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Title: Serrumab: A novel human single chain-fragment antibody with multiple scorpion toxin-neutralizing capacities
Authors: Pucca, Manuela Berto ×
Cerni, Felipe Augusto
Peigneur, Steve
Arantes, Eliane Candiani
Tytgat, Jan
Barbosa, José Elpidio #
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Series Title: Journal of Immunotoxicology vol:11 issue:2 pages:133-40
Article number: 10.3109/1547691X.2013.809175
Abstract: Abstract In Brazil, scorpion envenomation is an important public health problem. The yellow scorpion, Tityus serrulatus (Ts), is considered the most dangerous species in the country, being responsible for the most severe clinical cases of envenomation. Currently, the administration of serum produced in horses is recognized and used as a treatment for accidents with scorpions. However, horse herds' maintenance is costly and the antibodies are heterologous, which can cause anaphylaxis and Serum Sickness. In the present work, a human monoclonal fragment antibody, Serrumab, has been analysed. Toxin neutralizing effects of Serrumab were evaluated using a two-electrode voltage-clamp technique. The results show that Serrumab presented a high neutralizing effect against Ts β-toxins (Ts1, 43.2% and Ts2, 68.8%) and none or low neutralizing effect against α-toxins (Ts3, 0% and Ts5, 10%). Additional experiments demonstrated that Serrumab was also able to neutralize the action of toxins from other scorpion genus (Css II, 45.96% and Lqh III, 100%/β- and α-toxins, respectively). This work indicated that Serrumab is able to neutralize many toxins in Ts venom, and could being considered as a neutralizing antibody for formulating a human anti-scorpion serum in Brazil. Additionally, this work demonstrated that Serrumab could neutralize different toxins from distinct scorpion genus. All these results reinforce the idea that Serrumab is a scFv antibody with multiple neutralizing capacities and a promising candidate for inclusion in scorpion anti-venoms against different genera.
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ISSN: 1547-691X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Toxicology and Pharmacology
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