Neuromuscular effects of four phospholipases A2 from the venom of Pseudechis australis, the Australian king brown snake

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Abstract

Four homologous single chain phospholipases A2 (Pa-1G, Pa-5, Pa-12C and Pa-15) were tested for neuromuscular effects on chick biventer cervicis and mouse hemidiaphragm nerve-muscle preparations. The four isozymes blocked directly elicited (mouse hemidiaphragm) and indirectly elicited (mouse and chick nerve-muscle preparations) twitch responses in concentrations of 1-30 micrograms/ml. The order of potency seen in both types of preparations was Pa-1G = Pa-5 greater than Pa-12C much greater than Pa-15. All four isozymes caused slow-onset, sustained contractures and reduction of muscle membrane potentials. In the chick preparation, responses to acetylcholine, carbachol and KCl were reduced by exposure to the toxins. It is concluded that the toxins act primarily postsynaptically to depress muscle contractility, perhaps by directly damaging muscle fibres. The order of potency agrees with their phospholipase A2 activity. Pa-1G is unusual because it is an acidic molecule, most toxic phospholipases being basic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1057
Number of pages6
JournalToxicon
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992

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Colubridae
Neuromuscular Agents
Phospholipases A2
Muscle
Neuromuscular Junction
Muscles
Isoenzymes
Phospholipases
Poisons
Carbachol
Contracture
Membrane Potentials
Acetylcholine
Pseudechis venom
Membranes
Molecules
Fibers

Keywords

  • amino acid sequences
  • elapid snake
  • venom
  • toxicology

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In: Toxicon, Vol. 30, No. 9, 09.1992, p. 1051-1057.

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