Procoagulant Factors from Lonomia Caterpillars

  • Ana Marisa Chudzinski-TavassiEmail author
  • Linda Christian Carrijo-Carvalho


Little has been known about hemostasis of insects and the identity of its clotting factors. In the Lepidoptera Order, few proteins have been described to affect hemolymph. There is the possibility of finding a large diversity of proteins that could play a physiological role in the hemolimph clotting, due to the complexity and variability of their coagulation systems. Lonomia has been the most studied genus, due to the large numbers of accidents resulting from human contact with Lonomia caterpillars. Those accidents are characterized as a hemorrhagic syndrome resulting from a massive disturbance of the hemostatic system caused by toxins found in the caterpillar bristles. In view of the present knowledge and literature, insects from the Lepidoptera Order, particularly caterpillars, stand as interesting sources for the identification, characterization, cloning and expression of proteins affecting hemostasis, and new candidates for therapeutic and biotechnology uses. Lopap (L. obliqua prothrombin activator protease) and Losac (L. obliqua Stuart-factor activator protease) toxins isolated from the L. obliqua bristles, are among the procoagulant proteins better characterized from Lepitdoptera. Such procoagulant molecules are promising tools for diagnostic and therapeutic uses.


Prothrombin Activator Hemostatic System Anticoagulant Protein Snake Venom Toxin Blood Clotting Time 
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  • Ana Marisa Chudzinski-Tavassi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Linda Christian Carrijo-Carvalho
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biochemistry and BiophysicsInstituto ButantanSão PauloBrazil

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