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Snakes, jellyfish and spiders

Currie, Bart J. (2008). Snakes, jellyfish and spiders. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology,609:43-52.

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IRMA ID 83950043xPUB85
Title Snakes, jellyfish and spiders
Author Currie, Bart J.
Journal Name Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 609
ISSN 0065-2598   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
ISBN 9780387739595   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 43
End Page 52
Editor Finn, A.
Pollard, A. J.
Place of Publication New York
Publisher Springer
Language English
Field of Research 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract Our knowledge of animal and human physiological processes owes much to over a century of study of natural toxins. The neurotoxins of kraits (bungarotoxins from Bungarus spp.) and cobras (Naja spp.) have helped define the acetylcholine receptor and neuromuscular transmission. Axonal trafficking and sodium channels have been studied using tetrodotoxin from the blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena spp.) and puffer fish (fugu). Unravelling the complexities of the human coagulation pathways (intrinsic and extrinsic) has involved studies using haemotoxins from various snakes, including Russell's vipers (Daboia russelii), the saw-scaled vipers (Echis spp.) and the Australian taipans (Oxyuranus spp.). Ancrod is a snake venom enzyme from the Malayan pit viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma) which has been successfully used to treat thrombotic stroke.
Keywords Children
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