Wagner Ferreira dos Santos

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Several investigations demonstrate that neurotoxins isolated from venoms of spiders and wasps may exert specific and selective activity on structures of the mammalian CNS. In the present work we examine the neurological effects of the low molecular weight compounds of the denatured venom of the neotropical social wasp Polybia occidentalis in freely moving(More)
Previous studies have shown that a compound purified from the spider Parawixia bistriata venom stimulates the activity of glial glutamate transporters and can protect retinal tissue from ischemic damage. To understand the mechanism by which this compound enhances transport, we examined its effects on the functional properties of glutamate transporters after(More)
In this study, we isolated the alkaloid erysothrine from the hydroalcoholic extract of flowers from E. mulungu and screened for its anticonvulsant and anxiolytic actions based on neuroethological and neurochemical experiments. Our results showed that the administration of erysothrine inhibited seizures evoked by bicuculline, PTZ, NMDA and most remarkably,(More)
Venom from male and female specimens of the medically most important Brazilian Ctenidae spider Phoneutria nigriventer (Keyserling, 1891) has been compared. Males showed a slightly higher venom yield (386 microg) than equal sized females (296 microg), while adult females showed nearly a three times higher venom yield (1079 microg). High-pressure(More)
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