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  • Y J Li, Y H Ji
  • 2000
In this study, the binding characteristics of BmK I, an alpha-like neurotoxic polypeptide purified from the venom of the Chinese scorpion Buthus martensi Karsch, were investigated on rat brain and cockroach nerve cord synaptosomes. The results showed that BmK I can bind to a single class of noninteracting binding sites on cockroach nerve cord synaptosomes(More)
BACKGROUND BK channels are usually activated by membrane depolarization and cytoplasmic Ca(2+). Especially,the activity of BK channel (α+β4) can be modulated by martentoxin, a 37 residues peptide, with Ca(2+)-dependent manner. gBK channel (glioma BK channel) and BK channel (α+β1) possessed higher Ca(2+) sensitivity than other known BK channel subtypes. (More)
The pharmacological binding of BmK AS-1, a novel Na+ channel-specific ligand purified from Chinese scorpion Buthus martensi Karsch (BmK), has been investigated by biosensor assay. The results showed a fast association rate constant (1.14 x 10(4) M(-1) s(-1)) but a very slow dissociation rate constant (3.24 x 10(-5) s(-1)) for BmK AS-1 binding to the Na+(More)
Buthus martensi Karsch IT2 (BmK IT2), a scorpion neurotoxin, was found to display a biphasic inhibitory effect on the C component of the rat nociceptive flexion reflex by subcutaneous injection in vivo, and also on the total Na(+) currents of rat dorsal root ganglion neurons using whole-cell patch clamping. BmK IT2 blocked the tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R)(More)
This study was undertaken to assess the binding properties of BmK AS on both mammal and insect excitable cell membranes. It was found that BmK AS bound specifically to a single class of non-interacting binding sites on both rat brain and cockroach nerve cord synaptosomes with high affinity (K(d) = 1.49 +/- 0.14 and 0.79 +/- 0.29 nM) and low capacity (B(max)(More)
Martentoxin as a 37-residue peptide was capable of blocking large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels in adrenal medulla chromaffin cells. This study investigated the pharmacological discrimination of martentoxin on BK channel subtypes. The results showed that the iberiotoxin-insensitive neuronal BK channels (alpha+beta4) could be potently(More)
Martentoxin (MarTX), a 37-residue peptide purified from the venom of East-Asian scorpion (Buthus martensi Karsch), was capable of blocking large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BK) channels. Here, we report an effective expression and purification approach for this toxin. The cDNA encoding martentoxin was expressed by the prokaryotic expression system(More)
The study was undertaken to assess the antihyperalgesia effect of BmK IT2, a sodium channel-specific ligand purified from the venom of Chinese scorpion Buthus martensi Karsch in rat by peripheral injection. The peripheral inflammation of rat was induced by carrageenan resulted in hyperalgesia to heat stimulus. The heat hyperalgesia was measured by paw(More)
Binding assay of (125)I-BmK IT2, a depressant insect-selective scorpion toxin showed two non-interacting binding sites on insect neuronal membranes: a high affinity (K(d(1))=0.65+/-0.20 nM) and low capacity (B(max(1))=0.46+/-0.13 pmol/mg protein) binding site, as well as a low-affinity (K(d(2))=78.7+/-16.4 nM) and high capacity (B(max(2))=33.1+/-8.5 pmol/mg(More)
The antinociceptive effect and potential antinociceptive mechanism of Buthus martensi Karsch agonist of skeletal-muscle RyR-1 (BmK AS-1), a scorpion venom derived neurotoxic polypeptide, have been investigated in rats. The results show that: (a) the withdrawal latency to rat plantar radiant heat was increased significantly by 100 and 150% after intrathecal(More)