Chemistry and pharmacology of honey-bee venom

  title={Chemistry and pharmacology of honey-bee venom},
  author={Barbara E. C. Banks and R A Shipolini},

Protein pattern of the honeybee venoms of Egypt

The venom composition of the Egyptian honeybee Apis mellifera lamarckii, the Carniolan honeybees and a hybrid with unknown origin were analyzed using electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE).

General Nutritional Profile of Bee Products and Their Potential Antiviral Properties against Mammalian Viruses

The antiviral and immunomodulatory effects of bee products and their bioactive components are emerging as a promising alternative therapy against several viral infections and can be effectively employed as an alternative strategy to improve human health from individual to communal levels as well.

A Short Review of the Venoms and Toxins of Spider Wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae)

The existing research regarding the composition and function of pompilid venoms are reviewed, parallels from other venom literatures are discussed, possible avenues for the adaptation of pompILid toxins towards human purposes are identified, and future directions of inquiry for the field are identified.

Sustainable Pest Management Using Biodegradable Apitoxin-Loaded Calcium-Alginate Microspheres

The optimization process for microencapsulation of apitoxin into a stable formulation, for ready use in agricultural applications, shows that the highest and fastest mortality was obtained when the highest concentrations were applied, chosen to be economically acceptable.

Factors driving the compositional diversity of Apis mellifera bee venom from a Corymbia calophylla (marri) ecosystem, Southwestern Australia

Among ecological factors, BV weight and protein diversity varied by temperature and marri flowering stage but not by index, this latter suggesting that inter and intra-year flowering index should be further explored to better appreciate this influence.

Chemical Profiling and Antimicrobial Properties of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera L.) Venom

HBV showed a broad spectrum of activity against all three tested biomasses of potentially pathogenic Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and demonstrated the therapeutic potential of the analyzed HBV.

Identification and quantification of honeybee venom constituents by multiplatform metabolomics

The untargeted metabolomics not only confirmed the presence of amines, amino acids, carbohydrates, and organic acids in HBV, but also provided information on venom components from other metabolite classes (e.g., nucleosides, alcohols, purine and pyrimidine derivatives).

Effects of paper wasp (Polistes flavus) venom toxins on lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) and acetyl cholinesterase (AChE) activity in blood serum, liver and muscles of albino mice

In the present investigation, in vivo effects of wasp toxin were evaluated on lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) and acetyl cholinesterase (AChE) enzyme activity in serum, liver and gastrocnemius muscles of albino mice after injected the sub lethal dose of Polistes flavus venom.

Computational analysis of PhospholipaseA2 in the honey bee venom

The primary structure analysis of PLA2 suggests that most of the PLA2 is hydrophobic due to the presence of high non-polar residues content, and the SVM prot analysis of proteins predicted that these proteins may act as drug targets for inflammatory response lipid-binding proteins, hydrolases, transferases and metal binding.



The peptide components of bee venom.

Three new peptides have been isolated from the venom of the common European honey bee: one is a fragment of the known peptide melittin, and some properties of the peptides are described.

Physicochemical studies of the protein-lipid interactions in melittin-containing micelles.


It is concluded that 401 may exert its anti‐inflammatory action directly by making the vascular endothelium anergic to phlogistic stimuli.

New methods of isolating been venom peptides.

The structure of melittin in lipid bilayer membranes.

Insect venoms: identification of noradrenaline and dopamine in wasp and bee stings

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  • 1971

An acid monophosphatase and aglucosidase enzymes newly isolated from bee venom

  • Toxicon Suppl. 1, 17, 169-170.
  • 1979

Bee and wasp venoms: The biochemistry and pharmacology of their peptides and enzymes are reviewed

  • Science ΠΊ, 314-322.
  • 1972