Snake venoms and the neuromuscular junction.

  title={Snake venoms and the neuromuscular junction.},
  author={Robert L Lewis and Ludwig Gutmann},
  journal={Seminars in neurology},
  volume={24 2},
There are approximately 420 venomous species of snakes living on the earth. Their venoms, each unique, can affect multiple organ systems. The venoms have a predilection for the peripheral nervous system where the neuromuscular junction is a favorite target. Those venoms affecting the release of acetylcholine from the presynaptic membrane are called beta-neurotoxins and those affecting the postsynaptic membrane are called alpha-neurotoxins. alpha-Bungarotoxin has been used in quantitative… CONTINUE READING
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