Toxinology of Arthropod Venom Peptides: Chemical and Biomedical Investigation

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Venoms".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2024 | Viewed by 420

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Natural Medicine, University of Toyama, Toyama 930-0194, Japan
Interests: chemistry (isolation, structure and synthesis) of natural products; solitary wasp and ant venom peptides; sea anemone toxins; spider toxins
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Laboratory of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Institute for Marine Sciences, Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza 60165-081, CE, Brazil
Interests: transcriptome of arthropods, cnidarians and other venomous animals; peptide engineering; anti-proliferative peptides; membranolytic peptides; regulatory peptides; molecular biology; pharmaceutical biotechnology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Arthropods comprise a large and diverse class of marine and terrestrial organisms inhabiting several niches on the planet. Some degree of the evolutionary success of arthropods is related to the production and inoculation of venom, as is the cases of arachnids (spiders and scorpions), hymenopterans (ants, bees, and wasps), and myriapods (centipedes). Peptides and organics are the primary molecular weapons that make up the composition of arthropod venoms. Arthropod venoms are naturally utilized for prey capture and self-defense but sometimes accidentally cause the envenomation of humans, leading to severe injuries. The remarkable biological effects have prompted much interest in arthropod venom components, and consequently, an increased number of studies have been carried out into the chemical composition and biological activities of arthropod venom. Venom component analysis has advanced to an outstanding level of accuracy and sensitivity, revealing the complexity and richness of arthropod venom and leading to the discovery of unique classes of proteins, peptides, and small molecules. Chemical and pharmacological investigation into arthropod venom has been one of the significant topics in the field of toxinology. This Special Issue of Toxins is a sequel to the similar Special Issues, entitled “Arthropod Venom Components and their Potential Usage” and “Toxinologic and Pharmacological Investigation of Venomous Arthropods”, which were published in 2019 and 2021, respectively. This subsequent Special Issue plans to focus on peptide components in arthropod venoms, collecting state-of-the-art progress results.

Prof. Dr. Katsuhiro Konno
Prof. Dr. Gandhi Rádis-Baptista
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  • venom components
  • peptide toxins
  • peptidomics
  • transcriptome
  • venomics
  • neurotixc peptides
  • peptide ligand
  • peptide engineering
  • venom-derived peptide leads

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