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#1
Elham Torabi, Mahdi Behdani, Mohammad Hosseininejad Chafi, Reza Moazzami, Jean-Marc Sabatier, Vahid Khalaj, Delavar Shahbazzadeh, Kamran Pooshang Bagheri
Hemoscorpius lepturus is the most medically important scorpion in Iran. The clinical signs of H. lepturus envenomation are remarkably similar to those reported for brown spiders, including dermonecrosis, hematuria, renal failure and even death. The lethality and toxicity of brown spiders' venom have been attributed to its phospholipase D activity. This study aims to identify a phospholipase D with possible lethality and dermonecrotic activity in H. lepturus venom. In this study, a cDNA library of the venom glands was generated by Illumina RNA sequencing...
March 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322221/venom-from-cuban-blue-scorpion-has-tumor-activating-effect-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#2
Catia Giovannini, Michele Baglioni, Marco Baron Toaldo, Matteo Cescon, Luigi Bolondi, Laura Gramantieri
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term used to describe many kinds of products, practices, and systems that are not part of conventional medicine. Cancer patients usually do everything they can to combat the disease, manage its symptoms, and cope with the side effects of treatment. Unfortunately, patients who use CAM underestimate the risk of interaction with cancer therapy or worse they omit conventional therapy thus reducing the possibility of cancer remission. Herein we analyzed the effects of Vidatox 30 CH (venom extracted from the Junceus Rhopalurus scorpion) on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300747/pathophysiology-of-dilatation-of-pupils-due-to-scorpion-and-snake-envenomation-and-its-therapeutic-value-clinical-observations
#3
Himmatrao S Bawaskar, Parag H Bawaskar, Pramodini H Bawaskar
Dilated nonreacting pupils are routinely taken as a sign of irreversible brain damage. Alpha-receptor stimulation (scorpion sting) and presynaptic acetylcholine receptor blocker (krait bite) may result in dilation of pupils without involvement of the brain. This study was aimed to clinically evaluate the response of pupils in scorpion sting and krait bite. Victims of scorpion sting and krait bite were chosen from Raigad district. Scorpion sting and krait bite cases were admitted to hospital and were clinically evaluated in detail regarding neurological manifestations...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300672/discovery-of-three-toxin-peptides-with-kv1-3-channel-and-il-2-cytokine-inhibiting-activities-from-non-buthidae-scorpions-chaerilus-tricostatus-and-chaerilus-tryznai
#4
Li Ding, Jing Chen, Jinbo Hao, Jiahui Zhang, Xuejun Huang, Fangfang Hu, Zheng Wu, Yaru Liu, Wenxin Li, Zhijian Cao, Yingliang Wu, Jian Li, Shan Li, Hongyan Liu, Wenlong Wu, Zongyun Chen
Non-Buthidae venomous scorpions are huge natural sources of toxin peptides; however, only a few studies have been done to understand their toxin peptides. Herein, we describe three new potential immunomodulating toxin peptides, Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908, from two non-Buthidae scorpions, Chaerilus tricostatus and Chaerilus tryznai. Sequence alignment analyses showed that Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908 are three new members of the scorpion toxin α-KTx15 subfamily. Electrophysiological experiments showed that Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908 blocked the Kv1...
March 12, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289514/modern-trends-in-animal-venom-research-omics-and-nanomaterials
#5
EDITORIAL
Yuri N Utkin
Animal venom research is a specialized investigation field, in which a number of different methods are used and this array is constantly expanding. Thus, recently emerged omics and nanotechnologies have already been successfully applied to venom research. Animal venoms have been studied for quite a long time. The traditional reductionist approach has been to isolate individual toxins and then study their structure and function. Unfortunately, the characterization of the venom as a whole system and its multiple effects on an entire organism were not possible until recent times...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288817/animal-venoms-as-a-source-of-natural-antimicrobials-an-overview
#6
REVIEW
Ramar Perumal Samy, Bradley G Stiles, Octavio L Franco, Gautam Sethi, Lina Hk Lim
Hospitals are breeding grounds for many life-threatening bacteria worldwide. Clinically associated gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus/methicillin-resistant S. aureus and many others increase the risk of severe mortality and morbidity. The failure of antibiotics to kill various pathogens due to bacterial resistance highlights the urgent need to develop novel, potent, and less toxic agents from natural sources against various infectious agents. Currently, several promising classes of natural molecules from snake (terrestrial and sea), scorpion, spider, honey bee and wasp venoms hold promise as rich sources of chemotherapeutics against infectious pathogens...
March 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275372/non-disulfide-bridge-peptide-5-5-from-the-scorpion-hadrurus-gertschi-inhibits-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-abscessus-subsp-massiliense
#7
Monalisa M Trentini, Rogério C das Neves, Bruno de Paula Oliveira Santos, Roosevelt A DaSilva, Adolfo C Barros de Souza, Márcia R Mortari, Elisabeth F Schwartz, André Kipnis, Ana P Junqueira-Kipnis
Multi-drug resistant microorganisms have been a growing concern during the last decades due to their contribution in mortality rates worldwide. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are broad spectrum antimicrobial agents that display potent microbicidal activity against a wide range of microorganisms. AMPs generally have a rapid mode of action that reduces the risk of resistance developing among pathogens. In this study, an AMP derived from scorpion venom, NDBP-5.5, was evaluated against Mycobacterium abscessus subsp...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264432/electrophysiological-characterization-of-the-antarease-metalloprotease-from-tityus-serrulatus-venom
#8
Irene Zornetta, Michele Scorzeto, Pablo Victor Mendes Dos Reis, Maria E De Lima, Cesare Montecucco, Aram Megighian, Ornella Rossetto
Scorpions are among the oldest venomous living organisms and the family Buthidae is the largest and most medically relevant one. Scorpion venoms include many toxic peptides, but recently, a metalloprotease from Tityus serrulatus called antarease was reported to be capable of cleaving VAMP2, a protein involved in the neuroparalytic syndromes of tetanus and botulism. We have produced antarease and an inactive metalloprotease mutant in a recombinant form and analyzed their enzymatic activity on recombinant VAMP2 in vitro and on mammalian and insect neuromuscular junction...
February 27, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259729/dated-phylogenetic-studies-of-the-southernmost-american-buthids-scorpiones-buthidae
#9
Andrés A Ojanguren-Affilastro, Renzo S Adilardi, Camilo I Mattoni, Martín J Ramírez, F Sara Ceccarelli
A dated molecular phylogeny of the southernmost American species of the family Buthidae, based on two nuclear and two mitochondrial genes, is presented. Based on this study, analyzed species of the subgenus Tityus (Archaeotityus) are neither sister to the remaining species of the genus Tityus, nor are they closely related to the New World microbuthids with decreasing neobothriotaxy. Analyzed species of the subgenus Tityus do not form a monophyletic group. Based on ancestral area estimation analyses, known geoclimatic events of the region and comparisons to the diversification processes of other epigean groups from the area, a generalized hypothesis about the patterns of historical colonization processes of the family Buthidae in southern South America is presented...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251447/switch-of-steady-state-to-an-accelerated-granulopoiesis-in-response-to-androctonus-australis-hector-venom
#10
Asma Kaddache, Moustapha Hassan, Fatima Laraba-Djebari, Djelila Hammoudi-Triki
Although several studies have shown that scorpion venoms cause a systemic inflammatory response syndrome, little is known about the contribution of the hematopoietic organs. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Androctonus australis hector venom on the bone marrow and on local inflammatory mediators, in concordance with the systemic inflammatory reaction elicited in mice. The consequences of a direct interaction of venom with murine bone marrow cells were also assessed by in vitro study. Obtained results showed that the early systemic neutrophilia correlated with a rapid granulocyte mobilization...
March 1, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242227/insects-arachnids-and-centipedes-venom-a-powerful-weapon-against-bacteria-a-literature-review
#11
REVIEW
Filippo Fratini, Giovanni Cilia, Barbara Turchi, Antonio Felicioli
Currently, new antimicrobial molecules extracted or obtained by natural sources, could be a valide alternative to traditional antibiotics. Most of these molecules are represented by antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), which are essential compounds of insect, arachnids and centipedes venom. AMPs, due to their strong effectiveness, low resistance rates and peculiar mode of action, seem to have all the suitable features to be a powerful weapon against several bacteria, especially considering the increasing antibiotic-resistance phenomena...
February 24, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241514/antivenom-evaluation-by-electrophysiological-analysis
#12
Rita Restano-Cassulini, Walter Garcia, Jorge F Paniagua-Solís, Lourival D Possani
Scorpion stings on humans are medically relevant because they may contain toxins that specifically target ion channels. During antivenom production, pharmaceutical companies must use a large number of experimental animals to ensure the antivenom's efficacy according to pharmacopeia methods. Here we present an electrophysiological alternative for the evaluation of horse antivenoms produced against two species of Moroccan scorpions: Buthus mardochei and Androctonus mauretanicus. Human sodium and potassium channels and acetylcholine nicotinic receptors were analyzed by standard patch-clamp techniques...
February 23, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209477/characterizing-the-biological-and-biochemical-profile-of-six-different-scorpion-venoms-from-the-buthidae-and-scorpionidae-family
#13
Sebastian Estrada-Gómez, Lyz Gomez-Rave, Leidy Johana Vargas-Muñoz, Arie van der Meijden
The objective of this study was to characterize six different scorpion venoms using biological and biochemical methods, including a preliminary MS/MS and a post-translational modifications analysis. Despite the diversity of scorpion species of medical importance in Africa and Colombia, the venoms of these arachnids have been poorly studied in these two regions. We report the biochemical, electrophoretic, chromatographic profile, internal peptide sequences with a post-translational modification report, and a preliminary antitumor activity of five different scorpions of the Buthidae family, Androctonus amoreuxi, Babycurus jacksoni, Grosphus grandidieri, Hottentotta gentili and Tityus fuhrmanni, and one of the Scorpionidae family Pandinus imperator...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208885/study-on-distribution-of-scorpions-to-provide-prevention-and-interventions-in-combating-scorpionism-in-poldokhtar-county-lorestan-province-iran
#14
Mansour Nazari, Rastgar Hassan
INTRODUCTION: Scorpions are arthropods of medical importance classified in the class Arachnida, inhabiting hot and dry environments. All scorpions have a venomous sting and several thousand people die each year from scorpion stings, but this mortality is due to the venom of about 25 species located in northern Africa, the Middle East, India, Mexico and parts of South America. Poldokhtar County belongs to one of the southern cities of Lorestan Province, providing suitable habitats for many different species of scorpions due to its specific climatic conditions...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202723/mapping-of-voltage-sensor-positions-in-resting-and-inactivated-mammalian-sodium-channels-by-lret
#15
Tomoya Kubota, Thomas Durek, Bobo Dang, Rocio K Finol-Urdaneta, David J Craik, Stephen B H Kent, Robert J French, Francisco Bezanilla, Ana M Correa
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Navs) play crucial roles in excitable cells. Although vertebrate Nav function has been extensively studied, the detailed structural basis for voltage-dependent gating mechanisms remain obscure. We have assessed the structural changes of the Nav voltage sensor domain using lanthanide-based resonance energy transfer (LRET) between the rat skeletal muscle voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.4) and fluorescently labeled Nav1.4-targeting toxins. We generated donor constructs with genetically encoded lanthanide-binding tags (LBTs) inserted at the extracellular end of the S4 segment of each domain (with a single LBT per construct)...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192687/corrigendum-to-the-first-report-on-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-venom-gland-of-iranian-scorpion-hemiscorpius-lepturus-toxicon-125-2017-123-130
#16
Elham Torabi, Saeme Asgari, Vahid Khalaj, Mahdi Behdani, Fatemeh Kazemi-Lomedasht, Kamran Pooshang Bagheri, Delavar Shahbazzadeh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181330/discrete-and-morphometric-traits-reveal-contrasting-patterns-and-processes-in-the-macroevolutionary-history-of-a-clade-of-scorpions
#17
N Mongiardino Koch, F S Ceccarelli, A A Ojanguren-Affilastro, M J Ramírez
Many palaeontological studies have investigated the evolution of entire body plans, generally relying on discrete character-taxon matrices. In contrast, macroevolutionary studies performed by neontologists have mostly focused on morphometric traits. Although these data types are very different, some studies have suggested that they capture common patterns. Nonetheless, the tests employed to support this claim have not explicitly incorporated a phylogenetic framework and may therefore be susceptible to confounding effects due to the presence of common phylogenetic structure...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179135/c-terminal-residues-in-small-potassium-channel-blockers-odk1-and-osk3-from-scorpion-venom-fine-tune-the-selectivity
#18
Alexey I Kuzmenkov, Steve Peigneur, Anton O Chugunov, Valentin M Tabakmakher, Roman G Efremov, Jan Tytgat, Eugene V Grishin, Alexander A Vassilevski
We report isolation, sequencing, and electrophysiological characterization of OSK3 (α-KTx 8.8 in Kalium and Uniprot databases), a potassium channel blocker from the scorpion Orthochirus scrobiculosus venom. Using the voltage clamp technique, OSK3 was tested on a wide panel of 11 voltage-gated potassium channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes, and was found to potently inhibit Kv1.2 and Kv1.3 with IC50 values of ~331nM and ~503nM, respectively. OdK1 produced by the scorpion Odontobuthus doriae differs by just two C-terminal residues from OSK3, but shows marked preference to Kv1...
February 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177037/correction-arachnidism-scorpionism-and-ophidism-in-ouro-preto-municipality-minas-gerais-state-brazil
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[This corrects the article doi: 10.1590/0037-8682-0047-2016].
February 6, 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159722/cell-penetrating-and-cargo-delivery-ability-of-a-spider-toxin-derived-peptide-in-mammalian-cells
#20
Nisha Ponnappan, Archana Chugh
Cell-penetrating peptides are short cationic peptides with inherent ability to cross the plasma membrane barrier as well as intracellularly deliver cargo molecules conjugated to them. Venoms from snakes, scorpions and spiders are rich in membrane-active peptides. Crotamine from snake venom as well as maurocalcine and imperatoxin isolated from scorpion venoms have been reported to possess cell-penetrating property in mammalian cells. Latarcins, a group of spider venom toxins, has also been reported to possess antimicrobial property...
January 31, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
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