Erika Camacho

Erika Camacho
University of Costa Rica | UCR · Facultad de Microbiología

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Clinical manifestations of envenomings by bites of the viperid snakes Bothrops asper and Daboia russelii show marked differences. Both venoms elicit the typical effects induced by viperid venoms (local tissue damage, bleeding, coagulopathies, shock). In addition, envenomings by D. russelii are characterized by a high incidence of acute kidney injur...
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Venoms of the viperid genus Bothrocophias, restricted to Colombia and Ecuador, are poorly known. Only a proteomic analysis of B. campbelli venom has been described. In this work we present a proteomic study of B. myersi venom, its biological activities, and describe the clinical characteristics of a patient bitten by this species. B. myersi venom m...
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Rear-fanged colubrid snakes include hundreds of species globally that possess a Duvernoy's venom gland and often one-several enlarged rear maxillary teeth. We investigated the venom proteome of the Central American Lyre Snake (Trimorphodon quadruplex), a moderate-sized rear-fanged colubrid snake and the southernmost Trimorphodon, using a bottom-up...
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In this study, we characterize the venom of Centruroides edwardsii, one of the most abundant scorpions in urban and rural areas of Costa Rica, in terms of its biochemical constituents and their biological activities. C. edwardsii venom is rich in peptides but also contains some higher molecular weight protein components. No phospholipase A2, hemoly...
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Abstract Venoms from Micrurus (New World coral snakes) display potent peripheral neurotoxicity which may cause death by respiratory paralysis, yet many are poorly or not characterized. The major venom components of coral snakes are three-finger toxins (3FTxs) and phospholipases A2, whose proportions vary among species. As a trend, venoms of Micruru...
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Abrogation of the hemorrhagic activity of BaP1, a PI Snake Venom Metalloproteinase (SVMP) from the venom of Bothrops asper, was achieved by the substitution of residues in the first part of the Ω loop surrounding the active site by the corresponding residues of a structurally-similar non-hemorrhagic PI SVMP from a related venom. Previous studies by...
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Envenomings by some populations of the Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii) are characterized by a systemic capillary leak syndrome (CLS) which causes hemoconcentration, and is associated with the severity of envenoming. We adapted a model of CLS in mice by assessing hemoconcentration. The venom of D. russelii from Pakistan, but not that of another vi...
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Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) play key biological roles in prey immobilization and digestion. The majority of these activities depend on the hydrolysis of relevant protein substrates in the tissues. Hereby, we describe several isoforms and a cDNA clone sequence, corresponding to PII SVMP homologues from the venom of the Central American pi...
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Unlabelled: The venom of the Lansberg's hognose pitviper, Porthidium lansbergii lansbergii, a species found in the northern region of Colombia, is poorly known. Aiming to increase knowledge on Porthidium species venoms, its proteomic analysis and functional evaluation of in vitro and in vivo activities relevant to its toxicity were undertaken. Out...
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A new homodimeric PII metalloproteinase, named BlatH1, was purified from the venom of the Central American arboreal viperid snake Bothriechis lateralis by a combination of anion-exchange chromatography, hydrophobic interaction chromatography, and gel filtration. BlatH1 is a glycoprotein of 84 kDa. The mature protein contains a metalloproteinase dom...
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Bothriechis is considered a monophyletic, basal genus of arboreal Neotropical pitvipers distributed across Middle America. The four species found in Costa Rica (B. lateralis, B. schlegeli, B. nigroviridis, B. supraciliaris) differ in their venom proteomic profiles, suggesting that different Bothriechis taxa have evolved diverse trophic strategies....
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Unlabelled: Bothrops pirajai snake venom was analyzed by a proteomic strategy. Proteins were separated by RP-HPLC, followed by SDS-PAGE, in-gel tryptic digestion, identification by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry, and assignment to known protein families by similarity. Proteins belonging to six families were found in B. pirajai venom, including ab...

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