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Therapeutic potential of cone snail venom peptides (conopeptides)
Vetter, I.; Lewis, R.J. (2012). Therapeutic potential of cone snail venom peptides (conopeptides). Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 12(14): 1546-1552.
In: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry. Bentham Science Publ Ltd: Sharjah. ISSN 1568-0266; e-ISSN 1873-5294, more
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    Conopeptides, ion channels, GPCR, Cone snails, venom peptides, target membrane proteins, membrane proteins, disease physiology, pharmacologies, peptide mimetic, globular peptide, conotoxin, complex venoms, pharmacological targets, neurological targets

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  • Vetter, I., more
  • Lewis, R.J.

    Cone snails have evolved many 1000s of small, structurally stable venom peptides (conopeptides) for prey capture and defense. Whilst <0.1% have been pharmacologically characterised, those with known function typically target membrane proteins of therapeutic importance, including ion channels, transporters and GPCRs. Several conopeptides reduce pain in animals models, with one in clinical development ( χ-conopeptide analogue Xen2174) and one marketed ( ω-conotoxin MVIIA or Prialt) for the treatment of severe pain. In addition to their therapeutic potential, conopeptides have been valuable probes for studying the role of a number of key membrane proteins in normal and disease physiology.

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