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Highlights in arthropod venoms: potential applications in medicine and biotechnology

Guest editors: Maria Elena de Lima, Yong-Hua Ji and Maria Maria Stankiewicz
Highlights in arthropod venoms: potential applications in medicine and biotechnology

Edited by: Maria Elena de Lima, Yong-Hua Ji and Maria Maria Stankiewicz


With over 800,000 species, many of them venomous, the phylum Arthropod is still underexplored from a toxinological perspective. Taken together, the venoms of these animals may contain millions of potentially active molecules and some of them have already been key in the investigation of receptors, ion channels and other cellular structures and functions, offering new perspectives for the development of drugs, treatments and biotechnologies.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.



Review  |  Arthropod venom hyaluronidases: biochemical properties and potential applications in medicine and biotechnology
Karla C. F. Bordon, Gisele A. Wiezel, Fernanda G. Amorim and Eliane C. Arantes
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Research  |  Allosteric interactions between receptor site 3 and 4 of voltage-gated sodium channels: a novel perspective for the underlying mechanism of scorpion sting-induced pain
Yi-Jun Feng, Qi Feng, Jie Tao, Rong Zhao and Yong-Hua Ji
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Research  |  Exposure to 50 Hz electromagnetic field changes the efficiency of the scorpion alpha toxin
Milena Jankowska, Agnieszka Pawlowska-Mainville, Maria Stankiewicz, Justyna Rogalska and Joanna Wyszkowska
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Review  |  Neuroactive compounds obtained from arthropod venoms as new therapeutic platforms for the treatment of neurological disorders
Victoria Monge-Fuentes, Flávia Maria Medeiros Gomes, Gabriel Avohay Alves Campos, Juliana de Castro Silva, Andréia Mayer Biolchi, Lilian Carneiro dos Anjos, Jacqueline Coimbra Gonçalves, Kamila Soares Lopes and Márcia Renata Mortari
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Review  |  A checklist of the scorpions of Ecuador (Arachnida: Scorpiones), with notes on the distribution and medical significance of some species
Gabriel Brito and Adolfo Borges
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Review  |  The history of venomous spider identification, venom extraction methods and antivenom production: a long journey at the Butantan Institute, São Paulo, Brazil
Sylvia M. Lucas
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Research  |  A comparison between the recombinant expression and chemical synthesis of a short cysteine-rich insecticidal spider peptide
Herlinda Clement, Vianey Flores, Elia Diego-Garcia, Ligia Corrales-Garcia, Elba Villegas and Gerardo Corzo
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Review  |  The unfulfilled promises of scorpion insectotoxins
Ernesto Ortiz and Lourival D. Possani
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Research  |  Pharmacological characterization of venoms from three theraphosid spiders: Poecilotheria regalis, Ceratogyrus darlingi and Brachypelma epicureanum
Alejandro García-Arredondo, Luis Rodríguez-Rios, Luis Fernando Díaz-Peña and Ricardo Vega-Ángeles
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Review  |  What do we know about some of the most conspicuous scorpion species of the genus Tityus? A historical approach
Wilson R. Lourenço
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