Toxins and venoms

  title={Toxins and venoms},
  author={E. Brodie},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • E. Brodie
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • The compounds that we recognize as toxins and venoms span an enormous diversity of pharmacological and ecological functions. The selection pressures driving the modification of venoms and toxins are fundamentally different from those of other proteins, and result in somewhat different evolutionary dynamics. Toxins often appear convergent because externally available compounds are used for defense, whereas venoms seem to evolve toward a rather constrained set of target functions and classes of… CONTINUE READING
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