Diversity of folds in animal toxins acting on ion channels.

@article{Mouhat2004DiversityOF,
  title={Diversity of folds in animal toxins acting on ion channels.},
  author={St{\'e}phanie Mouhat and Besma Jouirou and Amor Mosbah and Michel De Waard and Jean-Marc Sabatier},
  journal={The Biochemical journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={378 Pt 3},
  pages={
          717-26
        }
}
Animal toxins acting on ion channels of excitable cells are principally highly potent short peptides that are present in limited amounts in the venoms of various unrelated species, such as scorpions, snakes, sea anemones, spiders, insects, marine cone snails and worms. These toxins have been used extensively as invaluable biochemical and pharmacological tools to characterize and discriminate between the various ion channel types that differ in ionic selectivity, structure and/or cell function… CONTINUE READING
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