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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149409/translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-tctp-hrf-in-animal-venoms
#1
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/29149042/comparative-study-of-biological-activities-of-venom-from-colubrid-snakes-rhabdophis-tigrinus-yamakagashi-and-rhabdophis-lateralis
#2
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/29148072/ultrastructure-of-endocrine-pancreatic-granules-during-pancreatic-differentiation-in-the-grass-snake-natrix-natrix-l-lepidosauria-serpentes
#3
Magdalena Kowalska, Weronika Rupik
We used transmission electron microscopy to study the pancreatic main endocrine cell types in the embryos of the grass snake Natrix natrix L. with focus on the morphology of their secretory granules. The embryonic endocrine part of the pancreas in the grass snake contains four main types of cells (A, B, D, and PP), which is similar to other vertebrates. The B granules contained a moderately electron-dense crystalline-like core that was polygonal in shape and an electron-dense outer zone. The A granules had a spherical electron-dense eccentrically located core and a moderately electron-dense outer zone...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147117/colistin-resistance-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolated-from-snakes-in-taiwan
#4
Po-Yu Liu, Ling-Ling Weng, Shu-Ying Tseng, Chou-Chen Huang, Ching-Chang Cheng, Yan-Chiao Mao, Kwong-Chung Tung
This study included fifty-eight isolates of P. aeruginosa from the oral cavity of snakes that were recruited from clinical cases, captive and wild snakes. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) for the determination of susceptibility were identified by the broth microdilution method. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was employed to detect β-lactamases genes. With regard to antipseudomonal antibiotics, the lowest nonsusceptible rates were in aztreonam (15%), piperacillin/tazobactam (12%), and amikacin (9%)...
2017: Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143316/psychometric-properties-of-parent-and-child-reported-sleep-assessment-tools-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
#5
REVIEW
Manuel Bautista, Koa Whittingham, Priya Edwards, Roslyn N Boyd
AIM: To determine whether any parent and child report sleep measure tools have been validated in children aged 0-18 years with cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: A systematic search of five databases was performed up to June 2017. Studies were included if a sleep measure tool was used to evaluate sleep in children 0-18 years with CP based on international classifications of sleep. Sleep measures were assessed for psychometric data in children with CP. RESULTS: Only one paper which used the Schlaffragebogen für Kinder mit Neurologischen und Anderen Komplexen Erkrankungen (SNAKE) questionnaire met the study criteria...
November 16, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142382/capillary-leak-syndrome-following-snakebite-envenomation
#6
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/29142118/climate-and-foraging-mode-explain-interspecific-variation-in-snake-metabolic-rates
#7
Andréaz Dupoué, François Brischoux, Olivier Lourdais
The energy cost of self-maintenance is a critical facet of life-history strategies. Clarifying the determinant of interspecific variation in metabolic rate (MR) at rest is important to understand and predict ecological patterns such as species distributions or responses to climatic changes. We examined variation of MR in snakes, a group characterized by a remarkable diversity of activity rates and a wide distribution. We collated previously published MR data (n = 491 observations) measured in 90 snake species at different trial temperatures...
November 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139259/-progress-in-molecular-identification-of-snake-drugs
#8
REVIEW
Yi Xu, Yan Lu, Hai-Ping Wu, Ying Bu
Snake drugs have high values in clinical medication for anti-inflammatory, analgesia activities and dredging collaterals. However, owing to their deficient resource and substantial profit, many counterfeits for snake drugs have appeared on the market. Traditional methods for Chinese medicine authentication include identification of origin, morphology identification, microscopy and physiochemical identification. But these methods are restricted in application because of their high morphological requirement for specimens, complex process for assays and indeterminate results guided by subjective...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138410/pla2-like-proteins-myotoxic-mechanism-a-dynamic-model-description
#9
Rafael J Borges, Ney Lemke, Marcos R M Fontes
Phospholipase A2-like (PLA2-like) proteins contribute to the development of muscle necrosis in Viperidae snake bites and are not efficiently neutralized by current antivenom treatments. The toxic mechanisms of PLA2-like proteins are devoid of catalytic activity and not yet fully understood, although structural and functional experiments suggest a dimeric assembly and that the C-terminal residues are essential to myotoxicity. Herein, we characterized the functional mechanism of bothropic PLA2-like structures related to global and local measurements using the available models in the Protein Data Bank and normal mode molecular dynamics (NM-MD)...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134436/common-cutaneous-bacteria-isolated-from-snakes-inhibit-growth-of-ophidiomyces-ophiodiicola
#10
Aubree J Hill, Jacob E Leys, Danny Bryan, Fantasia M Erdman, Katherine S Malone, Gabrielle N Russell, Roger D Applegate, Heather Fenton, Kevin Niedringhaus, Andrew N Miller, Matthew C Allender, Donald M Walker
There is increasing concern regarding potential impacts of snake fungal disease (SFD), caused by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola (Oo), on free-ranging snake populations in the eastern USA. The snake cutaneous microbiome likely serves as the first line of defense against Oo and other pathogens; however, little is known about microbial associations in snakes. The objective of this study was to better define the composition and immune function of the snake cutaneous microbiome. Eight timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) and four black racers (Coluber constrictor) were captured in Arkansas and Tennessee, with some snakes exhibiting signs of SFD...
November 13, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133665/a-rare-case-of-bilateral-tractional-retinal-detachment-following-snakebite
#11
Nicey Roy Thomas, Debmalya Das, Kumar Saurabh, Rupak Roy
A 13-year-old female presented with diminution of vision in both eyes for 3 months following snakebite. Best-corrected visual acuities were hand movement in both eyes. Fundoscopy showed vitreous hemorrhage, and B-scan ultrasonography revealed an underlying tractional retinal detachment (TRD) involving the macula in both eyes. Patient underwent 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy in conjunction with belt buckling, endolaser, and silicone oil tamponade in the left eye. At 6 weeks postoperatively, best-corrected visual acuity of the left eye was noted to be 20/200 with settled TRD and attached retina...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133310/convergent-origination-of-a-drosophila-like-dosage-compensation-mechanism-in-a-reptile-lineage
#12
Ray Marin, Diego Cortez, Francesco Lamanna, Madapura M Pradeepa, Evgeny Leushkin, Philippe Julien, Angélica Liechti, Jean Halbert, Thoomke Brüning, Katharina Mössinger, Timo Trefzer, Christian Conrad, Halie N Kerver, Juli Wade, Patrick Tschopp, Henrik Kaessmann
Sex chromosomes differentiated from different ancestral autosomes in various vertebrate lineages. Here, we trace the functional evolution of the XY Chromosomes of the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis), on the basis of extensive high-throughput genome, transcriptome and histone modification sequencing data and revisit dosage compensation evolution in representative mammals and birds with substantial new expression data. Our analyses show that Anolis sex chromosomes represent an ancient XY system that originated at least ≈160 million years ago in the ancestor of Iguania lizards, shortly after the separation from the snake lineage...
November 13, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131856/examination-of-sarcocystis-spp-of-giant-snakes-from-australia-and-southeast-asia-confirms-presence-of-a-known-pathogen-sarcocystis-nesbitti
#13
Marion Wassermann, Lisa Raisch, Jessica Ann Lyons, Daniel James Deans Natusch, Sarah Richter, Mareike Wirth, Piyarat Preeprem, Yuvaluk Khoprasert, Sulaiman Ginting, Ute Mackenstedt, Thomas Jäkel
We examined Sarcocystis spp. in giant snakes from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and Australia using a combination of morphological (size of sporocyst) and molecular analyses. We amplified by PCR nuclear 18S rDNA from single sporocysts in order to detect mixed infections and unequivocally assign the retrieved sequences to the corresponding parasite stage. Sarcocystis infection was generally high across the study area, with 78 (68%) of 115 examined pythons being infected by one or more Sarcocystis spp. Among 18 randomly chosen, sporocyst-positive samples (11 from Southeast Asia, 7 from Northern Australia) the only Sarcocystis species detected in Southeast Asian snakes was S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129604/simultaneous-determination-of-nine-kinds-of-dominating-bile-acids-in-various-snake-bile-by-ultrahigh-performance-liquid-chromatography-with-triple-quadrupole-linear-iontrap-mass-spectrometry
#14
Jie Zhang, Yeqin Fan, Yajun Gong, Xiaoyong Chen, Luosheng Wan, Chenggao Zhou, Jiewen Zhou, Shuangcheng Ma, Feng Wei, Jiachun Chen, Jing Nie
Snake bile is one of the most expensive traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs). However, due to the complicated constitutes of snake bile and the poor ultraviolet absorbance of some trace bile acids (BAs), effective analysis methods for snake bile acids were still unavailable, making it difficult to solve adulteration problems. In present study, ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography with triple quadrupole linear ion trap mass spectrometry (UHPLC-QqQ-MS/MS) was applied to conduct a quantitative analysis on snake BAs...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129393/disulfide-bond-mediated-cross-linking-of-corneous-beta-proteins-in-lepidosaurian-epidermis
#15
Karin B Holthaus, Lorenzo Alibardi
Corneous beta-proteins (CBPs), formerly referred to as beta-keratins, are major protein components of the epidermis in lepidosaurian reptiles and are largely responsible for their material properties. These proteins have been suggested to form filaments of 3.4nm in thickness and to interact with themselves or with other proteins, including intermediate filament (IF) keratins. Here, we performed immunocytochemical labeling of CBPs in the epidermis of different lizards and snakes and investigated by immunoblotting analysis whether the reduction of disulfide bonds or protein oxidation affects the solubility and mobility of these CBPs...
October 29, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127281/structural-and-functional-insight-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-mediated-pathogenic-metabolic-reprogramming-in-sickle-cell-disease
#16
Kaiqi Sun, Angelo D'Alessandro, Mostafa H Ahmed, Yujin Zhang, Anren Song, Tzu-Ping Ko, Travis Nemkov, Julie A Reisz, Hongyu Wu, Morayo Adebiyi, Zhangzhe Peng, Jing Gong, Hong Liu, Aji Huang, Yuan Edward Wen, Alexander Q Wen, Vladimir Berka, Mikhail V Bogdanov, Osheiza Abdulmalik, Leng Han, Ah-Lim Tsai, Modupe Idowu, Harinder S Juneja, Rodney E Kellems, William Dowhan, Kirk C Hansen, Martin K Safo, Yang Xia
Elevated sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is detrimental in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), but the mechanistic basis remains obscure. Here, we report that increased erythrocyte S1P binds to deoxygenated sickle Hb (deoxyHbS), facilitates deoxyHbS anchoring to the membrane, induces release of membrane-bound glycolytic enzymes and in turn switches glucose flux towards glycolysis relative to the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP). Suppressed PPP causes compromised glutathione homeostasis and increased oxidative stress, while enhanced glycolysis induces production of 2,3-bisphosphoglycerate (2,3-BPG) and thus increases deoxyHbS polymerization, sickling, hemolysis and disease progression...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124975/ulnar-artery-pseudoaneurysm-and-compartment-syndrome-formation-after-snake-bite-to-the-left-forearm
#17
Lan Pin, Xie Lutao, Fang Weijun, Pan Feng, Chen Chaohui, Wu Jianrong
OBJECTIVE: To report the outcome of a patient who developed pseudoaneurysms and compartment syndrome after a Deinagkistrodon acutus snakebite. CASE REPORT: A 61-year-old man, bitten by Deinagkistrodon acutus in his left forearm, came to the hospital eight hours after the bite. Despite the use of antivenom and supportive therapy, the patient developed compartment syndrome of the left forearm, the tissue pressure was elevated and fasciotomy was arranged. During the initial surgery, part of the necrotic tissues was removed...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123851/a-lethal-case-of-mamushi-gloydius-blomhoffii-bite-severe-bowel-symptoms-as-a-lethal-sign
#18
Osamu Okamoto, Ryuta Nakashima, Soichiro Yamamoto, Takuzo Hashimoto, Tomomi Takasaki, Hayato Tokuda, Seiichi Sato, Ayako Gamachi, Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Nobuhiro Inagaki
Case: We report a lethal case of a mamushi (Gloydius blomhoffii) bite. An 84-year-old woman was bitten by a mamushi snake on her right elbow. She was initially treated at another hospital, however, because the swelling expanded and her renal function worsened, she was transferred to our hospital. Compartment syndrome, thrombocytopenia, respiratory arrest, and elevated creatinine kinase and lactose dehydrogenase levels were seen; renal failure progressed, and ileus and peritonitis due to colon perforation occurred...
January 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120480/coupled-surface-and-groundwater-hydrological-modeling-in-a-changing-climate
#19
Venkataramana Sridhar, Mirza M Billah, John W Hildreth
Many current watershed modeling efforts now incorporate surface water and groundwater for managing water resources since the exchanges between groundwater and surface water need a special focus considering the changing climate. The influence of groundwater dynamics on water and energy balance components is investigated in the Snake River Basin (SRB) by coupling the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) and MODFLOW models (VIC-MF) for the period of 1986 through 2042. A 4.4% increase in base flows and a 10.3% decrease in peak flows are estimated by VIC-MF compared to the VIC model in SRB...
November 9, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119915/an-update-on-potential-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-actions-of-snake-venom-l-amino-acid-oxidases-laaos
#20
Mauro Valentino Paloschi, Adriana Silva Pontes, Andreimar Martins Soares, Juliana Pavan Zuliani
LAAOs (EC 1.4.3.2) are found in concentrations that vary according to each species of snakes; Viperidae, Crotalidae and Elapidae contain 1-9% of this enzyme in their venoms. This review focuses on an update on molecular mechanisms, platelet activities, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal, induction of apoptosis and inflammatory potential underlying the actions of SV-LAAOs. Snake venom LAAOs (SV-LAAOs) have become an interesting subject for pharmacological, structural and molecular studies. Although the mechanisms of action of these enzymes are not well understood they are a subject of a variety of studies, because LAAOs are multifunctional enzymes exhibiting a wide range of pharmacological effects, including the inhibition or induction of platelet aggregation, hemolysis and hemorrhage, in addition to the stimulation of apoptosis, the activation of leukocytes and the formation of edema...
November 8, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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