Volume 89 Issue 22 | p. 45 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 30, 2011

Scorpion Venom Unfriendly To Fungi

Peptides and other compounds from stinging critter exhibit fungicidal properties
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: scorpion, venom, antifungal, agrochemical

Scorpion toxins may be a new source of potential fungicides, researchers in Brazil and Venezuela report (J. Agric. Food Chem., DOI: 10.1021/jf200486t). The venom that scorpions inject into their victims contains a soup of peptides that wreak havoc on cell membranes. Scientists have noted that scorpions often spray themselves with their own venom to rid themselves of opportunistic fungal infections. But although over 500 compounds in two different scorpion species have been identified, . . .

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