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

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

Correspondence to 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

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).

Received: July 27, 2009

Accepted: July 27, 2009

Abstract published online: August 10, 2009

Full paper published online: August 31, 2009

  • 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:
  • Publication Dates

    • Publication in this collection
      14 Sept 2009
    • Date of issue
      2009
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