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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095880/high-throughput-expression-of-animal-venom-toxins-in-escherichia-coli-to-generate-a-large-library-of-oxidized-disulphide-reticulated-peptides-for-drug-discovery
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Jeremy Turchetto, Ana Filipa Sequeira, Laurie Ramond, Fanny Peysson, Joana L A Brás, Natalie J Saez, Yoan Duhoo, Marilyne Blémont, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Loic Quinton, Edwin De Pauw, Nicolas Gilles, Hervé Darbon, Carlos M G A Fontes, Renaud Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Animal venoms are complex molecular cocktails containing a wide range of biologically active disulphide-reticulated peptides that target, with high selectivity and efficacy, a variety of membrane receptors. Disulphide-reticulated peptides have evolved to display improved specificity, low immunogenicity and to show much higher resistance to degradation than linear peptides. These properties make venom peptides attractive candidates for drug development. However, recombinant expression of reticulated peptides containing disulphide bonds is challenging, especially when associated with the production of large libraries of bioactive molecules for drug screening...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093334/in-vitro-antitumor-and-antiangiogenic-effects-of-bothropoidin-a-metalloproteinase-from-bothrops-pauloensis-snake-venom
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Denise de Oliveira Guimarães, Daiana Silva Lopes, Fernanda Van Petten Vasconcelos Azevedo, Sarah Natalie Gimenes, Makswell Almeida Silva, David Collares Achê, Mário Sérgio Rocha Gomes, Lara Vecchi, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Kelly Aparecida Geraldo Yoneyama, Renata Santos Rodrigues, Veridiana de Melo Rodrigues
Breast cancer is a highly malignant carcinoma and remains the second leading cause of mortality among women. The antitumor effects of metalloproteinases and disintegrins from snake venom on various types of cancer cells have been investigated. In this study, we evaluated the antitumor and antiangiogenic effects on MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells and endothelial cells induced by Bothropoidin, a disintegrin-like metalloproteinase isolated from Bothrops pauloensis snake venom. At 24h after treatment at 100μg/mL, Bothropoidin exerted a moderate cytotoxic effect of 30% on MDA-MB-231 versus 10% cytotoxicity against MCF10A (a non-tumorigenic breast cell line), a significant difference that suggests a possible preference by this protein for targets in cancer cells...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093085/gene-design-fusion-technology-and-tev-cleavage-conditions-influence-the-purification-of-oxidized-disulphide-rich-venom-peptides-in-escherichia-coli
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Ana Filipa Sequeira, Jeremy Turchetto, Natalie J Saez, Fanny Peysson, Laurie Ramond, Yoan Duhoo, Marilyne Blémont, Vânia O Fernandes, Luís T Gama, Luís M A Ferreira, Catarina I P I Guerreiro, Nicolas Gilles, Hervé Darbon, Carlos M G A Fontes, Renaud Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Animal venoms are large, complex libraries of bioactive, disulphide-rich peptides. These peptides, and their novel biological activities, are of increasing pharmacological and therapeutic importance. However, recombinant expression of venom peptides in Escherichia coli remains difficult due to the significant number of cysteine residues requiring effective post-translational processing. There is also an urgent need to develop high-throughput recombinant protocols applicable to the production of reticulated peptides to enable efficient screening of their drug potential...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092984/vipera-ammodytes-bites-treated-with-antivenom-viperatab-a-case-series-with-pharmacokinetic-evaluation
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Miran Brvar, Tihana Kurtović, Damjan Grenc, Maja Lang Balija, Igor Križaj, Beata Halassy
CONTEXT: In clinical practice it is difficult to differentiate between V. berus and V. ammodytes venomous bites. In the past this was not a concern, but due to the current shortage in Viperfav™ and European viper venom antiserum availability, V. a. ammodytes venomous bites have recently been treated with ViperaTAb(®), which is a pharmaceutical formulation containing a monospecific ovine Fab fragments against the venom of V. berus. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate ViperaTAb(®) in V...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089603/melatonin-inhibits-snake-venom-and-antivenom-induced-oxidative-stress-and-augments-treatment-efficacy
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Rachana D Sharma, Gajanan D Katkar, Mahalingam S Sundaram, Basavarajaiah Swethakumar, Kesturu S Girish, Kempaiah Kemparaju
Snakebite is a neglected health hazard, its patho-physiology had been focused on systemic and local toxicities; but, venom and antivenom induced oxidative stress has been ignored for a long time. Antivenom therapy although neutralizes venom lethality and saves many lives it remains ineffective against oxidative stress. This prompted us to complement antivenom with an antioxidant molecule melatonin that would protect against oxidative stress and increase the efficacy of the existing snakebite therapy. Here we show that D...
January 12, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088478/comparison-of-the-adjuvant-activity-of-emulsions-with-different-physicochemical-properties-on-the-antibody-response-towards-the-venom-of-west-african-carpet-viper-echis-ocellatus
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Juan Manuel Valverde, Karina Rodríguez, María Herrera, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Mavis Montero, Jose María Gutiérrez, Guillermo León
Adjuvant emulsions are widely used to enhance the antibody response of the animals used as immunoglobulin source for producing antivenoms. Usually, the adjuvant activity of emulsions is attributed both to their ability to trigger "danger" signals from cells in which they induce death, and to form depots from which immunogens are slowly released. However, there is contradictory evidence suggesting that adjuvant activity of emulsions is independent of the dispersion type and the rate of immunogen release. In order to test how physical properties of emulsions, composed of mineral oil and water, affect their ability to enhance the antibody response towards snake venoms, we compared water-in-oil (W/O) emulsions prepared at volume ratios of 70/30, 50/50 or 30/70, a 50/50 oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion, and a water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) multiple emulsion...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088477/selected-scorpion-toxin-exposures-induce-cytokine-release-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#7
Gerardo Corzo, Gerardo Pavel Espino-Solis
A cytokine screening on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with selected scorpion toxins (ScTx's) was performed in order to evaluate their effect on human immune cells. The ScTx's chosen for this report were three typical buthid scorpion venom peptides, one with lethal effects on mammals Centruroides suffussus suffusus toxin II (CssII), another, with lethal effects on insects and crustaceans Centruroides noxius toxin 5 (Cn5), and one more without lethal effects Tityus discrepans toxin (Discrepin)...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088444/feeding-recombinant-e-coli-with-gst-mbmktx-fusion-protein-increases-the-fecundity-and-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Jie Xu, Yajie Jiang, Lu Wan, Qi Wang, Zebo Huang, Yongmei Liu, Yingliang Wu, Zongyun Chen, Xin Liu
Scorpion venom could be a useful treatment for a variety of diseases, such as cancer, epilepsy and analgesia. BmKTX is a polypeptide extracts from scorpion venom (PESV), which have attracted much attention from researchers in recent years. mBmKTX is a mutant polypeptide according to the amino acid sequence of BmKTX. We expressed it with the vector pGEX-4T-1 in Escherichia coli, and Caenorhabditis elegans were used as the animal model and fed with the strains. In this study, the expression of pGEX-mBmKTX was analyzed by SDS-PAGE, and GST-mBmKTX purified from pGEX-mBmKTX as a glutathione S-transferase (GST)-tagged fusion protein is approximately 30kDa...
January 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088326/acute-kidney-injury-due-to-tropical-infectious-diseases-and-animal-venoms-a-tale-of-2-continents
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REVIEW
Emmanuel A Burdmann, Vivekanand Jha
South and Southeast Asia and Latin American together comprise 46 countries and are home to approximately 40% of the world population. The sociopolitical and economic heterogeneity, tropical climate, and malady transitions characteristic of the region strongly influence disease behavior and health care delivery. Acute kidney injury epidemiology mirrors these inequalities. In addition to hospital-acquired acute kidney injury in tertiary care centers, these countries face a large preventable burden of community-acquired acute kidney injury secondary to tropical infectious diseases or animal venoms, affecting previously healthy young individuals...
January 11, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087323/severe-hemorrhagic-syndrome-after-lonomia-caterpillar-envenomation-in-the-western-brazilian-amazon-how-many-more-cases-are-there
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João Hugo A Santos, Sâmella S Oliveira, Eliane C Alves, Iran Mendonça-da-Silva, Jacqueline A G Sachett, Antonio Tavares, Luiz Carlos Ferreira, Hui Wen Fan, Marcus V G Lacerda, Wuelton M Monteiro
Contact with Lonomia caterpillars can cause a hemorrhagic syndrome. In Brazil, Lonomia obliqua and Lonomia achelous are known to cause this venom-induced disease. In the Brazilian Amazon, descriptions of this kind of envenomation are scarce. Herein, we report a severe hemorrhagic syndrome caused by Lonomia envenomation in the Amazonas state, Western Brazilian Amazon. The patient showed signs of hemorrhage lasting 8 days and required Lonomia antivenom administration, which resulted in resolution of hemorrhagic syndrome...
January 10, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087312/immunisation-choice-of-host-adjuvants-and-boosting-schedules-with-emphasis-on-polyclonal-antibody-production
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REVIEW
Philippe Delahaut
Polyclonal antibodies are frequently used as immunodiagnostic tools in fundamental research. They are also used for routine diagnostic purposes in human and veterinary medicine and for quality control procedures in the food-processing industry. The antibody is a major component of the detection system. It binds with the molecule to be identified. This conjugate is subsequently revealed by means of binding the antibody with a radio-isotope, a fluorescent substance, an enzyme inducing a color change, or a biosensor based analytical system...
January 10, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077580/peptide-from-sea-anemone-metridium-senile-affects-transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-repeat-1-trpa1-function-and-produces-analgesic-effect
#12
Yulia A Logashina, Irina V Mosharova, Yulia V Korolkova, Irina V Shelukhina, Igor A Dyachenko, Victor A Palikov, Yulia A Palikova, Arkadii N Murashev, Sergey A Kozlov, Klara Stensvåg, Yaroslav A Andreev
The transient receptor potential ankyrin-repeat 1 (TRPA1) is an important player in pain and inflammatory pathways. It is a promising target for novel drug development for the treatment of a number of pathological states. A novel peptide producing a significant potentiating effect on allyl isothiocyanate (AITC)- and diclofenac-induced currents of TRPA1 was isolated from the venom of sea anemone Metridium senile. It is a 35-amino-acid peptide cross-linked by two disulfide bridges, named τ-AnmTX Ms 9a-1 (short name Ms 9a-1) according to a structure similar to other sea anemone peptides belonging to structural group 9a...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077339/st20-a-new-venomous-animal-derived-natural-peptide-with-immunosuppressive-and-anti-inflammatory-activities
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Min Xiao, Li Ding, Weishan Yang, Lin Chai, Yuwen Sun, Xianyi Yang, Dandan Li, Hua Zhang, Wenxin Li, Zhijian Cao, Yingliang Wu, Jian Li, Shan Li, Zongyun Chen
Peptide toxins from venomous animals are natural resources with diverse biological functions and therapeutic potential towards human diseases. For venomous scorpions, many valuable peptide toxins have been discovered from Buthidae scorpions, but few works were done about non-buthidae scorpions. Here, we cloned and characterized the first disulfide-bridged toxin peptide St20 from the non-buthidae scorpion Scorpiops tibetanus. St20 has a putative 23-residue signal peptide, followed by a presumed 34-residue mature peptide including 8 cysteines...
January 8, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077256/montivipera-bornmuelleri-venom-selectively-exhibits-high-cytotoxic-effects-on-keratinocytes-cancer-cell-lines
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Saly Sawan, Tania Yaacoub, Souad Hraoui-Bloquet, Riyad Sadek, Walid Hleihel, Ziad Fajloun, Marc Karam
CONTEXT: The Viperidae family venom is a rich source of bioactive compounds such as many proteases, which cause tissue necrosis and affect mostly the vascular system. However, the venom exhibits therapeutic potentials and has contributed to the development of some medical drugs. Specifically, the Montivipera bornmuelleri venom has shown to exhibit antibacterial, pro-inflammatory and antifungal activities. OBJECTIVE: This work evaluates the cytotoxic effect of the M...
January 8, 2017: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076814/gsmtx4-mechanism-of-inhibiting-mechanosensitive-ion-channels
#15
Radhakrishnan Gnanasambandam, Chiranjib Ghatak, Anthony Yasmann, Kazuhisa Nishizawa, Frederick Sachs, Alexey S Ladokhin, Sergei I Sukharev, Thomas M Suchyna
GsMTx4 is a spider venom peptide that inhibits cationic mechanosensitive channels (MSCs). It has six lysine residues that have been proposed to affect membrane binding. We synthesized six analogs with single lysine-to-glutamate substitutions and tested them against Piezo1 channels in outside-out patches and independently measured lipid binding. Four analogs had ∼20% lower efficacy than the wild-type (WT) peptide. The equilibrium constants calculated from the rates of inhibition and washout did not correlate with the changes in inhibition...
January 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074089/antiviral-activity-of-animal-venom-peptides-and-related-compounds
#16
REVIEW
Élida Cleyse Gomes da Mata, Caroline Barbosa Farias Mourão, Marisa Rangel, Elisabeth Ferroni Schwartz
Viruses exhibit rapid mutational capacity to trick and infect host cells, sometimes assisted through virus-coded peptides that counteract host cellular immune defense. Although a large number of compounds have been identified as inhibiting various viral infections and disease progression, it is urgent to achieve the discovery of more effective agents. Furthermore, proportionally to the great variety of diseases caused by viruses, very few viral vaccines are available, and not all are efficient. Thus, new antiviral substances obtained from natural products have been prospected, including those derived from venomous animals...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073614/underuse-of-allergy-services-for-patients-having-systemic-reactions-to-hymenoptera-venom-stings
#17
Anil M Patel, Vivian Wang, Ami Philipp, Joseph S Yusin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 7, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067855/detection-of-naja-atra-cardiotoxin-using-adenosine-based-molecular-beacon
#18
Yi-Jun Shi, Ying-Jung Chen, Wan-Ping Hu, Long-Sen Chang
This study presents an adenosine (A)-based molecular beacon (MB) for selective detection of Naja atra cardiotoxin (CTX) that functions by utilizing the competitive binding between CTX and the poly(A) stem of MB to coralyne. The 5'- and 3'-end of MB were labeled with a reporter fluorophore and a non-fluorescent quencher, respectively. Coralyne induced formation of the stem-loop MB structure through A₂-coralyne-A₂ coordination, causing fluorescence signal turn-off due to fluorescence resonance energy transfer between the fluorophore and quencher...
January 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067810/bioactivity-of-natural-and-engineered-antimicrobial-peptides-from-venom-of-the-scorpions-urodacus-yaschenkoi-and-u-manicatus
#19
Karen Luna-Ramirez, Miray Tonk, Mohammad Rahnamaeian, Andreas Vilcinskas
The spread of multidrug-resistant human pathogens has drawn attention towards antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), which are major players in the innate immune systems of many organisms, including vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and microbes. Scorpion venom is an abundant source of novel and potent AMPs. Here, we investigated natural and engineered AMPs from the scorpions Urodacus yaschenkoi and U. manicatus to determine their antimicrobial spectra as well as their hemolytic/cytotoxic activity. None of the AMPs were active against fungi, but many of them were active at low concentrations (0...
January 6, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063984/protein-toxins-of-the-echis-coloratus-viper-venom-directly-activate-trpv1
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Matan Geron, Rakesh Kumar, Henry Matzner, Adi Lahiani, Galit Gincberg, Gadi Cohen, Philip Lazarovici, Avi Priel
BACKGROUND: Peptide and protein toxins are essential tools to dissect and probe the biology of their target receptors. Venoms target vital physiological processes to evoke pain. Snake venoms contain various factors with the ability to evoke, enhance and sustain pain sensation. While a number of venom-derived toxins were shown to directly target TRPV1 channels expressed on somatosensory nerve terminals to evoke pain response, such toxins were yet to be identified in snake venoms. METHODS: We screened Echis coloratus saw-scaled viper venom's protein fractions isolated by reversed phase HPLC for their ability to activate TRPV1 channels...
January 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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