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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 2010 Vol.11 No.6 P.451-457


Mechanism of action of two insect toxins huwentoxin-III and hainantoxin-VI on voltage-gated sodium channels

Author(s):  Rui-lan Wang, Su Yi, Song-ping Liang

Affiliation(s):  Department of Food Science, Guangdong Food and Drug Vocational College, Guangzhou 510520, China, School of Life Science, Hunan Science and Technology University, Xiangtan 411201, China, Key Laboratory of Protein Chemistry and Developmental Biology of Ministry of Education, College of Life Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410081, China

Corresponding email(s):   lucyw11@yahoo.com.cn, liangsp@hunnu.edu.cn

Key Words:  Insect neurotoxin, Dorsal unpaired median neurons, Sodium channel, Whole-cell patch clamp technique

Rui-lan Wang, Su Yi, Song-ping Liang. Mechanism of action of two insect toxins huwentoxin-III and hainantoxin-VI on voltage-gated sodium channels[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B, 2010, 11(6): 451-457.

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Selenocosmia huwena and Selenocosmia hainana are two tarantula species found in southern China. Their venoms contain abundant peptide toxins. Two new neurotoxic peptides, huwentoxin-III (HWTX-III) and hainantoxin-VI (HNTX-VI), were obtained from the venom using ion-exchange chromatography and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The mechanism of action of HWTX-III and HNTX-VI on insect neuronal voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) was studied via whole-cell patch clamp techniques. In a fashion similar to δ-atracotoxins, HNTX-VI can induce a slowdown of current inactivation of the VGSC and reduction in the peak of Na+ current in cockroach dorsal unpaired median (DUM) neurons. Meanwhile, 10 µmol/L HNTX-IV caused a positive shift of steady-state inactivation of sodium channel. HWTX-III inhibited VGSCs on DUM neurons (concentration of toxin at half-maximal inhibition (IC50)≈1.106 µmol/L) in a way much similar to tetrodotoxin (TTX). HWTX-III had no effect on the kinetics of activation and inactivation. The shift in the steady-state inactivation curve was distinct from other depressant spider toxins. The diverse effect and the mechanism of action of the two insect toxins illustrate the diverse biological activities of spider toxins and provide a fresh theoretical foundation to design and develop novel insecticides.

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