Venoms from mollusks, including CONUS and OCTOPUS species. The venoms contain proteins, enzymes, choline derivatives, slow-reacting substances, and several characterized polypeptide toxins that affect the nervous system. Mollusk venoms include cephalotoxin, venerupin, maculotoxin, surugatoxin, conotoxins, and murexine.
Peptide neurotoxins from the marine fish-hunting snails of the genus CONUS. They contain 13 to 29 amino acids which are strongly basic and are highly cross-linked by disulfide bonds. There are three types of conotoxins, omega-, alpha-, and mu-. OMEGA-CONOTOXINS inhibit voltage-activated entry of calcium into the presynaptic membrane and therefore the release of ACETYLCHOLINE. Alpha-conotoxins inhibit the postsynaptic acetylcholine receptor. Mu-conotoxins prevent the generation of muscle action potentials. (From Concise Encyclopedia Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 3rd ed)
Venoms from snakes of the subfamily Crotalinae or pit vipers, found mostly in the Americas. They include the rattlesnake, cottonmouth, fer-de-lance, bushmaster, and American copperhead. Their venoms contain nontoxic proteins, cardio-, hemo-, cyto-, and neurotoxins, and many enzymes, especially phospholipases A. Many of the toxins have been characterized.
Venoms from SNAKES of the viperid family. They tend to be less toxic than elapid or hydrophid venoms and act mainly on the vascular system, interfering with coagulation and capillary membrane integrity and are highly cytotoxic. They contain large amounts of several enzymes, other factors, and some toxins.
Venoms from snakes of the family Elapidae, including cobras, kraits, mambas, coral, tiger, and Australian snakes. The venoms contain polypeptide toxins of various kinds, cytolytic, hemolytic, and neurotoxic factors, but fewer enzymes than viper or crotalid venoms. Many of the toxins have been characterized.
Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells
Photosensitive afferent neurons located primarily within the FOVEA CENTRALIS of the MACULA LUTEA. There are three major types of cone cells (red, blue, and green) whose photopigments have different spectral sensitivity curves. Retinal cone cells operate in daylight vision (at photopic intensities) providing color recognition and central visual acuity.
A group of islands in Melanesia constituting a French overseas territory. The group includes New Caledonia (the main island), Ile des Pins, Loyalty Island, and several other islet groups. The capital is Noumea. It was discovered by Captain Cook in 1774 and visited by various navigators, explorers, and traders from 1792 to 1840. Occupied by the French in 1853, it was set up as a penal colony 1864-94. In 1946 it was made a French overseas territory. It was named by Captain Cook with the 5th and 6th century A.D. Latin name for Scotland, Caledonia. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p830 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p375)
Molecular Sequence Data
Descriptions of specific amino acid, carbohydrate, or nucleotide sequences which have appeared in the published literature and/or are deposited in and maintained by databanks such as GENBANK, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), National Biomedical Research Foundation (NBRF), or other sequence repositories.
A family of extremely venomous snakes, comprising coral snakes, cobras, mambas, kraits, and sea snakes. They are widely distributed, being found in the southern United States, South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. The elapids include three subfamilies: Elapinae, Hydrophiinae, and Lauticaudinae. Like the viperids, they have venom fangs in the front part of the upper jaw. The mambas of Africa are the most dangerous of all snakes by virtue of their size, speed, and highly toxic venom. (Goin, Goin, and Zug, Introduction to Herpetology, 3d ed, p329-33)
Amino Acid Sequence
Members of the class of compounds composed of AMINO ACIDS joined together by peptide bonds between adjacent amino acids into linear, branched or cyclical structures. OLIGOPEPTIDES are composed of approximately 2-12 amino acids. Polypeptides are composed of approximately 13 or more amino acids. PROTEINS are linear polypeptides that are normally synthesized on RIBOSOMES.
Arthropods of the order Scorpiones, of which 1500 to 2000 species have been described. The most common live in tropical or subtropical areas. They are nocturnal and feed principally on insects and other arthropods. They are large arachnids but do not attack man spontaneously. They have a venomous sting. Their medical significance varies considerably and is dependent on their habits and venom potency rather than on their size. At most, the sting is equivalent to that of a hornet but certain species possess a highly toxic venom potentially fatal to humans. (From Dorland, 27th ed; Smith, Insects and Other Arthropods of Medical Importance, 1973, p417; Barnes, Invertebrate Zoology, 5th ed, p503)
A genus of venomous snakes of the subfamily Crotalinae. Twelve species of this genus are found in North and Central America and Asia. Agkistrodon contortrix is the copperhead, A. piscivorus, the cottonmouth. The former is named for its russet or orange-brown color, the latter for the white interior of its mouth. (Goin, Goin, and Zug, Introduction to Herpetology, 3d ed, p336; Moore, Poisonous Snakes of the World, 1980, p75)
Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
Venoms produced by frogs, toads, salamanders, etc. The venom glands are usually on the skin of the back and contain cardiotoxic glycosides, cholinolytics, and a number of other bioactive materials, many of which have been characterized. The venoms have been used as arrow poisons and include bufogenin, bufotoxin, bufagin, bufotalin, histrionicotoxins, and pumiliotoxin.
Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization
A mass spectrometric technique that is used for the analysis of large biomolecules. Analyte molecules are embedded in an excess matrix of small organic molecules that show a high resonant absorption at the laser wavelength used. The matrix absorbs the laser energy, thus inducing a soft disintegration of the sample-matrix mixture into free (gas phase) matrix and analyte molecules and molecular ions. In general, only molecular ions of the analyte molecules are produced, and almost no fragmentation occurs. This makes the method well suited for molecular weight determinations and mixture analysis.
Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
A genus of snakes of the family VIPERIDAE. About 30 species are currently recognized, found in southeast Asia and adjacent island chains. The Okinawa habu frequently enters dwellings in search of rats and mice; the Chinese habu is often found in suburban and agricultural areas. They are quite irritable. (Moore: Poisonous Snakes of the World, 1980, p136)
Sequence Analysis, DNA
A genus of snakes of the family VIPERIDAE. It is distributed in West Pakistan, most of India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, southeast China, Taiwan, and a few islands of Indonesia. It hisses loudly when disturbed and strikes with great force and speed. Very prolific, it gives birth to 20-60 young. This viper is the leading cause of snakebite in India and Burma. (Moore: Poisonous Snakes of the World, 1980, p127)
Retinal Rod Photoreceptor Cells
Photosensitive afferent neurons located in the peripheral retina, with their density increases radially away from the FOVEA CENTRALIS. Being much more sensitive to light than the RETINAL CONE CELLS, the rod cells are responsible for twilight vision (at scotopic intensities) as well as peripheral vision, but provide no color discrimination.
Concar, D. (19 October 1996). "Doctor snail-Lethal to fish and sometimes even humans, cone snail venom contains a pharmacopoeia ... Stings from a few species of large tropical cone shells can also kill, but their sophisticated, though easily produced, venoms ... All species of cone snails are venomous and can sting painfully when handled, although many species are too small to pose much ... Their venom is a complex mixture of toxins, some fast-acting and others slower but deadlier. The effects of individual cone- ...
"Doctor snail-Lethal to fish and sometimes even humans, cone snail venom contains a pharmacopoeia of precision drugs". New ... Stings from a few species of large tropical cone shells can also kill, but their sophisticated, though easily produced, venoms ... Live cone snails can be dangerous to shell collectors, but are useful to neurology researchers. ... All species of cone snails are venomous and can sting painfully when handled, although many species are too small to pose much ...
The venom paralyzes small fish almost instantly. The snail then retracts the radula, drawing the subdued prey into the mouth. ... Some cone snail venoms also contain a pain-reducing toxin, which the snail uses to pacify the victim before immobilising and ... While cone snail venom is primarily utilized to paralyze the host of the snail, the venom has shown to provide relief to human ... They hunt and eat prey such as marine worms, small fish, molluscs, and even other cone snails. Because cone snails are slow- ...
... and cone snails and cephalopods including octopuses among the Molluscs. Venom is found in some 200 cartilaginous fishes, ... Black widow spider, scorpion, box jellyfish, cone snail, centipede and blue-ringed octopus venoms (among many others) function ... "Venom Evolution Widespread in Fishes: A Phylogenetic Road Map for the Bioprospecting of Piscine Venoms". Journal of Heredity. ... Venom has evolved in a wide variety of animals, both predators and prey, and both vertebrates and invertebrates. Venoms kill ...
This may also apply to the piscivorous and highly venomous cone snails, given their highly mobile fish prey. As the venom is an ... Tree monitors have the most potently fibrinogenolytic venoms of all monitor lizards, matched only by the also arboreal banded ... The venom also causes hypotension. Due to the great range of ecological niches occupied by monitor lizards, their venom is ... The venom is an anticoagulant. The venom has two known mechanisms for disrupting blood clotting: by fibrinogenolysis (the ...
The venom consists of a neuropeptide also seen in cone snail venom, a lipase similar to the one used by certain species of ... Administration of the venom was found to not cause pain in mice, which is atypical, as most fish venoms are painful. ... The fish has relatively large fangs (canine teeth) that protrude from the lower jaw. The unusual venom, which targets the ... Casewell, N.; Visser, J.; Baumann, K. (2017). "The Evolution of Fangs, Venom, and Mimicry Systems in Blenny Fishes". Current ...
Evolution of snake venom
... and cone snails, thus suggesting that venom exhibits convergent evolution. Until the use of gene sequencing to create ... This ancestral venom consisted of a very simple set of proteins, assembled in a pair of glands. The venoms of the different ... The independent evolution of constriction in the fish-eating aquatic genus Acrochordus also saw the degradation of the venom ... The venoms of the sea snakes are nonetheless among the most toxic venoms known. It has been argued that since sea snakes are ...
Biotoxins vary greatly in purpose and mechanism, and can be highly complex (the venom of the cone snail contains dozens of ... Most scorpions The box jellyfish Elapid snakes The cone snail The Blue-ringed octopus Venomous fish Frogs Palythoa coral ... basic peptides found in snake and lizard venoms, They cause muscle tissue damage by a non-enzymatic receptor based mechanism. ... compare with venom and the broader meaning of poison-all substances that can also cause disturbances to organisms). It simply ...
Animal attacks in Latin America
... even species that do not eat fish have been responsible for causing serious accidents. The venom of Conus is a conotoxin, whose ... cone_snails_from_studies_of_Conus_tessulatus https://www.medigraphic.com/pdfs/bolclinhosinfson/bis-2010/bis102k.pdf Kohn, Alan ... Mollusk Venoms: Advances in Research and Application: 2011 Edition: ScholarlyPaper. ScholarlyEditions. 2012-01-09. ISBN 978-1- ... Samad's paper claims the fish must have been attracted by the urine. This belief about the fish has been held for centuries, ...
Animal attacks in Australia
Cone Shells Archived 2009-06-02 at the Wayback Machine, Queensland Museum. Revenge of the Killer Snails Archived 2012-12-01 at ... the venom is forced into the foot. Most stonefish stings occur when stepped on, it is less common for stings when the fish is ... Comparatively little is known about the protein compositions of venoms from Australian snakes, compared to those of Asia and ... There are around 80 species of cone shell (Conus spp.) in Australian waters, some of which carry highly toxic venom when they ...
List of venomous animals
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Conotoxins represent a category of poisons produced by the marine cone snail, and are capable of inhibiting the activity of a ... and porcupine fish. Within the puffer fish, TTX is found in the liver, gonads, intestines, and skin. TTX can be fatal if ... Chlorotoxin (Cltx) is the active compound found in scorpion venom, and is primarily toxic because of its ability to inhibit the ... Additionally, though most venoms and exogenous neurotoxins will rarely possess useful in-vivo capabilities, endogenous ...
"Venom Evolution Widespread in Fishes: A Phylogenetic Road Map for the Bioprospecting of Piscine Venoms" Journal of Heredity 97 ... Cone snail sting. *Coral dermatitis. *Dog bite prevention. *Hydroid dermatitis. *Jellyfish dermatitis / Jellyfish sting ... a b c d e Grady, Denise Venom Runs Thick in Fish Families, Researchers Learn New York Times 22 August 2006. ... venom helps bottom dwelling fish by killing the bacteria that try to invade their skin. Few of these venoms have been studied. ...
Biotoxins vary greatly in purpose and mechanism, and can be highly complex (the venom of the cone snail contains dozens of ... Myotoxins are small, basic peptides found in snake and lizard venoms, They cause muscle tissue damage by a non enzymatic ... Venomous fish. *Frogs. *Palythoa coral. *Various different types of algae, cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates ... compare with venom and the broader meaning of poison-all substances that can also cause disturbances to organisms). It simply ...
List of examples of convergent evolution
"Venom evolution widespread in fishes: a phylogenetic road map for the bioprospecting of piscine venoms". Meighen EA (1999). " ... Gills appear in unrelated fish, some amphibians, some crustacean, aquatic insects and some mollusk, like freshwater snails, ... cone shell, snakes, some catfish, stingrays, stonefish, the male duckbill platypus, Siphonophorae and stinging nettles plant. ... Fish, F. E. (1990). "Wing design and scaling of flying fish with regard to flight performance" (PDF). Journal of Zoology. 221 ( ...
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The unique modus operandi of cone snail venom insulins provides new insight into insulin receptor activation and informs on the ... B) Alignment of the A and B chains of venom insulins with insulin from human and zebrafish. Amino acid numbering for venom ... Fish-hunting cone snail venoms are a rich source of minimized ligands of the vertebrate insulin receptor. ... Fish-hunting cone snail venoms are a rich source of minimized ligands of the vertebrate insulin receptor. ...
Cone snail - Wikipedia
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Painkiller Made From Snail Venom Potentially 100 Times More Potent Than Morphine
An experimental drug derived from a sea creatures venom holds early promise for pain management. ... When the cone snail injects its venom, a fish can become paralyzed long enough for the snail to eat it, the Raw Story reported. ... Animal venoms can block various channels in the nervous system, and perform in a different manner than morphine, hydrocodone ... A Coninae, or cone snail Photo: Wikipedia.com A drug made from snail venom is showing early signs of success for pain ...
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Fish-hunting cone snail venoms are a rich source of minimized ligands of the vertebrate insulin receptor Peter Ahorukomeye et ... The unique modus operandi of cone snail venom insulins provides new insight into insulin receptor activation and informs on the ... Cone snails have evolved a variety of insulin-like molecules that may help with the development of better treatments for ... Insulin Receptor Binding: From venom peptides to a potential diabetes treatment Jiří Jiráček, Lenka Žáková ...
Snails to the rescue! | ScienceBlogs
... with venom. New research shows that conotoxin, isolated from cone snail venom, can numb pain. Conotoxin is also reportedly 100 ... You can imagine my surprise to learn there are also carnivorous snails.... ... Here I thought snails were just cute little creatures that liked to dine in my vegetable garden. ... Cone snail shells are beautiful, but their venom is a potent cocktail used to paralyze passing fish. The venom is a witchs ...
Killer Snails Give Scientists Clues to Develop Better, Faster-Acting Insulin
Pared down insulins produced by marine cone snails activate the human insulin receptor and lower blood glucose levels in animal ... The marine cone snails venom contains a form of insulin peptide, which disables the molluscs fish prey. Studies headed by the ... "Fish-hunting cone snail venoms are a rich source of minimized ligands of the vertebrate insulin receptor." ... A cone snail waits for a fish to swim past. [University of Utah Health]. The cone snail sits in wait for prey to approach, and ...
Con-Ins G3 precursor - Conus geographus (Geography cone)
... from a fish-hunting cone snail, facilitates prey capture by rapidly inducing hypoglycemic shock (PubMed:30747102). It is one of ... "Fish-hunting cone snail venoms are a rich source of minimized ligands of the vertebrate insulin receptor.". Ahorukomeye P., ... This venom insulin, from a fish-hunting cone snail, facilitates prey capture by rapidly inducing hypoglycemic shock (PubMed: ... "Fish-hunting cone snail venoms are a rich source of minimized ligands of the vertebrate insulin receptor.". Ahorukomeye P., ...
Cone snails are for life and not just at Christmas
Cone snails live in warm tropical seas and manufacture powerful venom to immobilize their prey of fish, worms and other snails ... More importantly, during their evolution, cone snails have developed complex venoms, some powerful enough to kill people. ... Blessed with beautiful and coveted shells, cone snails have been collected for hundreds, possibly thousands of years -- cone ... cone snails have fallen completely underneath the conservation radar. These snails need swift action to protect their habitats ...
Snails' speedy insulin | EurekAlert! Science News
University of Utah researchers have found that the structure of an insulin molecule produced by predatory cone snails may be an ... C. geographus and its relatives have developed complex brews of venoms to rapidly paralyze prey fish. Some snails use venom to ... The Conus geographus snail is a predatory cone snail, eating fish. ... Putting snail insulin to work. Studying the structure of the cone snail insulin could help researchers modify human insulin to ...
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... the biogeography and the toxins of cone snails. All cone snails whose feeding biology is known inject venom into large prey ... Electron microscopy and FISH revealed the occurrence of two distinct and dense bacterial communities, in the digestive gland ... Phylogenetic approaches have revealed that different lineages of Conus evolved divergent venoms, a property that is exploited ... Cone snails have long been studied both by taxonomists for the diversity of their shells and by biochemists for the potential ...
common blenny bite
"Most fish venoms tend to contain big globular proteins," explained Casewell, so the peptides in fang blenny venom are already ... a neuropeptide similar to neuropeptide Y from cone snail venom, and a phospholipase A2 (a class of lipid-cutting toxins widely ... These fish have tons of personality. In spite of this fish being the closest thing we have to a national fish, a proud patriot ... But most fishes that use venoms to defend themselves have toxins that induce pain. The Bicolour Blenny has many colour ...
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- Until fairly recently, over 600 species of cone snails were all classified under one genus, Conus, in one family, the Conidae. (wikipedia.org)
- Back in 2015 Safavi-Hemami's team discovered that venom produced by the fish-hunting cone snail Conus geographus contains an insulin peptide that lacks the critical region of the B chain that is responsible for insulin dimerization and human insulin receptor engagement, but is still able to activate the human insulin receptor. (genengnews.com)
- This is a Conus geographus hunting a fish. (eurekalert.org)
- Chou, Safavi, and colleagues found that insulin produced by the cone snail Conus geographus lacked the segment of the B region that causes aggregation. (eurekalert.org)
- The Conus geographus snail is a predatory cone snail, eating fish. (eurekalert.org)
- Cone snails make up the genus Conus, which contains more than 600 species of predatory sea snails, most of them tropical in distribution. (umich.edu)
- Rapid evolution allowed Conus to diversify and fine tune its toxins, changes that may have been compelled by dietary shifts among the snails or the development of toxin resistance in prey species. (umich.edu)
- Conus tulipa eating a fish. (technologynetworks.com)
- An evaluation of the antinociceptive effects of Pha1b, a neurotoxin from the spider Phoneutrianigriventer, and [omega]-conotoxin MVIIA, a cone snail Conus magus toxin, in rat model of inflammatory and neuropathic pain. (thefreedictionary.com)
- Conus catus injects venom into fish prey using a high-speed ballistic mechanism. (thefreedictionary.com)
- All ω-conotoxins identified to date have been found in piscivorous cone snails ranging from the small Conus catus to the large Conus geographus ( Figure 1 ). (mdpi.com)
- Novel conorfamides from Conus austini venom modulate both nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and acid-sensing ion channels. (atgcchecker.com)
- The aim of this study was to characterise the pharmacological activity of two novel linear conorfamides (conorfamide_As1a and conorfamide_As2a) and their non-amidated counterparts (conopeptide_As1b and conopeptide_As2b) that were isolated from the venom of the Mexican cone snail Conus austini. (atgcchecker.com)
- Gastropod, Conus amadis, Venom gland, Antioxidant and HEp-2 Cell line and MTT assay. (innovareacademics.in)
- Here, we show that the defence-evoked venom of Conus geographus contains high levels of paralytic toxins that potently block neuromuscular receptors, consistent with its lethal effects on humans. (nih.gov)
- The venom of predatory marine snails Conus is estimated to have 100-400 toxins called conotoxins. (bvsalud.org)
- Previous studies have demonstrated the potential utility of peptides from the marine snail from the genus Conus for the treatment of neuropathic pain. (bvsalud.org)
- The fish-hunting cone snail, Conus geographus , is the deadliest snail on earth. (biomedcentral.com)
- Conus geographus is believed to prey on fish hiding in reef crevices at night. (biomedcentral.com)
- We have analyzed the venom-duct of Conus geographus using a transcriptomics approach. (biomedcentral.com)
- it was the characterization of Conus geographus venom peptides which established that most of the biologically-active components of Conus venoms, were small, disulfide rich peptides [ 12 ]. (biomedcentral.com)
- In addition to being the deadliest of all cone snails, Conus geographus has an unusual strategy for catching fish: it is believed to prey primarily on schools of small fish hiding in reef crevices at night. (biomedcentral.com)
- Several peptides from Conus geographus venom have become widely used in neuroscience research. (biomedcentral.com)
- Thus, Conus geographus peptides are among the best characterized from any animal venom. (biomedcentral.com)
- The venom peptides from cone snails (genus Conus ) are generally small cysteine-rich peptides with the unique feature of being highly selective and potent ligands for a wide range of ion channels and receptors [ 3 ]. (mdpi.com)
- Cone snail venoms are mainly peptides. (wikipedia.org)
- Venoms are cocktails made up of between tens and hundreds of different toxins, usually proteins and smaller chains of amino acids similar to proteins called peptides, along with organic molecules, such as hormones, antibiotics and other compounds that are involved in the metabolic functions of living things. (sciencefocus.com)
- Captopril is a small molecule that mimics the action of bradykinin potentiating peptides found in many viper venoms including the Fer-De-Lance, Bothrops asper. (labnews.co.uk)
- Rapid expansion of the protein disulfide isomerase gene family facilitates the folding of venom peptides. (nih.gov)
- Hormone-like peptides in the venoms of marine cone snails. (nih.gov)
- A family of cone-shaped, carnivorous, poisonous mollusks that release paralytic chemicals and venomous peptides to capture and kill their prey. (thefreedictionary.com)
- Conorfamides are a poorly studied family of cone snail venom peptides with broad biological activities, including inhibition of NMDA receptors, acid-sensing ion channels, voltage-gated potassium channels, and ligand-gated glutamate receptors. (atgcchecker.com)
- Venoms are key evolutionary innovations of several animal lineages, consisting of an arsenal of peptides and proteins, designed both immobilizing prey and as defense against predators . (innovareacademics.in)
- Although, its venom is known to consist of a cocktail of small peptides targeting different ion-channels and receptors, the bulk of its venom constituents, their sites of manufacture, relative abundances and how they function collectively in envenomation has remained unknown. (biomedcentral.com)
- Three different types of calcium channel (each targeted by unrelated, entirely distinct venom peptides) and at least two different nicotinic receptors appear to be targeted by the venom. (biomedcentral.com)
- Cone snails are venomous predators that rapidly immobilize their prey using a complex cocktail of short peptides (10-40 AA long) collectively known as conotoxins. (biomedcentral.com)
- As such, cone snail peptides represent an interesting treasure for drug development. (mdpi.com)
- Synthetic venom antimicrobial peptides (AMPs): the sting in the tail against antibiotic resistance. (genaxxon.com)
- While prevention is always better than cure, the development of novel antibacterial drugs, such as synthetic venom antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), is a positive step towards overcoming antimicrobial drug resistance. (genaxxon.com)
- The search for synthetic analogues of venom AMPs has given rise to the new field of "venomics", which integrates genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, bioinformatic and functional analyses of venom peptides [ 5 ]. (genaxxon.com)
- Cone snails, cone shells, or cones are a large group of small- to large-sized extremely venomous predatory sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs. (wikipedia.org)
- Because all cone snails are venomous and capable of "stinging" humans, live ones should never be handled, as their venomous sting will occur without warning and can be fatal. (wikipedia.org)
- Because cone snails are slow-moving, they use a venomous harpoon (called a toxoglossan radula) to capture faster-moving prey, such as fish. (wikipedia.org)
- Looks like yet another interesting toxin was found, this time in a venomous snail. (scienceblogs.com)
- Knowing more about the evolutionary history of venomous species can help us make more targeted decisions about the potential use of venom compounds in treating illnesses," said Holford. (technologynetworks.com)
- Many recent publications and work in progress have identified that venomous animals are also in an arms race with microbes living in their venom glands. (labnews.co.uk)
- Venomous Fish: The Secret To Treating Pain & Cancer? (amazingscience.news)
- But, did you know that thousands of fish species are also venomous, capable of inflicting severe pain? (amazingscience.news)
- Given that around 3,000 species (7-9% of fishes) are estimated to be venomous, this subject area appears to be promising. (amazingscience.news)
- Venomous fishes have been spotted in both freshwater and marine environments: from stingrays, catfishes, and stonefishes, to the famous aquarium fish, fang blenny. (amazingscience.news)
- His research is helping scientists to determine which fish species are venomous to, ultimately, be able to decipher the nature of the venoms. (amazingscience.news)
- Smith explains that non-venomous fish evolved a venom-releasing mechanism 18 different times throughout history. (amazingscience.news)
- Not to mention the beautiful but venomous cone snail which has come up with a spider-like solution to how such a slow-moving creature can hope to catch its prey - by injecting it with a cocktail of about a dozen small toxic compounds. (thefreedictionary.com)
- After a quick search on Wikipedia, I found that cone snails are carnivorous, predatory, and extremely venomous. (speakingofresearch.com)
Species of cone8
- There are over 900 different species of cone snails. (wikipedia.org)
- The larger species of cone snails can grow up to 23 cm (9.1 in) in length. (wikipedia.org)
- Studies headed by the University of Utah's Helena Safavi-Hemami, PhD, found that while insulin molecules produced by different species of cone snail lacked structurally and functionally critical parts of human insulin, they were still able to bind to and activate human, mouse and fish insulin receptors. (genengnews.com)
- A new global assessment of all 632 species of cone snails for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List by researchers from the Environment Department at the University of York -- the first for any group of marine snails -- finds that some species are at imminent risk of extinction. (brightsurf.com)
- Researchers have also discovered that some species of cone snails produce a fast-acting form of insulin. (owlcation.com)
- More than 600 different species of cone snails exist. (owlcation.com)
- Around 500 species of cone snail live in waters around French Polynesia in the southern Pacific. (thefreedictionary.com)
- Each of the 700 species of cone snail has its own unique venom, made up of a specific cocktail of toxins. (thefreedictionary.com)
- The drug's active ingredient, conotoxin, comes from the carnivorous Coninae , or cone snail, which is prevalent in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean. (ibtimes.com)
- New research shows that conotoxin, isolated from cone snail venom, can numb pain. (scienceblogs.com)
- The drug, Prialt, is based on the sea snail's ability to use a venom called a conotoxin to capture its prey, he explains. (thefreedictionary.com)
- This review describes the structure-activity relationship (SAR) and therapeutic potential of ω-conotoxin N-type Ca V channel blockers form cone snails, the first of the conotoxin classes to be approved as a therapeutic. (mdpi.com)
- The active ingredient, conotoxin, comes from carnivorous cone snails, which are common in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean. (blogspot.com)
- The sting of small cones is no worse than a bee sting, but the sting of a few of the larger species of tropical cone snails can be serious, occasionally even fatal to humans. (wikipedia.org)
- As is typical for snails and clinical trials, testing in humans is not expected to begin for a couple of years. (scienceblogs.com)
- The connection between snails and diabetes may not be obvious, but the venom produced by predatory marine snails is giving University of Utah researchers new insights into the structure and function of insulin that could lead to the development of faster-acting treatments for diabetes in humans. (genengnews.com)
- Schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia, bilharziosis, or snail fever) is transmitted to humans by water snail hosts, and affects about 200 million people. (bioscience.ws)
- The evolutionary reason why these venoms have potent effects on humans, is not because the snakes like to eat unsuspecting backpackers, but because the target is conserved in the mammalian branches of the phylogenetic tree. (labnews.co.uk)
- Washington, July 3 2007 : Boffins have used the magical properties of the deadly sea snail venom to create a drug that can kill pain in humans. (chninternational.com)
- About 25 years ago, scientists at the University of Utah, in the US, were able to detach a molecule from the venom that also had painkilling properties in humans. (chninternational.com)
- The smaller cone snails can give humans a painful sting but aren't dangerous. (owlcation.com)
- Although cone snails often just attack small prey, some have a very powerful sting that can penetrate wetsuits and kill humans. (speakingofresearch.com)
- This possibility of fatality to humans is one reason why we study their venom, or neurotoxins. (speakingofresearch.com)
- Fortunately, only about 27 humans have died from cone snail neurotoxins, ever. (speakingofresearch.com)
- Beyond humans' minimal risk of being stung, cone snail neurotoxins are also studied for its potential in creating pharmaceutical drugs. (speakingofresearch.com)
- That means that cone snails could lead to many different targeted drugs for humans. (speakingofresearch.com)
- Consequently, in their native state, venom AMPs are of limited therapeutic value to humans. (genaxxon.com)
- B ) Alignment of the A and B chains of venom insulins with insulin from human and zebrafish. (elifesciences.org)
- Amino acid numbering for venom insulins was adapted from human insulin (shown on top of sequences). (elifesciences.org)
- Residues in venom insulins that differ from those in Con-Ins G1 are shown in blue. (elifesciences.org)
- The sequence logo shows conservation/variability at each position in venom insulins (generated using Geneious vs 11.1.2 software). (elifesciences.org)
- B chain region involved in dimerization and receptor activation in human and fish insulin and positions of residues previously suggested to compensate for the loss of this region in venom insulins are highlighted in gray. (elifesciences.org)
- Additional disulfide bond missing in venom insulins is shown as dashed lines between cysteines. (elifesciences.org)
- Full-length precursors sequences of venom insulins characterized in this study. (elifesciences.org)
- Identity matrix of venom insulins studied here. (elifesciences.org)
- Venom insulins significantly lower blood glucose in a zebrafish model of T1D. (elifesciences.org)
- Competition binding analysis to hIR-B of venom insulins (n = 2 independent measurements, each comprising three technical replicates). (elifesciences.org)
- The unique modus operandi of cone snail venom insulins provides new insight into insulin receptor activation and informs on the design of insulin analogs for the treatment of diabetes. (elifesciences.org)
- In vivo tests showed that the snail insulins also lowered blood glucose in two preclinical models of induced diabetes. (genengnews.com)
- Tests showed that the cone snail venom insulins activated the insulin receptors and lowered blood glucose levels in zebrafish and mouse models of chemically induced diabetes. (genengnews.com)
- Venom insulins constitute about 1/25 of the total venom of C.geographus. (uniprot.org)
- This has led to the creation of a large number of known synonyms and probable synonyms, making it difficult to give an exact taxonomic assignment for many snails in this genus. (wikipedia.org)
- Cone snail species have shells that are shaped more or less like geometric cones (hence their common name). (wikipedia.org)
- The shells of cone snails vary in size. (wikipedia.org)
- The shells are shaped more or less like the geometric shape known as a cone, as one might expect from the popular and scientific name. (wikipedia.org)
- The shells of cone snails are often brightly colored and have interesting patterns, although in some species the color patterns may be partially or completely hidden under an opaque layer of periostracum. (wikipedia.org)
- Cone snail shells are beautiful, but their venom is a potent cocktail used to paralyze passing fish. (scienceblogs.com)
- Blessed with beautiful and coveted shells, cone snails have been collected for hundreds, possibly thousands of years -- cone shells have been found in ancient Neolithic sites and there is a Rembrandt etching of a cone shell from 1650. (brightsurf.com)
- Stings from a few species of large tropical cone shells can also kill, but their sophisticated, though easily produced, venoms have become important tools in neurological research. (bioscience.ws)
- Cone snails are ocean predators with beautifully patterned shells. (owlcation.com)
- The snails have roughly cone-shaped shells, which gives them their name. (owlcation.com)
- SEARCH this Cone Shells and Conotoxins site. (edu.au)
- Venom toxins are among the most potent and precision-targeted molecules on Earth," he explains. (sciencefocus.com)
- ANN ARBOR, Mich.-When tropical marine cone snails sink their harpoon-like teeth into their prey, they inject paralyzing venoms made from a potent mix of more than 100 different neurotoxins. (umich.edu)
- If it is distressed, its set of 13 spines adjacent to venom glands will protrude from its back, and the toxins released are potent enough to kill a human. (amazingscience.news)
- According to the scientists, the potent molecules making up the venoms might help them to produce medicines. (amazingscience.news)
- The snails produce a potent venom to paralyze their prey. (owlcation.com)
- Over millions of years, nature has optimized the constituents of venoms (i.e., peptide toxins) as the most selective and potent tools on Earth [ 1 , 2 ]. (mdpi.com)
- C. geographus and its relatives have developed complex brews of venoms to rapidly paralyze prey fish. (eurekalert.org)
- Others, including C. geographus , secrete insulin, alongside other compounds, into the water, causing the blood sugar in nearby fish to plummet and sending the fish into hypoglycemic sedation. (eurekalert.org)
- In contrast, C. geographus predation-evoked venom contains prey-specific toxins mostly inactive at human targets. (nih.gov)
- We have used transcriptome sequencing to systematically elucidate the contents the C. geographus venom duct, dividing it into four segments in order to investigate each segment's mRNA contents. (biomedcentral.com)
- Evolution may be the driving force to increase the molecular diversity of the toxin molecules that the cone snail species use for hunting prey," said co-author Danny Hung-Chieh Chou, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah. (genengnews.com)
- To qualify as venom , as opposed to poison, the toxin mixture must be 'injected' into another animal. (sciencefocus.com)
- It's evolution that's made venom such a good source of drugs, says Dr Zoltan Takacs, a Hungarian-born scientist-adventurer who founded the World Toxin Bank . (sciencefocus.com)
- Even a few snail species produce venom similar to the blue coral snake's toxin. (thestar.com)
- Although there is not yet clinical evidence the coral snake holds the secret to new types of toxin-based pain relief within its glands, researchers have successfully turned snail toxins into painkillers. (thestar.com)
- The cone snail toxin is an extremely interesting compound that blocks the neuromuscular junction, even in minute quantities. (thefreedictionary.com)
Properties of cone snail venom1
- Last week I blogged about the unique properties of cone snail venom. (scienceblogs.com)
- Lead researcher David Craik, of the University of Queensland in Australia, said a minuscule protein that comes from the snail's venom has formed the basis of five new experimental compounds. (ibtimes.com)
- Why do they think that this snail's venom will be more successful than the pain killers we are already using in the medical field? (scienceblogs.com)
- The marine cone snail's venom contains a form of insulin peptide, which disables the mollusc's fish prey. (genengnews.com)
- The venom is a witch's brew of hundreds of novel compounds, many more than are found in snake venom (which has been used by science extensively as well). (scienceblogs.com)
- These snails have developed a strategy to hit and subdue their prey with up to 200 different compounds, one of which is insulin," said Safavi-Hemami, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah Health, and senior author on the team's paper, which was published in eLife . (genengnews.com)
- Bee venom, though, contains compounds that could have uses as diverse as combatting HIV and helping to treat rheumatoid arthritis. (sciencefocus.com)
- Thus not only does this open the door for revised treatment strategies for envenomation patients, but it also gives a clue as to why venoms contain therapeutically useful antimicrobial compounds. (labnews.co.uk)
- There may be as many as two hundred compounds in some versions of the venom. (owlcation.com)
- Since this venom is neurotoxic, the venom gland is considered as an enormous collection of pharmacologically interesting compounds having a broad spectrum of targets. (mdpi.com)
Produced by predatory1
- University of Utah researchers have found that the structure of an insulin molecule produced by predatory cone snails may be an improvement over current fast-acting therapeutic insulin. (eurekalert.org)
- Tests on insulin receptors in the lab showed that although the snail insulin was less effective than human insulin, it was still effective, and could possibly start acting in five minutes. (eurekalert.org)
- As the venom works on these receptors, the scientists believe it might act as a sedative. (amazingscience.news)
- According to a recent article from The Washington Post, Mari and his team are coaxing venom from cone snails to study receptors in the human immune system in hopes of curing diseases like Parkinson's, tuberculosis, and even cancer. (thefreedictionary.com)
Made from snail venom2
- A drug made from snail venom is showing early signs of success for pain management, according to researchers cited in an Agence France-Presse report. (ibtimes.com)
- An experimental drug made from snail venom has shown early signs of promise in numbing pain, raising hopes in the hunt for new, non-addictive medications, researchers said Sunday, as reported by AFP Monday. (blogspot.com)
- Animal venoms can block various channels in the nervous system, and perform in a different manner than morphine, hydrocodone and other opioid painkillers, which can be highly addictive and can lead to overdose. (ibtimes.com)
- There are now around 20 different medications originating from animal venoms, says Takacs, targeting everything from heart disease to diabetes. (sciencefocus.com)
- Animal venoms are poisons that can block certain channels in the nervous system, and act differently than opioid painkillers such as morphine and hydrocodone, which carry the risk of addiction and death from overdose. (blogspot.com)
- Animal venoms evolved to protect their hosts from predation, and to immobilise their prey. (genaxxon.com)
- AMPs are an important constituent of animal venoms , and are essential mediators of innate immunity in many different organisms [ 6 ]. (genaxxon.com)
- To date, only six Food and Drug Administration-approved, venom-derived drugs have been developed as a result of modern-day research, but Holford and her colleagues believe greater investment in venom research could yield therapies for currently untreatable diseases as well as improved therapeutic options. (technologynetworks.com)
- So with this in mind, why are there many venom derived drugs in the clinic that hit human targets and deliver therapeutic benefit? (labnews.co.uk)
- The story starts with the first venom inspired therapeutic which was first in class for a new mechanism to treat the life-threatening problem of hypertension. (labnews.co.uk)
Toxins are among1
- Biologists have known for more than a decade that the genes which provide the recipes for cone snail toxins are among the fastest-evolving genes in the animal kingdom, enabling these predatory gastropods to constantly refine their venoms to more precisely target the neuromuscular systems of their prey. (umich.edu)
- Cone snails hunt and immobilize prey using their modified radular tooth along with a poison gland containing neurotoxins. (ibtimes.com)
- Today, the typical cone-snail species has 100 to 200 unique neurotoxins in its venom, and the gene-duplication process likely contributed to this diversity, said Chang and Duda. (umich.edu)
- The venom contains a complex mixture of substances that includes neurotoxins, which are chemicals that block the conduction of nerve impulses. (owlcation.com)
- In addition, researchers are using the neurotoxins in the venom to learn about the functioning of our nervous system. (owlcation.com)
- The unique venoms have up to 250 neurotoxins, each of which has potential in medical research. (speakingofresearch.com)
- So, what exactly are cone snails and what are neurotoxins? (speakingofresearch.com)
- They hunt and eat marine worms, small fish, molluscs, and other cone snails using a harpoon, called a toxoglossan radula, to inject their prey with neurotoxins. (speakingofresearch.com)
- As you might have seen in the video, the neurotoxins acted on the fish very quickly. (speakingofresearch.com)
- Also, cone snails have a wide-variety of neurotoxins-sometimes a single cone snail has up to 250 different neurotoxins. (speakingofresearch.com)
- Cone snails use a hypodermic needle-like modified radula tooth and a venom gland to attack and paralyze their prey before engulfing it. (wikipedia.org)
- The snail uses venom to paralyze passing fish, but scientists found that chemicals in the poison could also obstruct pain signals in the human brain. (chninternational.com)
- The museum had a drawer of these snails (see below) and noted that they are used in medical research because the snails use unique venoms to paralyze their prey. (speakingofresearch.com)
- Around 150,000 animal species have evolved the machinery to produce venom and inject it into prey. (sciencefocus.com)
- Image: PopSci Researchers have been finding treatments for various conditions in what might be considered by many to be the least expected place: venoms. (scienceblogs.com)
- But cone snails, as they are known from their shape, are unprotected and under increasing threat of extinction according to a pioneering new study by researchers at the University of York, UK. (brightsurf.com)
- Studying the structure of the cone snail insulin could help researchers modify human insulin to lose its self-aggregation but retain its potency, Safavi says. (eurekalert.org)
- In addition, the continuous gene duplication pattern displayed by the cone snails has not been observed in other organisms, according to U-M researchers Dan Chang and Thomas Duda. (umich.edu)
- Still, researchers have studied very few venoms because until recently they lacked the appropriate technology for analyzing the tiny amounts of venom that can be extracted from these mostly small species. (technologynetworks.com)
- Many researchers in this unique area have gotten together to form The Initiative for Venom Associated Microbes and Parasites (iVAMP) to understand the biology of the venom microbiome. (labnews.co.uk)
- Researchers believe the snail venom, and products like it, can become an alternative to opioid drugs such as OxyContin and morphine. (chninternational.com)
- While there is no evidence of pain alleviation in rockfish venom, it is believed that examining how fish venom triggers pain might assist researchers in understanding the way in which nerve cells perceive pain-this will, in turn, help them to concoct new ways to relieve people of pain. (amazingscience.news)
- When the cone snail injects its venom, a fish can become paralyzed long enough for the snail to eat it, the Raw Story reported. (ibtimes.com)
- At that time much of the work, both his own and published by others, involved testing the effects of cone snail venoms and their peptide toxins, noting strong paralytic effects that mimicked what was observed in actual cone snail injections into its prey. (thefreedictionary.com)
- Moreover, the most highly expressed venom component is not paralytic, but causes sensory disorientation and is expressed in a different segment of the venom duct from venoms believed to cause sensory disruption. (biomedcentral.com)
- Furthermore, venom expression profiles also suggest a sophisticated layering of venom-expression patterns within the venom duct, with disorientating and paralytic venoms expressed in different regions. (biomedcentral.com)
- Ziconotide, a synthetic peptide derived from the venom of predatory marine snails, is a specific blocker of neuronal N-type calcium channels. (edu.au)
- They hunt and eat prey such as marine worms, small fish, molluscs, and even other cone snails. (wikipedia.org)
- The snail to the rescue is the marine carnivorous cone snail common to the Indian Ocean and western Pacific. (scienceblogs.com)
- Across the world, however, tropical marine habitats are being lost due to coastal development, pollution, destructive fishing and climate change, resulting in rapid species loss. (brightsurf.com)
- Cone snails, found on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and most other tropical waters around the world, are predatory marine gastropods they prey on fish, worms or molluscs [ 1 ]. (mdpi.com)
- The marine animals can reach out and stab prey, injecting a venom that paralyzes fish long enough for the snail to eat it up. (blogspot.com)
- I recently visited the Natural History Museum at the University of Florida and found an odd animal that I didn't know was used in medical research: Predatory Marine Snails, a.k.a. (speakingofresearch.com)
- The tooth, which is sometimes likened to a dart or a harpoon, is barbed and can be extended some distance out from the head of the snail, at the end of the proboscis. (wikipedia.org)
- the beautiful but deadly cone snail releasing its harpoon-like proboscis into tiny fish on the seabed. (sciencefocus.com)
- But only recently have scientists been in possession of the technology necessary to systematically search through venoms for likely drug candidates. (sciencefocus.com)
- The scientists named the unusual venom calliotoxin. (thestar.com)
- Where the venom of mambas and cobras relax their prey into paralysis, the fast-acting calliotoxin jams open sodium channels, causing muscles to hyper-contract into what scientists call "spastic" paralysis. (thestar.com)
- The venom held within snake's glands, the scientists argued, could inspire the development of a strong, non-narcotic painkiller. (thestar.com)
- But scientists had been unable to explain the molecular mechanisms behind the impressive diversity and the speedy evolution of cone-snail toxins, which are known as conotoxins. (umich.edu)
- Even more interestingly, separate teams of scientists are endeavouring to find out how we can use specific fish venoms to treat pain, cancer, and other medical conditions. (amazingscience.news)
- Scientists suspect that venom chemicals may be useful in many other ways besides the relief of pain. (owlcation.com)
- Not only that, scientists are increasingly looking to the least benign animals, those in possession of venoms and toxins any sensible person would avoid like the plague, to give us clues about pain relief, the immune system, and other aspects of human health. (bustle.com)
- The Utah scientists used a particular compound made from cone snail venom with the catchy title RgIA on mice in pain, and saw that the RgIA substance was pretty useful: it targeted the pain in an interesting and, importantly, long-lasting ways. (bustle.com)
- The Australian scientists discovered, somewhat astonishingly, that a protein in stonefish venom is related to a part of the human immune system called perforin. (bustle.com)
- It has a hollow channel that contains venom transferred from a gland. (owlcation.com)
- Further analyses confirmed that although the venom insulin structures didn't include the key B chain region that human insulin needs to bind to its receptor, they were nevertheless able to bind to the human insulin receptor and activate receptor signaling, albeit with lower potency than native human insulin. (genengnews.com)
- Now we can look at the human insulin and see if we can make it more snail-like. (eurekalert.org)
- The team still needs to conduct more experiments to measure how quickly snail insulin, or a modified human insulin, would work when injected into an organism. (eurekalert.org)
- Thus, stings from cone snails often cause intense localized pain, numbness and tingling, muscle paralysis, and sometimes loss of vision and respiratory failure. (speakingofresearch.com)
- The gastropods ( snails and slugs ) are by far the most numerous molluscs and account for 80% of the total classified species. (bioscience.ws)
- About 18 of the world's 500 cone snail species have resulted in human envenomation. (thefreedictionary.com)
- A specialized defensive envenomation strategy is widely evolved across worm, mollusk and fish-hunting cone snails. (nih.gov)
- Thus, our transcriptome analysis provides a new physiological framework for understanding the molecular envenomation strategy of this deadly snail. (biomedcentral.com)
- The insulin rapidly induces dangerously low blood sugar-known as insulin (or hypoglycemic) shock-in fish that come into contact with the venom. (genengnews.com)
- It makes sense because the snail has to very rapidly induce insulin shock in its fish prey, so it has evolved something very fast acting," Safavi says. (eurekalert.org)
- Remarkably, cone snails can rapidly switch between distinct venoms in response to predatory or defensive stimuli. (nih.gov)
- The cone snail sits in wait for prey to approach, and then releases insulin-containing toxic venom into the water. (genengnews.com)
- What will limit the use of Prialt, and other potential drugs derived from tree frogs and other creatures with natural venoms, is that it cannot be taken in pill form. (chninternational.com)
- Coursing within these twin glands is a venom unlike any chemical previously discovered in snakes, as Fry and his colleagues recently reported in the journal Toxins. (thestar.com)
- Some have spines with venom glands located in fins on the back of the fish. (amazingscience.news)
- Others, like catfishes, the venom glands are found in the pectoral fins. (amazingscience.news)
- Fang blennies bear their venom glands at their lower canines. (amazingscience.news)
- This species, widely known as the geography cone, is well known as the deadliest of all cone snail species, responsible for most of the human fatalities recorded in the medical literature. (biomedcentral.com)
Immobilize their prey1
- Cone snails live in warm tropical seas and manufacture powerful venom to immobilize their prey of fish, worms and other snails. (brightsurf.com)
- When a cone snail has discovered a suitable food source, it slowly extends its proboscis towards the prey. (owlcation.com)
- Some fish-eating cone snails expand a hood-like structure from their proboscis in order to engulf their prey, as can be seen in the video below. (owlcation.com)
- Here, a snail extends its proboscis and discharges a shot of venom into a latex-topped tube. (speakingofresearch.com)
- Craik and colleagues have based their findings on conotoxins, the small proteins contained in cone snail venom that have long been known for its pain relieving properties. (thefreedictionary.com)
- These actions cause paralysis in the snail's prey. (owlcation.com)
- Cone snails are predatory creatures using venom as a weapon for prey capture and defense. (mdpi.com)
- Although the taxonomy has changed significantly several times during recent years, in the current (2015) version of the taxonomy of these snails and their close relatives, cone snails once again compose the entire family Conidae. (wikipedia.org)
- The venom of a few larger species, especially the piscivorous ones, is powerful enough to kill a human. (wikipedia.org)
- Painkillers from Fish Venoms? (amazingscience.news)
- The treatment based on synthetic venom will not be administered orally, but directly into the fluid around the spinal cord through a little push. (chninternational.com)
- Thanks to this venom, the fire-headed animal is able to prey upon young king cobras, kraits and other agile, dangerous snakes without killing itself on the hunt. (thestar.com)
- The snake's venom incapacitates small prey through haemodynamic collapse driven by catastrophic hypotension and procoagulation. (labnews.co.uk)
- Could snake venom be used to treat high blood pressure? (sciencefocus.com)
- Imagine fusing pieces of snake, scorpion and sea snail toxins together and ending up with variants that are rooted in nature, yet have new biological properties," says Takacs. (sciencefocus.com)
- The long-glanded blue coral snake secretes a strange and exceptional venom. (thestar.com)
- To venom expert and University of Queensland, Australia, professor Bryan G. Fry, such a diet earns the species a title fit for George R.R. Martin: The snake is a "killer of killers. (thestar.com)
- Specifically, the blue coral snake venom targets sodium channels, proteins that pass electrochemical signals from nerve cell to nerve cell or muscle cell to muscle cell. (thestar.com)
- This is first time that a snake venom has been reported to act on sodium channels, which is really quite surprising," said Jennifer Deuis, a co-author of the study and a researcher at the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience, in an email to The Washington Post. (thestar.com)
- The rate of gene duplication in cone snails is at least two times higher than the rates observed in other gene families renowned for their extensive gene duplication, such as the genes for snake and scorpion venoms and olfactory genes. (umich.edu)
- Cone snail venom is showing great promise as a source of new, medically important substances. (wikipedia.org)