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Toxicon. 1985;23(2):277-82.

A sleep-inducing peptide from Conus geographus venom.


A novel peptide toxin, which causes a sleep-like state upon intracerebral injection in mice, has been purified to homogeneity from the venom of the piscivorous marine snail Conus geographus L. It elicits no obvious effects when injected i.p. into either mice or fish. The purified toxin is a highly acidic heptadecapeptide with no cystine residues (Lys1, Arg1, Asx2, Ser1, Glx7-8, Gly1, Ile1, Leu2). This composition is in marked contrast to those of other conotoxins, which are basic and disulphide-bridged. The N-terminal residue is Gly and the COOH-terminal sequence is Ser-Asn-NH2.

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