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Venomous Reptiles and Their Toxins


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Chapter 1. The origin and evolution of the Toxicofera reptile venom system Chapter 2. Signs, symptoms and treatment of envenomation Chapter 3. Antivenom research and development Chapter 4. Ineffective traditional and modern techniques for the treatment of snakebite Chapter 5. Maintaining venomous animal collections: protocols and occupational safety Chapter 6. Veterinary care of venomous reptiles Chapter 7. Research methods Chapter 8. Three finger toxins (3FTx) Chapter 9. Beta-defensins Chapter 10. Cysteine-rich secretory proteins (TV-CRiSP) Chapter 11. Exendin peptides Chapter 12. Factor Va proteins (TV-fVa) Chapter 13. Factor Xa enzymes (TV-fXa) Chapter 14. Kallikrein enzymes (TV-kallikrein) Chapter 15. Kunitz peptides (TV-kunitz) Chapter 16. L-amino acid oxidase enzymes (TV-LAAO) Chapter 17. Lectin peptides (TV-lectin) Chapter 18. Lizard venom B-type natriuretic peptides (LV-BNP) Chapter 19. Snake venom C-type natriuretic peptides (SV-CNP) Chapter 20. Group-I phospholipase A2 enzymes (TV-PLA2-GI) Chapter 21. Group-II phospholipase A2 enzymes (TV-PLA2-GII) Chapter 22. Sarafotoxin peptides Chapter 23. Snake venom metalloprotease enzymes (SVMP) Chapter 24. Lesser-known or putative reptile toxins Chapter 25. Poisonous snakes and bacteria as a Komodo dragon weapon: which is a myth and which is reality? Contributors List of Abbreviations

About the Author

Bryan G. Fry is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland. He leads the Venom Evolution Laboratory, working on venoms from a wide diversity of reptiles, centipedes, cnidarians, insects, scorpions, spiders and even venomous mammals. He has published extensively on venom systems evolution and how they can be harnessed for therapeutic use. His discoveries include antifreeze venom in Antarctic octopuses, komodo dragon venom and new species of sea snakes. Fry's publications have appeared in prestigious scientific journals, including Nature. He has led field expeditions to over forty countries and he is a member of the Explorers Club. His work has been featured in over seventy natural history documentaries appearing on Animal Planet, BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic TV and others. Fry has a B.Sc. (honours) in Molecular Biology, a B.A. (honours) in Scientific Philosophy, as well as B.A. minor studies in Psychology from Portland State University. Subsequently he obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Biosciences (Centre for Drug Design and Development). His work has been funded by grants from a diversity of funding agencies, including the Australian Research Council and the Australian Antarctic Division.


"This volume is a major contribution to toxinology. ... Fry's book will not create universal consensus, but it will stimulate debate, essential for all good science. ... Highly recommended for collections in herpetology and toxinology." --CHOICE

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