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Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases

On-line version ISSN 1678-9199

J. Venom. Anim. Toxins incl. Trop. Dis vol.15 no.3 Botucatu  2009

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-91992009000300021 

BOOK REVIEW

 

Animal toxins: state of the art - perspectives in health and biotechnology

 

 

 

 

Correspondence to

 

 

Organizers: Maria Elena de Lima, Adriano Monteiro de Castro Pimenta, Marie France Martin-Eauclaire, Russolina Benedeta Zingali and Hervé Rochat.

Editora UFMG, 2009, 800 p., ISBN: 978-85-7041-735-0.

This single-volume edition presents for the first time results of several studies with different perspectives on the real possibilities of the use of animal venoms and toxins in the biotechnology industry.

Animal Toxins consists of 39 articles, signed by renowned experts of various nationalities. The state of the art in compounds derived from venoms of marine animals, spiders and scorpions, lizards, snakes, among others, are the focus of this publication which aims to meet scientists, students and university researchers, biotechnologists interested in toxicology as well as the pharmaceutical industry.

Animal venoms and toxins have been selected over millions of years of evolution to act quickly and effectively on the victim body, which results in a massive repertoire of molecules able to bind to specific targets. The possibility of using these toxins in biotechnological processes means that these venoms and toxins are regarded as one of the most promising sources of bioactive natural compounds.

FINANCIAL SOURCE: Fapemig, Fundep, INCTT (Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Toxinas).

 

 

Correspondence to:
Maria Elena de Lima
Laboratório de Venenos e Toxinas Animais
Departamento de Bioquímica e Imunologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627, Belo Horizonte, MG, 30171-970, Brasil
Phone: +55 31 3409 2659
Fax: +55 31 3409 2614
Email: melenalima@icb.ufmg.br

Received: July 27, 2009
Accepted: July 27, 2009
Abstract published online: August 10, 2009
Full paper published online: August 31, 2009

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