Mini-Reviews in Organic Chemistry


Purification and Characterization of Venom Components as Source for Antibiotics

Author(s): Leidy Johana Vargas Munoz, Sebastian Estrada-Gomez.


The extensive use of antibiotics in medicine, food industry, and agriculture has led to a frequent emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria, which creates an urgent need for new antibiotics. It is now widely recognized that venom proteins could play a promising role against multidrug-resistant bacteria. Different proteins with antibacterial activity have been characterized from the venoms of snakes, spiders and scorpions in the last decade.

This review summarizes the proteins and peptides that have been purified and characterized from different venoms with antibacterial activity.

Keywords: Antimicrobial activity, snake, spider, scorpion, venom, peptides.

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Article Details

Year: 2014
Page: [15 - 27]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/1570193X1101140402100416