Special Issue "Scorpion Toxins"


A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Venoms".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Max Goyffon
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, FRE 3206, USM 505, 57 rue Cuvier, Paris, France
E-Mail: mgoyffon@mnhn.fr

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jean-Nicolas Tournier
Host-Pathogen Interactions Laboratory, Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées, BP 73, 91223 Brétigny-sur-Orge cedex, France
Bacterial Toxi-Infection Pathogenesis Laboratory, Institut Pasteur, 25 rue du docteur Roux, 75725 Paris cedex 15, France
E-Mail: jtournie@pasteur.fr
Phone: +33 145 688 304
Interests: microbial toxins in host pathogen interactions; cell cytoskeleton; toxins and immune system; MAP kinases; adeylate cyclase; toxins and cell signaling; anthrax toxins

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Because of their physiological characteristics, scorpions can be considered laboratory animals in the study of specific problems not only medical (envenomings) but also pharmaco-toxicologic or environmental (resistance to environmental stresses such as radioresistance, or resistance to bacterial infections, epidemiology). Indeed, the scorpion lifetime is long, several years for the larger species, and their breeding is easy. These aspects will be reflected in a series of articles sorted by specialties which provide the widest vision on problems that can be approached using this model. The following topics will shed light on the offered interest research on scorpions:

(i) venoms: in the family Buthidæ, the most important in number (40% species) and the medically most important, the venom  composition is usually simple, poor in enzymes. The venom toxins essentially act on membrane ionic channels of excitable cells (neuromuscular system) and their structure is based on a basic model also present in the defensins. The study of toxins acting on sodium channels have led to the discovery of two specific binding sites and require a study of potassium and sodium membrane receptors as well as a comparative study with defensins.

(ii) these toxins involve also inflammatory systemic reactions of great medical interest: release of cytokins and neuromediators, transient myocardial injury, hypertension.

(iii) from a public health point of view, epidemiology is an important issue, as the large majority of the target  of severe or lethal poisonings is constituted children and young adolescents. There is also an urban scorpionism of an unusual type in venomous animals, as some dangerous scorpion species are parthenogenetic (genus Tityus, South America). Besides, the value of the serotherapy which developed largely after the antiophidian serotherapy is currently challenged and deserves a specific focus. The possibility of producing efficient recombinant antibodies with a high neutralizing power is more advanced for scorpions than other venomous animals.

With its content this Special Issue involving a wide range of specialists is aimed at the wider public.

Prof. Dr. Max Goyffon
Prof. Dr. Jean-Nicolas Tournier
Guest Editors


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  • scorpion venoms
  • toxins
  • ionic channels
  • receptors
  • envenomings
  • antivenins
  • defensins

Published Papers (6 papers)

by , ,  and
Toxins 2013, 5(8), 1332-1342; doi:10.3390/toxins5081332
Received: 23 May 2013; in revised form: 25 June 2013 / Accepted: 18 July 2013 / Published: 29 July 2013
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by , ,  and
Toxins 2014, 6(3), 796-815; doi:10.3390/toxins6030796
Received: 13 December 2013; in revised form: 16 January 2014 / Accepted: 18 January 2014 / Published: 26 February 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Toxins 2014, 6(3), 816-829; doi:10.3390/toxins6030816
Received: 4 December 2013; in revised form: 30 December 2013 / Accepted: 20 January 2014 / Published: 26 February 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Toxins 2014, 6(3), 892-913; doi:10.3390/toxins6030892
Received: 12 December 2013; in revised form: 24 January 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 28 February 2014
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Toxins 2014, 6(4), 1434-1452; doi:10.3390/toxins6041434
Received: 20 January 2014; in revised form: 21 March 2014 / Accepted: 3 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
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by  and
Toxins 2014, 6(7), 2137-2148; doi:10.3390/toxins6072137
Received: 20 December 2013; in revised form: 7 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
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Last update: 26 February 2014

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