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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328982/highlighting-of-quorum-sensing-lux-genes-and-their-expression-in-the-hydrothermal-vent-shrimp-rimicaris-exoculata-ectosymbiontic-community-possible-use-as-biogeographic-markers
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Simon Le Bloa, Lucile Durand, Valérie Cueff-Gauchard, Josiane Le Bars, Laure Taupin, Charlotte Marteau, Alexis Bazire, Marie-Anne Cambon-Bonavita
Rimicaris exoculata is a caridean shrimp that dominates the fauna at several hydrothermal vent sites of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It has two distinct and stable microbial communities. One of these epibiontic bacterial communities is located in the shrimp gut and has a distribution and role that are poorly understood. The second colonizes its enlarged gill chamber and is involved in host nutrition. It is eliminated after each molt, and has colonization processes reminiscent of those of a biofilm. The presence and expression of genes usually involved in quorum sensing (QS) were then studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327300/rbaltmip-a-recombinant-alpha-type-myotoxin-inhibitor-from-bothrops-alternatus-rhinocerophis-alternatus-snake-as-a-potential-candidate-to-complement-the-antivenom-therapy
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Norival A Santos-Filho, Tiago S Sousa, Johara Boldrini-França, Ludier K Santos-Silva, Danilo L Menaldo, Flávio Henrique-Silva, Adélia C O Cintra, Helen J Laure, Carla C N Mamede, Fábio Oliveira, Thalita B Riul, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, José C Rosa, Suely V Sampaio
Phospholipase A2 inhibitors (PLIs) are important targets in the search and development of new drugs. This study aimed at evaluating the potential of an alpha-type phospholipase A2 inhibitor from Bothrops alternatus (Rhinocerophis alternatus) snake in its recombinant form (rBaltMIP) to complement the conventional antivenom therapy. Biochemical experiments showed that rBaltMIP presented pI 5.8 and molecular masses of ∼21 kDa by SDS-PAGE and 19.57 kDa by MALDI/TOF MS. After tryptic peptides sequencing, the results were compared with other PLIs available in databases, showing 100% identity between rBaltMIP and its native inhibitor BaltMIP and from 92% to 96% identity with other inhibitors...
December 15, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326549/the-three-finger-toxin-fold-a-multifunctional-structural-scaffold-able-to-modulate-cholinergic-functions
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REVIEW
Pascal Kessler, Pascale Marchot, Marcela Silva, Denis Servent
Three-finger fold toxins are miniproteins frequently found in Elapidae snake venoms. This fold is characterized by three distinct loops rich in β-strands and emerging from a dense, globular core reticulated by four highly conserved disulfide bridges. The number and diversity of receptors, channels, and enzymes identified as targets of three-finger fold toxins is increasing continuously. Such manifold diversity highlights the specific adaptability of this fold for generating pleiotropic functions. Although this toxin superfamily disturbs many biological functions by interacting with a large diversity of molecular targets, the most significant target is the cholinergic system...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323644/pediatric-acute-compartment-syndrome
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Kristin S Livingston, Michael P Glotzbecker, Benjamin J Shore
Pediatric acute compartment syndrome (PACS) is a clinical entity that must be carefully differentiated from the adult version (ie, acute compartment syndrome). Healthcare providers must understand the variable etiologies of PACS, of which trauma is the most common but can also include vascular insult, infection, surgical positioning, neonatal phenomena, overexertion, and snake and insect bites. In addition to the unique etiologies of PACS, providers must also recognize the different signs and symptoms of PACS...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323526/addiction-to-snake-venom
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Saibal Das, Preeti Barnwal, Tanay Maiti, Anand Ramasamy, Somnath Mondal, Dinesh Babu
The nature of addiction depends on various factors. The tendency to have already used several addictive substances and to seek high sensation experiences as a result of specific personality traits may lead to extreme and peculiar forms of addictions. Even belonging to specific social and cultural background may lead to such forms of addiction such as intentional snake bite and willful envenomation. In this article, we have discussed the peculiarities and practical insight of such addiction to snake venom. The possible molecular mechanism behind such venom-mediated reinforcement has also been highlighted...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322762/patterns-of-stress-responses-shift-during-seasonal-life-history-transitions-an-analysis-comparing-baseline-maximal-and-integrated-corticosterone-in-female-red-sided-garter-snakes-thamnophis-sirtalis-parietalis
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Catherine A Dayger, Deborah I Lutterschmidt
Glucocorticoids often rise and fall with a variety of external and internal cues and frequently vary among life-history stages. This suggests that changing glucocorticoids may coordinate life-history transitions. To explore this hypothesis, we asked if the time-course of stress-induced glucocorticoid levels differ between two life-history transitions (i.e., spring and fall migration) in female red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis). We collected non-migratory females from a communal den and migratory females from a road along the migration route and treated them with 4 h of capture stress; plasma corticosterone was measured before, during and after capture stress...
March 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322713/acute-tetraplegia-caused-by-rat-bite-fever-in-snake-keeper-and-transmission-of-streptobacillus-moniliformis
#7
Tobias Eisenberg, Simon Poignant, Youenn Jouan, Ahmad Fawzy, Werner Nicklas, Christa Ewers, Laurent Mereghetti, Antoine Guillon
We report acute tetraplegia caused by rat bite fever in a 59-year old man (snake keeper) and transmission of Streptobacillus moniliformis. We found an identical characteristic bacterial pattern in rat and human samples, which validated genotyping-based evidence for infection with the same strain, and identified diagnostic difficulties concerning infection with this microorganism.
April 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321797/self-relevance-effects-and-label-choice-strong-variations-in-label-matching-performance-due-to-non-self-relevant-factors
#8
Gregory L Wade, Timothy J Vickery
Merely associating one's self with a stimulus may be enough to enhance performance in a label-matching paradigm (Sui, He, & Humphreys, 2012), implying prioritized processing of self-relevant stimuli. For instance, labeling a square as SELF and a circle as OTHER yields speeded performance when verifying square-SELF compared with circle-OTHER label matches. The precise causes of such effects are unclear. We propose that prioritized processing of label-matches can occur for reasons other than self-relevance. Here, we employ the label-matching paradigm to show similar benefits for non-self-relevant labels (SNAKE, FROG, and GREG) over a frequently employed, non-self-relevant control label (OTHER)...
March 20, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321389/host-fih-mediated-asparaginyl-hydroxylation-of-translocated-legionella-pneumophila-effectors
#9
Christopher Price, Michael Merchant, Snake Jones, Ashley Best, Juanita Von Dwingelo, Matthew B Lawrenz, Nawsad Alam, Ora Schueler-Furman, Yousef A Kwaik
FIH-mediated post-translational modification through asparaginyl hydroxylation of eukaryotic proteins impacts regulation of protein-protein interaction. We have identified the FIH recognition motif in 11 Legionella pneumophila translocated effectors, YopM of Yersinia, IpaH4.5 of Shigella and an ankyrin protein of Rickettsia. Mass spectrometry analyses of the AnkB and AnkH effectors of L. pneumophila confirm their asparaginyl hydroxylation. Consistent with localization of the AnkB effector to the Legionella-containing vacuole (LCV) membrane and its modification by FIH, our data show that FIH and its two interacting proteins, Mint3 and MT1-MMP are acquired by the LCV in a Dot/Icm type IV secretion-dependent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316441/snake-in-the-grass-a-case-report-of-transfusion-reactions-due-to-contaminated-donor-arm-disinfectant
#10
Anju Dubey, Atul Sonker, Rajendra Chaudhary
Bacterial contamination of blood components remains an on-going challenge. In the majority of cases, organisms contaminating the blood components are a part of normal skin flora. Here, we report a case of bacterial contamination of blood units through contaminated donor arm disinfectant. There was a series of reactions due to random donor platelet (RDP) transfusion. The patients had features of septic transfusion reactions. On root cause analysis, spirit swabs used for disinfection of donors' arm were identified as the culprit and presence of Clostridium difficile was established...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316392/ascaridia-galli-infection-in-a-checkered-keelback-xenochrophis-piscator-snake
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Ananda K Javare Gowda, B Kavitha Rani, C Nandeesha, Yashaswi Naravi
The checkered keelback is also known as Asiatic water snake and is common species of non-venomous snake known to occur in India. The present study report the occurrence of Ascaridia galli infection in a checkered keelback snake, which was found dead near Veterinary College hostel premises. The post-mortem examination of the snake revealed catarrhal exudate without ingesta in the stomach and showed gastric ulcerations with edema. Large numbers of round worms were packed in the lumen of small intestine with petechial haemorrhages and necrotic enteritis...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315380/primary-structures-and-partial-toxicological-characterization-of-two-phospholipases-a2-from-micrurus-mipartitus-and-micrurus-dumerilii-coral-snake-venoms
#12
Paola Rey-Suárez, Vitelbina Núñez, Mónica Saldarriaga-Córdoba, Bruno Lomonte
Snake venom phospholipases A2 (PLA2) share high sequence identities and a conserved structural scaffold, but show important functional differences. Only a few PLA2s have been purified and characterized from coral snake (Micrurus spp.) venoms, and their role in envenomation remains largely unknown. In this report, we describe the isolation, sequencing and partial functional characterization of two Micrurus PLA2s: MmipPLA2 from Micrurus mipartitus and MdumPLA2 from Micrurus dumerilii, two species of clinical importance in Colombia...
March 14, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306718/experimental-bothrops-atrox-envenomation-efficacy-of-antivenom-therapy-and-the-combination-of-bothrops-antivenom-with-dexamethasone
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Gabriella Neves Leal Santos Barreto, Sâmella Silva de Oliveira, Isabelle Valle Dos Anjos, Hipocrates de Menezes Chalkidis, Rosa Helena Veras Mourão, Ana Maria Moura da Silva, Ida Sigueko Sano-Martins, Luis Roberto de Camargo Gonçalves
Bothrops atrox snakes are the leading cause of snake bites in Northern Brazil. The venom of this snake is not included in the antigen pool used to obtain the Bothrops antivenom. There are discrepancies in reports on the effectiveness of this antivenom to treat victims bitten by B. atrox snakes. However, these studies were performed using a pre-incubation of the venom with the antivenom and, thus, did not simulate a true case of envenomation treatment. In addition, the local lesions induced by Bothrops venoms are not well resolved by antivenom therapy...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302413/characterization-of-daboia-russelii-and-naja-naja-venom-neutralizing-ability-of-an-undocumented-indigenous-medication-in-sri-lanka
#14
Madhushika M Silva, Sampath S Seneviratne, Devaka K Weerakoon, Charitha L Goonasekara
BACKGROUND: Indigenous medicinal practice in Sri Lanka talks about powerful compounds extracted from native plants for treating venomous snake bites which are hardly documented in literature but are used by the indigenous doctors for thousand years. OBJECTIVE: We screened the neutralizing ability of a herbal preparation practiced in indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka, consisting of Sansevieria cylindrica, Jatropha podagrica and Citrus aurantiifolia, for its ability to neutralize venom toxins of Naja naja (Common Cobra) and Daboia russelii (Russell's viper)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302077/clinical-and-laboratory-parameters-associated-with-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-with-snakebite-envenomation-a-prospective-observational-study-from-myanmar
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Kyi-Phyu Aye, Vipa Thanachartwet, Chit Soe, Varunee Desakorn, Khin-Thida Thwin, Supat Chamnanchanunt, Duangjai Sahassananda, Thanom Supaporn, Visith Sitprija
BACKGROUND: Snakebite-related acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common community-acquired AKI in tropical countries leading to death and disability. The aims of this study were to (1) determine the occurrence of snakebite-related AKI, (2) assess factors at presentation that are associated with snakebite-related AKI, and (3) determine the outcomes of patients with snakebite-related AKI. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of patients with snake envenomation at the three academic tertiary care hospitals in Yangon, Myanmar between March 2015 and June 2016...
March 16, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300747/pathophysiology-of-dilatation-of-pupils-due-to-scorpion-and-snake-envenomation-and-its-therapeutic-value-clinical-observations
#16
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/28298469/the-king-of-snakes-performance-and-morphology-of-intraguild-predators-lampropeltis-and-their-prey-pantherophis
#17
David A Penning, Brad R Moon
Across ecosystems and trophic levels, predators are usually larger than their prey, and when trophic morphology converges, predators typically avoid predation on intraguild competitors unless the prey is notably smaller in size. However, a currently unexplained exception occurs in kingsnakes in the genus Lampropeltis Kingsnakes are able to capture, constrict and consume other snakes that are not only larger than themselves but that are also powerful constrictors (such as ratsnakes in the genus Pantherophis)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298071/protective-effect-of-dracontium-dubium-against-bothrops-asper-venom
#18
Daneiva Caro, Yanet Ocampo, Jenny Castro, Lia Barrios, Rubén Salas, Luis A Franco
In Colombia, Bothrops asper is responsible for 70-90% of ophidians accidents reported annually. Envenoming occurs mainly in rural areas where both antivenom and health centers are scarce. Thus, patients are frequently treated by local healers that employ medicinal herbs; including several species belonging to Dracontium genus. In this work, we evaluated the neutralizing activity of Dracontium dubium Kunth against the lethal, inflammatory, coagulant and hemolytic effects produced by B. asper venom. Mice treated with D...
March 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293722/pattern-of-cardiotoxin-induced-muscle-remodeling-in-distinct-tlr-4-deficient-mouse-strains
#19
Eustáquio Luiz Paiva-Oliveira, Rafael Ferreira da Silva, Maria Bellio, Thereza Quirico-Santos, Jussara Lagrota-Candido
Tissue damage triggers innate immune response mediated by Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR) that recognizes endogenous host danger molecules associated with cell death and tissue inflammation, although the precise role of TLR-4 signaling in muscle tissue repair is still uncertain. Previously, we observed that TLR-4 exerted a protective effect preventing excessive muscular damage induced by Bothrops jararacussu crude venom. This study aimed to evaluate the involvement of TLR-4 at early stages of muscular tissue remodeling in distinct mouse strains after injection of purified snake venom...
March 14, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293254/multiple-uses-of-fibrin-sealant-for-nervous-system-treatment-following-injury-and-disease
#20
REVIEW
Natalia Perussi Biscola, Luciana Politti Cartarozzi, Suzana Ulian-Benitez, Roberta Barbizan, Mateus Vidigal Castro, Aline Barroso Spejo, Rui Seabra Ferreira, Benedito Barraviera, Alexandre Leite Rodrigues Oliveira
Lesions to the nervous system often produce hemorrhage and tissue loss that are difficult, if not impossible, to repair. Therefore, scar formation, inflammation and cavitation take place, expanding the lesion epicenter. This significantly worsens the patient conditions and impairment, increasing neuronal loss and glial reaction, which in turn further decreases the chances of a positive outcome. The possibility of using hemostatic substances that also function as a scaffold, such as the fibrin sealant, reduces surgical time and improve postoperative recovery...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
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