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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822684/cross-reactivity-and-inhibition-myotoxic-effects-induced-by-bothrops-snake-venoms-using-specific-polyclonal-anti-bnsp7-antibodies
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Lamartine L Melo, Mirian M Mendes, Lívia M Alves, Thais F Isabel, Sâmela A P B Vieira, Sarah N C Gimenes, Andreimar M Soares, Veridiana M Rodrigues, Luiz F M Izidoro
Polyclonal antibodies raised in Balb-c mice against BnSP-7, a Lys-49 phospholipase A2, were used to measure cross reactivity against other snake venoms. Using ELISA, these antibodies were able to recognize PLA2s isoforms present in venoms of botropic snakes at 1:6400, 1:3200 and 1:100 ratios (w/w). These antibodies highly recognized proteins of low molecular weight (∼14,000) from crude snake venom Bp and Bm by Western Blotting. PLA2 these venoms, by alignment of primary structures demonstrated high identity with BnSP-7 PLA2, especially in the C-terminal region...
August 16, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819275/a-novel-in-vitro-potency-assay-of-antisera-against-thai-naja-kaouthia-based-on-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-binding
#2
Kavi Ratanabanangkoon, Pavinee Simsiriwong, Kritsada Pruksaphon, Kae Yi Tan, Sukanya Eursakun, Choo Hock Tan, Bunkuea Chantrathonkul, Wongsakorn Wongwadhunyoo, Sirida Youngchim, Nget Hong Tan
Snake envenomation is an important medical problem. One of the hurdles in antivenom development is the in vivo assay of antivenom potency which is expensive, gives variable results and kills many animals. We report a novel in vitro assay involving the specific binding of the postsynaptic neurotoxins (PSNTs) of elapid snakes with purified Torpedo californica nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR). The potency of an antivenom is determined by its antibody ability to bind and neutralize the PSNT, thus preventing it from binding to nAChR...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818424/interlaboratory-study-for-the-establishment-of-brazilian-bothrops-reference-venom-and-antivenom-for-potency-evaluation-of-bothrops-antivenom
#3
Humberto Pinheiro de Araújo, Elizabeth Porto Reis Lucas, Wlamir Corrêa de Moura, Celia de Fátima Barbosa, Raquel Joane Rodrigues, Josefina Farina Morais, Joseana Zaja Almada, Barbara Carino Guimarães, Antonio Eugenio Castro Cardoso de Almeida, Maria Aparecida Affonso Boller
A collaborative study was performed for the establishment of the 5th lot of Brazilian Bothrops Reference Venom and the 1st lot of Brazilian Bothrops Reference Antivenom. All Brazilian manufacturers of Antibothrops Immunoglobulins and the National Control Laboratory participated of the study. The declared potency of the 5th lot of the Bothrops Reference Venom is 40.29 μg/0.5 ml, and the potency of the 1st lot of Bothrops Reference Antivenom is 6.51 mg/ml. For the potency evaluation of Bothrops Reference Venom the inter assay precision (gCV) was 3...
August 14, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815806/evaluation-in-zebrafish-model-of-the-toxicity-of-rhodamine-b-conjugated-crotamine-a-peptide-potentially-useful-for-diagnostics-and-therapeutics
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Judy Yuet-Wa Chan, Hefeng Zhou, Yiu Wa Kwan, Shun Wan Chan, Gandhi Radis-Baptista, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee
Crotamine is defensin-like cationic peptide from rattlesnake venom that possesses anticancer, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. Despite these promising biological activities, toxicity is a major concern associated with the development of venom-derived peptides as therapeutic agents. In the present study, we used zebrafish as a system model to evaluate the toxicity of rhodamine B-conjugated (RhoB) crotamine derivative. The lethal toxic concentration of RhoB-crotamine was as low as 4 μM, which effectively kill zebrafish larvae in less than 10 min...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814953/in-vitro-characterization-of-jellyfish-venom-fibrin-ogen-olytic-enzymes-from-nemopilema-nomurai
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Seong Kyeong Bae, Hyunkyoung Lee, Yunwi Heo, Min Jung Pyo, Indu Choudhary, Chang Hoon Han, Won Duk Yoon, Changkeun Kang, Euikyung Kim
BACKGROUND: Because jellyfish are capable of provoking envenomation in humans, they are considered hazardous organisms. Although the effects of their toxins are a matter of concern, information on the venom components, biological activity and pathological mechanisms are still scarce. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate a serine protease component of Nemopilema nomurai jellyfish venom (NnV) and unveil its characteristics. METHODS: To determine the relationship between fibrinolytic activity of NnV and the serine protease, fibrin zymography was performed using metalloprotease and serine protease inhibitors...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814943/comparison-of-different-laboratory-tests-in-the-evaluation-of-hemorrhagic-risk-of-patients-using-rivaroxaban-in-the-critical-care-setting-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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Marjorie Paris Colombini, Priscilla Bento Matos Cruz Derogis, Valdir Fernandes de Aranda, João Carlos de Campos Guerra, Nelson Hamerschlak, Cristóvão Luis Pitangueiras Mangueira
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban is a direct oral anticoagulant designed to dispense with the necessity of laboratory monitoring. However, monitoring rivaroxaban levels is necessary in certain clinical conditions, especially in the critical care setting. METHODS: This is a diagnostic accuracy study evaluating sensitivity and specificity of prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), and Dilute Russell viper venom time (dRVVT), to evaluate the hemorrhagic risk in patients taking rivaroxaban...
2017: Thrombosis Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813781/bee-venom-decreases-lps-induced-inflammatory-responses-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Chang Hee Jeong, Wei Nee Cheng, Hyojin Bae, Kyung Woo Lee, Sang Mi Han, Michael C Petriello, Hong Gu Lee, Han Geuk Seo, Sung Gu Han
The world dairy industry has long been challenged by bovine mastitis, an inflammatory disease, which causes economic loss due to decreased milk production and quality. Attempts have been made to prevent or treat this disease with multiple approaches, primarily through increased abuse of antibiotics, but effective natural solutions remain elusive. Bee venom (BV) contains a variety of peptides (e.g., melittin) and that shows multiple bioactivities including prevention of inflammation. Thus, in the current study, it was hypothesized that BV can reduce inflammation in bovine mammary epithelial cells (MAC-T)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811247/pharmacological-analysis-of-poecilotheria-spider-venoms-in-mice-provides-clues-for-human-treatment
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Alexander Andreev-Andrievskiy, Anfisa Popova, Evgeniia Lagereva, Daniil Osipov, Antonina Berkut, Eugene Grishin, Alexander Vassilevski
Bites of tiger spiders belonging to Poecilotheria genus cause moderate to severe pain and long-lasting local or generalized muscle cramps in humans. Bites occur in regions of the spiders' natural habitat, India and Sri Lanka, but the popularity of these colorful tarantulas as pets leads to reports of envenomation cases worldwide. Treatment is predominantly symptomatic and often inadequate since there is almost no clinical or toxicology research data available, and physicians outside India or Sri Lanka typically have no experience in treating such cases...
August 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811229/necrotizing-fasciitis-following-venomous-snakebites-in-a-tertiary-hospital-of-southwest-taiwan
#9
Yao-Hung Tsai, Wei-Hsiu Hsu, Kuo-Chin Huang, Pei-An Yu, Chi-Lung Chen, Liang Tseng Kuo
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing fasciitis following venomous snakebites is uncommon. The purpose of this study was to describe the initial clinical features of necrotizing fasciitis after snakebites, and to identify the risk factors for patients with cellulitis who later developed necrotizing fasciitis. METHODS: Sixteen patients with surgically-confirmed necrotizing fasciitis and 25 patients diagnosed with cellulitis following snakebites were retrospectively reviewed over a 6-year period...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808936/-envenomation-by-micrurus-psyches-in-french-guiana
#10
X Heckmann, C Marty, F Starace, J-D Louembé, S Larréché
We report here the first known envenomation by Micrurus psyches, the so-called Carib coral snake, which occurred on April 2016 in the surroundings of Saint- Laurent-du-Maroni, Western French Guiana. Besides local neurological symptoms, it featured unexpected electrocardiogram changes, which were emergence of a first-degree atrioventricular block and biphasic T waves, both transient. NewWorld elapid venoms were not known for being cardiotoxic so far. The possible reasons of this cardiac injury are discussed.
August 14, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807098/protective-effect-of-ozone-against-hemiscorpius-lepturus-envenomation-in-mice
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Parvaneh Naserzadeh, Farshad Shahi, Delavar Shahbazzadeh, Mostafa Ghanei, Khadijeh Ashtari, Yoones Panahi, Mir-Jamal Hosseini, Morteza Izadi
OBJECTIVE: Scorpion (Hemiscorpius lepturus) stings are a public health concern in Iran, particularly in south and southwestern regions of Iran. The gold standard for the treatment of a scorpion sting is anti-venom therapy. However, immunotherapy can have serious side effects, such as anaphylactic shock (which can sometimes even lead to death). The aim of the current study was to demonstrate the protective effect of ozone against toxicity induced by Hemiscorpius lepturus (H. lepturus) venom in mice...
August 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807018/the-neglected-burden-of-snakebites-in-cameroon-a-review-of-the-epidemiology-management-and-public-health-challenges
#12
Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Mazou N Temgoua, Tsi Njim, Danwang Celestin, Ronni Tankeu, Njinkeng J Nkemngu
OBJECTIVES: Snakebite is an underestimated medical and surgical emergency in developing countries responsible for a high disease burden. Optimal management of snake envenomation in these resource-limited settings is precluded by several public health challenges. In this review, we discuss the disease burden of snakebites in Cameroon and the public health challenges of its management in view of making recommendations essential for policy-making. MEDLINE, African Journals Online and Google Scholar were searched from January 1990 to February 2017 for studies addressing snakebite in Cameroon...
August 14, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805554/apitherapeutics-and-phage-loaded-nanofibers-as-wound-dressings-with-enhanced-wound-healing-and-antibacterial-activity
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Wessam A Sarhan, Hassan Me Azzazy
AIM: Develop green wound dressings which exhibit enhanced wound-healing ability and potent antibacterial effects. METHODS: Honey, polyvinyl alcohol, chitosan nanofibers were electrospun and loaded with bee venom, propolis and/or bacteriophage against the multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and examined for their antibacterial, wound-healing ability and cytotoxicity. RESULTS: Among different formulations of nanofibers, honey, polyvinyl alcohol, chitosan-bee venom/bacteriophage exhibited the most potent antibacterial activity against all tested bacterial strains (Gram-positive and -negative strains) and achieved nearly complete killing of multidrug-resistant P...
September 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804828/lupus-anticoagulant-testing-diluted-russell-viper-venom-time-drvvt
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Vittorio Pengo, Elisa Bison, Alessandra Banzato, Giacomo Zoppellaro, Seena Padayattil Jose, Gentian Denas
Diluted Russell Viper Venom Time (dRVVT) has become the most popular test to detect Lupus Anticoagulant (LA). dRVVT is more sensitive than other global tests employed to detect LA and is not affected by inhibitors of factor VIII or IX. The test is most successfully implemented if you observe three steps in its execution: screening, mixing, and confirmatory studies. Interference due to the presence of heparin in tested plasma must be excluded by means of thrombin time (TT). The prior use of Vitamin K Antagonists (VKAs) or Non-vitamin K Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) must also be evaluated by means of International Normalized Ratio, or specific tests, respectively...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804824/laboratory-testing-for-activated-protein-c-resistance-apcr
#15
Soma Mohammed, Emmanuel J Favaloro
Activated protein C resistance (APCR) describes a hemostatic disorder characterized by a poor anticoagulant response to activated protein C (APC). This results in an increased risk of venous thrombosis, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Protein C is a natural anticoagulant that is synthesized in the liver and is activated to APC via proteolysis. APC then degrades Factors Va and VIIIa. APCR describes the reduced inability of APC to cleave Factors Va and VIIIa, which therefore promotes increased thrombin generation and potentially leads to a prothrombotic state...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803708/anti-phospholipid-syndrome-current-opinion-on-mechanisms-involved-laboratory-characterization-and-diagnostic-aspects
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REVIEW
Jean Amiral, Marie Peyrafitte, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jerard Seghatchian
Anti-phospholipid syndrome is a complex and severe clinical situation, associated with symptoms such as recurrent thrombosis, arterial or venous, at any site, pregnancy loss, and other related syndromes. These clinical burdens, are highly variable from patient to patient, and are associated with biological abnormalities, such as the presence of the Lupus Anticoagulant or phospholipid dependent antibodies, confirmed on two occasions at least 12 weeks apart. From the diagnosis standpoint, both, functional (clotting) or immunological assays, are difficult to standardize and to optimize, due to the absence of reference material, or a characteristic clinical group, and international reference preparations...
July 15, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803057/cross-reactivity-and-cross-immunomodulation-between-venoms-of-the-snakes-bothrops-asper-crotalus-simus-and-lachesis-stenophrys-and-its-effect-in-the-production-of-polyspecific-antivenom-for-central-america
#17
Cynthia Arroyo, Sergio Solano, Álvaro Segura, María Herrera, Ricardo Estrada, Mauren Villalta, Mariángela Vargas, José María Gutiérrez, Guillermo León
A mixture of the venoms of Bothrops asper, Crotalus simus and Lachesis stenophrys is used as immunogen to produce the polyspecific Central American antivenom (PoliVal-ICP). In this work, we studied the ability of each of these venoms to modulate the antibody response induced by the other two venoms included in the immunization mixture. For that, equine monospecific, bispecific and polyspecific antivenoms were prepared and compared regarding their ability to neutralize the phospholipase A2, coagulant and lethal activities of each venom, and their anti-venom antibodies concentration...
August 9, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803055/aristolochic-acid-and-its-derivatives-as-inhibitors-of-snake-venom-l-amino-acid-oxidase
#18
Payel Bhattacharjee, Indrani Bera, Subhamoy Chakraborty, Nanda Ghoshal, Debasish Bhattacharyya
Snake venom L-amino acid oxidase (LAAO) exerts toxicity by inducing hemorrhage, pneumorrhagia, pulmonary edema, cardiac edema, liver cell necrosis etc. Being well conserved, inhibitors of the enzyme may be synthesized using the template of the substrate, substrate binding site and features of the catalytic site of the enzyme. Previous findings showed that aristolochic acid (AA), a major constituent of Aristolochia indica, inhibits Russell's viper venom LAAO enzyme activity since, AA interacts with DNA and causes genotoxicity, derivatives of this compound were synthesized by replacing the nitro group to reduce toxicity while retaining the inhibitory potency...
August 9, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802075/overcoming-severe-adverse-reactions-to-venom-immunotherapy-by-using-anti-ige-antibodies-in-combination-with-a-high-maintenance-dose
#19
Eva Stretz, Eva Maria Oppel, Räwer Helen-Caroline, René Chatelain, Sebastian Mastnik, Bernhard Przybilla, Franziska Ruëff
BACKGROUND: An omalizumab treatment and a high maintenance venom dose may both help to prevent recurrent systemic allergic reactions (SAR) to venom immunotherapy (VIT). The effectiveness of this combination therapy, however, is unclear. OBJECTIVE: We wanted to explore the possibility whether a temporary treatment with the anti-IgE antibody omalizumab, combined with a VIT using an elevated maintenance dose of >100 μg venom may establish a permanent tolerance of maintenance VIT...
August 12, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801827/rapid-screening-and-identification-of-ace-inhibitors-in-snake-venoms-using-at-line-nanofractionation-lc-ms
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Marija Mladic, Tessa de Waal, Lindsey Burggraaff, Julien Slagboom, Govert W Somsen, Wilfried M A Niessen, R Manjunatha Kini, Jeroen Kool
This study presents an analytical method for the screening of snake venoms for inhibitors of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and a strategy for their rapid identification. The method is based on an at-line nanofractionation approach, which combines liquid chromatography (LC), mass spectrometry (MS), and pharmacology in one platform. After initial LC separation of a crude venom, a post-column flow split is introduced enabling parallel MS identification and high-resolution fractionation onto 384-well plates...
August 11, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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