Ya. L. Polyak

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Short-chain alpha-neurotoxins from snakes are highly selective antagonists of the muscle-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR). Although their spatial structures are known and abundant information on topology of binding to nAChR is obtained by labeling and mutagenesis studies, the accurate structure of the complex is not yet known. Here, we present(More)
A protein with M 7485 Da containing five disulfide bonds was isolated from the venom of cobra Naja oxiana using various types of liquid chromatography. The complete amino acid sequence of the protein was determined by protein chemistry methods, which permitted us to assign it to the group of weak toxins. This is the first weak toxin isolated from the venom(More)
Weak toxins are the "three-fingered" snake venoms toxins grouped together by having an additional disulfide in the N-terminal loop I. In general, weak toxins have low toxicity, and biological targets have been identified for some of them only, recently by detecting the effects on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR). Here the methods of docking and(More)
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