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Epistemus (Sonora)

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JIMENEZ CANALE, Jorge; VELAZQUEZ CONTRERAS, Enrique Fernando  and  SARABIA SAINZ, José Andrei. The Pharmaceutical Potential of Snakes Venoms Sonora, Mexico. Epistemus (Sonora) [online]. 2022, vol.16, n.33, pp.84-92.  Epub May 19, 2023. ISSN 2007-8196.

Venoms are complex biomolecules mixtures that are produced in specialized glands in several plants or animals. It has been reported that peptides and proteins are the venoms’ major components and are responsible for most of the clinical symptoms derived from a sting/bite. Additionally, snakes are probably the most representative venomous animals, due to cultural and medicinal reasons. Among these, rattlesnakes are highly feared, and in many cases, their venoms have been poorly studied. In the state of Sonora, Mexico, 12 species of rattlesnakes have been described, all considered as highly venomous since their bite requires medical attention. It has been reported that some of these species venoms’ components present antibacterial and anticancer activity, among many others. In the present work, we briefly describe how some of these venom components found in the venoms of Sonoran rattlesnakes, are of high pharmaceutical and biotechnological importance and should be paid attention.

Keywords : Snakes; Venoms; Pharmacology; Nanotechnology; Nanomedicine.

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