Taricha are hypothesized to use TTX as a chemical defense against vertebrate predators such as garter snakes (Thamnophis spp.). However, less is known about how TTX functions to defend aquatic-developing newt larvae against natural enemies, including trematode parasites and aquatic macroinvertebrates...
July 27, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751219/structural-studies-with-bnsp-7-reveal-an-atypical-oligomeric-conformation-compared-to-phospholipases-a2-like-toxins
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Lino Fernando G de Lima, Rafael J Borges, Maria Alejandra Viviescas, Carlos A H Fernandes, Marcos R M Fontes
There are 2.5 million cases of snakebite per year and approximately 100,000 at 150,000 deaths. Thus, it is considered an important public health problem by the World Health Organization. Snakes from the Bothrops genus may cause severe local effects in the victims, so it is important to develop inhibitors to treat local effects in patients. In addition, approximately 30 different species of bothropic snakes have been described that may present differences in their venom composition. Small structural differences in the venom proteins may result in different ligands binding...
July 24, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748206/the-complementarity-determining-region-sequences-in-igy-antivenom-hypervariable-regions
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David Gitirana da Rocha, Jorge Hernandez Fernandez, Claudia Maria Costa de Almeida, Claudia Letícia da Silva, Fabio Carlos Magnoli, Osmair Élder da Silva, Wilmar Dias da Silva
The data presented in this article are related to the research article entitled "Development of IgY antibodies against anti-snake toxins endowed with highly lethal neutralizing activity" (da Rocha et al., 2017) [1]. Complementarity-determining region (CDR) sequences are variable antibody (Ab) sequences that respond with specificity, duration and strength to identify and bind to antigen (Ag) epitopes. B lymphocytes isolated from hens immunized with Bitis arietans (Ba) and anti-Crotalus durissus terrificus (Cdt) venoms and expressing high specificity, affinity and toxicity neutralizing antibody titers were used as DNA sources...
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708892/cross-recognition-of-a-pit-viper-crotalinae-polyspecific-antivenom-explored-through-high-density-peptide-microarray-epitope-mapping
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Mikael Engmark, Bruno Lomonte, José María Gutiérrez, Andreas H Laustsen, Federico De Masi, Mikael R Andersen, Ole Lund
Snakebite antivenom is a 120 years old invention based on polyclonal mixtures of antibodies purified from the blood of hyper-immunized animals. Knowledge on antibody recognition sites (epitopes) on snake venom proteins is limited, but may be used to provide molecular level explanations for antivenom cross-reactivity. In turn, this may help guide antivenom development by elucidating immunological biases in existing antivenoms. In this study, we have identified and characterized linear elements of B-cell epitopes from 870 pit viper venom protein sequences by employing a high-throughput methodology based on custom designed high-density peptide microarrays...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700055/biological-and-molecular-properties-of-yellow-venom-of-the-amazonian-coral-snake-micrurus-surinamensis
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Fabiana da Rocha Oliveira, Maria das Dores Nogueira Noronha, Jorge Luis Lopez Lozano
INTRODUCTION: The coral snake Micrurus surinamensis, which is widely distributed throughout Amazonia, has a neurotoxic venom. It is important to characterize the biological and molecular properties of this venom in order to develop effective antitoxins. METHODS: Toxins from the venom of M. surinamensis were analyzed by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and their neurotoxic effects in vivo were evaluated. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Most proteins in the venom had masses < 14kDa, low phospholipase A2 activity, and no proteolytic activity...
May 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694006/neurotoxicity-with-persistent-unilateral-ophthalmoplegia-from-envenoming-by-a-wild-inland-taipan-oxyuranus-microlepidotus-elapidae-in-remote-outback-south-australia
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Scott A Weinstein, Evan Everest, Jeremy Purdell-Lewis, Michael Harrison, Fiona Tavender, Sam Alfred, Liz Marrack, Chris Davenport-Klunder, Neralie Wearn, Julian White
INTRODUCTION: A case of life threatening envenoming by a wild specimen of the inland taipan, Oxyuranus microlepidotus, is described. There have been 11 previously well-documented envenomings by O. microlepidotus, but only 2 were inflicted by wild snakes. Envenomed patients have presented predominantly with defibrinating coagulopathy and neurotoxicity. CASE REPORT: The victim was seeking to observe members of an isolated population of this species and was envenomed while attempting to photograph an approximately 1...
July 8, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689025/venom-derived-peptide-inhibitors-of-voltage-gated-potassium-channels
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REVIEW
Raymond S Norton, K George Chandy
Voltage-gated potassium channels play a key role in human physiology and pathology. Reflecting their importance, numerous channelopathies have been characterised that arise from mutations in these channels or from autoimmune attack on the channels. Voltage-gated potassium channels are also the target of a broad range of peptide toxins from venomous organisms, including sea anemones, scorpions, spiders, snakes and cone snails; many of these peptides bind to the channels with high potency and selectivity. In this review we describe the various classes of peptide toxins that block these channels and illustrate the broad range of three-dimensional structures that support channel blockade...
July 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688916/venom-proteome-of-the-yellow-lipped-sea-krait-laticauda-colubrina-from-bali-insights-into-subvenomic-diversity-venom-antigenicity-and-cross-neutralization-by-antivenom
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Choo Hock Tan, Kin Ying Wong, Kae Yi Tan, Nget Hong Tan
The venom proteome of Laticauda colubrina (Bali, Indonesia) was elucidated by nano-ESI-LCMS/MS of the venom reverse-phase HPLC fractions. Altogether 31 distinct forms of proteins were identified and clustered into three toxin families: three-finger toxin (3FTX, 66.12% of total venom proteins), phospholipase A2 (PLA2, 33.26%) and cysteine-rich secretory protein (CRiSP, 0.05%). The 3FTX were α-neurotoxins (five long neurotoxins, LNTX, 48.87%; two short neurotoxins, SNTX, 16.70%) and a trace amount of two cytotoxins (CTX, 0...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602829/comparison-of-proteomic-profiles-of-the-venoms-of-two-of-the-big-four-snakes-of-india-the-indian-cobra-naja-naja-and-the-common-krait-bungarus-caeruleus-and-analyses-of-their-toxins
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Manisha Choudhury, Ryan J R McCleary, Manish Kesherwani, R Manjunatha Kini, Devadasan Velmurugan
Snake venoms are mixtures of biologically-active proteins and peptides, and several studies have described the characteristics of some of these toxins. However, complete proteomic profiling of the venoms of many snake species has not yet been done. The Indian cobra (Naja naja) and common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) are elapid snake species that are among the 'Big Four' responsible for the majority of human snake envenomation cases in India. As understanding the composition and complexity of venoms is necessary for successful treatment of envenomation in humans, we utilized three different proteomic profiling approaches to characterize these venoms: i) one-dimensional SDS-PAGE coupled with in-gel tryptic digestion and electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-LC-MS/MS) of individual protein bands; ii) in-solution tryptic digestion of crude venoms coupled with ESI-LC-MS/MS; and iii) separation by gel-filtration chromatography coupled with tryptic digestion and ESI-LC-MS/MS of separated fractions...
September 1, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595875/development-of-igy-antibodies-against-anti-snake-toxins-endowed-with-highly-lethal-neutralizing-activity
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David Gitirana da Rocha, Jorge Hernandez Fernandez, Cláudia Maria Costa de Almeida, Cláudia Letícia da Silva, Fábio Carlos Magnoli, Osmair Élder da Silva, Wilmar Dias da Silva
Snakebite envenoming is a major neglected disease related to poverty in developing countries. Treatment involves the administration of a specific antivenom serum and auxiliary therapies, if necessary. The improvement of antibodies is of great importance for the technological advancement of antivenom therapy and to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with this medical burden. In the present study, adult hens were immunized nine times with 20μg of B. arietans or C. d. terrificus venoms at three-week intervals between immunizations...
August 30, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579478/absolute-venomics-absolute-quantification-of-intact-venom-proteins-through-elemental-mass-spectrometry
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Francisco Calderón-Celis, Laura Cid-Barrio, Jorge Ruiz Encinar, Alfredo Sanz-Medel, Juan J Calvete
We report the application of a hybrid element and molecular MS configuration for the parallel absolute quantification of μHPLC-separated intact sulfur-containing venom proteins, via ICP triple quadrupole MS and (32)S/(34)S isotope dilution analysis, and identification by ESI-QToF-MS of the toxins of the medically important African black-necked spitting cobra, Naja nigricollis (Tanzania); New Guinea small-eyed snake, Micropechis ikaheka; and Papuan black snake, Pseudechis papuanus. The main advantage of this approach is that only one generic sulfur-containing standard is required to quantify each and all intact Cys- and/or Met-containing toxins of the venom proteome...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
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