Cloning and characterization of BmK86, a novel K+ -channel blocker from scorpion venom.


Scorpion venom represents a tremendous hitherto unexplored resource for understanding ion channels. BmK86 is a novel K+ -channel toxin gene isolated from a cDNA library of Mesobuthus martensii Karsch, which encodes a signal peptide of 22 amino acid residues and a mature toxin of 35 residues with three disulfide bridges. The genomic sequence of BmK86… (More)