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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339413/proteotranscriptomic-analysis-and-discovery-of-the-profile-and-diversity-of-toxin-like-proteins-in-centipede
#1
Feng Zhao, Xinqiang Lan, Tao Li, Yang Xiang, Fang Zhao, Yun Zhang, Wenhui Lee
Centipedes are one of the oldest venomous animals and use their venoms as weapons to attack prey or protect themselves. Their venoms contain various components with different biomedical and pharmacological properties. However, little attention has been paid to the profiles and diversity of their toxin-like proteins/peptides. In this study, we used a proteotranscriptomic approach to uncover the diversity of centipede toxin-like proteins in Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans Nine hundred twenty-three and 6,736 peptides, which were separately isolated from venom and torso tissues, respectively, were identified by ESI-MS/MS and deduced from their transcriptomes...
January 16, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329419/a-single-mutation-unlocks-cascading-exaptations-in-the-origin-of-a-potent-pitviper-neurotoxin
#2
A Carl Whittington, Andrew J Mason, Darin R Rokyta
Evolutionary innovations and complex phenotypes seemingly require an improbable amount of genetic change to evolve. Rattlesnakes display two dramatically different venom phenotypes. Type I venoms are hemorrhagic with low systemic toxicity and high expression of tissue-destroying snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMP). Type II venoms are highly neurotoxic and lack SVMP expression and associated hemorrhagic activity. This dichotomy hinges on Mojave toxin (MTx), a phospholipase A2 (PLA2) based ᵝ-neurotoxin expressed in Type II venoms...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326487/antitoxin-activity-of-aqueous-extract-of-cyclea-peltata-root-against-naja-naja-venom
#3
Thulasi Sivaraman, N S Sreedevi, S Meenatchisundaram, R Vadivelan
OBJECTIVES: Snakebites are a significant and severe global health problem. Till date, anti-snake venom serum is the only beneficial remedy existing on treating the snakebite victims. As antivenom was reported to induce early or late adverse reactions to human beings, snake venom neutralizing potential for Cyclea peltata root extract was tested for the present research by ex vivo and in vivo approaches on Naja naja toxin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ex vivo evaluation of venom toxicity and neutralization assays was carried out...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325991/bothrops-jararaca-accessory-venom-gland-is-an-ancillary-source-of-toxins-to-the-snake
#4
Richard Hemmi Valente, Milene Schmidt Luna, Ursula Castro de Oliveira, Milton Yutaka Nishiyama-Junior, Inácio de Loiola Junqueira-de-Azevedo, José Antonio Portes-Junior, Patricia Bianca Clissa, Luciana Godoy Viana, Leonardo Sanches, Ana Maria Moura-da-Silva, Jonas Perales, Norma Yamanouye
In Viperidae snakes, it has been attributed to the main venom gland, a component of the venom gland apparatus, the function of synthesizing all venom toxins and storing them inside a basal-central lumen. However, the role of the accessory gland is still unknown. Here, we analyzed the proteome and the transcriptome of the accessory gland during venom production and secretion cycle. We showed that the accessory gland expresses and synthesizes toxins that are similar to those produced by the main venom gland such as C-type lectin/C-type lectin-like proteins, metalloproteinase, phospholipase A2, cysteine rich secretory protein, nerve growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, serine proteinase, and l-amino acid oxidase...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316683/biological-and-proteolytic-variation-in-the-venom-of-crotalus-scutulatus-scutulatus-from-mexico
#5
Miguel Borja, Edgar Neri-Castro, Gamaliel Castañeda-Gaytán, Jason L Strickland, Christopher L Parkinson, Juan Castañeda-Gaytán, Roberto Ponce-López, Bruno Lomonte, Alejandro Olvera-Rodríguez, Alejandro Alagón, Rebeca Pérez-Morales
Rattlesnake venoms may be classified according to the presence/absence and relative abundance of the neurotoxic phospholipases A 2 s (PLA 2 s), such as Mojave toxin, and snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs). In Mexico, studies to determine venom variation in Mojave Rattlesnakes (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus) are limited and little is known about the biological and proteolytic activities in this species. Tissue (34) and venom (29) samples were obtained from C. s. scutulatus from different locations within their distribution in Mexico...
January 8, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295601/identification-of-immunoreactive-peptides-of-toxins-to-simultaneously-assess-the-neutralization-potency-of-antivenoms-against-neurotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-of-naja-atra-venom
#6
Bin-Sin Liu, Wen-Guey Wu, Min-Han Lin, Chi-Han Li, Bo-Rong Jiang, Suh-Chin Wu, Chih-Hsiang Leng, Wang-Chou Sung
Assessing the neutralization capability of nonlethal but medically relevant toxins in venom has been a challenging task. Nowadays, neutralization efficacy is evaluated based simply on the survival rates of animals injected with antivenom together with a predefined dose of venom, which can determine potency against neurotoxicity but not validate the capability to neutralize cytotoxin-induced complications. In this study, a high correlation with in-vivo and in-vitro neutralization assays was established using the immunoreactive peptides identified from short-chain neurotoxin and cytotoxin A3...
December 25, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275045/does-the-administration-of-pilocarpine-prior-to-venom-milking-influence-the-composition-of-micrurus-corallinus-venom
#7
Karen de Morais-Zani, Caroline Serino-Silva, Nathália da Costa Galizio, Lídia Jorge Tasima, Josias Falararo Pagotto, Marisa Maria Teixeira da Rocha, José Roberto Marcelino, Sávio Stefanini Sant'Anna, Alexandre Keiji Tashima, Anita Mitico Tanaka-Azevedo, Kathleen Fernandes Grego
Considering that the scarcity of venom represents a huge challenge for biochemical and functional studies of Micrurus species (coral snakes), in this report we describe for the first time the influence of pilocarpine administration prior to venom milking on the yield and protein composition of Micrurus corallinus venom. The administration of pilocarpine resulted in an increase of about 127% in the volume of venom milked, with similar protein content. Venoms showed similar protein bands distribution and intensity by SDS-PAGE and equivalents RP-HPLC profiles...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275044/functional-and-proteomic-comparison-of-bothrops-jararaca-venom-from-captive-specimens-and-the-brazilian-bothropic-reference-venom
#8
Iasmim Baptista de Farias, Karen de Morais-Zani, Caroline Serino-Silva, Sávio S Sant'Anna, Marisa M T da Rocha, Kathleen F Grego, Débora Andrade-Silva, Solange M T Serrano, Anita M Tanaka-Azevedo
Snake venom is a variable phenotypic trait, whose plasticity and evolution are critical for effective antivenom production. A significant reduction of the number of snake donations to Butantan Institute (São Paulo, Brazil) occurred in recent years, and this fact may impair the production of the Brazilian Bothropic Reference Venom (BBRV). Nevertheless, in the last decades a high number of Bothrops jararaca specimens have been raised in captivity in the Laboratory of Herpetology of Butantan Institute. Considering these facts, we compared the biochemical and biological profiles of B...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274419/an-overview-of-the-immune-modulating-effects-of-enzymatic-toxins-from-snake-venoms
#9
REVIEW
Sandra M Burin, Danilo L Menaldo, Suely V Sampaio, Fabiani G Frantz, Fabíola A Castro
Snake venoms are complex mixtures of organic and inorganic compounds, including proteins belonging to the protease (serine and metalloproteinases), oxidase (L-amino acid oxidases), and phospholipase (especially phospholipases A2) enzyme classes. These toxins account for the serious deleterious effects of snake envenomations, such as tissue necrosis, neurotoxicity, and hemorrhage. In addition to their toxic effects, snake venom toxins have served as important tools for investigating the mechanisms underlying envenomation and discovering new pharmacologically active compounds with immunotherapeutic potential...
December 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248447/evaluation-of-pro-inflammatory-events-induced-by-bothrops-alternatus-snake-venom
#10
Silvina Echeverría, Elbio Leiguez, Carlos Guijas, Neide Galvão do Nascimento, Ofelia Acosta, Catarina Teixeira, Laura C Leiva, Juan Pablo Rodríguez
Inflammation is a major local feature of envenomation by bothropic snakes being characterized by a prominent local edema, pain, and extensive swelling. There are reports demonstrating that whole Bothrops snake venoms and toxins isolated from them are able to activate macrophages functions, such as phagocytosis, production of reactive oxygen, cytokines and eicosanoids, however, little is known about the effects of Bothrops alternatus (B.a.) venom on macrophages. In this work, we evaluated the proinflammatory effects of B...
December 14, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244815/analysis-of-the-efficacy-of-taiwanese-freeze-dried-neurotoxic-antivenom-against-naja-kaouthia-naja-siamensis-and-ophiophagus-hannah-through-proteomics-and-animal-model-approaches
#11
Chien-Chun Liu, Chen-Hsien You, Po-Jung Wang, Jau-Song Yu, Guo-Jen Huang, Chien-Hsin Liu, Wen-Chin Hsieh, Chih-Chuan Lin
In Southeast Asia, envenoming resulting from cobra snakebites is an important public health issue in many regions, and antivenom therapy is the standard treatment for the snakebite. Because these cobras share a close evolutionary history, the amino acid sequences of major venom components in different snakes are very similar. Therefore, either monovalent or polyvalent antivenoms may offer paraspecific protection against envenomation of humans by several different snakes. In Taiwan, a bivalent antivenom-freeze-dried neurotoxic antivenom (FNAV)-against Bungarus multicinctus and Naja atra is available...
December 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231898/the-venom-of-the-spine-bellied-sea-snake-hydrophis-curtus-proteome-toxin-diversity-and-intraspecific-variation
#12
Vanessa Neale, Javier Sotillo, Jamie E Seymour, David Wilson
The spine-bellied sea snake (Hydrophis curtus) is known to cause human deaths, yet its venom composition has not yet been proteomically characterised. An indepth proteomic analysis was performed on H. curtus venom from two different seasons, January and June, corresponding to adults and subadults, respectively. Venoms from adult and subadult H. curtus individuals were compared using reversedphase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC), matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) to detect intraspecific variation, and the molecular weight data obtained with ESIMS were used to assess toxin diversity...
December 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230357/comparative-analyses-of-putative-toxin-gene-homologs-from-an-old-world-viper-daboia-russelii
#13
Neeraja M Krishnan, Binay Panda
Availability of snake genome sequences has opened up exciting areas of research on comparative genomics and gene diversity. One of the challenges in studying snake genomes is the acquisition of biological material from live animals, especially from the venomous ones, making the process cumbersome and time-consuming. Here, we report comparative sequence analyses of putative toxin gene homologs from Russell's viper (Daboia russelii) using whole-genome sequencing data obtained from shed skin. When compared with the major venom proteins in Russell's viper studied previously, we found 45-100% sequence similarity between the venom proteins and their putative homologs in the skin...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226136/a-new-platelet-aggregation-inhibiting-factor-isolated-from-bothrops-moojeni-snake-venom
#14
Bruna Barbosa de Sousa, Carla Cristine Neves Mamede, Mariana Santos Matias, Déborah Fernanda da Cunha Pereira, Mayara Ribeiro de Queiroz, Edigar Henrique Vaz Dias, Anielle Christine Almeida Silva, Noelio Oliveira Dantas, Júnia de Oliveira Costa, Fábio de Oliveira
This work reports the purification and functional characterization of BmooPAi, a platelet-aggregation-inhibiting factor from Bothrops moojeni snake venom. The toxin was purified by a combination of three chromatographic steps (ion-exchange on DEAE-Sephacel, molecular exclusion on Sephadex G-75, and affinity chromatography on HiTrap™ Heparin HP). BmooPAi was found to be a single-chain protein with an apparent molecular mass of 32 kDa on 14% SDS-PAGE, under reducing conditions. Sequencing of BmooPAi by Edman degradation revealed the amino acid sequence LGPDIVPPNELLEVM...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223875/snakes-exhibit-tissue-specific-variation-in-cardiotonic-steroid-sensitivity-of-na-k-atpase
#15
Shabnam Mohammadi, Georg Petschenka, Susannah S French, Akira Mori, Alan H Savitzky
Toads are among several groups of organisms chemically defended with lethal concentrations of cardiotonic steroids. As a result, most predators that prey on amphibians avoid toads. However, several species of snakes have gained resistance-conferring mutations of Na+/K+-ATPase, the molecular target of cardiotonic steroids, and can feed on toads readily. Despite recent advances in our understanding of this adaptation at the genetic level, we have lacked functional evidence for how mutations of Na+/K+-ATPase account for cardiotonic steroid resistance in snake tissues...
December 6, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222016/the-toxin-bjussulaao-ii-induces-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-upregulates-the-inflammatory-cytokine-genes-tnf-and-il6-and-downregulates-the-apoptotic-related-genes-bax-bcl2-and-rela-in-human-caco-2-cells
#16
A R T Machado, A F Aissa, D L Ribeiro, L C Hernandes, C S Machado, M L P Bianchi, S V Sampaio, L M G Antunes
Colorectal carcinoma is one of the most common cancers in adults. As chemotherapy, the first-choice treatment for colorectal carcinoma, is often infeasible due to acquired tumor resistance and several adverse effects. It is important to discover and explore new molecules with better therapeutic action. Snake venom toxins have shown promising results with high cytotoxicity against tumor cells, but their mechanisms of action remain unclear. Here we examined how BjussuLAAO-II, an L-amino acid oxidase isolated from Bothrops jararacussu snake venom, exerts cytotoxicity towards colorectal adenocarcinoma human cells (Caco-2) and in human umbilical vein endothelial cell line (HUVEC)...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189742/targeting-metastasis-with-snake-toxins-molecular-mechanisms
#17
REVIEW
Félix A Urra, Ramiro Araya-Maturana
Metastasis involves the migration of cancer cells from a primary tumor to invade and establish secondary tumors in distant organs, and it is the main cause for cancer-related deaths. Currently, the conventional cytostatic drugs target the proliferation of malignant cells, being ineffective in metastatic disease. This highlights the need to find new anti-metastatic drugs. Toxins isolated from snake venoms are a natural source of potentially useful molecular scaffolds to obtain agents with anti-migratory and anti-invasive effects in cancer cells...
November 30, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183371/cytotoxic-activity-of-nn-32-toxin-from-indian-spectacled-cobra-venom-on-human-breast-cancer-cell-lines
#18
Saurabh S Attarde, Sangeeta V Pandit
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cancer which causes significant morbidity and mortality among women worldwide. Lack of medical facilities for early detection, therapeutic strategies for treatment and side effects due to pharmacological compounds have encompassed the need for new therapies mostly from natural sources. A lot of components have been identified from different snake venoms as therapeutic agents. A group of polypeptides (60-70 amino acid residues) called cytotoxins or cardiotoxins present in an elapid family of snakes have a wide variety of pharmaceutical actions and have the tendency to damage a wide variety of cells including cancerous cells...
November 28, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156586/in-depth-glyco-peptidomics-approach-reveals-unexpected-diversity-of-glycosylated-peptides-and-atypical-post-translational-modifications-in-dendroaspis-angusticeps-snake-venom
#19
Michel Degueldre, Julien Echterbille, Nicolas Smargiasso, Christian Damblon, Charlotte Gouin, Gilles Mourier, Nicolas Gilles, Edwin De Pauw, Loïc Quinton
Animal venoms represent a valuable source of bioactive peptides that can be derived into useful pharmacological tools, or even innovative drugs. In this way, the venom of Dendroaspis angusticeps (DA), the Eastern Green Mamba, has been intensively studied during recent years. It mainly contains hundreds of large toxins from 6 to 9 kDa, each displaying several disulfide bridges. These toxins are the main target of venom-based studies due to their valuable activities obtained by selectively targeting membrane receptors, such as ion channels or G-protein coupled receptors...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152044/structure-based-discovery-of-thiosemicarbazone-metalloproteinase-inhibitors-for-hemorrhage-treatment-in-snakebites
#20
Francis B Ferreira, Thiago M Pereira, Dayane L N Souza, Daiana S Lopes, Vitor Freitas, Veridiana M R Ávila, Arthur E Kümmerle, Carlos Mauricio R Sant'Anna
The venoms of snakes are composed by many toxins, which are responsible for various toxic effects including intense pain, bleeding disorders, and local tissue damage caused by hemorrhage and necrosis. The snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) are proteolytic zinc-dependent enzymes acting in different hemostatic mechanisms. In this work, a structure-based molecular modeling strategy was used for the rational design, by means of a homology 3D model of an SVMP isolated from Bothrops pauloensis venom (BpMP-I), followed by synthesis and in vitro evaluation of new thiosemicarbazones as the first inhibitors of the B...
November 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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