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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156586/in-depth-glyco-peptidomics-approach-reveals-unexpected-diversity-of-glycosylated-peptides-and-atypical-post-translational-modifications-in-dendroaspis-angusticeps-snake-venom
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Michel Degueldre, Julien Echterbille, Nicolas Smargiasso, Christian Damblon, Charlotte Gouin, Gilles Mourier, Nicolas Gilles, Edwin De Pauw, Loïc Quinton
Animal venoms represent a valuable source of bioactive peptides that can be derived into useful pharmacological tools, or even innovative drugs. In this way, the venom of Dendroaspis angusticeps (DA), the Eastern Green Mamba, has been intensively studied during recent years. It mainly contains hundreds of large toxins from 6 to 9 kDa, each displaying several disulfide bridges. These toxins are the main target of venom-based studies due to their valuable activities obtained by selectively targeting membrane receptors, such as ion channels or G-protein coupled receptors...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156294/phospholipase-a1-based-cross-reactivity-among-venoms-of-clinically-relevant-hymenoptera-from-neotropical-and-temperate-regions
#2
Amilcar Perez-Riverol, Luís Gustavo Romani Fernandes, Alexis Musacchio Lasa, José Roberto Aparecido Dos Santos-Pinto, Débora Moitinho Abram, Gabriel Hideki Izuka Moraes, Frederic Jabs, Michaela Miehe, Henning Seismman, Mario Sergio Palma, Ricardo de Lima Zollner, Edzard Spillner, Márcia Regina Brochetto-Braga
Molecular cross-reactivity caused by allergen homology or cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs) is a major challenge for diagnosis and immunotherapy of insect venom allergy. Venom phospholipases A1 (PLA1s) are classical, mostly non-glycosylated wasp and ant allergens that provide diagnostic benefit for differentiation of genuine sensitizations from cross-reactivity. As CCD-free molecules, venom PLA1s are not causative for CCD-based cross-reactivity. Little is known however about the protein-based cross-reactivity of PLA1 within vespid species...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155815/allopurinol-attenuates-acute-kidney-injury-following-bothrops-jararaca-envenomation
#3
Pedro Henrique França Gois, Monique Silva Martines, Daniela Ferreira, Rildo Volpini, Daniele Canale, Ceila Malaque, Renato Crajoinas, Adriana Castello Costa Girardi, Maria Heloisa Massola Shimizu, Antonio Carlos Seguro
Snakebites have been recognized as a neglected public health problem in several tropical and subtropical countries. Bothrops snakebites frequently complicate with acute kidney injury (AKI) with relevant morbidity and mortality. To date, the only treatment available for Bothrops envenomation is the intravenous administration of antivenom despite its several limitations. Therefore, the study of novel therapies in Bothrops envenomation is compelling. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effect of Allopurinol (Allo) in an experimental model of Bothrops jararaca venom (BJ)-associated AKI...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154773/neuropharmacology-of-venom-peptides
#4
EDITORIAL
David J Adams, Richard J Lewis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152044/structure-based-discovery-of-thiosemicarbazone-metalloproteinase-inhibitors-for-hemorrhage-treatment-in-snakebites
#5
Francis B Ferreira, Thiago M Pereira, Dayane L N Souza, Daiana S Lopes, Vitor Freitas, Veridiana M R Ávila, Arthur E Kümmerle, Carlos Mauricio R Sant'Anna
The venoms of snakes are composed by many toxins, which are responsible for various toxic effects including intense pain, bleeding disorders, and local tissue damage caused by hemorrhage and necrosis. The snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) are proteolytic zinc-dependent enzymes acting in different hemostatic mechanisms. In this work, a structure-based molecular modeling strategy was used for the rational design, by means of a homology 3D model of an SVMP isolated from Bothrops pauloensis venom (BpMP-I), followed by synthesis and in vitro evaluation of new thiosemicarbazones as the first inhibitors of the B...
November 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149409/translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-tctp-hrf-in-animal-venoms
#6
Andrea Senff-Ribeiro
Proteins from TCTP/HRF family were identified as venom toxins of spiders from different genus. We have found a TCTP toxin in the venom gland of Loxosceles intermedia, a venomous spider very common in South Brazil. TCTP from L. intermedia, named LiTCTP, was cloned, produced in a heterologous prokaryotic system, and the recombinant toxin was biochemically characterized. Our results point that LiTCTP is involved in the inflammatory events of Loxocelism, the clinical signs triggered after Loxosceles sp. bite, which include intense inflammatory reaction at the bite site followed by local necrosis...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149234/calcium-dependent-hydrolysis-of-supported-planar-lipids-was-triggered-by-honey-bee-venom-phospholipase-a2-with-the-right-orientation-at-the-interface
#7
Siqi Kai, Xu Li, Bolin Li, Xiaofeng Han, Xiaolin Lu
Hydrolysis of planar phospholipids catalyzed by honey bee venom phospholipase A2 (bvPLA2) was studied. Experiments demonstrated that Ca(2+) ions mediated between the lipids and bvPLA2, induced reorientation of bvPLA2, and activated hydrolysis. One of the hydrolysis products, fatty acids, was desorbed, and the other one, lysophospholipids, self-organized at the interface.
November 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149042/comparative-study-of-biological-activities-of-venom-from-colubrid-snakes-rhabdophis-tigrinus-yamakagashi-and-rhabdophis-lateralis
#8
Yumiko Komori, Toru Hifumi, Akihiko Yamamoto, Atsushi Sakai, Manabu Ato, Kyoko Sawabe, Toshiaki Nikai
Rhabdophis lateralis, a colubrid snake distributed throughout the continent of Asia, has recently undergone taxonomic revisions. Previously, Rhabdophis lateralis was classified as a subspecies of R. tigrinus (Yamakagashi) until 2012, when several genetic differences were discovered which classified this snake as its own species. To elucidate the toxicity of venom from this poorly studied colubrid, various biological activities were compared between the venom from the two snake species. The components of their venom were compared by the elution profiles of reversed-phase HPLC and SDS-PAGE, and gel filtrated fractions were tested for effects on blood coagulation...
November 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147019/identification-and-characterization-of-serine-protease-inhibitors-in-a-parasitic-wasp-pteromalus-puparum
#9
Lei Yang, Yaotian Mei, Qi Fang, Jiale Wang, Zhichao Yan, Qisheng Song, Zhe Lin, Gongyin Ye
Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) regulate protease-mediated activities by inactivating their cognate proteinases, and are involved in multiple physiological processes. SPIs have been extensively studied in vertebrates and invertebrates; however, little SPI information is available in parasitoids. Herein, we identified 57 SPI genes in total through the genome of a parasitoid wasp, Pteromalus puparum. Gene structure analyses revealed that these SPIs contain 7 SPI domains. Depending on their mode of action, these SPIs can be categorized into serpins, canonical inhibitors and alpha-2-macroglobulins (A2Ms)...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146705/complement-c3-is-a-novel-modulator-of-the-anti-fviii-immune-response
#10
Julie Rayes, Mathieu Ing, Sandrine Delignat, Ivan Peyron, Laurent Gilardin, Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, David C Fritzinger, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Srinivas V Kaveri, Lubka T Roumenina, Sébastien Lacroix-Desmazes
Development of neutralizing antibodies against therapeutic factor VIII (FVIII) is the most serious complication of the treatment of hemophilia A. Increasing evidence shows the multifactorial origin of the anti-FVIII immune response, combining both genetic and environmental factors. While a role for the complement system on innate as well as adaptive immunity has been documented, the implication of complement activation on the onset of the anti-FVIII immune response is unknown. Here, using in vitro assays for FVIII endocytosis by human monocyte-derived dendritic cells and presentation to T cells, as well as animal models of in vivo complement depletion, we show a novel role for complement C3 in enhancing the immune response against therapeutic FVIII...
November 16, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144441/g-protein-coupled-receptors-targeted-by-analgesic-venom-peptides
#11
REVIEW
James T Daniel, Richard J Clark
Chronic pain is a complex and debilitating condition associated with a large personal and socioeconomic burden. Current pharmacological approaches to treating chronic pain such as opioids, antidepressants and anticonvulsants exhibit limited efficacy in many patients and are associated with dose-limiting side effects that hinder their clinical use. Therefore, improved strategies for the pharmacological treatment of pathological pain are urgently needed. G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are ubiquitously expressed on the surface of cells and act to transduce extracellular signals and regulate physiological processes...
November 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142737/cloning-expression-and-identification-of-ktx-sp4-a-selective-kv1-3-peptidic-blocker-from-scorpiops-pococki
#12
Yan Zou, Feng Zhang, Yaxian Li, Yuanfang Wang, Yi Li, Zhengtao Long, Shujuan Shi, Li Shuai, Jiukai Liu, Zhiyong Di, Shijin Yin
Background: Specific and selective peptidic blockers of Kv1.3 channels can serve as a valuable drug lead for treating T cell-mediated autoimmune diseases, and scorpion venom is an important source of kv1.3 channel inhibitors. Through conducting transcriptomic sequencing for the venom gland of Scorpiops pococki from Xizang province of China, this research aims to discover a novel functional gene encoding peptidic blocker of Kv1.3, and identify its function. Results: We screened out a new peptide toxin KTX-Sp4 which had 43 amino acids including six cysteine residues...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142382/capillary-leak-syndrome-following-snakebite-envenomation
#13
REVIEW
V Udayabhaskaran, E T Arun Thomas, Bhagya Shaji
Capillary leak syndrome is a unique complication that follows Russell's viper envenomation. This syndrome has a very high fatality rate and is characterized by parotid swelling, chemosis, periorbital edema, hypotension, albuminuria, hypoalbuminemia, and hemoconcentration. This syndrome is frequently recognized from the southern parts of India, especially from the state of Kerala. It has been postulated that a vascular apoptosis inducing component of Russell's viper venom that is not neutralized by the commercially available anti-snake venom (ASV) is responsible for this complication as it occurs even after adequate doses of ASV administration in most cases...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141010/multiple-effects-of-toxins-isolated-from-crotalus-durissus-terrificus-on-the-hepatitis-c-virus-life-cycle
#14
Jacqueline Farinha Shimizu, Carina Machado Pereira, Cintia Bittar, Mariana Nogueira Batista, Guilherme Rodrigues Fernandes Campos, Suely da Silva, Adélia Cristina Oliveira Cintra, Carsten Zothner, Mark Harris, Suely Vilela Sampaio, Victor Hugo Aquino, Paula Rahal, Ana Carolina Gomes Jardim
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the main causes of liver disease and transplantation worldwide. Current therapy is expensive, presents additional side effects and viral resistance has been described. Therefore, studies for developing more efficient antivirals against HCV are needed. Compounds isolated from animal venoms have shown antiviral activity against some viruses such as Dengue virus, Yellow fever virus and Measles virus. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the complex crotoxin (CX) and its subunits crotapotin (CP) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2-CB) isolated from the venom of Crotalus durissus terrificus on HCV life cycle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138096/one-single-salt-bridge-explains-the-different-cytolytic-activities-shown-by-actinoporins-sticholysin-i-and-ii-from-the-venom-of-stichodactyla-helianthus
#15
Esperanza Rivera-de-Torre, Juan Palacios-Ortega, Sara García-Linares, José G Gavilanes, Álvaro Martínez-Del-Pozo
Sticholysins I and II (StnI and StnII), α-pore forming toxins from the sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus, are water-soluble toxic proteins which upon interaction with lipid membranes of specific composition bind to the bilayer, extend and insert their N-terminal α-helix, and become oligomeric integral membrane structures. The result is a pore that leads to cell death by osmotic shock. StnI and StnII show 93% of sequence identity, but also different membrane pore-forming activities. The hydrophobicity profile along the first 18 residues revealed differences which were canceled by substituting StnI amino acids 2 and 9...
November 11, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137123/proteomic-characterization-of-the-venom-of-five-bombus-thoracobombus-species
#16
Nezahat Pınar Barkan, Mustafa Bilal Bayazit, Duygu Ozel Demiralp
Venomous animals use venom, a complex biofluid composed of unique mixtures of proteins and peptides, to act on vital systems of the prey or predator. In bees, venom is solely used for defense against predators. However, the venom composition of bumble bees (Bombus sp.) is largely unknown. The Thoracobombus subgenus of Bombus sp. is a diverse subgenus represented by 14 members across Turkey. In this study, we sought out to proteomically characterize the venom of five Thoracobombus species by using bottom-up proteomic techniques...
November 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137120/aspidosperma-pyrifolium-has-anti-inflammatory-properties-an-experimental-study-in-mice-with-peritonitis-induced-by-tityus-serrulatus-venom-or-carrageenan
#17
Maíra Conceição Jerônimo de Souza Lima, Mariana Angélica Oliveira Bitencourt, Allanny Alves Furtado, Manoela Torres-Rêgo, Emerson Michell da Silva Siqueira, Ruth Medeiros Oliveira, Hugo Alexandre Oliveira Rocha, Keyla Borges Ferreira Rocha, Arnóbio Antônio da Silva-Júnior, Silvana Maria Zucolotto, Matheus de Freitas Fernandes-Pedrosa
Scorpions of the genus Tityus are responsible for the majority of envenomation in Brazil, the Tityus serrulatus species being the most common and dangerous in South America. In this approach, we have investigated the ability of the aqueous extract from the leaves of Aspidosperma pyrifolium in reducing carrageenan-induced inflammation and the inflammation induced by T. serrulatus envenomation in mice. We also evaluated the cytotoxic effects of this extract, using the 3-(4,5-dimethythiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium (MTT) assay and the results revealed that the extract is safe...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135332/antibodies-to-pcpa-and-phtd-protect-mice-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-by-a-macrophage-and-complement-dependent-mechanism
#18
Lucian Visan, Nicolas Rouleau, Emilie Proust, Loïc Peyrot, Arnaud Donadieu, Martina Ochs
Currently marketed Streptococcus pneumoniae (Spn) vaccines, which contain polysaccharide capsular antigens from the most common Spn serotypes, have substantially reduced pneumococcal disease rates but have limited coverage. A trivalent pneumococcal protein vaccine containing pneumococcal choline-binding protein A (PcpA), pneumococcal histidine triad protein D (PhtD), and detoxified pneumolysin is being developed to provide broader, cross-serotype protection. Antibodies against detoxified pneumolysin protect against bacterial pneumonia by neutralizing Spn-produced pneumolysin, but how anti-PhtD and anti-PcpA antibodies protect against Spn has not been established...
November 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130986/skin-test-reactivity-to-hymenoptera-venom-after-venom-immunotherapy-correlates-inversely-with-the-igg-ige-ratio
#19
Ieva Saulite, Wolfram Hoetzenecker, Emmanuella Guenova, Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, Martin Glatz
BACKGROUND: Skin test reactivity to hymenoptera venom and venom-specific IgE are important for diagnosing venom allergy and deciding on the appropriate allergen for venom immunotherapy (VIT). Longitudinal data on skin test reactivity during VIT and their correlation with venom-specific immunoglobulin (Ig)E and IgG are scarce. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed shifts in skin test reactivity and serum levels of venom-specific IgE and IgG in patients allergic to hymenoptera venom before the initiation of VIT with ultrarush therapy and after ≥3 years of VIT...
November 9, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125829/bee-or-wasp-sting
#20
Kam Lun Hon, Alexander K C Leung
While jogging in a local park in Hong Kong, a 55-year-old, previously healthy man was stung on the ventral aspect of his right wrist. The tiny stinger was gently removed with nail cutters and examined under a microscope at 80x magni cation; plucking the stinger is ill- advised as this may inject more venom into the wounded site. Two days after stinging, the microscopic appearance of the stinger con rmed the diagnosis to be from a bee instead of a wasp or other insect. A simple method of con rming the nature of insect stings and an overview of Hymenoptera stings and their management are provided herein...
September 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
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