Exploring the biological activities and proteome of Brazilian scorpion Rhopalurus agamemnon venom

Ana Carolina Martins Magalhães*, Carlos José Correia de Santana, Rafael D Melani, Gilberto B Domont, Mariana S Castro, Wagner Fontes, Peter Roepstorff, Osmindo Rodrigues Pires Júnior

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Scorpion venoms are formed by toxins harmful to various organisms, including humans. Several techniques have been developed to understand the role of proteins in animal venoms, including proteomics approach. Rhopalurus agamemnon (Koch, 1839) is the largest scorpion in the Buthidae family in the Brazilian Cerrado, measuring up to 110 mm in total length. The accident with R. agamemnon is painful and causes some systemic reactions, but the specie's venom remains uninvestigated. We explore the venom protein composition using a proteomic and a biological-directed approach identifying 230 protein compounds including enzymes like Hyaluronidase, metalloproteinase, L-amino acid oxidase and amylase, the last two are first reported for scorpion venoms. Some of those new reports are important to demonstrate how distant we are from a total comprehension of the diversity about venoms in general, due to their diversity in composition and function. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: In this study, we explored the composition of venom proteins from the scorpion Rhopalurus agamemnon. We identified 230 proteins from the venom including new enzyme reports. These data highlight the unique diversity of the venom proteins from the scorpion R. agamemnon, provide insights into new mechanisms of envenomation and enlarge the protein database of scorpion venoms. The discovery of new proteins provides a new scenario for the development of new drugs and suggests molecular targets to venom components.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer104119
TidsskriftJournal of Proteomics
Vol/bind237
Antal sider10
ISSN1874-3919
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 15. apr. 2021

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