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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323526/addiction-to-snake-venom
#1
Saibal Das, Preeti Barnwal, Tanay Maiti, Anand Ramasamy, Somnath Mondal, Dinesh Babu
The nature of addiction depends on various factors. The tendency to have already used several addictive substances and to seek high sensation experiences as a result of specific personality traits may lead to extreme and peculiar forms of addictions. Even belonging to specific social and cultural background may lead to such forms of addiction such as intentional snake bite and willful envenomation. In this article, we have discussed the peculiarities and practical insight of such addiction to snake venom. The possible molecular mechanism behind such venom-mediated reinforcement has also been highlighted...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316135/variability-of-cut-off-values-for-the-detection-of-lupus-anticoagulants-results-of-an-international-multicenter-multiplatform-study
#2
Armando Tripodi, Veena Chantarangkul, Michela Cini, Katrien Devreese, Jeffrey S Dlott, Roberta Giacomello, Elaine Gray, Cristina Legnani, Marta E Martinuzzo, Paola Pradella, Annelie Siegemund, Sitalakshmi Subramanian, Pierre Suchon, Sophie Testa
BACKGROUND: Cut-off values for results interpretation of lupus anticoagulant (LA) detection are poorly investigated. AIMS: (i) To assess whether results from healthy donors were normally distributed and (ii) the between-laboratories differences of cut-off values for screening, mixing and LA confirmation when calculated as 99(th) or 95(th) centiles, and (iii) to assess their impact on LA detection-rate. METHODS: Each of 11 labs using one of the 3 widely-used commercial platforms for LA detection was asked to collect plasmas from 120 healthy donors and to perform screening, mixing and LA confirmation with two methods (activated partial thromboplastin time [APTT]- and dilute Russell viper venom [dRVV]-derived)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315380/primary-structures-and-partial-toxicological-characterization-of-two-phospholipases-a2-from-micrurus-mipartitus-and-micrurus-dumerilii-coral-snake-venoms
#3
Paola Rey-Suárez, Vitelbina Núñez, Mónica Saldarriaga-Córdoba, Bruno Lomonte
Snake venom phospholipases A2 (PLA2) share high sequence identities and a conserved structural scaffold, but show important functional differences. Only a few PLA2s have been purified and characterized from coral snake (Micrurus spp.) venoms, and their role in envenomation remains largely unknown. In this report, we describe the isolation, sequencing and partial functional characterization of two Micrurus PLA2s: MmipPLA2 from Micrurus mipartitus and MdumPLA2 from Micrurus dumerilii, two species of clinical importance in Colombia...
March 14, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315357/therapeutic-potential-of-krait-venom
#4
Antony Gomes, Partha Pratim Saha, Shamik Bhattacharya, Sourav Ghosh, Aparna Gomes
Kraits belong to Elapideae and are widely distributed in East and South-East Asian countries. Krait venom possesses neurotoxins, membrane toxins, cardiotoxins, three finger toxins, metalloproteinases, cholinesterases, L-amino acid oxidases and serine proteases. The therapeutic potential of krait venom in pathophysiological conditions such as microbial and parasitic infections, cancer, arthritis, inflammation and blood coagulation disorder is discussed in this review. More intensive new research ventures are required to establish the therapeutic potential of krait venom in complex and emerging diseases...
March 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315166/effects-of-thromboprophylactic-doses-of-apixaban-and-rivaroxaban-on-coagulation-and-thrombin-generation-in-association-with-total-hip-replacement
#5
Tuukka A Helin, Lauri Virtanen, Mikko Manninen, Jarkko Leskinen, Juhana Leppilahti, Lotta Joutsi-Korhonen, Riitta Lassila
Factor Xa inhibitors (FXaI) apixaban and rivaroxaban are used for thromboprophylaxis after major elective orthopaedic surgery. Because few patient sample studies exist, we postoperatively assessed patients undergoing unilateral total hip arthroplasty, including 22 treated with apixaban (2.5 mg BID) and 20 treated with rivaroxaban (10 mg OD). We collected blood samples before and 3 h after drug intake at 4 time points, preoperatively, as well as on day 1, week 1 (day 2-8) and day 28 post-operation. APTT and PT were immediately analysed...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306751/peptidomic-and-transcriptomic-profiling-of-four-distinct-spider-venoms
#6
Vera Oldrati, Dominique Koua, Pierre-Marie Allard, Nicolas Hulo, Miriam Arrell, Wolfgang Nentwig, Frédérique Lisacek, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Lucia Kuhn-Nentwig, Reto Stöcklin
Venom based research is exploited to find novel candidates for the development of innovative pharmacological tools, drug candidates and new ingredients for cosmetic and agrochemical industries. Moreover, venomics, as a well-established approach in systems biology, helps to elucidate the genetic mechanisms of the production of such a great molecular biodiversity. Today the advances made in the proteomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics fields, favor venomics, allowing the in depth study of complex matrices and the elucidation even of minor compounds present in minute biological samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306718/experimental-bothrops-atrox-envenomation-efficacy-of-antivenom-therapy-and-the-combination-of-bothrops-antivenom-with-dexamethasone
#7
Gabriella Neves Leal Santos Barreto, Sâmella Silva de Oliveira, Isabelle Valle Dos Anjos, Hipocrates de Menezes Chalkidis, Rosa Helena Veras Mourão, Ana Maria Moura da Silva, Ida Sigueko Sano-Martins, Luis Roberto de Camargo Gonçalves
Bothrops atrox snakes are the leading cause of snake bites in Northern Brazil. The venom of this snake is not included in the antigen pool used to obtain the Bothrops antivenom. There are discrepancies in reports on the effectiveness of this antivenom to treat victims bitten by B. atrox snakes. However, these studies were performed using a pre-incubation of the venom with the antivenom and, thus, did not simulate a true case of envenomation treatment. In addition, the local lesions induced by Bothrops venoms are not well resolved by antivenom therapy...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302413/characterization-of-daboia-russelii-and-naja-naja-venom-neutralizing-ability-of-an-undocumented-indigenous-medication-in-sri-lanka
#8
Madhushika M Silva, Sampath S Seneviratne, Devaka K Weerakoon, Charitha L Goonasekara
BACKGROUND: Indigenous medicinal practice in Sri Lanka talks about powerful compounds extracted from native plants for treating venomous snake bites which are hardly documented in literature but are used by the indigenous doctors for thousand years. OBJECTIVE: We screened the neutralizing ability of a herbal preparation practiced in indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka, consisting of Sansevieria cylindrica, Jatropha podagrica and Citrus aurantiifolia, for its ability to neutralize venom toxins of Naja naja (Common Cobra) and Daboia russelii (Russell's viper)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301520/the-structure-dynamics-and-selectivity-profile-of-a-nav1-7-potency-optimised-huwentoxin-iv-variant
#9
Sassan Rahnama, Jennifer R Deuis, Fernanda C Cardoso, Venkatraman Ramanujam, Richard J Lewis, Lachlan D Rash, Glenn F King, Irina Vetter, Mehdi Mobli
Venom-derived peptides have attracted much attention as potential lead molecules for pharmaceutical development. A well-known example is Huwentoxin-IV (HwTx-IV), a peptide toxin isolated from the venom of the Chinese bird-eating spider Haplopelma schmitdi. HwTx-IV was identified as a potent blocker of a human voltage-gated sodium channel (hNaV1.7), which is a genetically validated analgesic target. The peptide was promising as it showed high potency at NaV1.7 (IC50 ~26 nM) and selectivity over the cardiac NaV subtype (NaV1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300672/discovery-of-three-toxin-peptides-with-kv1-3-channel-and-il-2-cytokine-inhibiting-activities-from-non-buthidae-scorpions-chaerilus-tricostatus-and-chaerilus-tryznai
#10
Li Ding, Jing Chen, Jinbo Hao, Jiahui Zhang, Xuejun Huang, Fangfang Hu, Zheng Wu, Yaru Liu, Wenxin Li, Zhijian Cao, Yingliang Wu, Jian Li, Shan Li, Hongyan Liu, Wenlong Wu, Zongyun Chen
Non-Buthidae venomous scorpions are huge natural sources of toxin peptides; however, only a few studies have been done to understand their toxin peptides. Herein, we describe three new potential immunomodulating toxin peptides, Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908, from two non-Buthidae scorpions, Chaerilus tricostatus and Chaerilus tryznai. Sequence alignment analyses showed that Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908 are three new members of the scorpion toxin α-KTx15 subfamily. Electrophysiological experiments showed that Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908 blocked the Kv1...
March 12, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298071/protective-effect-of-dracontium-dubium-against-bothrops-asper-venom
#11
Daneiva Caro, Yanet Ocampo, Jenny Castro, Lia Barrios, Rubén Salas, Luis A Franco
In Colombia, Bothrops asper is responsible for 70-90% of ophidians accidents reported annually. Envenoming occurs mainly in rural areas where both antivenom and health centers are scarce. Thus, patients are frequently treated by local healers that employ medicinal herbs; including several species belonging to Dracontium genus. In this work, we evaluated the neutralizing activity of Dracontium dubium Kunth against the lethal, inflammatory, coagulant and hemolytic effects produced by B. asper venom. Mice treated with D...
March 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294982/cubozoan-sting-site-seawater-rinse-scraping-and-ice-can-increase-venom-load-upending-current-first-aid-recommendations
#12
Angel Anne Yanagihara, Christie L Wilcox
Cnidarian envenomations are the leading cause of severe and lethal human sting injuries from marine life. The total amount of venom discharged into sting-site tissues, sometimes referred to as "venom load", has been previously shown to correlate with tentacle contact length and sequelae severity. Since <1% of cnidae discharge upon initial tentacle contact, effective and safe removal of adherent tentacles is of paramount importance in the management of life-threatening cubozoan stings. We evaluated whether common rinse solutions or scraping increased venom load as measured in a direct functional assay of venom activity (hemolysis)...
March 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294424/therapeutic-regulation-of-systemic-inflammation-in-xenograft-recipients
#13
Hayato Iwase, Hong Liu, Tao Li, Zhongquiang Zhang, Bingsi Gao, Hidetaka Hara, Martin Wijkstrom, Cassandra Long, Ryan Saari, David Ayares, David K C Cooper, Mohamed B Ezzelarab
Inflammation is known to preclude tolerance after transplantation. We have previously shown that systemic inflammation in xenograft recipients (SIXR) precedes activation of coagulation in the absence of T cell responses. Accordingly, SIXR may amplify innate and adaptive immune responses against xenografts after pig-to-primate xenotransplantation, even with efficient immunosuppressive therapy. We evaluated the impact of anti-inflammatory agents on pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines in pig artery patch and heart xenograft recipients...
March 12, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294062/warming-up-to-new-possibilities-with-the-capsaicin-receptor-trpv1-mtor-ampk-and-erythropoietin
#14
Kenneth Maiese
BACKGROUND: Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels are a superfamily of ion channels termed after the trp gene in Drosophila that are diverse in structure and control a wide range of biological functions including cell development and growth, thermal regulation, and vascular physiology. Of significant interest is the transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1) receptor, also known as the capsaicin receptor and the vanilloid receptor 1, that is a non-selective cation channel sensitive to a host of external stimuli including capsaicin and camphor, venoms, acid/basic pH changes, and temperature...
March 13, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293722/pattern-of-cardiotoxin-induced-muscle-remodeling-in-distinct-tlr-4-deficient-mouse-strains
#15
Eustáquio Luiz Paiva-Oliveira, Rafael Ferreira da Silva, Maria Bellio, Thereza Quirico-Santos, Jussara Lagrota-Candido
Tissue damage triggers innate immune response mediated by Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR) that recognizes endogenous host danger molecules associated with cell death and tissue inflammation, although the precise role of TLR-4 signaling in muscle tissue repair is still uncertain. Previously, we observed that TLR-4 exerted a protective effect preventing excessive muscular damage induced by Bothrops jararacussu crude venom. This study aimed to evaluate the involvement of TLR-4 at early stages of muscular tissue remodeling in distinct mouse strains after injection of purified snake venom...
March 14, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293254/multiple-uses-of-fibrin-sealant-for-nervous-system-treatment-following-injury-and-disease
#16
REVIEW
Natalia Perussi Biscola, Luciana Politti Cartarozzi, Suzana Ulian-Benitez, Roberta Barbizan, Mateus Vidigal Castro, Aline Barroso Spejo, Rui Seabra Ferreira, Benedito Barraviera, Alexandre Leite Rodrigues Oliveira
Lesions to the nervous system often produce hemorrhage and tissue loss that are difficult, if not impossible, to repair. Therefore, scar formation, inflammation and cavitation take place, expanding the lesion epicenter. This significantly worsens the patient conditions and impairment, increasing neuronal loss and glial reaction, which in turn further decreases the chances of a positive outcome. The possibility of using hemostatic substances that also function as a scaffold, such as the fibrin sealant, reduces surgical time and improve postoperative recovery...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293253/can-anti-bothropstoxin-i-antibodies-discriminate-between-bothrops-jararaca-and-bothrops-jararacussu-venoms
#17
Ricardo Teixeira Araujo, Carlos Corrêa-Netto, Leonora Brazil-Más, Caio Raony Farina Silveira, Irene Fernandes, Russolina Benedeta Zingali
BACKGROUND: Snakes of the genus Bothrops, popularly known as pit vipers, are responsible for most cases of snakebite in Brazil. Within this genus, Bothrops jararacussu and B. jararaca deserve special attention due to the severity of their bites and for inhabiting densely populated areas. Regarding the treatment of snakebites by Bothrops jararacussu, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the specific bothropic antivenom in neutralizing myotoxic effects; however, there are no accurate data for humans...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289514/modern-trends-in-animal-venom-research-omics-and-nanomaterials
#18
EDITORIAL
Yuri N Utkin
Animal venom research is a specialized investigation field, in which a number of different methods are used and this array is constantly expanding. Thus, recently emerged omics and nanotechnologies have already been successfully applied to venom research. Animal venoms have been studied for quite a long time. The traditional reductionist approach has been to isolate individual toxins and then study their structure and function. Unfortunately, the characterization of the venom as a whole system and its multiple effects on an entire organism were not possible until recent times...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289430/envenoming-by-viridovipera-stejnegeri-snake-a-patient-with-liver-cirrhosis-presenting-disruption-of-hemostatic-balance
#19
Chih-Ying Chien, Shu-Chen Liao, Chien-Hung Liao, Ting-Shuo Huang, Yu-Hsien Chen
BACKGROUND: In most cases of envenoming by the green habu Viridovipera stejnegeri in Taiwan coagulopathy is not observed. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we describe the case of a patient with liver cirrhosis who developed venom-induced consumptive coagulopathy after V. stejnegeri bite. Laboratory investigation revealed the following: prothrombin time > 100 s (international normalized ratio > 10), activated partial thromboplastin time > 100 s, fibrinogen < 50 mg/dL, and fibrin degradation product > 80 μg/mL...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288936/pathophysiological-significance-and-therapeutic-applications-of-snake-venom-protease-inhibitors
#20
REVIEW
Rupamoni Thakur, Ashis K Mukherjee
Protease inhibitors are important constituents of snake venom and play important roles in the pathophysiology of snakebite. Recently, research on snake venom protease inhibitors has provided valuable information to decipher the molecular details of various biological processes and offer insight for the development of some therapeutically important molecules from snake venom. The process of blood coagulation and fibrinolysis, in addition to affecting platelet function, are well known as the major targets of several snake venom protease inhibitors...
March 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
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