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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446313/-effect-of-agkistrodon-acutus-venom-pca-on-huvec-activity
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Jin-Feng Sang, Gen-Bao Zhang, Shu-Yan Zhou, Na Ji
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Agkistrodon acutus venom protein C activator(PCA) on ultrastructure of human umbilical vein endothelial cells(HUVEC), and the levels of tissue factor(TF), vascular von Willebrand factor (vWF) and endothelin-1 secreted by HUVEC and to clarify the anti-thrombotic mechanism of PCA. METHODS: The experiments were divided into control group(DMEM), LPS group (LPS 0.1 µg/ml), PCA group(PCA 1 µg/ml) and PCA+LPS group (1 µg/ml PCA+ 0...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441560/evolution-fangtastic-venoms-underpin-parasitic-mimicry
#2
Martin I Taylor
Venomous teeth are rare in fishes, which typically utilise spines for defence. A new study reveals the evolutionary origins of fangs and venom in the Nemophini blennies and shows that, in contrast to snakes and lizards, the fangs pre-date the venom.
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439287/rattlesnake-crotalus-molossus-nigrescens-venom-induces-oxidative-stress-on-human-erythrocytes
#3
David Meléndez-Martínez, Juan Manuel Muñoz, Guillermo Barraza-Garza, Martha Sandra Cruz-Peréz, Ana Gatica-Colima, Emilio Alvarez-Parrilla, Luis Fernando Plenge-Tellechea
BACKGROUND: Globally, snake envenomation is a well-known cause of death and morbidity. In many cases of snakebite, myonecrosis, dermonecrosis, hemorrhage and neurotoxicity are present. Some of these symptoms may be provoked by the envenomation itself, but others are secondary effects of the produced oxidative stress that enhances the damage produced by the venom toxins. The only oxidative stress effect known in blood is the change in oxidation number of Fe (from ferrous to ferric) in hemoglobin, generating methemoglobin but not in other macromolecules...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438053/scorpion-venom-causes-upregulation-of-p53-and-downregulation-of-bcl-xl-and-bid-protein-expression-by-modulating-signaling-proteins-erk-1-2-and-stat3-and-dna-damage-in-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
#4
Abdulrahman Khazim Al-Asmari, Anvarbatcha Riyasdeen, Mozaffarul Islam
Scorpion venoms efficiently block the normal neurotransmitter signaling pathway by prejudicing the ion channel operating mechanism in the body system. Besides its negative effect, venoms also possess some beneficial qualities for humans. They have also been shown to exhibit anticancer properties in various cancer types. This unique property of the venom as an anticancer agent is mainly a result of its role in initiating apoptosis and inhibiting several signaling cascade mechanisms that promote cancer cell proliferation and growth...
April 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437732/weaving-through-a-cryptic-species-comparing-the-neotropical-ants-camponotus-senex-and-camponotus-textor-hymenoptera-formicidae
#5
Eduardo Gonçalves Paterson Fox, Daniel Russ Solis, Cristiano Lazoski, William Mackay
Camponotus senex (Fr. Smith 1858) and Camponotus textor Forel, 1899 are commonly confused species in the New World tropics. We provide morphological characteristics based on the larvae and adults, behavioural differences, together with evidence from molecular markers (cuticular hydrocarbon profiles, venom differences, nuclear ribosomal ITS-1, and mtDNA COI sequence comparisons) to separate the two species, demonstrating they are not immediately closely related. In conclusion we suggest new reliable morphological characters which can benefit from deeper phenetic analysis, and support the contextual usefulness of non-morphological tools in resolving sibling ant species...
April 3, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435120/the-role-of-platelets-in-hemostasis-and-the-effects-of-snake-venom-toxins-on-platelet-function
#6
REVIEW
Mayara Ribeiro de Queiroz, Bruna Barbosa de Sousa, Déborah Fernanda da Cunha Pereira, Carla Cristine Neves Mamede, Mariana Santos Matias, Nadia Cristina Gomes de Morais, Júnia de Oliveira Costa, Fábio de Oliveira
The human body has a set of physiological processes, known as hemostasis, which keeps the blood fluid and free of clots in normal vessels; in the case of vascular injury, this process induces the local formation of a hemostatic plug, preventing hemorrhage. The hemostatic system in humans presents complex physiological interactions that involve platelets, plasma proteins, endothelial and subendothelial structures. Disequilibrium in the regulatory mechanisms that control the growth and the size of the thrombus is one of the factors that favors the development of diseases related to vascular disorders such as myocardial infarction and stroke, which are among the leading causes of death in the western world...
April 20, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435107/wasp-venomic-unravelling-the-toxins-arsenal-of-polybia-paulista-venom-and-its-potential-pharmaceutical-applications
#7
REVIEW
Amilcar Perez-Riverol, José Roberto Aparecido Dos Santos-Pinto, Alexis Musacchio Lasa, Mario Sergio Palma, Márcia Regina Brochetto-Braga
Polybia paulista (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) is a neotropical social wasp from southeast Brazil. As most social Hymenoptera, venom from P. paulista comprises a complex mixture of bioactive toxins ranging from low molecular weight compounds to peptides and proteins. Several efforts have been made to elucidate the molecular composition of the P. paulista venom. Data derived from proteomic, peptidomic and allergomic analyses has enhanced our understanding of the whole envenoming process caused by the insect sting...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432683/prospective-evaluation-of-the-diagnostic-value-of-sensitive-kit-d816v-mutation-analysis-of-blood-in-adults-with-suspected-systemic-mastocytosis
#8
Thomas Kristensen, Hanne Vestergaard, Carsten Bindslev-Jensen, Charlotte Gotthard Mortz, Henrik Fomsgaard Kjaer, Markus Ollert, Michael Boe Møller, Sigurd Broesby-Olsen
BACKGROUND: Sensitive KIT D816V mutation analysis of blood has been proposed to guide bone marrow (BM) investigation in suspected systemic mastocytosis (SM). The aim of this prospective study was for the first time to compare the D816V-status of the "screening blood sample" used to guide BM biopsy in suspected SM to the outcome of the subsequent BM investigation. METHODS: 58 adult patients with suspected SM were included. The outcome of sensitive KIT D816V-analysis of blood was compared to the result of the BM investigation...
April 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430165/treatments-for-latrodectism-a-systematic-review-on-their-clinical-effectiveness
#9
REVIEW
Nicole M Ryan, Nicholas A Buckley, Andis Graudins
Latrodectism or envenomation by widow-spiders is common and clinically significant worldwide. Alpha-latrotoxin is the mammalian-specific toxin in the venom that results in toxic effects observed in humans. Symptoms may be incapacitating and include severe pain that can persist for days. The management of mild to moderate latrodectism is primarily supportive while severe cases have variously been treated with intravenous calcium, muscle relaxants, widow-spider antivenom and analgesic opioids. The object of this systematic review is to examine the literature on the clinical effectiveness of past and current treatments for latrodectism...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428547/the-tarantula-toxin-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-trtx-pre1a-highlights-the-importance-of-the-s1-s2-voltage-sensor-region-for-sodium-channel-subtype-selectivity
#10
Joshua S Wingerd, Christine A Mozar, Christine A Ussing, Swetha S Murali, Yanni K-Y Chin, Ben Cristofori-Armstrong, Thomas Durek, John Gilchrist, Christopher W Vaughan, Frank Bosmans, David J Adams, Richard J Lewis, Paul F Alewood, Mehdi Mobli, Macdonald J Christie, Lachlan D Rash
Voltage-gated sodium (NaV) channels are essential for the transmission of pain signals in humans making them prime targets for the development of new analgesics. Spider venoms are a rich source of peptide modulators useful to study ion channel structure and function. Here we describe β/δ-TRTX-Pre1a, a 35-residue tarantula peptide that selectively interacts with neuronal NaV channels inhibiting peak current of hNaV1.1, rNaV1.2, hNaV1.6, and hNaV1.7 while concurrently inhibiting fast inactivation of hNaV1.1 and rNaV1...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428070/no-production-and-potassium-channels-activation-induced-by-crotalus-durissus-cascavella-underlie-mesenteric-artery-relaxation
#11
S S Santos, R L C Jesus, L O Simões, W P Vasconcelos, I A Medeiros, R C Veras, L L Casais-E-Silva, D F Silva
Animal toxins are natural resources for pharmacological studies. The venom of Crotalus durissus cascavella (C.d. cascavella) may be a source in the bio-prospecting of new anti-hypertensive agents. The aim of this study was to investigate vascular effects of the venom of C.d. cascavella in normotensive rats. Studies were performed using isolated mesenteric artery segments and aortic endothelial cells. The cumulative administration of the venom of C.d. cascavella (0.001-30 μg/mL) on phenylephrine (Phe; 10 μM) pre-contracted rings induced a concentration-dependent vasorelaxation in the presence of vascular endothelium (Emax = 47...
April 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427959/beneficial-effects-of-heparin-and-l-arginine-on-dermonecrosis-effect-induced-by-vipera-lebetina-venom-involvement-of-no-in-skin-regeneration
#12
Nouara Bennacef-Heffar, Fatima Laraba-Djebari
It is well known that snake venoms such as Viperidae caused severe local effects such as hemorrhage, myonecrosis and dermonecrosis which can lead to permanent tissue loss or the disability. The aim of this study is to evaluate the skin regeneration using heparin and l-arginine as well as the dermonecrotic effects induced by Vipera lebetina venom (VLV). To better understand the toxic effects induced by VLV and to prevent or treat these effects, we evaluate the local effects and the skin regeneration with or without drugs...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426766/activated-entomopathogenic-nematode-infective-juveniles-release-lethal-venom-proteins
#13
Dihong Lu, Marissa Macchietto, Dennis Chang, Mirayana M Barros, James Baldwin, Ali Mortazavi, Adler R Dillman
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) are unique parasites due to their symbiosis with entomopathogenic bacteria and their ability to kill insect hosts quickly after infection. It is widely believed that EPNs rely on their bacterial partners for killing hosts. Here we disproved this theory by demonstrating that the in vitro activated infective juveniles (IJs) of Steinernema carpocapsae (a well-studied EPN species) release venom proteins that are lethal to several insects including Drosophila melanogaster. We confirmed that the in vitro activation is a good approximation of the in vivo process by comparing the transcriptomes of individual in vitro and in vivo activated IJs...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425567/effect-of-ngf-from-venom-of-chinese-cobra-naja-atra-on-chondrocytes-proliferation-and-metabolism-in-vitro
#14
Jiachang Tan, Zhenhui Lu, Zhikang Miao, Danqing Lei, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) is promising strategy for cartilage repair. However, chondrocyte phenotype is easily lost when expanded in vitro which defined as "dedifferentiation". To ensure successful therapy, an effective pro-chondrogenic agent is necessary to overcome the obstacle of limited cell numbers in the restoration process, and dedifferentiation is a prerequisite. In the present study, we investigated the chondro-protective effect of NGF from Chinese cobra venom on human chondrocytes by determination of its specific effect on cell viability, proliferation, morphology, GAG production and cartilage specific gene expression...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425175/haemorrhagic-snake-venom-metalloproteases-and-human-adams-cleave-lrp5-6-which-disrupts-cell-cell-adhesions-in-vitro-and-induces-haemorrhage-in-vivo
#15
Tadahiko Seo, Taketo Sakon, Shiori Nakazawa, Asuka Nishioka, Kohei Watanabe, Kaori Matsumoto, Mari Akasaka, Narumi Shioi, Hitoshi Sawada, Satohiko Araki
Snake venom metalloproteases (SVMPs) are members of the a disintegrin and metalloprotease (ADAM) family of proteins, as they possess similar domains. SVMPs are known to elicit snake venom-induced haemorrhage; however, the target proteins and cleavage sites are not known. In this work, we identified a target protein of vascular apoptosis-inducing protein 1 (VAP1), an SVMP, relevant to its ability to induce haemorrhage. VAP1 disrupted cell-cell adhesions by relocating VE-cadherin and γ-catenin from the cell-cell junction to the cytosol, without inducing proteolysis of VE-cadherin...
April 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424783/peptide-fraction-poh2-exerts-antiadipogenic-activity-through-inhibition-of-c-ebp-%C3%AE-and-ppar-%C3%AE-expression-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
#16
Thi Tuyet Nhung Nguyen, Thi Thu Ha, Thi Hoa Nguyen, Thi Hien Vu, Nam Hai Truong, Hoang Ha Chu, Dong Van Quyen
Many studies have comprehensively examined the venom of Ophiophagus hannah snake. Its venom comprises different compounds exhibiting a wide range of pharmacological activities. In this investigation, four peptide fractions (PFs), ranging from 3 kDa to 10 kDa, isolated from the Vietnamese snake venom of O. hannah were separated by HPLC and investigated for their inhibitory activity on adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. The most effective PF was then further purified, generating two peptides, pOh1 and pOh2...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424460/generation-of-heritable-germline-mutations-in-the-jewel-wasp-nasonia-vitripennis-using-crispr-cas9
#17
Ming Li, Lauren Yun Cook Au, Deema Douglah, Abigail Chong, Bradley J White, Patrick M Ferree, Omar S Akbari
The revolutionary RNA-guided endonuclease CRISPR/Cas9 system has proven to be a powerful tool for gene editing in a plethora of organisms. Here, utilizing this system we developed an efficient protocol for the generation of heritable germline mutations in the parasitoid jewel wasp, Nasonia vitripennis, a rising insect model organism for the study of evolution, development of axis pattern formation, venom production, haplo-diploid sex determination, and host-symbiont interactions. To establish CRISPR-directed gene editing in N...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424125/thromboelastography-utilization-in-delayed-recurrent-coagulopathy-after-severe-eastern-diamondback-rattlesnake-envenomation
#18
Katherine M McBride, William Bromberg, James Dunne
Venomous snakebites are fairly common in the United States and can present with a wide range of symptoms. A 48-year-old man presented after Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake envenomation. His hospital course was complicated by right leg compartment syndrome and delayed recurrent coagulopathy, requiring multiple doses of Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab (CroFab) antivenom and transfusions. Thromboelastography was used as an adjunct to standard coagulation studies in monitoring his delayed recurrent coagulopathy...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422078/antivenom-for-neuromuscular-paralysis-resulting-from-snake-envenoming
#19
REVIEW
Anjana Silva, Wayne C Hodgson, Geoffrey K Isbister
Antivenom therapy is currently the standard practice for treating neuromuscular dysfunction in snake envenoming. We reviewed the clinical and experimental evidence-base for the efficacy and effectiveness of antivenom in snakebite neurotoxicity. The main site of snake neurotoxins is the neuromuscular junction, and the majority are either: (1) pre-synaptic neurotoxins irreversibly damaging the presynaptic terminal; or (2) post-synaptic neurotoxins that bind to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Pre-clinical tests of antivenom efficacy for neurotoxicity include rodent lethality tests, which are problematic, and in vitro pharmacological tests such as nerve-muscle preparation studies, that appear to provide more clinically meaningful information...
April 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421973/-bitten-by-an-exotic-venomous-snake
#20
M A Dijkman, I de Vries, M van Dam, D W de Lange
BACKGROUND: Patients who have been bitten by an exotic venomous snake are at risk of severe morbidity and a fatal outcome following an incorrect risk-assessment. Treatment with an antivenom can be necessary and can turn out to be lifesaving. In the Netherlands there are only a few cases of bites from exotic venomous snakes each year. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 28-year-old man presented at the emergency department (ED) after having been bitten by a monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia)...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
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