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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782951/clinical-consequences-of-toxic-envenomations-by-hymenoptera
#1
Justin O Schmidt
Many familiar Hymenoptera are brightly colored and can sting painfully-thus, their threat and clinical importance may be exaggerated. Most stinging insects only sting to defend themselves or their colonies from predators. The clinical nature of Hymenoptera envenomations contrasts that of other venomous animals, including other arthropods, primarily because allergic reaction, not direct intoxication, is the usual main concern. This review focuses mainly on the clinical features of direct toxicity to Hymenoptera envenomations, which can induce a high incidence of acute renal failure, liver failure, multiple organ failures, and death...
May 18, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779115/the-first-recombinant-viper-three-finger-toxins-inhibition-of-muscle-and-neuronal-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
#2
Ya V Makarova, E V Kryukova, I V Shelukhina, D S Lebedev, T V Andreeva, D Yu Ryazantsev, S V Balandin, T V Ovchinnikova, V I Tsetlin, Yu N Utkin
Genes encoding two three-finger toxins TFT-AF and TFT-VN, nucleotide sequences of which were earlier determined by cloning cDNA from venom glands of vipers Azemiops feae and Vipera nikolskii, respectively, were expressed for the first time in E. coli cells. The biological activity of these toxins was studied by electrophysiological techniques, calcium imaging, and radioligand analysis. It was shown for the first time that viper three-finger toxins are antagonists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors of neuronal and muscle type...
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778595/the-history-of-antivenoms-development-beyond-calmette-and-vital-brazil
#3
Carla Cristina Squaiella-Baptistão, Osvaldo Augusto Sant'Anna, José Roberto Marcelino, Denise V Tambourgi
This review presents the main contributions to our knowledge regarding the development of antivenoms for therapeutic use in victims of venomous animal bites. We cover the progress of serum therapy since tetanus and diphtheria antitoxins in Germany and France until the current scenario of antivenom production worldwide. During these more than 120 years of antivenom development, many researchers contributed to establish what are nowadays the antivenoms used for therapeutic purpose. The history of antivenoms development is fascinating! This review aims to recognize all those who contributed to the establishment of new sera, new methodologies and saving lives: much more than Calmette and Vital Brazil...
May 17, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777871/pain-therapeutics-from-cone-snail-venoms-from-ziconotide-to-novel-non-opioid-pathways
#4
Helena Safavi-Hemami, Shane E Brogan, Baldomero M Olivera
There have been numerous attempts to develop non-opioid drugs for severe pain, but the vast majority of these efforts have failed. A notable exception is Ziconotide (Prialt®), approved by the FDA in 2004. In this review, we summarize the present status of Ziconotide as a therapeutic drug and introduce a wider framework: the potential of venom peptides from cone snails as a resource providing a continuous pipeline for the discovery of non-opioid pain therapeutics. An auxiliary theme that we hope to develop is that these venoms, already a validated starting point for non-opioid drug leads, should also provide an opportunity for identifying novel molecular targets for future pain drugs...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776611/nasal-delivery-of-chitosan-alginate-nanoparticle-encapsulated-bee-apis-mellifera-venom-promotes-antibody-production-and-viral-clearance-during-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-infection-by-modulating-t-cell-related-responses
#5
Jina Lee, Yun-Mi Kim, Ju-Heon Kim, Cheong-Weon Cho, Jong-Woon Jeon, Jin-Kyu Park, Sang-Ho Lee, Bock-Gie Jung, Bong-Joo Lee
In this study, we administered specially developed chitosan/alginate nanoparticle encapsulated BV (CH/AL-BV) which has slow-releasing properties and mucosal adhesiveness to pig via nasal route and evaluate whether it can facilitate systemic immune response and improve clearance of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). The CH/AL-BV-administered group with PRRSV vaccination showed significantly enhanced Th1-related responses including a high population of CD4+ T lymphocyte and cytokine mRNA levels including interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) and interleukin (IL)-12 and increased PRRSV-specific IgG levels...
June 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774760/safety-of-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-in-copperhead-snakebite-patients
#6
Hoang X Pham, Michael E Mullins
INTRODUCTION: Current management guidelines for pit viper envenomations recommend against the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain control due to concern for platelet dysfunction and resulting coagulopathy. However, prior research suggests that copperhead snakes generally do not cause coagulopathy and they are responsible for most of the venomous snakebites in the USA. Thus, we compared the occurrences of clinically apparent bleeding and most abnormal laboratory values of coagulation between copperhead envenomation patients who received NSAIDs and those who did not...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774758/evaluation-of-natural-bv-as-a-novel-feed-additive-in-fast-growing-broilers
#7
Da Hye Kim, Sang Mi Han, Moung Cheul Keum, Sang Lee, Byoung Ki An, Sang-Rak Lee, Kyung-Woo Lee
1. The present study was designed to evaluate purified bee venom (BV) as an alternative to antibiotics in broiler chickens. The experimental treatment diets were formulated by adding BV into a maize-soybean meal-based diet to give 0, 10, 50, 100, and 500 μg BV per kg of diet. 2. Dietary BV quadratically improved (P<0.05) feed conversion ratio and increased body weight gain at 1-21 days as level in diet increased. Higher BV levels lowered relative weight of spleen (linear and quadratic, P<0.05), bursa of Fabricius (quadratic, P<0...
May 18, 2018: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772211/synthesis-folding-structure-and-activity-of-a-predicted-peptide-from-the-sea-anemone-oulactis-sp-with-an-shkt-fold
#8
Bankala Krishnarjuna, Jessica Villegas-Moreno, Michela L Mitchell, Agota Csoti, Steve Peigneur, Carlos Amero, Michael W Pennington, Jan Tytgat, Gyorgy Panyi, Raymond S Norton
Sea anemone venom is rich in bioactive compounds, including peptides containing multiple disulfide bridges. In a transcriptomic study on Oulactis sp., we identified the putative 36-residue peptide, OspTx2b, which is an isoform of the KV channel blocker OspTx2a (Sunanda P et al. (2018) Identification, chemical synthesis, structure and function of a new KV 1 channel blocking peptide from Oulactis sp. Peptide Science, in press). As OspTx2b contains a ShK/BgK-like cysteine framework, with high amino acid sequence similarity to BgK, we were interested to investigate its structure and function...
May 14, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770868/effect-of-dimerized-melittin-on-gastric-cancer-cells-and-antibacterial-activity
#9
Elaheh Jamasbi, Sasidharan S Lucky, Wenyi Li, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, Ponnampalam Gopalakrishnakone, Frances Separovic
Melittin is the peptide toxin found in bee venom and is effective against cancer cells. To enhance its activity, a branched dimeric form of melittin was designed. The monomeric form of the peptide was more cytotoxic against gastric cancer cells at low concentrations (1-5 μM) than the dimer form, while the cytotoxic effect was comparable at higher concentrations (10 μM). Confocal microscopy showed that both the monomer and dimer forms of melittin with fluorescent label at the C terminus penetrated the cytoplasm and localized at the cell nucleus and disrupted the cell membrane...
May 16, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770866/meucin-49-a-multifunctional-scorpion-venom-peptide-with-bactericidal-synergy-with-neurotoxins
#10
Bin Gao, Julie Dalziel, Simone Tanzi, Shunyi Zhu
Besides key roles in prey capture and predator defense, scorpion venom also functions as internal immune agents protecting the venom gland from infection and external immune agents cleaning saprophytic microbes from their own body surfaces. However, antimicrobials (typically antimicrobial peptides, AMPs) in the venom often exist in low abundance that might exclude their immune role alone, leaving an open question with regard to their in vivo biological function. Here, we report the bactericidal activity of seven peptides isolated from the scorpion Mesobuthus eupeus venom, including one classical α-helical AMP and five ion channel-targeted neurotoxins...
May 16, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768265/disease-burden-psychological-well-being-and-attitudes-regarding-the-set-of-emergency-medication-in-adults-with-insect-venom-allergy
#11
Marthe-Lisa Schaarschmidt, Mandy Gutknecht, Lisa Schoeben, Astrid Schmieder
BACKGROUND: Insect venom allergy is common and greatly impairs patients' quality of life. Additionally, low compliance with carrying emergency medication is reported. The aim of our study was to analyze the disease burden, levels of anxiety and depression, and to evaluate attitudes towards the set of emergency medication in affected patients. METHODS: Between April 2016 and January 2017, patients ≥18 years visiting our department because of an insect venom allergy were asked to complete a paper-based questionnaire...
May 16, 2018: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763628/whole-snake-venoms-cytotoxic-anti-metastatic-and-antiangiogenic-properties
#12
Harald Kerkkamp, Christoph Bagowski, Jeroen Kool, Babette van Soolingen, Freek Vonk, Daniëlle Vlecken
Currently, biological and organic substances are screened in order to find a new generation of therapeutics active against cancer. Previous research has identified promising candidate peptides in snake venom. In this study, venoms from different snake species (Naja annulifera, Naja kaouthia, Ophiophagus hannah and Echis carinatus) were screened for potential anti-cancer properties using pancreatic tumour cells as the assay system. The cells were incubated with venom and then subjected to the following analyses: (i) in vitro cell death (ii) in vitro migration (iii) in vivo dissemination and (iv) in vivo angiogenesis...
May 12, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761254/catroxmp-ii-a-heme-modulated-fibrinogenolytic-metalloproteinase-isolated-from-crotalus-atrox-venom
#13
Montamas Suntravat, Paul R Langlais, Elda E Sánchez, Vance G Nielsen
It has been recently demonstrated that the hemotoxic venom activity of several species of snakes can be inhibited by carbon monoxide (CO) or a metheme forming agent. These and other data suggest that the biometal, heme, may be attached to venom enzymes and may be modulated by CO. A novel fibrinogenolytic metalloproteinase, named CatroxMP-II, was isolated and purified from the venom of a Crotalus atrox viper, and subjected to proteolysis and mass spectroscopy. An ion similar to the predicted singly charged m/z of heme at 617...
May 14, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758383/does-size-matter-venom-proteomic-and-functional-comparison-between-night-adder-species-viperidae-causus-with-short-and-long-venom-glands
#14
Francisco C P Coimbra, James Dobson, Christina N Zdenek, Bianca Op den Brouw, Brett Hamilton, Jordan Debono, Paul Masci, Nathaniel Frank, Lilin Ge, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
Night adders (Causus species within the Viperidae family) are amphibian specialists and a common source of snakebite in Africa. Some species are unique in that they have the longest venom glands of any viper, extending approximately 10% of the body length. Despite their potential medical importance and evolutionary novelty, their venom has received almost no research attention. In this study, venoms from a short-glanded species (C. lichtensteinii) and from a long-glanded species (C. rhombeatus) were compared using a series of proteomic and bioactivity testing techniques to investigate and compare the toxin composition and functioning of the venoms of these two species...
May 11, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757990/tick-paralysis-solving-an-enigma
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REVIEW
Ronel Pienaar, Albert W H Neitz, Ben J Mans
In comparison to other arachnids, ticks are major vectors of disease, but less than 8% of the known species are capable of inducing paralysis, as compared to the ~99⁻100% arachnids that belong to venomous classes. When considering the potential monophyly of venomous Arachnida, this review reflects on the implications regarding the classification of ticks as venomous animals and the possible origin of toxins. The origin of tick toxins is compared with scorpion and spider toxins and venoms based on their significance, functionality, and structure in the search to find homologous venomous characters...
May 14, 2018: Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757637/peptide-sequence-and-solvent-as-levers-to-control-disulfide-connectivity-in-multiple-cysteine-containing-venom-toxins
#16
Karuna Anna Sajeevan, Durba Roy
Judicious choice of solvent, temperature and strategic mutations along a peptide backbone can minimize formation of non-native disulfide bond isoforms in chemical synthesis of multiple cysteine containing venom toxins. By exploiting these controls, one can drive the population distribution in favor of a particular isoform. Some chosen ionic liquids (ILs), like 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium acetate, [Im21][OAc], have proven efficient in favoring the native globular isoform in some conotoxins. To comprehend such a preference, we report an explicit solvent replica exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) study of two conotoxins, AuIB and GI, solvated in either neat water or ~50% (v/v) mixture of water-[Im21][OAc]...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757238/the-initiation-of-th2-immunity-towards-food-allergens
#17
REVIEW
Yosef Ellenbogen, Rodrigo Jiménez-Saiz, Paul Spill, Derek K Chu, Susan Waserman, Manel Jordana
In contrast with Th1 immune responses against pathogenic viruses and bacteria, the incipient events that generate Th2 responses remain less understood. One difficulty in the identification of universal operating principles stems from the diversity of entities against which cellular and molecular Th2 responses are produced. Such responses are launched against harmful macroscopic parasites and noxious substances, such as venoms, but also against largely innocuous allergens. This suggests that the established understanding about sense and recognition applied to Th1 responses may not be translatable to Th2 responses...
May 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756268/does-rotational-thromboelastometry-accurately-predict-coagulation-status-in-patients-with-lupus-anticoagulant
#18
L Hensch, V Kostousov, K Bruzdoski, M Losos, M Pereira, M de Guzman, S Hui, J Teruya
INTRODUCTION: Rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) is increasingly used as a tool for monitoring coagulation status. However, ROTEM is susceptible to misinterpretation due to particular coagulation abnormalities. Here, we report the effects of lupus anticoagulant (LA) on ROTEM. METHODS: A prospective observational analysis was performed on 16 children with prior studies indicating the presence of LA or antiphospholipid antibodies. ROTEM analysis was performed, and samples were further analyzed by adding phospholipids (PL) to repeat ROTEM analysis if clotting time (CT) abnormalities were discovered with comparison to ROTEM using an equal volume of isotonic saline...
May 13, 2018: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755550/the-effects-of-buthotus-schach-scorpion-venom-on-electrophysiological-properties-of-magnocellular-neurons-of-rat-supraoptic-nucleus
#19
Akram Aboutorabi, Nima Naderi, Hamid Gholami Pourbadie, Hossein Zolfagharian, Hossein Vatanpour
Bothutous Schach  (BS) scorpion venom consists of several polypeptides that could modulate ion channels. In this study, the effects of BS crude venom on passive and active electrophysiological properties of rat neurons in supraoptic nucleus (SON) of hypothalamus was investigated using whole-cell patch clamp technique. The results showed that bath application of BS venom produced significant change in passive properties of SON neurons, namely a decrease in resting membrane potential and an increase in input resistance of the cells...
2018: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755470/cd36-shunts-eicosanoid-metabolism-to-repress-cd14-licensed-interleukin-1%C3%AE-release-and-inflammation
#20
Karina F Zoccal, Luiz G Gardinassi, Carlos A Sorgi, Alyne F G Meirelles, Karla C F Bordon, Isaias Glezer, Palmira Cupo, Alessandra K Matsuno, Valdes R Bollela, Eliane C Arantes, Francisco S Guimarães, Lúcia Helena Faccioli
Interleukin (IL)-1β is a potential target for treatment of several inflammatory diseases, including envenomation by the scorpion Tityus serrulatus . In this context, bioactive lipids such as prostaglandin (PG)E2 and leukotriene (LT)B4 modulate the production of IL-1β by innate immune cells. Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) that perceive T. serrulatus venom (TsV), and orchestrate LTB4 , PGE2 , and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) production to regulate IL-1β release are unknown. Furthermore, molecular mechanisms driving human cell responses to TsV remain uncharacterized...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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