In vitro and in vivo studies on some toxic effects of the venom from Hemiscorpious lepturus scorpion.
ABSTRACT The aim of this laboratory-based study was to investigate some of the toxic effects induced by the venom from Hemiscorpious lepturus (H. lepturus). For this aim, pharmacological, histological, biochemical methods as well as complete blood cell count were used to assess these toxic actions. In addition, in vitro haemolysis studies on human washed blood suspension and cytotoxicity on cultured fibroblasts were also undertaken. In vitro pharmacological test was made on rat isolated ileal segment. To this end, the effects of the venom on the contractile responsiveness to acetylcholine were recorded using F30 transducer and Darco chart recorder. For assessment of the haemolytic potency, varying concentrations (2, 10, 20 and 40 microg/ml) of the venom were added to 0.5 ml of 5% washed human blood and after 30 min, 2, 4, 8, 12 and 24h of exposure, the degree of lysis (extent of redness developed in the supernatant solution after centrifugation) were measured by ELISA method. Cytotoxicity potential of the venom was assessed by trypan blue exclusion test. The venom (0.1, 1 and 10 microg/ml) was mixed with confluent fibroblast cell culture and the extent cytotoxicity was assessed microscopically. In vivo studies were conducted by a subcutaneous administration of sub-lethal dose (10 microg) of the venom and after 7 days the skin, at the site of injection, and kidney samples were stained by H & E method and examined microscopically. In addition, biochemical assessments including measurement of serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and amylase levels and urine analysis were made. The results showed that the venom prevented the relaxation phase of the acetylcholine-induced contractions on the isolated ileal segments and finally produced sustained spasmodic contractions. This spasmodic action was abolished by 1 microM atropine. The venom produced haemolysis of red blood cells in a concentration-dependent and duration-of-exposure manner, with 100% of haemolysis produced after 24h following exposure to 40 microg/ml of venom. While cultured fibroblasts cells were more sensitive and disintegrated after 15 min of exposure to 1 microg/ml of the venom. Histological findings showed evidences of excessive inflammatory responses accompanied with signs of necrosis in the skin at the site of injection as well as structural damage in the nephrones. There was a significant rise in the serum enzymes. In addition, the number of the RBCs were reduced. The urine showed positive readings for proteinuria, blood and intact RBCs. The overall results suggest that the venom from H. lepturus primarily is a cytotoxic agent and has haemolytic, nephrotoxic and to some extent hepatotoxic activity.
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ABSTRACT: This epidemiological review was carried out to display the magnitude and the geographic distribution of scorpion envenomation in Iran with focus on the southwestern region of Iran, particularly. The Iranian recognized scorpions belonging to two families, including Buthidae and Scorpionidae. Buthidae family consists of 14 genuses, 26 species, and 18 sub-species, while Scorpionidae family has three genuses and four species. The lack of basic knowledge, including the geographical distribution, clinical manifestations, and specific treatments related to scorpiofauna justifies such multidisciplinary studies. The venom of two endemic Iranian scorpions, including Hemiscorpius lepturus (H. lepturus) and Odonthubuthus doriae (O.doriae) have considered as an effective source of new neurotoxin peptides for the further development of physio-pharmacological probes and designing the clinical trials. Such epidemiological information may improve the determinants of Iranian scorpion stings in order to plan and implement effective public health intervention.Iranian journal of pharmaceutical research (IJPR) 07/2014; 13(3):743-756. · 0.51 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Abstract Hemiscorpius lepturus (H. lepturus), one of the most venomous scorpions in tropical and sub-tropical areas, belongs to the Hemiscorpiidae family. Studies of antibodies in sera against the protein component of the venom from this organism can be of great use for the development of engineered variants of proteins for eventual use in the diagnosis/treatment of, and prevention of reactions to, stings. In the present in vitro study, the proteins of H. lepturus venom, which could specifically activate the production of immunoglobulin G (IgG) in victims accidently exposed to the venom from this scorpion, were evaluated and their cross-reactivity with venoms from two other important scorpion species including Androctonus crassicauda and Mesobuthus eupeus assessed. H. lepturus venom was analyzed with respect to its protein composition and its antigenic properties against antibodies found in sera collected from victims exposed to the venom of this scorpion within a previous 2-month period. The cross-reactivity of the H. lepturus venom with those from A. crassicauda and M. eupeus was assessed using ELISA and immunoblotting. Electrophoretic analysis of the venom of H. lepturus revealed several protein bands with weights of 8-116 KDa. The most frequent IgG-reactive bands in the test sera had weights of 34, 50, and 116 kDa. A weak cross-reactivity H. lepturus of venom with venoms from A. crassicauda and M. eupeus was detected. The results of immunoblotting and ELISA experiments revealed that H. lepturus venom activated the host immune response, leading to the production of a high titer of antibodies. Clearly, a determination of the major immunogenic components of H. lepturus venom could be valuable for future studies and ultimately of great importance for the potential production of recombinant or hypo-venom variants of these proteins.Journal of Immunotoxicology 06/2014; DOI:10.3109/1547691X.2014.927542 · 1.91 Impact Factor
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