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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647179/euphorbia-neriifolia-l-review-on-botany-ethnomedicinal-uses-phytochemistry-and-biological-activities
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REVIEW
Prashant Y Mali, Shital S Panchal
The present review is intended to provide information on botany, ethnomedicinal uses, phytochemistry and biological activities of various parts of Euphorbia neriifolia (E. neriifolia). E. neriifolia has several ethnomedicinal uses. The latex of E. neriifolia is used as laxative, purgative, rubefacient, carminative and expectorant as well as in treatment of whooping cough, gonorrhoea, leprosy, asthma, dyspepsia, jaundice, enlargement of the spleen, tumours, stone in the bladder, abdominal troubles and leucoderma...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634472/antifungal-activity-against-filamentous-fungi-of-ts1-a-multifunctional-toxin-from-tityus-serrulatus-scorpion-venom
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Welligton M Santussi, Karla C F Bordon, Ana P N Rodrigues Alves, Camila T Cologna, Suraia Said, Eliane C Arantes
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are ubiquitous and multipotent components of the innate immune defense arsenal used by both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. The search for new AMPs has increased in recent years, due to the growing development of microbial resistance to therapeutical drugs. In this work, we evaluate the effects of Tityus serrulatus venom (Tsv), its fractions and its major toxin Ts1, a beta-neurotoxin, on fungi growth. The fractions were obtained by ion-exchange chromatography of Tsv. The growth inhibition of 11 pathogenic and non-pathogenic filamentous fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631790/multidentate-silyl-ligands-in-transition-metal-chemistry
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M Simon, F Breher
Silyl ligands are of great interest in transition metal coordination chemistry since they exhibit a strong trans-influence and create electron rich metals centres, which are in turn eligible to activate reagents. This review presents and discusses the use of multidentate Si-based ligand systems in transition metal coordination chemistry. These include tri- and tetradentate pincer and scorpionate-type ligands, which have been developed in recent years in order to tailor both steric and electronic properties for achieving a defined control over the reactivity of a transition metal complex...
June 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630618/perinatal-effects-of-scorpion-venoms-maternal-and-offspring-development
#4
REVIEW
Ana Leticia Coronado Dorce, Adriana do Nascimento Martins, Valquiria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni
Scorpion envenomation is a public health problem, especially in tropical and subtropical countries. Considering the high incidence of scorpionism in some areas, pregnant women and nursing mothers may be possible victims. Scorpion stings alter the release of neurotransmitters and some cytokines. These mediators act as organizers and programmers in the adequate formation of the nerves, and non-physiological concentrations of them during the brain organization originate disorders and diseases that can appear later in the life of the individual...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617636/a-sea-scorpion-s-strike-new-evidence-of-extreme-lateral-flexibility-in-the-opisthosoma-of-eurypterids
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W Scott Persons, John Acorn
Among the largest and most abundant aquatic predators during much of the early evolution of vertebrates, eurypterids have long been an iconic and intensely studied group of Paleozoic arthropods. We report a new specimen of the eurypterid Slimonia acuminata, which includes a fully articulated series of tail (postabdominal and telsonal) segments preserved in a tight lateral curve. Such a high degree of apparent lateral tail flexibility has not been previously recognized in eurypterids. From the perspective of hydrodynamics, the dorsoventrally flattened body plan of eurypterids would have limited the effectiveness of lateral tail motion as a means of propulsion...
July 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610102/a-new-species-in-the-troglomorphic-scorpion-genus-i-troglotayosicus-i-from%C3%A2-colombia-representing-the-northernmost-known-record-for-the-genus%C3%A2-scorpiones-troglotayosicidae
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Ricardo Botero-Trujillo, Julio C González-Gómez, Juan C Valenzuela-Rojas, Luis F García
We describe a new scorpion species in the troglomorphic genus Troglotayosicus Lourenço, 1981 from Colombia. Troglotayosicus meijdeni sp. nov. inhabits the forest leaf litter at Rivera municipality, on the western slope of the Eastern Andes. The male of the new species remains unknown; however, this species can be distinguished from other species in the genus by the female (and juvenile) morphology. The type locality of T. meijdeni sp. nov. represents the northernmost known record for a population of Troglotayosicus, further extending the known limits of distribution of this genus, and shedding more light on the distributional range of this group of scorpions in northwestern South America...
March 22, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609916/two-new-species-of-i-bothriurus-i-peters-1861-scorpiones-bothriuridae-%C3%A2-from-northeastern-brazil
#7
Andria DE Paula Santos-DA-Silva, Leonardo Sousa Carvalho, Antonio Domingos Brescovit
Two new species of Bothriurid scorpions, Bothriurus delmari n. sp. and B. aguardente n. sp., are described from Bahia, Northeastern Brazil. These species are included in the asper group owing to the peculiar hemispermatophore morphology. These two newly described species increases to 47 the number of known and valid Bothriurus species. Additionaly, the known distribution of Bothriurus asper is updated.
April 28, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605881/scorpion-neurotoxin-aait-expressing-beauveria-bassiana-enhances-the-virulence-against-aedes-albopictus-mosquitoes
#8
Sheng-Qun Deng, Qun-Di Cai, Ming-Zhi Deng, Qiang Huang, Hong-Juan Peng
To improve the insecticidal efficacy of this entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana, the fungus was genetically modified to express an insect-specific scorpion neurotoxin AaIT. The virulence of the recombinant B. bassiana strain (Bb-AaIT) against Aedes albopictus adults (which occurs via penetration through the cuticle during spore germination or by conidia ingestion), and the larvae (by conidia ingestion) was measured with bioassays. The median lethal concentration (LC50) of Bb-AaIT against A. albopictus larvae was 313...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604248/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-the-membrane-binding-and-disruption-mechanisms-by-antimicrobial-scorpion-venom-derived-peptides
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José-Luis Velasco-Bolom, Gerardo Corzo, Ramón Garduño-Juárez
Pandinin 2 (Pin2) is an alpha-helical polycationic peptide, identified and characterized from venom of the African scorpion Pandinus imperator with high antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria and less active against Gram-negative bacteria, however it has demonstrated strong haemolytic activity against sheep red blood cells. In the chemically synthesized Pin2GVG analog, the GVG motif grants it low haemolytic activity while keeping its antimicrobial activity. In this work we performed 12 μs all-atom molecular dynamics simulation of the antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) Pin2 and Pin2GVG to explore their adsorption mechanism and the role of their constituent amino acid residues when interacting with pure POPC and pure POPG membrane bilayers...
June 11, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603688/novel-piroplasmid-and-hepatozoon-organisms-infecting-the-wildlife-of-two-regions-of-the-brazilian-amazon
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Herbert S Soares, Arlei Marcili, Amália R M Barbieri, Antonio H H Minervino, Thiago Rocha Moreira, Solange M Gennari, Marcelo B Labruna
During 2009-2012, wild animals were sampled in two areas within the Amazon biome of Brazil, in the states of Mato Grosso and Pará. Animal tissues and blood were molecularly tested for the presence of Piroplasmida (genera Babesia, Theileria, Cytauxzoon) or Hepatozoon DNA. Overall, 181 wild animals comprising 36 different species (2 reptiles, 5 birds, and 29 mammals) were sampled. The following Piroplasmida agents were detected: Cytauxzoon felis in one ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Theileria cervi in two red brocket deer (Mazama americana), Theileria spp...
August 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591591/activation-of-sodium-channel-by-a-novel-%C3%AE-scorpion-toxin-bmk-nt2-stimulates-erk1-2-and-cerb-phosphorylation-through-a-ca-2-dependent-pathway-in-neocortical-neurons
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Xiaohan Zou, Ying Wu, Juan Chen, Fang Zhao, Fan Zhang, Boyang Yu, Zhengyu Cao
Neuronal excitability controls the expression of a variety of genes and proteins and therefore regulates neurite outgrowth and synapse formation, fundamental physiological processes controlling learning and memory. Scorpion venom contains many neurotoxins which alter ion channel activities that influence neuronal excitability. In this study, a novel scorpion peptide termed BmK NT2 was purified from venom of Chinese scorpion Buthus martensii Karsch by combining mass spectrum mapping and intracellular Ca(2+) concentration measurement in primary cultured neocortical neurons...
June 4, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587870/evaluation-of-the-in-vitro-antimicrobial-activity-of-selected-saudi-scorpion-venoms-tested-against-multidrug-resistant-micro-organisms
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Abdulrahman K Al-Asmari, Meshref Ali Alamri, Aqeel Salman Almasoudi, Rajamohamed Abbasmanthiri, Maysa Mahfoud
OBJECTIVES: Scorpion venoms are a rich source of bioactive peptides with promising clinical value that may lead to the discovery and development of new drugs. The present study was designed to evaluate the in vitro antimicrobial activities of the venoms extracted from three medically important Saudi scorpions (Androctonus crassicauda, Androctonus bicolor and Leiurus quinquestriatus). METHODS: Antimicrobial assays were performed using a microplate growth inhibition assay against 10 multidrug-resistant (MDR) micro-organisms (4 Gram-negative bacteria, 2 Gram-positive bacteria and 4 fungi and yeasts) at concentrations ranging from 0 to 20mg/mL of each venom...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562767/infrared-thermography-to-diagnose-and-manage-venomous-animal-bites-and-stings
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Carlos Roberto de Medeiros, Marcos Leal Brioschi, Solange Nogueira de Souza, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira
INTRODUCTION: Infrared imaging (IR) is a noninvasive technique that quantifies body surface temperature, producing a digital color image. IR has been used to study diseases in which skin temperature can reflect the presence of inflammation. METHODS: This was an observational pilot study of eight patients envenomed by snakes, spiders, and scorpions. All patients were examined using a thermal camera. RESULTS: In all cases, we obtained infrared images that corroborated clinical findings indicating localized effects of venom, specifically inflammation...
March 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552408/structure-and-in-vitro-activities-of-a-copper-ii-chelating-anionic-peptide-from-the-venom-of-the-scorpion-tityus-stigmurus
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Menilla M A Melo, Alessandra D Silva, Diego G Teixeira, Andréia B Estrela, Karolline R T Melo, Verônica S Oliveira, Hugo A O Rocha, Leandro de Santis Ferreira, Daniel L Pontes, João P M S Lima, Arnóbio A Silva-Júnior, Euzebio G Barbosa, Eneas Carvalho, Matheus F Fernandes-Pedrosa
Anionic Peptides are molecules rich in aspartic acid (Asp) and/or glutamic acid (Glu) residues in the primary structure. This work presents, for the first time, structural characterization and biological activity assays of an anionic peptide from the venom of the scorpion Tityus stigmurus, named TanP. The three-dimensional structure of TanP was obtained by computational modeling and refined by molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. Furthermore, we have performed circular dichroism (CD) analysis to predict TanP secondary structure, and UV-visible spectroscopy to evaluate its chelating activity...
May 25, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548314/scorpionate-complexes-of-aza-18-crown-6-containing-fluoronitrophenyl-substituents-as-studied-by-esi-ms
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Rafał Frański, Magdalena Onyszkiewicz, Błażej Gierczyk
RATIONALE: Coordination of a metal cation by a nitro group is rare and the interaction between them is usually weak. Examples of complexes in which such an interaction takes place are metal complexes of cyclams containing nitrophenyl or nitrobenzyl substituents. It seemed to be interesting to check if in the complexes of respective crown ether conjugates the interaction can also take place. METHODS: We synthesized the respective conjugates of aza-18-crown-6, namely fluoro-substituted N-nitrophenylaza-18C6 conjugates...
May 26, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540206/acute-kidney-injury-from-different-poisonous-substances
#16
Rubina Naqvi
AIM: To report our experience of acute kidney injury (AKI) developed after exposure to poisonous substance. METHODS: Retrospective study where data was collected from case records of patients coming to this institute during January 1990 to May 2016. This institution is a tertiary care center for renal care in the metropolitan city of Karachi, Pakistan. History of ingested substance, symptoms on presentation, basic laboratory tests on arrival, mode of treatment and outcome were recorded from all patients and are presented here...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536661/successful-use-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-the-treatment-of-cardiogenic-shock-due-to-scorpion-envenomation
#17
Amine Tarmiz, Imene Mgarrech, Chokri Kortas, Sofiane Jerbi
Introduction. The occurrence of a cardiogenic shock is a rare presentation after scorpion envenomation. The treatment includes classically the use of inotropes and specific vasodilators. Case Presentation. We report a case of an 11-year-old boy presenting with cardiogenic shock and pulmonary edema after a scorpion sting. Despite adequate management at the emergency department and intensive care unit, the patient's hemodynamic status worsened rapidly, justifying his transfer to our department for ventricular mechanical assistance by venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528674/sodium-channels-and-venom-peptide-pharmacology
#18
Mathilde R Israel, Bryan Tay, Jennifer R Deuis, Irina Vetter
Venomous animals including cone snails, spiders, scorpions, anemones, and snakes have evolved a myriad of components in their venoms that target the opening and/or closing of voltage-gated sodium channels to cause devastating effects on the neuromuscular systems of predators and prey. These venom peptides, through design and serendipity, have not only contributed significantly to our understanding of sodium channel pharmacology and structure, but they also represent some of the most phyla- and isoform-selective molecules that are useful as valuable tool compounds and drug leads...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528669/modulation-of-ion-channels-by-cysteine-rich-peptides-from-sequence-to-structure
#19
Mehdi Mobli, Eivind A B Undheim, Lachlan D Rash
Venom peptides are natural ligands of ion channels and have been used extensively in pharmacological characterization of various ion channels and receptors. In this chapter, we survey all known venom peptide ion-channel modulators. Our survey reveals that the majority of venom peptides characterized to date target voltage-gated sodium or potassium channels. We further find that the majority of these peptides are found in scorpion and spider venoms. We discuss the influence of the pharmacological tools available in biasing discovery and the classical "toxin-to-sequence" approach to venom peptide biodiscovery...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527288/-partial-purification-of-peptides-present-in-the-tityus-macrochirus-buthidae-scorpion-venom-and-preliminary-assessment-of-their-cytotoxicity
#20
Clara Andrea Rincón-Cortés, Edgar Antonio Reyes-Montaño, Nohora Angélica Vega-Castro
INTRODUCTION: Scorpion venom contains peptides with neurotoxic action primarily active on ion channels in the nervous system of insects and mammals. They are also characterized as cytolytic and anticancer, biological characteristics that have not yet been reported for the Tityus macrochirus venom. OBJECTIVE: To assess if the total T. macrochirus venom and the fraction of partially purified peptides decrease the viability of various tumor-derived cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The scorpion venom was collected by electrical stimulation and, subsequently, subjected to chromatography, electrophoresis, and ultrafiltration with Amicon Ultra 0...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
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