Title: A novel toxin from the venom of the scorpion Tityus trivittatus, is the first member of a new alpha-KTX subfamily
Authors: Abdel Mottaleb, Yousra ×
Coronas, Fredy V
de Roodt, Adolfo R
Possani, Lourival D
Tytgat, Jan #
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Series Title: FEBS Letters vol:580 issue:2 pages:592-6
Abstract: The first example of a new sub-family of toxins (alpha-KTx20.1) from the scorpion Tityus trivittatus was purified, sequenced and characterized physiologically. It has 29 amino acid residues, three disulfide bridges assumed to adopt the cysteine-stabilized alpha/beta scaffold with a pI value of 8.98. The sequence identities with all the other known alpha-KTx are less than 40%. Its effects were verified using seven different cloned K(+) channels (vertebrate Kv1.1-1.5, Shaker IR and hERG) expressed in Xenopus leavis oocytes. The toxin-induced effects show large differences among the different K(+) channels and a preference towards Kv1.3 (EC50=7.9+/-1.4 nM).
ISSN: 0014-5793
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Toxicology and Pharmacology
× corresponding author
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