Unique Drug Discovered in King Cobra Venom

Scientists discovered a protein in the world’s largest venomous snake, the King Cobra, which may lead to the development of a unique drug.

The protein, haditoxin, was discovered in Professor Manjunatha Kini’s laboratory at the National University of Singapore.

The venom primarily acts on neurotransmitter receptors that regulate communication between nerve cells or between nerves and muscles, resulting in symptoms such as paralysis and respiratory failure.

The receptors are also important in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as in schizophrenia, anxiety and depressive disorders and nicotine addiction.

Posted via email from 4ZZZ News

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