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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528178/expanding-biological-activities-of-ts19-frag-ii-toxin-insights-into-il-17-production
#1
Felipe Augusto Cerni, Manuela Berto Pucca, Karina Furlani Zoccal, Fabiani Gai Frantz, Lucia Helena Faccioli, Eliane Candiani Arantes
Tityus serrulatus (Ts) venom is composed of a mixture of toxins presenting diverse biological functions. However, although this venom has been studied over the past three decades, omics analysis revealed that most of its toxins are not identified or their biological activities are unknown. Ts19 Frag-II is included is this group, which function is still uncertain. This study aimed to expand the biological activities of Ts19 Frag-II through in vivo investigation. Our results demonstrates that mice challenged with Ts19 Frag-II presented biochemical alterations, increasing serum levels of urea, ALT and β-globulin, besides decreasing γ-globulins...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528176/production-and-preclinical-assessment-of-camelid-immunoglobulins-against-echis-sochureki-venom-from-desert-of-rajasthan-india
#2
P D Tanwar, S K Ghorui, S K Kochar, Raghvendar Singh, N V Patil
Snakebite is a significant cause of death and disability in subsistent farming populations of rural India. Antivenom is the most effective treatment of envenoming and is manufactured from IgG of venom-immunised horses. Because of complex fiscal reasons, the production, testing and delivery of antivenoms designed to treat envenoming by the most medically-important snakes in the region has been questioned time to time. In this study, we report successful immunisation of dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) against the venom of Indian saw-scaled Viper- Echis carinatus sochureki...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527998/molecular-cloning-and-structural-modelling-of-gamma-phospholipase-a2-inhibitors-from-bothrops-atrox-and-micrurus-lemniscatus-snakes
#3
Carina G Picelli, Rafael J Borges, Carlos A H Fernandes, Fabio M Matioli, Carla F C Fernandes, Juliana C Sobrinho, Rudson J Holanda, Luiz S Ozaki, Anderson M Kayano, Leonardo A Calderon, Marcos R M Fontes, Rodrigo G Stábeli, Andreimar M Soares
Phospholipases A2 inhibitors (PLIs) produced by venomous and non-venomous snakes play essential role in this resistance. These endogenous inhibitors may be classified by their fold in PLIα, PLIβ and PLIγ. Phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) develop myonecrosis in snake envenomation, a consequence that is not efficiently neutralized by antivenom treatment. This work aimed to identify and characterize two PLIs from Amazonian snake species, Bothrops atrox and Micrurus lemniscatus. Liver tissues RNA of specimens from each species were isolated and amplified by RT-PCR using PCR primers based on known PLIγ gene sequences, followed by cloning and sequencing of amplified fragments...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527288/-partial-purification-of-peptides-present-in-the-tityus-macrochirus-buthidae-scorpion-venom-and-preliminary-assessment-of-their-cytotoxicity
#4
Clara Andrea Rincón-Cortés, Edgar Antonio Reyes-Montaño, Nohora Angélica Vega-Castro
INTRODUCTION: Scorpion venom contains peptides with neurotoxic action primarily active on ion channels in the nervous system of insects and mammals. They are also characterized as cytolytic and anticancer, biological characteristics that have not yet been reported for the Tityus macrochirus venom. OBJECTIVE: To assess if the total T. macrochirus venom and the fraction of partially purified peptides decrease the viability of various tumor-derived cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The scorpion venom was collected by electrical stimulation and, subsequently, subjected to chromatography, electrophoresis, and ultrafiltration with Amicon Ultra 0...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526336/activation-of-na-h-exchanger-other-than-formation-of-transmembrane-pore-underlies-the-cytotoxicity-of-nematocyst-venom-from-chrysaora-helvola-brandt-jellyfish
#5
Lanlan Fan, Jun Luo, Xiaoyong Li, Ming Chen, Wei Shu, Xiaosheng Qu
We previously reported unexpected apoptosis-like cell death induced by nematocyst venom (NV) from Chrysaora helvola Brandt (C. helvola) jellyfish. To assess whether the pore formation mechanism underlay the action of NV, the change in cell membrane permeability was studied in both chicken erythrocytes and human CNE-2 cells. Initially, paradoxical results were derived from osmoprotectant protection assays. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)2000, which completely inhibited the NV induced hemolysis, failed to protect CNE-2 cells...
May 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525944/oxidative-stress-and-some-biochemical-alterations-due-to-scorpion-leiurus-quinquestriatus-crude-venom-in-rats
#6
Muhammad M A Salman, Seddik Hammad
Scorpion envenomation is a common medical problem in many countries; it is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. The venom of Leiurus quinquestriatus (LQ) is responsible for a number of deaths in children and adults. It has been stated that specific pathophysiological conditions such as generation of oxygen free radicals may trigger the onset of multiple organ dysfunction; therefore, the present study aimed to assess the oxidative stress mediated by LQ crude venom and its effect on the biochemical parameters in rats...
May 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525532/the-effects-of-indirect-and-direct-acting-anticoagulants-on-lupus-anticoagulant-assays-a-large-retrospective-study-at-a-coagulation-reference-laboratory
#7
Jansen N Seheult, Michael P Meyer, Franklin A Bontempo, Irina Chibisov
Objectives: To investigate the effects of indirect- and direct-acting anticoagulants on the interpretation of lupus anticoagulant (LAC) assays. Methods: A retrospective database review was performed to identify all LAC panels from November 2012 to November 2015. The positivity rates for three LAC tests were compared among various anticoagulant medications. Results: This analysis included 7,721 LAC panels. Direct oral anticoagulants, warfarin, and unfractionated heparin (UFH) were associated with higher LAC positivity rates compared with patients not receiving documented anticoagulation (83% for argatroban, 58% for dabigatran, 72% for rivaroxaban, 53% for apixaban, 56% for warfarin, and 36% for UFH vs 29% for no anticoagulation, P < ...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518137/nerve-growth-factor-from-chinese-cobra-venom-stimulates-chondrogenic-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#8
Zhenhui Lu, Danqing Lei, Tongmeng Jiang, Lihui Yang, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao
Growth factors such as transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-β1), have critical roles in the regulation of the chondrogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which promote cartilage repair. However, the clinical applications of the traditional growth factors are limited by their high cost, functional heterogeneity and unpredictable effects, such as cyst formation. It may be advantageous for cartilage regeneration to identify a low-cost substitute with greater chondral specificity and easy accessibility...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516375/effects-of-bothrops-alternatus-venom-in-zebrafish-a-histopathological-study
#9
José Carlos Tavares Carvalho, Hady Keita, Giovanna Rocha Santana, Gisele Custódio de Souza, Igor Victor Ferreira Dos Santos, Jesus Rafael Rodriguez Amado, Ansoumane Kourouma, Ariadna Lafourcade Prada, Helison de Oliveira Carvalho, Maria Lúcia Silva
Zebrafish is an excellent model organism for studying tissue alterations caused by Bothrops alternatus venom (BAV) and for screening new anti-venom drugs. To study tissue alterations following exposure to BAV and the roles that glucocorticoids play in these tissue reactions, zebrafish were randomly divided into five groups: the free injection control group (FIC), the phosphate-buffered saline injection control group (PIC), the venom injected group (VI), the group treated with dexamethasone 1 h before venom injection (D1hBVI) and the group treated with dexamethasone 1 h after venom injection (D1hAVI)...
May 17, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516321/evaluating-local-adaptation-of-a-complex-phenotype-reciprocal-tests-of-pigmy-rattlesnake-venoms-on-treefrog-prey
#10
Sarah A Smiley-Walters, Terence M Farrell, H Lisle Gibbs
Theory predicts that predator-prey interactions can generate reciprocal selection pressures on species pairs, which can result in local adaptation, yet the presence and pattern of local adaptation is poorly studied in vertebrate predator-prey systems. Here, we used a reciprocal common garden (laboratory) experimental design involving comparisons between local and foreign populations to determine if local adaptation was present between a generalist predator-the pigmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius)-and a co-occurring prey-the squirrel treefrog (Hyla squirella)...
May 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516208/safety-and-efficiency-of-active-immunization-with-detoxified-antigen-against-scorpion-venom-side-effect-evaluation
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Nassrine Bachsais, Lila Boussag-Abib, Fatima Laraba-Djebari
OBJECTIVE: The efficiency and safety of vaccine are the most important properties, however, as any medication, it can induce side effects. This prophylactic therapy could be used to prevent the lethal and pathophysiological effects induced after scorpion envenomation. METHODS: In this study, detoxified venom associated to alum adjuvant (V*alum) is used as a vaccine against scorpion venom for immunization of mice. We evaluate the safety and the inflammatory response of this vaccine...
May 17, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514632/a-waterborne-pursuit-deterrent-signal-deployed-by-a-sea-urchin
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Hannah Sheppard-Brennand, Alistair G B Poore, Symon A Dworjanyn
Selection by consumers has led to the evolution of a vast array of defenses in animals and plants. These defenses include physical structures, behaviors, and chemical signals that mediate interactions with predators. Some of the strangest defensive structures in nature are the globiferous pedicellariae of the echinoderms. These are small venomous appendages with jaws and teeth that cover the test of many sea urchins and sea stars. In this study, we report a unique use of these defensive structures by the collector sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla...
June 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513267/self-use-of-snake-venom-the-other-side-of-the-coin
#13
Subramanian Senthilkumaran, Nanjundan Karthikeyan, Narendra Nath Jena, Ponniah Thirumalaikolundusubramanian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513074/%C3%AE-myrtoxin-mp1a-is-a-helical-heterodimer-from-the-venom-of-the-jack-jumper-ant-with-antimicrobial-membrane-disrupting-and-nociceptive-activities
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Zoltan Dekan, Stephen J Heady, Martin Scanlon, Brian A Baldo, Tzong-Hsien Lee, Marie-Isabel Aguilar, Jennifer R Deuis, Irina Vetter, Alysha G Elliott, Maite Amado, Matthew A Cooper, Dianne Alewood, Paul Francis Alewood
Δ-Myrtoxin-Mp1a (Mp1a), a 49-residue heterodimeric peptide from the venom of Myrmecia pilosula is comprised of a 26-mer A chain and a 23-mer B chain connected by two disulfide bonds in an antiparallel arrangement. Combination of the individual synthetic chains via aerial oxidation remarkably resulted in the self-assembly of Mp1a as a homogenous product without the need for directed disulfide bond formation. NMR analysis revealed a well-defined, unique structure containing a pair of antiparallel α-helices...
May 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509378/evaluation-of-the-skin-phototoxicity-and-photosensitivity-of-honeybee-venom
#15
Sang Mi Han, In Phyo Hong, Soon Ok Woo, Se Gun Kim, He Rye Jang, Kwan Kyu Park
OBJECTIVE: Bee (Apis mellifera L.) venom (BV) has been used as a cosmetic ingredient owing to its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects. The aim of this study was to assess the skin safety of BV. METHODS: For this purpose, skin phototoxicity and sensitization tests were conducted in healthy male Hartley guinea pigs. The animals were divided into three groups (n=5) for the phototoxicity test: G1 (negative control), G2 (BV gel treatment), and G3 (positive control)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507562/antivenomics-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-neutralizing-capacity-of-the-crotalic-antivenom-a-study-with-crotamine
#16
Ricardo Teixeira-Araújo, Patrícia Castanheira, Leonora Brazil-Más, Francisco Pontes, Moema Leitão de Araújo, Maria Lucia Machado Alves, Russolina Benedeta Zingali, Carlos Correa-Netto
BACKGROUND: Snakebite treatment requires administration of an appropriate antivenom that should contain antibodies capable of neutralizing the venom. To achieve this goal, antivenom production must start from a suitable immunization protocol and proper venom mixtures. In Brazil, antivenom against South American rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus) bites is produced by public institutions based on the guidelines defined by the regulatory agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, ANVISA...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507496/safety-and-efficacy-of-venom-immunotherapy-a-real-life-study
#17
Agnieszka Kołaczek, Dawid Skorupa, Monika Antczak-Marczak, Piotr Kuna, Maciej Kupczyk
INTRODUCTION: Venom immunotherapy (VIT) is recommended as the first-line treatment for patients allergic to Hymenoptera venom. AIM: To analyze the safety and efficacy of VIT in a real life setting. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred and eighty patients undergoing VIT were studied to evaluate the safety, efficacy, incidence and nature of symptoms after field stings and adverse reactions to VIT. RESULTS: Significantly more patients were allergic to wasp than bee venom (146 vs...
April 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506851/immunocap-cellulose-displays-cross-reactive-carbohydrate-ccd-epitopes-and-can-cause-false-positive-test-results-in-patients-with-high-anti-ccd-ige-antibody-levels
#18
Wolfgang Hemmer, Friedrich Altmann, Friedrich Holzweber, Clemens Gruber, Felix Wantke, Stefan Wöhrl
RATIONALE: Cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs) in plants and insect venoms are a common cause of irrelevant positive test results during in-vitro allergy diagnosis. We observed that some CCD-positive sera show non-specific IgE-binding even with CCD-free recombinant allergens when using the Phadia ImmunoCAP platform. OBJECTIVE: We investigated if cellulose used as allergen carrier in the ImmunoCAP harbors residual N-glycans causing non-specific background-binding in CCD-positive sera...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505100/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-antivenoms-for-snakebite-envenoming-state-of-the-art-and-challenges-ahead
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REVIEW
José María Gutiérrez, Gabriela Solano, Davinia Pla, María Herrera, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Andrés Sánchez, Libia Sanz, Bruno Lomonte, Guillermo León, Juan J Calvete
Animal-derived antivenoms constitute the mainstay in the therapy of snakebite envenoming. The efficacy of antivenoms to neutralize toxicity of medically-relevant snake venoms has to be demonstrated through meticulous preclinical testing before their introduction into the clinical setting. The gold standard in the preclinical assessment and quality control of antivenoms is the neutralization of venom-induced lethality. In addition, depending on the pathophysiological profile of snake venoms, the neutralization of other toxic activities has to be evaluated, such as hemorrhagic, myotoxic, edema-forming, dermonecrotic, in vitro coagulant, and defibrinogenating effects...
May 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503857/recent-developments-in-structural-studies-on-acetylcholinesterase
#20
REVIEW
Israel Silman, Joel L Sussman
This review focuses on several recent developments concerning structure-function relationships in vertebrate acetylcholinesterase. These include studies on high-resolution structures of human acetylcholinesterase and its complexes; the first crystal structure of a snake venom acetylcholinesterase, in which open and closed states of the 'back door' are visualized; a powerful algorithm for redesigning proteins for enhanced expression in prokaryotic systems, as applied to human acetylcholinesterase, which has hitherto been an intractable target; in situ implementation of 'click chemistry' in crystalline acetylcholinesterase, which yields novel insights into the steric and dynamic changes involved in the reaction within the active-site gorge; and a study that demonstrates the effect of crystallization conditions on ligand alignment within a protein complex, in this case the methylene blue-Torpedo californica acetylcholinesterase complex, which highlights the relevance of the precipitant employed to structure-based drug design...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
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