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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228775/envenomation-by-the-red-tailed-coral-snake-micrurus-mipartitus-in-colombia
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Carlos A Cañas, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Santiago Castaño-Valencia
BACKGROUND: Although the red-tailed coral snake (Micrurus mipartitus) is widely distributed in Colombia and its venom is highly neurotoxic and life threatening, envenomation by this species is rare. Therefore, this report may shed some light on the clinical presentation of M. mipartitus bites. CASE PRESENTATIONS: Herein, we describe two cases of patients bitten by red-tailed coral snakes, illustrating the clinical presentation of the victims, the outcomes and treatment provided...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216410/coagulopathy-and-extensive-local-swelling-following-green-pit-viper-trimeresurus-trigonocephalus-envenoming-in-sri-lanka
#2
R M M K Namal Rathnayaka, S A M Kularatne, P E A Nishanthi Ranathunga
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (Sri Lankan Green pit viper) is a moderately venomous arboreal snake endemic to Sri Lanka. Even though, its bites are not uncommon, published reports of such cases are limited to three in literature. We report three cases of coagulopathy following Green pit viper bites and treatment with fresh frozen plasma.
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212333/the%C3%A2-cardiovascular%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-neurotoxic%C3%A2-effects%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-venoms%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-six%C3%A2-bony%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-cartilaginous%C3%A2-fish%C3%A2-species
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Han Han, Kate Baumann, Nicholas R Casewell, Syed A Ali, James Dobson, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Scott C Cutmore, Niwanthi W Rajapakse, Timothy N W Jackson, Rob Jones, Wayne C Hodgson, Bryan G Fry, Sanjaya Kuruppu
Fish venoms are often poorly studied, in part due to the difficulty in obtaining, extracting, and storing them. In this study, we characterize the cardiovascular and neurotoxic effects of the venoms from the following six species of fish: the cartilaginous stingrays Neotrygon kuhlii and Himantura toshi, and the bony fish Platycephalus fucus, Girella tricuspidata, Mugil cephalus, and Dentex tumifrons. All venoms (10-100 μg/kg, i.v.), except G. tricuspidata and P. fuscus, induced a biphasic response on mean arterial pressure (MAP) in the anesthetised rat...
February 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187210/reappraisal-of-the-envenoming-capacity-of-euchambersia-mirabilis-therapsida-therocephalia-using-%C3%AE-ct-scanning-techniques
#4
Julien Benoit, Luke A Norton, Paul R Manger, Bruce S Rubidge
Euchambersia mirabilis is an iconic species of Permo-Triassic therapsid because of its unusually large external maxillary fossa linked through a sulcus to a ridged canine. This anatomy led to the commonly accepted conclusion that the large fossa accommodated a venom gland. However, this hypothesis remains untested so far. Here, we conducted a μCT scan assisted reappraisal of the envenoming capacity of Euchambersia, with a special focus on the anatomy of the maxillary fossa and canines. This study shows that the fossa, presumably for the venom-producing gland, is directly linked to the maxillary canal, which carries the trigeminal nerve (responsible for the sensitivity of the face)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178774/a-retrospective-review-of-rattlesnake-bites-in-100-children
#5
Norberto Sotelo-Cruz, Norberto Gómez-Rivera
BACKGROUND: A retrospective review of clinical features and treatment of children hospitalized for rattlesnake bite. METHODS: One hundred clinical records were reviewed. Variables included: age, gender, season of the year, signs, symptoms, poisoning grade, complications, treatment and sequelae. RESULTS: Fifty-nine percent were males and 37% were less than 5 years of age; 87% occurred in rural areas; 63% of the snakebites occurred during the summer, of them, 39% occurred within the perimeter of the domicile and 8% within the home...
April 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167587/snake-bite-induced-acute-kidney-injury-report-of-a-successful-outcome-during-pregnancy
#6
Sanjay Vikrant, Anupam Parashar
Snake bite is an important health hazard in tropics. Snake envenomation in pregnancy may cause fetal death and maternal mortality or morbidity. However, little is known about the toxic effects and optimal management during pregnancy after snake envenomation because of the rarity of cases. Herein, we report a case of a pregnant woman who was successfully treated for snake bite-induced acute kidney injury during the third trimester. She was treated with equine-derived polyvalent anti-snake venom without development of any adverse effects, hemodialysis, and supportive therapy...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165801/use-of-polyvalent-equine-anti-viper-serum-to-treat-delayed-coagulopathy-due-to-suspected-sistrurus-miliarius-streckeri-envenomation-in-two-children
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Kristie L Williams, Megan Woslager, Stephanie L Garland, Roger P Barton, William Banner
BACKGROUND: Western Pygmy Rattlesnake (WPR) envenomation reportedly causes refractory and persistent coagulopathy when treated with CroFab(®) (Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab). We report two cases where polyvalent equine anti-viper serum (AntivipmynTRI(®)) was used to treat recurrent coagulopathy in children. CASE DETAILS: The first patient was a 16-month-old male who was bitten by a confirmed WPR. The patient received a total of 18 vials of CroFab(®). His labs normalized, swelling gradually improved, and the child was discharged to home...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163123/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-metalloprotease-inhibitor-from-bothrops-alternatus-snake-serum
#8
Tatiana Z Palacio, Norival A Santos-Filho, José Cesar Rosa, Rui S Ferreira, Benedito Barraviera, Suely V Sampaio
Resistance of snakes and some other animals to snake envenomation has been attributed to soluble factors present in their tissues. Here we report the isolation of a novel metalloprotease inhibitor from Bothrops alternatus snake serum (named BaltMPI) with high purity, using a four-step chromatographic method. BaltMPI has molecular weights of 60.5 and 42.4kDa, as determined by SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry, respectively, and pI=5.27. The first 60 amino acids from the N-terminal region of BaltMPI, determined by Edman's degradation, showed high homology (97%) with the snake venom metalloprotease inhibitor (SVMPI) BJ46a and other SVMPIs (78-82%)...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159706/venomics-of-naja-sputatrix-the-javan-spitting-cobra-a-short-neurotoxin-driven-venom-needing-improved-antivenom-neutralization
#9
Nget Hong Tan, Kin Ying Wong, Choo Hock Tan
: The venom proteome of Naja sputatrix (Javan spitting cobra) was elucidated through reverse-phase HPLC, nano-ESI-LCMS/MS and data mining. A total of 97 distinct protein forms belonging to 14 families were identified. The most abundant proteins are the three-finger toxins (3FTXs, 64.22%) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2, 31.24%), followed by nerve growth factors (1.82%), snake venom metalloproteinase (1.33%) and several proteins of lower abundance (<1%) including a variety of venom enzymes...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158193/recombinant-snakebite-antivenoms-a-cost-competitive-solution-to-a-neglected-tropical-disease
#10
Andreas H Laustsen, Kristoffer H Johansen, Mikael Engmark, Mikael R Andersen
Snakebite envenoming is a major public health burden in tropical parts of the developing world. In sub-Saharan Africa, neglect has led to a scarcity of antivenoms threatening the lives and limbs of snakebite victims. Technological advances within antivenom are warranted, but should be evaluated not only on their possible therapeutic impact, but also on their cost-competitiveness. Recombinant antivenoms based on oligoclonal mixtures of human IgG antibodies produced by CHO cell cultivation may be the key to obtaining better snakebite envenoming therapies...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150853/performance-of-the-20-minute-whole-blood-clotting-test-in-detecting-venom-induced-consumption-coagulopathy-from-russell-s-viper-daboia-russelii-bites
#11
Indira Ratnayake, Fathima Shihana, Dhammika M Dissanayake, Nicholas A Buckley, Kalana Maduwage, Geoffrey K Isbister
The 20-minute whole blood clotting test (WBCT20) is used as a bedside diagnostic test for coagulopathic snake envenoming. We aimed to assess the performance of the WBCT20 in diagnosis of venom induced consumption coagulopathy (VICC) in Russell's viper envenoming. Adult patients admitted with suspected snake bites were recruited from two hospitals. WBCT20 and prothrombin time (PT) test were performed on admission. WBCT20 was done by trained clinical research assistants using 1 ml whole blood in a 5 ml borosilicate glass tube with a 10 mm internal diameter...
February 2, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149694/exploration-of-immunoglobulin-transcriptomes-from-mice-immunized-with-three-finger-toxins-and-phospholipases-a2-from-the-central-american-coral-snake-micrurus-nigrocinctus
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Andreas H Laustsen, Mikael Engmark, Christopher Clouser, Sonia Timberlake, Francois Vigneault, José María Gutiérrez, Bruno Lomonte
Snakebite envenomings represent a neglected public health issue in many parts of the rural tropical world. Animal-derived antivenoms have existed for more than a hundred years and are effective in neutralizing snake venom toxins when timely administered. However, the low immunogenicity of many small but potent snake venom toxins represents a challenge for obtaining a balanced immune response against the medically relevant components of the venom. Here, we employ high-throughput sequencing of the immunoglobulin (Ig) transcriptome of mice immunized with a three-finger toxin and a phospholipase A2 from the venom of the Central American coral snake, Micrurus nigrocinctus...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138054/bites-by-the-monocled-cobra-naja-kaouthia-in-chittagong-division-bangladesh-epidemiology-clinical-features-of-envenoming-and-management-of-70-identified-cases
#13
M A Faiz, M F Ahsan, A Ghose, M R Rahman, R Amin, M Hossain, M N Tareq, M A Jalil, U Kuch, R D G Theakston, D A Warrell, J B Harris
We describe 70 cases of monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) bite admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh. The biting snakes were identified by examining the dead snake and/or detecting N. kaouthia venom antigens in patients' serum. Bites were most common in the early morning and evening during the monsoon (May-July). Ligatures were routinely applied to the bitten limb before admission. Thirty-seven patients consulted traditional healers, most of whom made incisions around the bite site. Fifty-eight patients experienced severe neurotoxicity and most suffered swelling and pain of the bitten limb...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135895/neurologic-complications-in-children-with-scorpionism
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Khaled Saad, Mohamed A Abd El-Hamed, Mohamed Gamil M Abo-Elela, Ahmed E Ahmed, Khaled A Abdel-Baseer, Mohamed Diab Aboul-Khair, Kotb Abbass Metwalley, Amira A El-Houfey, Gamal M Hasan, Ahmad M El-Shareef
Scorpion envenomation is a life-threatening health problem in tropical and subtropical regions, particularly among children. The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiologic characteristics, clinical profile, and prognosis of neurologic complications among children with scorpionism in Upper Egypt. In this retrospective study, the neurologic complications of scorpionism in 2 university hospitals were analyzed from the points of epidemiologic and clinical picture and outcomes. The neurologic manifestations were found at a high percentage (85%)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130154/what-killed-karl-patterson-schmidt-combined-venom-gland-transcriptomic-venomic-and-antivenomic-analysis-of-the-south-african-green-tree-snake-the-boomslang-dispholidus-typus
#15
Davinia Pla, Libia Sanz, Gareth Whiteley, Simon C Wagstaff, Robert A Harrison, Nicholas R Casewell, Juan J Calvete
BACKGROUND: Non-front-fanged colubroid snakes comprise about two-thirds of extant ophidian species. The medical significance of the majority of these snakes is unknown, but at least five species have caused life-threatening or fatal human envenomings. However, the venoms of only a small number of species have been explored. METHODS: A combined venomic and venom gland transcriptomic approach was employed to characterise of venom of Dispholidus typus (boomslang), the snake that caused the tragic death of Professor Karl Patterson Schmidt...
January 24, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124029/consequences-of-androctonus-mauretanicus-and-buthus-occitanus-scorpion-venoms-on-electrolyte-levels-in-rabbits
#16
Khadija Daoudi, Fatima Chgoury, Myriam Rezzak, Oussama Bourouah, Lotfi Boussadda, Abdelaziz Soukri, Jean-Marc Sabatier, Naoual Oukkache
Androctonus mauretanicus (A. mauretanicus) and Buthus occitanus (B. occitanus) scorpions, which belong to the Buthidae family, are the most venomous scorpions in Morocco. For the first time, we investigated the effects of such scorpion venoms on serum electrolytes in subcutaneously injected rabbits. For this purpose, 3 groups of 6 albinos adult male rabbits (New Zealand) were used in this experiment. Two of the groups were given a single subcutaneous injection of either crude Am venom (5 μg/kg) or Bo venom (8 μg/kg) whereas the third group (control group) only received physiological saline solution (NaCl 0...
January 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122669/active-immunization-of-cattle-with-a-bothropic-toxoid-does-not-abrogate-envenomation-by-bothrops-asper-venom-but-increases-the-likelihood-of-survival
#17
María Herrera, Katherine González, Carlos Rodríguez, Aarón Gómez, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Ricardo Estrada, Guillermo León
This study assessed the protective effect of active immunization of cattle to prevent the envenomation induced by B. asper venom. Two groups of oxen were immunized with a bothropic toxoid and challenged by an intramuscular injection of either 10 or 50 mg B. asper venom, to induce moderate or severe envenomations, respectively. Non-immunized oxen were used as controls. It was found that immunized oxen developed local edema similar to those observed in non-immunized animals. However, systemic effects were totally prevented in immunized oxen challenged with 10 mg venom, and therefore antivenom treatment was not required...
January 22, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114828/rotational-thromboelastometry-rotem-guided-treatment-of-an-afghanistan-viper-envenomation-at-a-nato-military-hospital
#18
Paul J D Roszko, Michael J Kavanaugh, Martin L Boese, Jason J Longwell, Angela S Earley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112211/crude-venom-from-nematocysts-of-pelagia-noctiluca-cnidaria-scyphozoa-elicits-a-sodium-conductance-in-the-plasma-membrane-of-mammalian-cells
#19
Rossana Morabito, Roberta Costa, Valentina Rizzo, Alessia Remigante, Charity Nofziger, Giuseppa La Spada, Angela Marino, Markus Paulmichl, Silvia Dossena
Cnidarians may negatively impact human activities and public health but concomitantly their venom represents a rich source of bioactive substances. Pelagia noctiluca is the most venomous and abundant jellyfish of the Mediterranean Sea and possesses a venom with hemolytic and cytolytic activity for which the mechanism is largely unknown. Here we show that exposure of mammalian cells to crude venom from the nematocysts of P. noctiluca profoundly alters the ion conductance of the plasma membrane, therefore affecting homeostatic functions such as the regulation and maintenance of cellular volume...
January 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106331/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-fresh-frozen-plasma-for-coagulopathy-in-russell-s-viper-daboia-russelii-envenoming
#20
G K Isbister, S Jayamanne, F Mohamed, A H Dawson, K Maduwage, I Gawarammana, D G Lalloo, H J de Silva, F E Scorgie, L F Lincz, N A Buckley
: Essentials Russell's viper envenoming is a major health issue in South Asia and causes coagulopathy. We studied the effect of fresh frozen plasma and two antivenom doses on correcting coagulopathy. Fresh frozen plasma did not hasten recovery of coagulopathy. Low-dose antivenom did not worsen coagulopathy. SUMMARY: Background Russell's viper (Daboia russelii) envenoming is a major health issue in South Asia and causes venom-induced consumption coagulopathy (VICC)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
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