Title

The Toxicology of the Spitting Cobra

Date

5-28-2015 9:00 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Patricia Flatt

Session Title

Deadly Toxins: Who Makes Them and How Do They Work?

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patricia Flatt

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Spitting cobras are a unique group of venomous snakes that have a highly specialized defense mechanism. They are capable of accurately spraying venom into the eyes of a target up to 8 feet away, causing pain and blindness. The venom is comprised of cytotoxins, post-synaptic neurotoxins, and cardiotoxins, which can lead to severe tissue damage and death. Antibodies derived from the venom are used to prevent deaths in most bite cases in areas where the snake is native. Despite it’s lethality, the cytotoxins of cobra venom have shown potential implications as an anti-tumor drug.

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May 28th, 9:00 AM May 28th, 11:00 AM

The Toxicology of the Spitting Cobra

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Spitting cobras are a unique group of venomous snakes that have a highly specialized defense mechanism. They are capable of accurately spraying venom into the eyes of a target up to 8 feet away, causing pain and blindness. The venom is comprised of cytotoxins, post-synaptic neurotoxins, and cardiotoxins, which can lead to severe tissue damage and death. Antibodies derived from the venom are used to prevent deaths in most bite cases in areas where the snake is native. Despite it’s lethality, the cytotoxins of cobra venom have shown potential implications as an anti-tumor drug.