snake venom


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Venom from poisonous snakes—e.g., water moccasins, cobras, coral snakes, rattlesnakes, etc.—which some health fraudsters claim is useful for arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions
Adverse effects Blurred vision, headaches, vertigo, possibly death

snake venom

The poisonous secretion of the labial glands of certain snakes. Venoms contain proteins, chiefly toxins and enzymes, which are responsible for their toxicity. They are classified as neurocytolysins, hemolysins, hemocoagulins, proteolysins, and cytolysins on the basis of the effects produced.
See also: venom
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Structural and functional characterization of neuwiedase, a non-hemorrhagic fibrin(ogen) olytic metalloprotease from Bothrops neuwiedi snake venom. Arch.
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List of maximum protection posed by various plant extracts at the most effective concentration to mask alkaline phosphatase activity in 0.4 mg/0.1ml of snake venom.
A glycoprotein from a folk medicinal plant, Withania somnifera, inhibits hyaluronidase activity of snake venoms. Comp.
Snake venom [PLA.sub.2] exhibits a wide variety of pharmacological effects and is involved in the envenomation pathophysiology, presenting myotoxic and neurotoxic activities [62].
Snake venom phospholipase A2s (Asp49 and Lys49) induce mechanical allodynia upon perisciatic administration: involvement of spinal cord glia, proinflammatory cytokines and nitric oxide.
The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay detected 13 ng/ml of tiger snake venom in serum prior to antivenom.
The researchers believe that the that the deadly snake venom does have the potential to save life and this needs to be researched.
He explained that an essential approach to tackling snakebite was to prevent or neutralise snake venom on its arrival at the human and animal tissue or blood that required a prophylactic agent or vaccine.