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Title: Anticonvulsant effects of fractions isolated from dinoponera quadriceps (Kempt) ant venom (Formicidae: ponerinae)
Authors: Nôga, Diana Aline Morais Ferreira
Brandão, Luiz Eduardo Mateus
Cagni, Fernanda Carvalho
Silva, Delano
Azevedo, Dina Lilia Oliveira de
Araújo, Arrilton
Santos, Wagner Ferreira dos
Miranda, Antonio
Silva, Regina Helena da
Ribeiro, Alessandra Mussi
Keywords: Ant venom;Neuroactive compounds;Bicuculline;Tonic-clonic;Peptide fraction;Natural product
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Citation: NÔGA, Diana Aline Morais Ferreira et al. Anticonvulsant effects of fractions isolated from dinoponera quadriceps (Kempt) ant venom (Formicidae: ponerinae). Toxins, v. 9, n.1, 2017. Disponível em:<>. Acesso em: 18 out. 2017.
Portuguese Abstract: Natural products, sources of new pharmacological substances, have large chemical diversity and architectural complexity. In this context, some toxins obtained from invertebrate venoms have anticonvulsant effects. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects about 65 million people worldwide, and approximately 30% of cases are resistant to pharmacological treatment. Previous studies from our group show that the denatured venom of the ant Dinoponera quadriceps (Kempt) protects mice against bicuculline (BIC)-induced seizures and death. The aim of this study was to investigate the anticonvulsant activity of compounds isolated from D. quadriceps venom against seizures induced by BIC in mice. Crude venom was fractionated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) resulting in six fractions referred to as DqTx1–DqTx6. A liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) analysis revealed a major 431 Da compound in fractions DqTx1 and DqTx2. Fractions DqTx3 and DqTx4 showed a compound of 2451 Da and DqTx5 revealed a 2436 Da compound. Furthermore, the DqTx6 fraction exhibited a major component with a molecular weight of 13,196 Da. Each fraction (1 mg/mL) was microinjected into the lateral ventricle of mice, and the animals were observed in an open field. We did not observe behavioral alterations when the fractions were given alone. Conversely, when the fractions were microinjected 20 min prior to the administration of BIC (21.6 nM), DqTx1, DqTx4, and DqTx6 fractions increased the latency for onset of tonic-clonic seizures. Moreover, all fractions, except DqTx5, increased latency to death. The more relevant result was obtained with the DqTx6 fraction, which protected 62.5% of the animals against tonic-clonic seizures. Furthermore, this fraction protected 100% of the animals from seizure episodes followed by death. Taken together, these findings indicate that compounds from ant venom might be a potential source of new anticonvulsants molecules
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