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Sea Anemone Toxins: A Structural Overview.

Madio B, King GF, Undheim EAB.

Mar Drugs. 2019 Jun 1;17(6). pii: E325. doi: 10.3390/md17060325. Review.


NMR structure and dynamics of inhibitory repeat domain variant 12, a plant protease inhibitor from Capsicum annuum, and its structural relationship to other plant protease inhibitors.

Gartia J, Anangi R, Joshi RS, Giri AP, King GF, Barnwal RP, Chary KVR.

J Biomol Struct Dyn. 2019 Apr 30:1-10. doi: 10.1080/07391102.2019.1607559. [Epub ahead of print]


Tying pest insects in knots: the deployment of spider-venom-derived knottins as bioinsecticides.

King GF.

Pest Manag Sci. 2019 Apr 25. doi: 10.1002/ps.5452. [Epub ahead of print] Review.


A process of convergent amplification and tissue-specific expression dominates the evolution of toxin and toxin-like genes in sea anemones.

Surm JM, Smith HL, Madio B, Undheim EAB, King GF, Hamilton BR, van der Burg CA, Pavasovic A, Prentis PJ.

Mol Ecol. 2019 May;28(9):2272-2289. doi: 10.1111/mec.15084. Epub 2019 May 2.


The modulation of acid-sensing ion channel 1 by PcTx1 is pH-, subtype- and species-dependent: Importance of interactions at the channel subunit interface and potential for engineering selective analogues.

Cristofori-Armstrong B, Saez NJ, Chassagnon IR, King GF, Rash LD.

Biochem Pharmacol. 2019 May;163:381-390. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2019.03.004. Epub 2019 Mar 5.


Buzz Kill: Function and Proteomic Composition of Venom from the Giant Assassin Fly Dolopus genitalis (Diptera: Asilidae).

Walker AA, Dobson J, Jin J, Robinson SD, Herzig V, Vetter I, King GF, Fry BG.

Toxins (Basel). 2018 Nov 5;10(11). pii: E456. doi: 10.3390/toxins10110456.


Entomo-venomics: The evolution, biology and biochemistry of insect venoms.

Walker AA, Robinson SD, Yeates DK, Jin J, Baumann K, Dobson J, Fry BG, King GF.

Toxicon. 2018 Nov;154:15-27. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2018.09.004. Epub 2018 Sep 26. Review.


A comprehensive portrait of the venom of the giant red bull ant, Myrmecia gulosa, reveals a hyperdiverse hymenopteran toxin gene family.

Robinson SD, Mueller A, Clayton D, Starobova H, Hamilton BR, Payne RJ, Vetter I, King GF, Undheim EAB.

Sci Adv. 2018 Sep 12;4(9):eaau4640. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau4640. eCollection 2018 Sep.


Venoms to the rescue.

Holford M, Daly M, King GF, Norton RS.

Science. 2018 Aug 31;361(6405):842-844. doi: 10.1126/science.aau7761. No abstract available.


Evaluation of Chemical Strategies for Improving the Stability and Oral Toxicity of Insecticidal Peptides.

Herzig V, de Araujo AD, Greenwood KP, Chin YK, Windley MJ, Chong Y, Muttenthaler M, Mobli M, Audsley N, Nicholson GM, Alewood PF, King GF.

Biomedicines. 2018 Aug 28;6(3). pii: E90. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines6030090.


Novel venom-derived inhibitors of the human EAG channel, a putative antiepileptic drug target.

Ma L, Chin YKY, Dekan Z, Herzig V, Chow CY, Heighway J, Lam SW, Guillemin GJ, Alewood PF, King GF.

Biochem Pharmacol. 2018 Dec;158:60-72. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2018.08.038. Epub 2018 Aug 25.


Efficient Enzymatic Ligation of Inhibitor Cystine Knot Spider Venom Peptides: Using Sortase A To Form Double-Knottins That Probe Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel NaV1.7.

Agwa AJ, Blomster LV, Craik DJ, King GF, Schroeder CI.

Bioconjug Chem. 2018 Oct 17;29(10):3309-3319. doi: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.8b00505. Epub 2018 Sep 12.


PHAB toxins: a unique family of predatory sea anemone toxins evolving via intra-gene concerted evolution defines a new peptide fold.

Madio B, Peigneur S, Chin YKY, Hamilton BR, Henriques ST, Smith JJ, Cristofori-Armstrong B, Dekan Z, Boughton BA, Alewood PF, Tytgat J, King GF, Undheim EAB.

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2018 Dec;75(24):4511-4524. doi: 10.1007/s00018-018-2897-6. Epub 2018 Aug 14.


Selective NaV1.1 activation rescues Dravet syndrome mice from seizures and premature death.

Richards KL, Milligan CJ, Richardson RJ, Jancovski N, Grunnet M, Jacobson LH, Undheim EAB, Mobli M, Chow CY, Herzig V, Csoti A, Panyi G, Reid CA, King GF, Petrou S.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Aug 21;115(34):E8077-E8085. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1804764115. Epub 2018 Aug 3.


Gomesin inhibits melanoma growth by manipulating key signaling cascades that control cell death and proliferation.

Ikonomopoulou MP, Fernandez-Rojo MA, Pineda SS, Cabezas-Sainz P, Winnen B, Morales RAV, Brust A, Sánchez L, Alewood PF, Ramm GA, Miles JJ, King GF.

Sci Rep. 2018 Aug 1;8(1):11519. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29826-4.


Structural basis for the modulation of voltage-gated sodium channels by animal toxins.

Shen H, Li Z, Jiang Y, Pan X, Wu J, Cristofori-Armstrong B, Smith JJ, Chin YKY, Lei J, Zhou Q, King GF, Yan N.

Science. 2018 Oct 19;362(6412). pii: eaau2596. doi: 10.1126/science.aau2596. Epub 2018 Jul 26.


Dipteran toxicity assays for determining the oral insecticidal activity of venoms and toxins.

Guo S, Herzig V, King GF.

Toxicon. 2018 Aug;150:297-303. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2018.06.077. Epub 2018 Jun 18.


NaV1.1 inhibition can reduce visceral hypersensitivity.

Salvatierra J, Castro J, Erickson A, Li Q, Braz J, Gilchrist J, Grundy L, Rychkov GY, Deiteren A, Rais R, King GF, Slusher BS, Basbaum A, Pasricha PJ, Brierley SM, Bosmans F.

JCI Insight. 2018 Jun 7;3(11). pii: 121000. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.121000. eCollection 2018 Jun 7.


Identification and Functional Characterization of Sugarcane Invertase Inhibitor (ShINH1): A Potential Candidate for Reducing Pre- and Post-harvest Loss of Sucrose in Sugarcane.

Shivalingamurthy SG, Anangi R, Kalaipandian S, Glassop D, King GF, Rae AL.

Front Plant Sci. 2018 May 3;9:598. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00598. eCollection 2018.


Harvesting Venom Toxins from Assassin Bugs and Other Heteropteran Insects.

Walker AA, Rosenthal M, Undheim EEA, King GF.

J Vis Exp. 2018 Apr 21;(134). doi: 10.3791/57729.


Gating modifier toxins isolated from spider venom: Modulation of voltage-gated sodium channels and the role of lipid membranes.

Agwa AJ, Peigneur S, Chow CY, Lawrence N, Craik DJ, Tytgat J, King GF, Henriques ST, Schroeder CI.

J Biol Chem. 2018 Jun 8;293(23):9041-9052. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.002553. Epub 2018 Apr 27.


Gomesin peptides prevent proliferation and lead to the cell death of devil facial tumour disease cells.

Fernandez-Rojo MA, Deplazes E, Pineda SS, Brust A, Marth T, Wilhelm P, Martel N, Ramm GA, Mancera RL, Alewood PF, Woods GM, Belov K, Miles JJ, King GF, Ikonomopoulou MP.

Cell Death Discov. 2018 Feb 14;4:19. doi: 10.1038/s41420-018-0030-0. eCollection 2018 Dec.


The assassin bug Pristhesancus plagipennis produces two distinct venoms in separate gland lumens.

Walker AA, Mayhew ML, Jin J, Herzig V, Undheim EAB, Sombke A, Fry BG, Meritt DJ, King GF.

Nat Commun. 2018 Feb 22;9(1):755. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03091-5.


Giant fish-killing water bug reveals ancient and dynamic venom evolution in Heteroptera.

Walker AA, Hernández-Vargas MJ, Corzo G, Fry BG, King GF.

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2018 Sep;75(17):3215-3229. doi: 10.1007/s00018-018-2768-1. Epub 2018 Feb 9.


The North American Society of Toxinology establishes formal affiliation with Toxicon.

Keyler DE, King GF.

Toxicon. 2018 Feb;142:A1. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2017.11.009. Epub 2017 Nov 26. No abstract available.


Inhibition of acid-sensing ion channels by diminazene and APETx2 evoke partial and highly variable antihyperalgesia in a rat model of inflammatory pain.

Lee JYP, Saez NJ, Cristofori-Armstrong B, Anangi R, King GF, Smith MT, Rash LD.

Br J Pharmacol. 2018 Jun;175(12):2204-2218. doi: 10.1111/bph.14089. Epub 2018 Jan 3.


ArachnoServer 3.0: an online resource for automated discovery, analysis and annotation of spider toxins.

Pineda SS, Chaumeil PA, Kunert A, Kaas Q, Thang MWC, Le L, Nuhn M, Herzig V, Saez NJ, Cristofori-Armstrong B, Anangi R, Senff S, Gorse D, King GF.

Bioinformatics. 2018 Mar 15;34(6):1074-1076. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx661.


Discovery and mode of action of a novel analgesic β-toxin from the African spider Ceratogyrus darlingi.

Sousa SR, Wingerd JS, Brust A, Bladen C, Ragnarsson L, Herzig V, Deuis JR, Dutertre S, Vetter I, Zamponi GW, King GF, Alewood PF, Lewis RJ.

PLoS One. 2017 Sep 7;12(9):e0182848. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182848. eCollection 2017.


Venom peptides as therapeutics: advances, challenges and the future of venom-peptide discovery.

Robinson SD, Undheim EAB, Ueberheide B, King GF.

Expert Rev Proteomics. 2017 Oct;14(10):931-939. doi: 10.1080/14789450.2017.1377613. Epub 2017 Sep 13. Review.


Revisiting venom of the sea anemone Stichodactyla haddoni: Omics techniques reveal the complete toxin arsenal of a well-studied sea anemone genus.

Madio B, Undheim EAB, King GF.

J Proteomics. 2017 Aug 23;166:83-92. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2017.07.007. Epub 2017 Jul 21.


Improved efficacy of an arthropod toxin expressing fungus against insecticide-resistant malaria-vector mosquitoes.

Bilgo E, Lovett B, Fang W, Bende N, King GF, Diabate A, St Leger RJ.

Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 13;7(1):3433. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-03399-0.


Corrigendum: Pharmacological characterisation of the highly NaV1.7 selective spider venom peptide Pn3a.

Deuis JR, Dekan Z, Wingerd JS, Smith JJ, Munasinghe NR, Bhola RF, Imlach WL, Herzig V, Armstrong DA, Rosengren KJ, Bosmans F, Waxman SG, Dib-Hajj SD, Escoubas P, Minett MS, Christie MJ, King GF, Alewood PF, Lewis RJ, Wood JN, Vetter I.

Sci Rep. 2017 May 26;7:46816. doi: 10.1038/srep46816. No abstract available.


Modulatory features of the novel spider toxin μ-TRTX-Df1a isolated from the venom of the spider Davus fasciatus.

Cardoso FC, Dekan Z, Smith JJ, Deuis JR, Vetter I, Herzig V, Alewood PF, King GF, Lewis RJ.

Br J Pharmacol. 2017 Aug;174(15):2528-2544. doi: 10.1111/bph.13865. Epub 2017 Jun 27.


Insect-Active Toxins with Promiscuous Pharmacology from the African Theraphosid Spider Monocentropus balfouri.

Smith JJ, Herzig V, Ikonomopoulou MP, Dziemborowicz S, Bosmans F, Nicholson GM, King GF.

Toxins (Basel). 2017 May 5;9(5). pii: E155. doi: 10.3390/toxins9050155.


A Strategy for Production of Correctly Folded Disulfide-Rich Peptides in the Periplasm of E. coli.

Saez NJ, Cristofori-Armstrong B, Anangi R, King GF.

Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1586:155-180. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6887-9_10.


Venom Profiling of a Population of the Theraphosid Spider Phlogius crassipes Reveals Continuous Ontogenetic Changes from Juveniles through Adulthood.

Santana RC, Perez D, Dobson J, Panagides N, Raven RJ, Nouwens A, Jones A, King GF, Fry BG.

Toxins (Basel). 2017 Mar 25;9(4). pii: E116. doi: 10.3390/toxins9040116.


Potent neuroprotection after stroke afforded by a double-knot spider-venom peptide that inhibits acid-sensing ion channel 1a.

Chassagnon IR, McCarthy CA, Chin YK, Pineda SS, Keramidas A, Mobli M, Pham V, De Silva TM, Lynch JW, Widdop RE, Rash LD, King GF.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Apr 4;114(14):3750-3755. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1614728114. Epub 2017 Mar 20.


The structure, dynamics and selectivity profile of a NaV1.7 potency-optimised huwentoxin-IV variant.

Rahnama S, Deuis JR, Cardoso FC, Ramanujam V, Lewis RJ, Rash LD, King GF, Vetter I, Mobli M.

PLoS One. 2017 Mar 16;12(3):e0173551. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173551. eCollection 2017.


Melt With This Kiss: Paralyzing and Liquefying Venom of The Assassin Bug Pristhesancus plagipennis (Hemiptera: Reduviidae).

Walker AA, Madio B, Jin J, Undheim EA, Fry BG, King GF.

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2017 Apr;16(4):552-566. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M116.063321. Epub 2017 Jan 27.


Selective inhibition of ASIC1a confers functional and morphological neuroprotection following traumatic spinal cord injury.

Koehn LM, Noor NM, Dong Q, Er SY, Rash LD, King GF, Dziegielewska KM, Saunders NR, Habgood MD.

Version 2. F1000Res. 2016 Jul 26 [revised 2016 Jan 1];5:1822. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.9094.2. eCollection 2016.


Pharmacological characterisation of the highly NaV1.7 selective spider venom peptide Pn3a.

Deuis JR, Dekan Z, Wingerd JS, Smith JJ, Munasinghe NR, Bhola RF, Imlach WL, Herzig V, Armstrong DA, Rosengren KJ, Bosmans F, Waxman SG, Dib-Hajj SD, Escoubas P, Minett MS, Christie MJ, King GF, Alewood PF, Lewis RJ, Wood JN, Vetter I.

Sci Rep. 2017 Jan 20;7:40883. doi: 10.1038/srep40883. Erratum in: Sci Rep. 2017 May 26;7:46816.


Isolation of two insecticidal toxins from venom of the Australian theraphosid spider Coremiocnemis tropix.

Ikonomopoulou MP, Smith JJ, Herzig V, Pineda SS, Dziemborowicz S, Er SY, Durek T, Gilchrist J, Alewood PF, Nicholson GM, Bosmans F, King GF.

Toxicon. 2016 Dec 1;123:62-70. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2016.10.013. Epub 2016 Oct 26.


Determination of ligand binding modes in weak protein-ligand complexes using sparse NMR data.

Mohanty B, Williams ML, Doak BC, Vazirani M, Ilyichova O, Wang G, Bermel W, Simpson JS, Chalmers DK, King GF, Mobli M, Scanlon MJ.

J Biomol NMR. 2016 Nov;66(3):195-208. Epub 2016 Oct 24.


Insecticidal activity of a recombinant knottin peptide from Loxosceles intermedia venom and recognition of these peptides as a conserved family in the genus.

Matsubara FH, Meissner GO, Herzig V, Justa HC, Dias BC, Trevisan-Silva D, Gremski LH, Gremski W, Senff-Ribeiro A, Chaim OM, King GF, Veiga SS.

Insect Mol Biol. 2017 Feb;26(1):25-34. doi: 10.1111/imb.12268. Epub 2016 Oct 15.


Centipede venoms as a source of drug leads.

Undheim EA, Jenner RA, King GF.

Expert Opin Drug Discov. 2016 Dec;11(12):1139-1149. Epub 2016 Sep 19. Review.


Isolation and characterization of a structurally unique β-hairpin venom peptide from the predatory ant Anochetus emarginatus.

Touchard A, Brust A, Cardoso FC, Chin YK, Herzig V, Jin AH, Dejean A, Alewood PF, King GF, Orivel J, Escoubas P.

Biochim Biophys Acta. 2016 Nov;1860(11 Pt A):2553-2562. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2016.07.027. Epub 2016 Jul 28.


Molecular basis of the remarkable species selectivity of an insecticidal sodium channel toxin from the African spider Augacephalus ezendami.

Herzig V, Ikonomopoulou M, Smith JJ, Dziemborowicz S, Gilchrist J, Kuhn-Nentwig L, Rezende FO, Moreira LA, Nicholson GM, Bosmans F, King GF.

Sci Rep. 2016 Jul 7;6:29538. doi: 10.1038/srep29538.


Interaction of Tarantula Venom Peptide ProTx-II with Lipid Membranes Is a Prerequisite for Its Inhibition of Human Voltage-gated Sodium Channel NaV1.7.

Henriques ST, Deplazes E, Lawrence N, Cheneval O, Chaousis S, Inserra M, Thongyoo P, King GF, Mark AE, Vetter I, Craik DJ, Schroeder CI.

J Biol Chem. 2016 Aug 12;291(33):17049-65. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.729095. Epub 2016 Jun 16.


Selective spider toxins reveal a role for the Nav1.1 channel in mechanical pain.

Osteen JD, Herzig V, Gilchrist J, Emrick JJ, Zhang C, Wang X, Castro J, Garcia-Caraballo S, Grundy L, Rychkov GY, Weyer AD, Dekan Z, Undheim EA, Alewood P, Stucky CL, Brierley SM, Basbaum AI, Bosmans F, King GF, Julius D.

Nature. 2016 Jun 23;534(7608):494-9. doi: 10.1038/nature17976. Epub 2016 Jun 6.

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