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Arthropod venoms: Biochemistry, ecology and evolution

Laxme, Senji RR and Suranse, Vivek and Sunagar, Kartik (2019) Arthropod venoms: Biochemistry, ecology and evolution. In: TOXICON, 158 . pp. 84-103.

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Abstract

Comprising of over a million described species of highly diverse invertebrates, Arthropoda is amongst the most successful animal lineages to have colonized aerial, terrestrial, and aquatic domains. Venom, one of the many fascinating traits to have evolved in various members of this phylum, has underpinned their adaptation to diverse habitats. Over millions of years of evolution, arthropods have evolved ingenious ways of delivering venom in their targets for self-defence and predation. The morphological diversity of venom delivery apparatus in arthropods is astounding, and includes extensively modified pedipalps, tail (telson), mouth parts (hypostome), fangs, appendages (maxillulae), proboscis, ovipositor (stinger), and hair (urticating bristles). Recent investigations have also unravelled an astonishing venom biocomplexity with molecular scaffolds being recruited from a multitude of protein families. Venoms are a remarkable bioresource for discovering lead compounds in targeted therapeutics. Several components with prospective applications in the development of advanced lifesaving drugs and environment friendly bio-insecticides have been discovered from arthropod venoms. Despite these fascinating features, the composition, bioactivity, and molecular evolution of venom in several arthropod lineages remains largely understudied. This review highlights the prevalence of venom, its mode of toxic action, and the evolutionary dynamics of venom in Arthropoda, the most speciose phylum in the animal kingdom.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Arthropoda; Venom; Biochemistry; Ecology; Evolution
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2019 07:13
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 05:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/61890

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