Snake Venom Proteins Affecting Platelet Functions

  • C. M. Teng
  • T. F. Huang
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Snake venoms are complex mixture of proteins with various biological activities, such as neurotoxins, hemorrhagins, coagulants, anticoagulants and cardiotoxins[1]. The study of these venom proteins leads to our understanding of snakebite symptoms and also helps their rational treatments. In the last decade, many stimulants and inhibitors of platelet activation have been isolated from the snake venoms in our laboratory. In this paper, the effects of these venom proteins on platelet functions are reviewed. According to their biochemical properties and actions on platelets, they are classified into seven groups. The venom proteins of the first three groups accelerate or activate platelet aggregation, while those of the other four groups inhibit this process.


Platelet Aggregation Snake Venom Venom Protein Venom Phospholipase Thromboxane Formation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. M. Teng
    • 1
  • T. F. Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Pharmacological Institute, College of MedicineNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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