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Título: Pro-and anticonvulsant effects of the ant dinoponera quadriceps (Kempf) venom in mice
Autor(es): Ferreira, Diana Aline Nôga Morais
Cagni, Fernanda Carvalho
Santos, J. R.
Silva, D.
Azevedo, D. L. O.
Araújo, Arrilton
Silva, R. H.
Ribeiro, A. M.
Palavras-chave: Bicuculline;Freezing;Tonic-clonic;Wild running
Data do documento: 2015
Editor: Springer
Citação: FERREIRA, Diana Aline Nôga Morais et al. Pro- and anticonvulsant effects of the ant dinoponera quadriceps (Kempf) venom in mice. Neotropical entomology, v. 44, p. 410-417, 2015. Disponível em:<>. Acesso em: 19 out. 2017.
metadata.dc.description.resumo: Epilepsy affects at least 50 million people worldwide, and the available treatment is associated with various side effects. Approximately 20–30% of the patients develop seizures that persist despite careful monitored treatment with antiepileptic drugs. Thus, there is a clear need for the development of new antiepileptic drugs, and the venoms can be an excellent source of probes. In this context, while there are studies on venoms from snakes, scorpions, and spiders, little is known regarding venom from ants. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential pro- and anticonvulsant effects of the venom from the ant Dinoponera quadriceps (Kempf) in Swiss mice. After the injection of the crude venom (DqTx—5, 50, and 500 mg/mL) in the lateral ventricle of mice, we observed a reduction of exploration and grooming behaviors, as well as an increase in immobility duration. In addition, the crude venom induced procursive behavior and tonicclonic seizures at the highest concentration. Conversely, the preadministration of the denatured venom (AbDq) at the concentration of 2 mg/mL protected the animals against tonic-clonic seizures (66.7%) and death (100%) induced by administration of bicuculline. Taken together, the findings demonstrate that D. quadriceps venom might be potential source of new pro- and anticonvulsants molecules
ISSN: 1519-566X
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