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Venomics Plataform of Pachycondyla villosa Proteome, Transcriptome, Cloning and Expression of toxins with biotechnological potential

Grant number: 13/26200-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2014
Effective date (End): January 03, 2018
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Pharmacy - Toxicological Analysis
Principal Investigator:Eliane Candiani Arantes Braga
Grantee:Camila Takeno Cologna
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/17466-8 - Venomics Platform: Pachycondyla villosa venom proteome and integrated analysis of omics data, BE.EP.PD


Animal venoms are considered a large natural library, constantly selected and refined by the processes of natural evolution, in which each molecule is endowed with pharmacological property highly valuable for human use. It is estimated that the total number of molecules present in animal venoms is a collection of 40 million different compounds and, despite the efforts made, only 3,000 have been identified and characterized to date. Given these data, the use of animal venoms as a source of biomolecules for the development of new drugs is evident. The concept of turning a toxin to a commercially viable drug is not a new strategy: captopril, developed in the 70s, is the most successful example of a drug derived from animal venom. Despite the commitment, the exploration of these bio-libraries still remains limited. This may be related to the technological limitations that prevent full-scale investigation of these venoms. In addition, the conventional methods used to explore animal venoms are still time-consuming and require large amounts of samples, which restrict the studies for a few species. However, recent improvements in the techniques of molecular biology and mass spectrometry have been contributing to the advance of this promising area. The sensitivity improvement of these instruments allows the study of minimum amounts of sample, but with a wealth of information. This project aims to explore peptides of biotechnological interest present in the venom of the ant Pachycondilyla villosa through the venomics plataform. In this in ascension strategy, a combinatorial approach between transcriptome and proteome form the perfect couple for characterization and description of new toxins of biotechnological interest in a quickly and efficiently way.

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Scientific publications (7)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FIGUEIREDO BORDON, KARLA DE CASTRO; COLOGNA, CAMILA TAKENO; FORNARI-BALDO, ELISA CORREA; PINHEIRO-JUNIOR, ERNESTO LOPES; CERNI, FELIPE AUGUSTO; AMORIM, FERNANDA GOBBI; PINO ANJOLETTE, FERNANDO ANTONIO; CORDEIRO, FRANCIELLE ALMEIDA; WIEZEL, GISELE ADRIANO; CARDOSO, IARA AIME; et al. From Animal Poisons and Venoms to Medicines: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives in Drug Discovery. FRONTIERS IN PHARMACOLOGY, v. 11, . (17/14035-1, 17/00586-6, 18/14158-9, 19/10173-6, 18/21233-7, 17/04724-4, 13/26619-7, 16/04761-4, 17/03580-9, 13/26200-6)
CAMILA TAKENO COLOGNA; RENATA SANTOS RODRIGUES; JEAN SANTOS; EDWIN DE PAUW; ELIANE CANDIANI ARANTES; LOÏC QUINTON. Peptidomic investigation of Neoponera villosa venom by high-resolution mass spectrometry: seasonal and nesting habitat variations. Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, v. 24, . (13/26200-6, 15/17466-8, 15/18432-0)
AMORIM, FERNANDA GOBBI; LONGHIM, HELOISA TAVONI; COLOGNA, CAMILA TAKENO; DEGUELDRE, MICHEL; DE PAUW, EDWIN; QUINTON, LOIC; ARANTES, ELIANE CANDIANI. Proteome of fraction from Tityus serrulatus venom reveals new enzymes and toxins. Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, v. 25, . (14/07824-1, 15/17466-8, 12/14996-8, 13/26083-0, 11/23236-4, 14/22959-0, 13/26200-6)
TANAKA SHIBAO, PRISCILA YUMI; COLOGNA, CAMILA TAKENO; MORANDI-FILHO, ROMUALDO; WIEZEL, GISELE ADRIANO; FUJIMURA, PATRICIA TIEMI; UEIRA-VIEIRA, CARLOS; ARANTES, ELIANE CANDIANI. Deep sequencing analysis of toad Rhinella schneideri skin glands and partial biochemical characterization of its cutaneous secretion. Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, v. 24, . (15/18432-0, 13/26200-6, 14/15644-3)
BOLDRINI-FRANCA, JOHARA; COLOGNA, CAMILA TAKENO; PUCCA, MANUELA BERTO; FIGUEIREDO BORDON, KARLA DE CASTRO; AMORIM, FERNANDO GOBBI; PINO ANJOLETTE, FERNANDO ANTONIO; CORDEIRO, FRANCIELLE ALMEIDA; WIEZEL, GISELE ADRIANO; CERNI, FELIPE AUGUSTO; PINHEIRO-JUNIOR, ERNESTO LOPES; et al. Minor snake venom proteins: Structure, function and potential applications. BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-GENERAL SUBJECTS, v. 1861, n. 4, p. 824-838, . (14/06170-8, 11/12317-3, 11/23236-4, 15/16714-8, 12/13590-8, 13/26619-7, 14/15644-3, 12/12954-6, 13/26200-6)
WIEZEL, GISELE A.; SHIBAO, PRISCILA Y. T.; COLOGNA, CAMILA T.; MORANDI FILHO, ROMUALDO; UEIRA-VIEIRA, CARLOS; DE PAUW, EDWIN; QUINTON, LOIC; ARANTES, ELIANE C.. In-Depth Venome of the Brazilian Rattlesnake Crotalus durissus terrificus: An Integrative Approach Combining Its Venom Gland Transcriptome and Venom Proteome. JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH, v. 17, n. 11, p. 3941-3958, . (15/17466-8, 13/26200-6, 11/23236-4, 17/00586-6, 14/15644-3, 15/18432-0)
PUCCA, MANUELA B.; PEIGNEUR, STEVE; COLOGNA, CAMILA T.; CERNI, FELIPE A.; ZOCCAL, KARINA F.; BORDON, KARLA DE C. F.; FACCIOLI, LUCIA H.; TYTGAT, JAN; ARANTES, ELIANE C.. Electrophysiological characterization of the first Tityus serrulatus alpha-like toxin, Ts5: Evidence of a pro-inflammatory toxin on macrophages. Biochimie, v. 115, p. 8-16, . (13/21342-7, 14/03332-7, 13/21329-0, 09/07169-5, 13/26200-6)

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