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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/28525944/oxidative-stress-and-some-biochemical-alterations-due-to-scorpion-leiurus-quinquestriatus-crude-venom-in-rats
#4
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/28516208/safety-and-efficiency-of-active-immunization-with-detoxified-antigen-against-scorpion-venom-side-effect-evaluation
#5
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/28510574/dose-of-antivenom-for-the-treatment-of-snakebite-with-neurotoxic-envenoming-evidence-from-a-randomised-controlled-trial-in-nepal
#6
Emilie Alirol, Sanjib Kumar Sharma, Anup Ghimire, Antoine Poncet, Christophe Combescure, Chabilal Thapa, Vijaya Prasad Paudel, Kalidas Adhikary, Walter Robert Taylor, David Warrell, Ulrich Kuch, François Chappuis
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is inadequate evidence on which to base clinical management of neurotoxic snakebite envenoming, especially in the choice of initial antivenom dosage. This randomised controlled trial compared the effectiveness and safety of high versus low initial antivenom dosage in victims of neurotoxic envenoming. METHODOLOGY/ PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This was a balanced, randomised, double-blind trial that was conducted in three health care centers located in the Terai plains of Nepal...
May 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505100/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-antivenoms-for-snakebite-envenoming-state-of-the-art-and-challenges-ahead
#7
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/28489456/expired-antivenom-good-efficacy-in-a-severely-envenomed-cat-bitten-by-sistrurus-miliarius-miliarius-carolina-pigmy-rattlesnake
#8
Joan Fuchs, Jose I Casado Diaz, Rahel Jud Schefer, Christine Rauber-Lüthy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483391/interfang-distances-of-rattlesnakes-sexual-interspecific-and-body-size-related-variation-and-implications-for-snakebite-research-and-management
#9
William K Hayes, Aaron G Corbit, Michael D Cardwell, Shelton S Herbert
OBJECTIVES: Snakebite severity corresponds to size of snake because the amount of venom a snake injects is positively associated with snake size. Because fang marks are often present on snakebite patients, we tested whether the relationship between snake length and distance between fang puncture wounds can be generalized for rattlesnakes of genus Crotalus. METHODS: We measured 2 interfang distances from 79 rattlesnakes of both sexes, 5 species, and varying body length: 1) distance between fang bases in anesthetized snakes, and 2) distance between fang punctures in a membrane-covered beaker bitten defensively...
May 5, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476572/venomics-of-bungarus-caeruleus-indian-krait-comparable-venom-profiles-variable-immunoreactivities-among-specimens-from-sri-lanka-india-and-pakistan
#10
Angeline Mei Feng Oh, Choo Hock Tan, Gnanathasan Christeine Ariaranee, Naeem Quraishi, Nget Hong Tan
The Indian krait (Bungarus caeruleus) is one of the "Big Four" venomous snakes widely distributed in South Asia. The present venomic study reveals that its venom (Sri Lankan origin) is predominated by phospholipases A2 (68.2% of total proteins), in which at least 8.3% are presynaptically-acting β-bungarotoxins. Three-finger toxins (19.0%) are the second most abundant, comprising 15.6% κ-neurotoxins, the potent postsynaptically-acting long neurotoxins. Comparative chromatography showed that venom samples from Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan did not exhibit significant variation...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468664/twenty-four-hour-ambulatory-electrocardiography-characterization-of-heart-rhythm-in-vipera-berus-envenomed-dogs
#11
Anna Rave Vestberg, Anna Tidholm, Ingrid Ljungvall
BACKGROUND: Vipera berus has a worldwide distribution and causes high morbidity in dogs annually. A complication to envenomation may be cardiac arrhythmias. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence, types, and timing of arrhythmias, using 24-h ambulatory electrocardiography (24-AECG), in dogs bitten by V. berus in the first 24-32 h after envenomation. In addition, this study aimed to investigate if there were differences in selected clinical and hematological- and biochemical variables (including cardiac troponin I) at admission between V...
May 3, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463944/oral-mucosal-envenomation-of-an-infant-by-a-puss-caterpillar
#12
Dante Allen Pappano, Rebecca Trout Fryxell, Molly Warren
The term "puss caterpillar" describes the larva of at least two Megalopygidae species common to North America. Accidental contact with the hairs (setae) is intensely painful, and serious systemic effects have been reported. We describe the envenomation of an infant through the face and oral mucosa, resulting in severe discomfort, limited oral intake, and vomiting, but no other untoward effects.
May 1, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462021/differential-transcript-profile-of-inhibitors-with-potential-anti-venom-role-in-the-liver-of-juvenile-and-adult-bothrops-jararaca-snake
#13
Cícera Maria Gomes, Karen de Morais-Zani, Stephen Lu, Diego de Souza Buarque, Glória Regina Cardoso Braz, Kathleen Fernandes Grego, Aparecida Sadae Tanaka, Anita Mitico Tanaka-Azevedo
BACKGROUND: Snakes belonging to the Bothrops genus are vastly distributed in Central and South America and are responsible for most cases of reported snake bites in Latin America. The clinical manifestations of the envenomation caused by this genus are due to three major activities-proteolytic, hemorrhagic and coagulant-mediated by metalloproteinases, serine proteinases, phospholipases A2 and other toxic compounds present in snake venom. Interestingly, it was observed that snakes are resistant to the toxic effects of its own and other snake's venoms...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457945/correlation-between-ontogenetic-dietary-shifts-and-venom-variation-in-australian-brown-snakes-pseudonaja
#14
Vittoria Cipriani, Jordan Debono, Jonathan Goldenberg, Timothy N W Jackson, Kevin Arbuckle, James Dobson, Ivan Koludarov, Bin Li, Chris Hay, Nathan Dunstan, Luke Allen, Iwan Hendrikx, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
Venom is a key evolutionary trait, as evidenced by its widespread convergent evolution across the animal kingdom. In an escalating prey-predator arms race, venoms evolve rapidly to guarantee predatory or defensive success. Variation in venom composition is ubiquitous among snakes. Here, we tested variation in venom activity on substrates relevant to blood coagulation among Pseudonaja (brown snake) species, Australian elapids responsible for the majority of medically important human envenomations in Australia...
April 27, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456535/-dry-bite-in-venomous-snakes-a-review
#15
REVIEW
B Sadananda Naik
It is quite interesting that when a venomous snake bites a person and the victim does not suffer from any signs or symptoms of envenomation. A good percentage of venomous snake bites in humans do occur without venom injection. This phenomenon is termed as "Dry" bite in clinical medicine. Though this was not very uncommon in toxicological practice but, our awareness of this problem has increased. In this article an effort has been made to provide an insight into the incidence, pathophysiology and patho-mechanics of this unique medical enigma...
April 27, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450682/clinical-serum-therapy-benefits-cautions-and-potential-applications
#16
Toru Hifumi, Akihiko Yamamoto, Manabu Ato, Kyoko Sawabe, Kazunori Morokuma, Nobuya Morine, Yutaka Kondo, Eiichiro Noda, Atsushi Sakai, Jin Takahashi, Kazuo Umezawa
Blood serum from immunized humans or animals (e.g., horses) contains relevant antibodies and has been used as serum therapy to treat many diseases or envenomation events. The effectiveness of blood serum was initially discovered in 1890 when Kitasato and von Behring observed the effectiveness of this type of therapy against diphtheria and tetanus. Serum therapies played an important role in the advancement of modern medicine prior to the development of penicillin and steroids. At present, several types of serum therapy remain in clinical use...
April 28, 2017: Keio Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445412/assessing-the-efficacy-of-first-aid-measures-in-physalia-sp-envenomation-using-solution-and-blood-agarose-based-models
#17
Christie L Wilcox, Jasmine L Headlam, Thomas K Doyle, Angel A Yanagihara
Stings from the hydrozoan species in the genus Physalia cause intense, immediate skin pain and elicit serious systemic effects. There has been much scientific debate about the most appropriate first aid for these stings, particularly with regard to whether vinegar use is appropriate (most current recommendations recommend against vinegar). We found that only a small percentage (≤1.0%) of tentacle cnidae discharge during a sting event using an ex vivo tissue model which elicits spontaneous stinging from live cnidarian tentacles...
April 26, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443942/hemostatic-disorders-induced-by-skin-contact-with-lonomia-obliqua-lepidoptera-saturniidae-caterpillars
#18
Ida Sigueko Sano-Martins, Alaour Candida Duarte, Belsy Guerrero, Roberto Henrique Pinto Moraes, Elvino José Guardão Barros, Carmen Luisa Arocha-Piñango
Patients envenomed by Lonomia sp caterpillars initially experience a mild burning pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, and skin and mucosal hemorrhages. Some patients can rapidly progress to a severe coagulopathy that presents as visceral or intracerebral hemorrhaging. We studied the hemostatic alterations that occurred in 14 patients who were envenomed by Lonomia obliqua in Southern Brazil and presented at the Hospital São Vicente de Paulo (Passo Fundo, RS), Brazil during the summers of 1993 and 1994 when Lonomia antivenom was not yet available for treatment...
April 20, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443568/the-compartment-syndrome-associated-with-deep-vein-thrombosis-due-to-rattlesnake-bite-a-case-report
#19
Radu Ciprian Tincu, Zoie Ghiorghiu, Dana Tomescu, Radu Alexandru Macovei
BACKGROUND: Snakebite is a health issue specific to some parts of the world, especially in the tropical area, where it produces many victims. The main clinical damage caused by snake bite involves hemotoxic, neurotoxic and myotoxic reactions. It is also established that the importance of systemic impairment varies according to individual factors and are related to organ dysfunction, shock or hypotension. We report the case of a young woman suffering from snakebite who developed deep vein thrombosis and compartment syndrome...
April 13, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443380/acute-hypersensitivity-reaction-to-crotalidae-polyvalent-immune-fab-crofab-as-initial-presentation-of-galactose-%C3%AE-1-3-galactose-%C3%AE-gal-allergy
#20
Justin Rizer, Kaitlin Brill, Nathan Charlton, Joshua King
Crotalidae polyvalent immune Fab antivenom (CroFab), commonly used for the treatment of clinically significant North American crotalinae envenomation, is generally well-tolerated. A novel form of anaphylaxis due to an IgE antibody response to the mammalian oligosaccharide galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-gal) has been established following red-meat consumption as well as IV administration of cetuximab, which contain the α-gal epitope. We present a case of α-gal allergy discovered after acute hypersensitivity reaction to FabAV...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
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